Provide description of Externship:
University Medical Center's Department of Neurology/ Neuroscience Institute is comprised of specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, headache,
neuro-immunology, counseling psychology, neuropsychology, movement disorders
and neuromuscular diseases and neurogenetics who offer the latest approaches
for patients facing a variety of neurological conditions and injury. The
neuropsychology service provides primarily outpatient evaluations to assess
cognitive functioning for a variety of primarily medical diagnoses (e.g., MS,
cortical and subcortical dementia, stroke, cancer, epilepsy, concussion, etc.) across both
pediatric and adult populations. Inpatient evaluations are also conducted on an
as needed basis. The student would ideally be a candidate with interest in
neuropsychology, and hold previous externship experience in neuropsychological
assessment. The possibility for the student to also provide psychotherapeutic
services to our patient population, if desired, is available. Supervision would be adjusted according to case load. The
opportunity to attend didactics, rounds, and departmental meetings is available
and strongly recommended. Objectives of the experience include:
1) Familiarity with the prevalence and presentation of various neuropsychological issues in acute care medical settings.
2) Knowledge of how medical disorders and medical treatment/intervention can affect cognition and quality of life.
3) Honing clinical skills in interviewing, neuropsychological evaluations, formulating recommendations, and conducting feedback with patients.
4) Familiarity with operating within a larger multi-disciplinary team, thus developing skills to facilitate successful collaboration with physicians, and other allied health professionals with an acute care medical center.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Elizabeth Kera, Ph.D.
Supervisors of Training: Elizabeth Kera, Ph.D. (Neuropsychology), Brian Amorello, Ph.D. (Counseling Psychology)
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 30, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-24 (depending on doctoral year level of student)
Specialty tracks: Neuropsychology
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 3-4
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Must have completed previous coursework in neuropsychological assessment.
Preferences: Ideal candidate would be 3rd year. 2nd year students will be considered with relevant previous experience.
Do you provide a stipend?: No.
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis after PSYDNYS-NYNJADOT guideline submission date begins.
What application materials are required: CV, Test report, case summary, letter from DCT, and letter of recommendation
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry; estimate number of groups and other types of interventions: If desired, student can participate in counseling with a caseload that will be dependent upon student availability and previous experience level, but can go up to 1-2 intakes per week and 1-2 individual sessions per week.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered: The student would be conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments as well as screening batteries. Clinical load would vary from 1-2 neuropsychological evaluations per week.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): ~ 45-55
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: ~45-55
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: 1
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Neurology/Neuropsychology and related topics
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: minimally 1 hour
Describe direct supervision: Direct supervision of neuropsychological assessment is conducted.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream)): Live in person
If you have only one extern, would you be to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: N/A
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No