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Additional Training Experiences

UMass has a comprehensive epilepsy surgery program, and the resident will have the opportunity to participate in adult epilepsy surgery protocols, which may include intraarterial amobarbital (Wada) procedures or intraoperative language mapping.  There are additional specialized assessment opportunities based on individual interest, such as evaluating candidates for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery.  Residents are also encouraged to participate in a group and individual cognitive rehabilitation clinic.

Supervision will also include specific discussion on the business aspects of neuropsychological practice (Dr. Dessureau) as well as professional development and helping residents with job placement after the post-doctoral experience (Dr. Humphreys). Additional supervision is provided for residents choosing to participate in cognitive rehabilitation (Dr. Clark).

The resident will assist in supervising interns who select the neuropsychology track from our affiliated APA Psychology Internship Training Program (UMass Medical School/Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital), which is the oldest continuously-operating psychology internship program in the country. We also frequently have practicum students working within our group from one of the many local doctoral psychology training programs, creating opportunities for a tiered supervision model.  The resident will work with these trainees in developing their skills for appropriate test administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing, and will also be responsible for the initial editing of trainee reports.  Opportunities to conduct didactic trainings for the internship are also typically available.

Although this is primarily a clinical training program, consistent with training guidelines, the resident will be expected to complete one scholarly project over the course of the residency.  Residents will be supported in designing a professional project within the neuropsychology service or with seeking them out within the broader medical school and its affiliates.  Additional research involvement is possible, but would be driven largely by the interest level and motivation of the resident.