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UMMS Fellowship in Neuropsychology

This is a 2 year residency program focused on building skills for competent practice in clinical neuropsychology, emphasizing a process/flexible battery approach to neuropsychological assessment. We will recruit one resident each year for a 2-year position, with two residents present in junior and senior positions. The primary focus of the program is on assessment training, although clinical teaching opportunities, therapy experience, and a small research component are also included. The program is designed to meet Houston Conference training guidelines for clinical neuropsychology, and to prepare residents for subsequent board certification in the field.

After an initial orientation period, the resident will be responsible for 4-5 clinic slots per week engaged in outpatient neuropsychological assessment. The program focuses primarily on adult assessment, but all patients viewed with a life-span developmental focus, and there may be opportunities to see pediatric cases if there is interest on the part of the resident.

We have a very broad patient population given our presence in a general medical setting, which includes a Level One Trauma Center (adult and pediatric). Common referral diagnoses include:

  • dementing illnesses
  • epilepsy
  • traumatic brain injury
  • cerebrovascular disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • movement disorders
  • infectious diseases
  • brain neoplasms
  • chemotherapy/radiation treatment effects
  • broad spectrum psychiatric disorders
  • ADHD and learning disorders

We have a comprehensive epilepsy surgery program, and the resident will have the opportunity to participate in adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery protocols, including intraarterial amobarbital (Wada) procedures and intraoperative language mapping. We also participate in evaluations of patients receiving Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery. The resident will carry a small caseload of psychotherapy patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric disorders.

The resident will be formally supervised by our two staff neuropsychologists: Brian Dessureau, PhD and Elizabeth Reese, PsyD. The resident will meet weekly with supervisors to discuss ongoing cases and clinical issues, as well as on an as-needed basis. The amount of supervision meets and typically exceeds APA and state licensure requirements.