Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation - Adult Neuropsychology Externship

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Last Update

January 8, 2018

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation - Adult Neuropsychology Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator: Kelly Kearns, PsyD

Street Address: 1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052

Telephone: 973-414-4708

Fax: 973-677-4253



General Information

Start Date: on/around July 15 (earlier or later start available)

End Date: on/around July 15

Appropriate for:

The Neuropsychology Training Program at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation is seeking externs enrolled in either a PhD or PsyD program with special interest in neuropsychology. Extern training will focus on neuropsychological examination among adults and older adults with a variety of neurological conditions including stroke, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and concussions, various dementing disorders, movement disorders, brain tumors, encephalopathy, as well as neuropsychiatric disorders. Externs will have the opportunity to conduct evaluations in our outpatient neuropsychology clinic, with supplemental opportunities available in our acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. We provide externship placement opportunities at our Chester, Saddle Brook, and West Orange campuses. There are also opportunities to conduct neuropsychological evaluations in Spanish for those qualified individuals. Weekly departmental didactics and individual supervision will be provided. Opportunities to attend Neurology Grand Rounds, as well as Neuropathology Rounds (brain cuttings) at Rutgers University are also available. The aim of the externship is to aid the extern in becoming competent in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of neuropsychological instruments for the purposes of assisting in differential diagnosis and treatment planning. Supplemental opportunities to provide cognitive remediation, as well as individual psychotherapy to a brain injured population, and work within a multidisciplinary team setting will also be available through our Cognitive Rehabilitation Program. Our externship program will assist the student in developing strong diagnostic abilities, a foundational understanding of brain-behavior relationships, and case conceptualization skills in preparation for a neuropsychology internship.

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling): Minimum of 2 days per week

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): The position is open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students, as well as interns.

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants): Students who have completed coursework in neuropsychological assessment, psychometrics, and biological bases of behavior are preferred.

Is there a stipend for externs? No

Application Process

What materials need to be submitted? Cover letter, CV, 2 letters of recommendation, and a sample assessment report

How should it be submitted? Postal mail or email (preferred) to Dr. Kearns at Applicants wishing to confirm receipt of their application should direct queries to Dr. Kearns.

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made): Applicants will be notified about interviews via email. The interview process will consist of interviews with a minimum of 2-3 of our neuropsychologists.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:


Older Adults

Ethnic Minorities

TBI/Cognitive Impairment




Training models offered:

Comprehensive neuropsychological examination that complies with Houston Conference guidelines.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Primarily assessment, with supplemental opportunities for individual psychotherapy with a brain injured population.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Neuropsychological Testing via a flexible battery approach
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Cognitive Assessment


1 hour of individual supervision weekly

Departmental didactics

Other Comments

Expected to complete one neuropsychological assessment and report weekly.

Average of 1-2 psychotherapy patients throughout the training year.