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Child Neurology - Residency/Fellowship Programs

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The University of Colorado-Denver/ Children’s Hospital Colorado is offering two postdoctoral residency position in Pediatric Neuropsychology beginning September 2014. One position is offered through the Division of Neurology and the second through the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. This two-year program is designed to provide training experiences consistent with INS-APA Division 40 and Houston Conference guidelines and is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). The goal of the program is to provide a broad range of clinical experiences, preparing the individual for board certification in clinical neuropsychology through ABPP/ ABCN and a career in pediatric neuropsychology.

Children’s Hospital Colorado is the largest pediatric hospital in Colorado, and one of the largest in the Western United States. The Division of Neurology has programs in epilepsy, movement disorders, muscular dystrophies, metabolic diseases, headache, and stroke. Children’s Hospital Colorado is a Level I trauma center and serves children over the entire Rocky Mountain region, with a catchment area encompassing seven states. Neuropsychology services are provided both through the Division of Neurology and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), and the resident will have the opportunity to work in both settings. In total, there are 10 pediatric neuropsychologists, 6 of whom are board-certified by ABPP/ABCN.

Resident will have the opportunity to work with children from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and will see children with a wide range of medical diagnoses, including epilepsy, stroke, childhood cancers, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, metabolic disorders, spina bifida, and mild to severe traumatic brain injury. Residents will also participate in multi-disciplinary clinics.  Many of our referrals relate to diagnostic concerns and educational planning, and the resident will hone skills in providing recommendations to physicians, parents, teachers, and therapists.


For the 2014-2016 training period, we will have two openings, a Neurology focused track and a Rehabilitation focused track. Applicants may apply to both tracks, but should be able to describe the relevance of their experience and training goals to each track. Both tracks offer general neuropsychological training with a variety of patient populations and will prepare the fellow for board certification and careers in pediatric neuropsychology. For more specific information about training experiences and clinical rotations, please contact Jennifer Janusz, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn for a residency brochure.


The resident will have the opportunity to participate in clinical research under the supervision of a faculty member, through their participation in an ongoing research project. At the beginning of residency, we will discuss with the resident ongoing research projects, with the resident choosing the one in which they would like to participate. Ongoing projects involve children with epilepsy (Wilkening; Boada), chromosomal anomalies (Janusz; Boada), stroke (Boada; Wilkening), brain tumors (Wilkening), and moderate/severe TBI intervention (Kirkwood), and symptom validity testing (Kirkwood). By the end of residency, it is expected that the resident will submit one first-author manuscript for publication and complete one other scholarly activity, such as a poster presentation, a talk at a national/regional conference, or a pilot grant submission.


Required didactics include the Pediatric Neuropsychology Seminar, which meets weekly and includes topic-specific lectures, journal article discussions, and case presentations. The resident will also attend the monthly Neuropsychology Seminar held jointly with the University of Colorado Denver adult neuropsychology residency program and the monthly Neurology Journal Club.  Weekly attendance at Neurology Grand Rounds, Neurology Case Conference, and Neuroradiology Conference will also be required. Optional didactics include: Pediatrics Grand Rounds; Genetics Grand Rounds; Brain Cuttings; and Psychology Grand Rounds.


We will only consider applicants who have completed APA/CPA-accredited doctoral programs and internships. All requirements for the doctoral program, including dissertation, must be completed prior to starting residency. Applicants should have substantial prior experience in neuropsychological assessment, with a focus on children and adolescents.

Required Application Materials and Deadlines
Application materials must be received by January 6. The program is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and participates in the APPCN Resident Matching Program. Applicants must register with National Matching Services, Inc. (; 416-977-3431). The Neurology Track program code number is 8123 and the Rehabilitation Track is program code 8122. This residency site agrees to abide by the APPCN policy that no person at this facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Applications should include:
• Letter of intent, including statement of professional goals
• Curriculum vitae
• Graduate transcript (may be unofficial)
• Three letters of recommendation
• Two assessment reports written by the applicant, preferably showing breadth in terms of diagnosis and age of child assessed
• Doctoral Training Verification Form available from the APPCN website, signed by your training director or dissertation director (

Applications may be submitted by mail, but electronic submission to Kari Phillipps is preferred.  If submitting by mail, materials can be sent to:

Kari Phillipps, MEd
Child Neurology Residency and Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Coordinator
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Dept. of Neurology
13123 E. 16th Ave., B155
Aurora, CO 80045

Interviews for selected applicants will be completed at the meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) in Seattle, Washington. The majority of interviews will be conducted on the “Interview Day”, which is Tuesday, February 11.  A small number of interview slots will be available during the conference. Interviews can also be arranged at our facility in Aurora, CO, but must be completed prior to INS.

Salary and Benefits
The salary for the first year is $38,000 and $38,950 for the second year. The resident will be hired through the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and will be eligible for employee benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance. The resident will receive 15 days of vacation, as well as 9 paid holidays. Residents are also given one week of conference leave, with $800 for professional expenses.

Questions regarding application materials can be directed to Kari Phillipps, MEd,

Questions regarding training/educational experiences can be directed to the Training Director Jennifer Janusz, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn,

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Child Neurology Residents
Garnett Smith (PGY-1), Dorlynn Henry (PGY-2), Marcus Wheeler (PGY-5), John Binder (PGY-4), Craig Press (PGY-3), Emily Gertsch (PGY-5), Adam Wallace (PGY-3) (not pictured: Erica Obaro (PGY-1), Melissa Wright (PGY-1), Krista Eschbach (PGY-2), Jan Ludke (PGY-2), Andra Dingman (PGY-3), Amanda Moen (PGY-4), Ara Hall (Epilepsy Fellow)

The Pediatric Neurology Residency Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has been training pediatric neurology residents since the 1960’s. Formal ACGME accreditation has been continuous since guidelines for this program were established in 1988. Over 30 residents have been trained since the program’s inception.


Current Child Neurology Residents

John Binder, MD
Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: Loyola Un of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Research Interests: TBD

Andra Dingman, MD
Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Research Interests: TBD 

Emily Gertsch, MD
Residency: Mayo Clinic Minnesota
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Research Interests: TBD

Amanda Moen, MD
Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Iowa Rj & L Carver College of Medicine
Research Interests: TBD

Craig Press, MD, PhD
Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine
Research Interests:  TBD 

Adam Wallace, MD
Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Research Interests: TBD

Marcus Wheeler, MD
Residency: University of Minnesota
Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School
Research Intrerests: TBD

Current Pediatric Epilepsy Fellows

Ara Hall, MD
Residency: University of Texas Medical School At Houston
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School At Houston
Research Interests:

Recent Graduates

Our recent graduates include:
  • Dr. Andrew White; Faculty - University of Colorado School of Medicine; Completed a Fellowship in Epilepsy – University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Dr. Brendan Mull; Kaiser, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Tim Bernard; Faculty - University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Dr. Lucy Zawadzki; Faculty - University Of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. Carter Wray; Faculty - Oregon Health & Science University; completed a Fellowship in Epilepsy – The Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Edward Jernigan; Pediatric Neurologist in Boise, ID
  • Dr. Britt Stroud; Pediatric Neurologist at Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Fort Meyers, FL
  • Dr. Sita Kedia; Faculty - University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Dr. Teri Schreiner, Faculty - University of Colorado School of Medicine; Completed a Fellowship In MS – University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Dr. Cynthia Keator; Pediatric Neurologist - Epileptologist, Fort Worth, Texas; Completed a Fellowship in Epilepsy – University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Dr. Meredith Schultz; Pediatric Neurologist in Madison, Wisconsin