The Predoctoral Externship Program in Clinical Neuropsychology at Columbia University Medical Center (http://columbiaclinicalneuropsych.org/) offers a rich and diverse clinical experience within the area general neurology and dementia, and is designed to provide training experience in neuropsychological assessment for individuals interested in pursuing a career in clinical neuropsychology. The Neuropsychology Service is an outpatient clinical service that is focused on diagnosing cognitive and behavioral disorders in an adult population. As such, externs gain experience with adults suffering from a range of disorders including dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia), movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, corticobasal degeneration), stroke, tumors, infectious diseases, traumatic brain injury/concussion, and psychiatric disorders, among others.
The extern is required to spend two days per week (16 hours total) administrating, scoring, and interpreting neuropsychological test instruments, along with writing reports. Students will see, on average, one case per week, with the second day used for report writing and didactics. There is no intervention opportunity at this externship. Externs participate in didactic experiences (two hours per week) throughout the medical center, including, but not limited to, Neuropsychology Seminar, Neurology Grand Rounds, Clinicopathological Conferences, and diagnostic consensus meetings. In addition to individual supervision (one hour per week, on average), weekly group supervision (one to two hours per week) is provided by researchers (licensed psychologists) with specialized training and experience in memory disorders and dementia including Yaakov Stern, PhD, Jennifer Manly, PhD, Adam Brickman, PhD, and Stephanie Cosentino, PhD. Live observation of testing is conducted during the initial training period and periodically throughout the year.
Supervisors: Stephanie Assuras, PhD, ABPP, Elise Caccappolo, PhD, ABPP, Jason Krellman, PhD, ABPP
Length of externship (in months): 12 months
Start Date: 7/01/19
End Date: 6/30/20
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 8
Minimum level of readiness: Strong interest in pursuing neuropsychology as a career (e.g., planning to complete a neuropsych internship) required
Do you provide a stipend? : No
When do you expect to begin interviews?: 2/04/19
Interview process: Group informational session, individual interviews with 3 faculty, group Q&A with current trainees
What application materials are required?: CV, letter of interest, 2 letters of recommendation, 1 sample report