The neuropsychology faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine offer a full time two-year neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship. The fellowship is a member program of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). It is exclusively adult-focused and involves primarily clinical and didactic activities, with a minor emphasis in clinical research. Patient populations include a number of neurological and medical conditions, such as neurosurgical cases (e.g., DBS, tumor, etc.), epilepsy, movement disorders, various dementias, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and anoxia/hypoxia, amongst others. Patients are seen on an outpatient basis only through the University of Colorado Hospital Neuropsychology Clinic and are referred from several specialty clinics from within the UCH Neurosciences, and a variety of other medical offices throughout the Denver area.
The UCSOM Neuropsychology Fellowship observes the APPCN mission to foster the development of advanced postdoctoral education and training programs in clinical neuropsychology and to establish standards for resdiency programs in clinical neuropsychology that lead to the development of competency in this area of specialty practice. The program also adheres to the Houston Conference Guidelines on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology, which have since been adopted by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Our faculty will strongly emphasize the importance of these guidelines to all fellows who enter the program, with the end-goal of seeking board certification in neuropsychology through ABPP.
Educational Requirements and Opportunities
An essential component of the training experience during this fellowship are the didactic experiences. We are pleased to be able to offer a wide range of didactic opportunities, including the following:
- Neuropsychology Case Conference
- Neuropsychology Seminar
- Neuropsychology Research Meeting
- Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
- Neurology Grand Rounds
- Psychiatry Grand Rounds
- Neurology Resident Education
- Nervous System (UCSOM Course, select modules)
- Brain Cutting
- Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Conference
- Neuro-Oncology Journal Club
- Pituitary Conference
- Epilepsy Conference
- Deep Brain Stimulation Conference
- Brain Tumor Conference
- Neurovascular Conference
Supervision Expectations and Requirements
Fellows are expected to receive two to three hours of direct supervision per week. This will include direct observation of the fellow during patient interviews and follow up appointments, one-on-one discussion and supervision for the purpose of case conceptualization, group supervision via the Neuropsychology Case Conference, and detailed editing and discussion with supervisors on all neuropsychology reports completed by the fellow. Fellows will also receive informal supervision on an as-needed basis depending on clinical demands. Fellows will be assigned a primary supervisor and a secondary supervisor for six 4 month rotations. This will facilitate greater depth of experience via exposure to supervisors’ styles and clinical experience.
The UCSOM Neuropsychology Fellowship includes three board certified neuropsychologists, as listed below:
We will be accepting applications for the 2012-2014 fellowship rotation. For more information on the fellowship, please see the detailed Training Description and our program page at the APPCN website (www.appcn.org). For specific inquiries about the fellowship and to send application materials, please contact Dr. Greher.