Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship
The clinical neuropsychology fellowship has one fellowship position open for the 2024-2026 training cycle. Application deadline is Dec. 15 2023.
Interested applicants should forward a letter of interest, CV, three work samples (including at least two de-identified reports and one additional report or original publication), copy of graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: email@example.com with “Neuropsychology Fellowship Application Materials” as the email subject. Recommendation letters may be forwarded separately by the writers.
Applicants will be notified of their consideration by early January. Zoom interviews will occur in early January. UK's neuropsychology program is not currently participating in the APPCN match.
Established in 1985 by Dr. Frederick A. Schmitt, the department of neurology's division of neuropsychology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine boasts a rich history that spans four decades. Comprising a team of nationally and internationally renowned faculty members, the division faculty hold additional appointments in various departments and centers at the University of Kentucky, including neurosurgery, physical medicine & rehabilitation, behavioral sciences, psychiatry, the Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Center, and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, a global leader in aging research with the contributions of the division's faculty, is one of the original National Institute on Aging funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers and served as the historic home of “The Nun Study” for two decades. Currently, it is a host site for several national and international studies, including the Alzheimer Biomarker Consortium for Down Syndrome (ABC-DS) study, the Biomarkers for Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment & Dementia (MarkVCID) study, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI-4) among many others, all considered seminal studies of neurodegenerative conditions. Additional project titles involving the division's faculty include “SAIVAR-Tech: Stress Augmentation with Immersive Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Technologies,” “FINDERS: Functional Imaging for Neurodiagnostics for Epilepsy and Resective Surgery,” “INDICATE: Investigating Neuromarkers of Decline and Improvement of Cognition After Thrombectomy for ELVO,” and “GUIDE: Feasibility and Safety of Autologous Unconditioned Peripheral Nerve Tissue Delivery to the Substantia Nigra.”
Spearheaded by division faculty, The International Society of Neurogastronomy and the Saddle Up Safely Equestrian Sports International Guidelines originated at the University of Kentucky. The division's faculty members have been sponsored by diverse sources, including the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Education, foundation grants, research endowments, clinical trials, industry partners, and national think tanks. In clinical practice, the division's consultations serve 24 hospital surgical, inpatient, and ambulatory service lines and 62 regional hospitals and clinical practices.
UK HealthCare has earned the top spot on the Best Regional Hospitals list for Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region according to U.S. News & World Report for the past 8 consecutive years, further reinforcing its status as a health care leader. The Stroke Center at the University of Kentucky has been designated as a comprehensive stroke center by The Joint Commission, and, has garnered accolades such as the American Heart Association Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award. Additionally, UK HealthCare houses a National Association of Epilepsy Centers Level IV Epilepsy Center, capable of caring for the most complex patients with epilepsy. The University of Kentucky is also recognized as a Center for Comprehensive Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, underscoring the excellence of its facilities and the expertise of the division of neuropsychology, which plays an essential role in these multifaceted academic and clinical endeavors.
The neuropsychology fellowship offered in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Neurology is committed to patient care, teaching, and scholarship. The ultimate goal of the fellowship is to prepare fellows for independent, skilled, and ethical practice in the field of clinical neuropsychology. Training corresponds to Houston Conference guidelines and emphasizes both depth and breadth of knowledge in brain-behavior relationships. Continuing commitment to scholarship is fostered through complementary didactic and clinical learning opportunities designed to provide in-depth understanding of functional neuroanatomical correlates in addition to original scholarly activity. Opportunities for research are rich, allowing fellows to prepare manuscripts for submission and to actively participate in local, regional, national, and international conferences and seminars. Finally, fellows are given ample opportunity to develop teaching and supervisory skills with practicum students training the neurology department.
The neuropsychology fellowship is a two-year program in which the primary emphases are clinical skills and knowledge. Approximately 70 percent of the fellow's time is spent engaging in direct patient care, report writing, and clinical supervision. Fellows are provided with predominantly adult clinical experience, although exposure to intermittent pediatric cases is likely. Approximately 20 percent of the fellow's time is dedicated to didactic learning experiences and the remaining 10 percent is dedicated to research and professional development. Some flexibility is available with regard to the structure of the program to better support the goals and professional growth of individual fellows. Fellows anticipating careers in an academic medical center may tailor their second year to include additional research time. Provision of the second training year is contingent on first-year performance. For more information about the program, please click here to access the Neuropsychology Fellowship Manual.
The training approach is largely an apprenticeship model conforming to Houston Conference guidelines, in which the fellow is supervised closely during the first year with increasing autonomy as the fellow gains the skills and knowledge to function independently. Performance feedback is provided on a case-by-case basis in supervision and more formally on a semiannual and annual schedule.
The fellow's first year is structured to provide breadth of exposure to numerous patient populations and neurological conditions seen through UK Medical Center including neurodegenerative disorders, movement disorders, pre-surgical cases (epilepsy, deep brain stimulation, transplant), dementia differential diagnostics, cerebrovascular disease, traumatic brain injury, and more. The fellow’s second year includes specialization and advanced training with a clinical concentration focused on a particular patient population or populations. The fellow will work closely with supervisors at the end of the first year to individually tailor a second-year training plan befitting the career goals and training needs of the fellow.
Fellows are offered experience in a variety of medical settings including outpatient and inpatient neurology such as general neurology, epilepsy monitoring, neurosurgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine, trauma surgery, and behavioral sciences. Fellows may have the opportunity to observe and/or take part in ISAP/Wada procedures, brain mapping and intracranial grid placement, and medicolegal capacity evaluations if scheduled, in addition to numerous other specialty areas and procedures. Particularly during second year, the fellow may elect to participate in multidisciplinary team meetings associated with their specialty population.
Clinical Expectations: Fellows are typically scheduled three to four patients per week and are responsible for every aspect of the evaluation, including interviewing, testing and scoring, interpretation, and report writing. Each evaluation requires approximately 4 to 5 hours of interviewing and testing.
Clinical Supervision: Supervision is provided weekly for case discussion and professional needs. Additional opportunities for supervision are ample, with frequent supervisory contact during clinic operations. In addition, formal supervision is provided for quarterly and annual feedback and goal-setting throughout the fellowship.
Research: Neuropsychology faculty members are extensively involved in many areas of research. Fellows are also expected to participate in research during their training. Many opportunities in a variety of topic areas are available, including (but not limited to) dementia, stroke, epilepsy, movement and neuromuscular disorders, and brain injury. Fellows may have the opportunity to participate in secondary analyses of large data sets or design their own study and pursue grant funding to support that project. There is also a wealth of clinical data available that could be utilized for a number of original analyses. Past fellows' research endeavors typically resulted in 2 to 5 publications by the end of their two-year residency. Such opportunities exist with collaboration with Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, UK Multidisciplinary Concussion Program, and the UK Stroke Affiliate Network.
Didactics: Formal and informal clinical didactics are available throughout the training years. Clinical-translational and bench-based neuroscience didactics are also strongly encouraged. Based on individual interests and training needs, fellows are expected to choose didactics to attend regularly within the neurosciences and related departments, including (but not limited to):
|Neurology Grand Rounds
|Child Neurology Conference
|Psychiatry Grand Rounds
|Neurology and Neurosurgery Stroke Conference
|Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
|Neurology Chairman's Conference
|Refractory Epilepsy Conference
|Clinical Neuroscience Conference
|Bluegrass Area Neuropsychology Group (BANG) Meetings
|Neuropathology Sessions / Brain Cuttings
Salary and Benefits
This position will be employed under the postdoctoral scholar designation identified by University of Kentucky's Human Resources guidelines. Health insurance along with other benefits will correspond to this designation. Salary is competitive with similar training sites and will be comparable to the application year's NIH postdoctoral fellow stipend rates.
The applicant must be trained from an APA-accredited clinical doctoral program and predoctoral internship. Dissertation must be completed. The applicant also must be eligible for temporary licensure in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the time fellowship begins. More details are available through the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology website.