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Pediatric Neuropsychology Residency


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Overview

The University of Colorado School of Medicine / Children’s Hospital Colorado is offering two postdoctoral residency positions in Pediatric Neuropsychology beginning September 2014. One position is offered through the Division of Neurology and the second through the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. These two-year residencies are designed to provide training experiences consistent with INS-APA Division 40 and Houston Conference guidelines. The goal of the program is to provide a broad range of clinical and research experiences to prepare the individual for board certification in clinical neuropsychology through ABPP/ABCN and a future career in pediatric neuropsychology.

Residents 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. Four neuropsychologists (Drs. Boada, Berrios-Siervo, Connery, and Eberle) complete bilingual (Spanish/English) evaluations and residents with appropriate skills will be able to gain experience in bilingual assessment. Residents will also participate in multidisciplinary clinics. Many of our referrals relate to diagnostic concerns, longitudinal assessment, risk assessment, 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 resident for board certification and careers in pediatric neuropsychology. In order to broaden the training experience, each resident will complete a 6 month rotation in the other track (i.e., Neurology resident will spend 6 months in Rehabilitation and the Rehabilitation resident will spend 6 months in Neurology). Please see complete training brochure for more detailed information about clinical training experiences.

Track 1: Pediatric Neuropsychology/ Neurology

This track provides general training in pediatric neuropsychology with a focus on neurologic/genetic populations. Under supervision, the resident will complete two outpatient evaluations per week. The resident will also accompany a faculty member to a half-day, multidisciplinary clinic each week with the goal of developing brief interview and consultation skills. While the resident will see a wide range of referrals over the course of the 2 years, the program is structured to provide more focused experiences during specific 6-month rotations. During each rotation, the resident will receive more referrals with children with those specific diagnoses and will be supervised by faculty with particular expertise in that area. They will also attend multidisciplinary clinics appropriate to those rotations. Rotations are as follows:

Genetics and Stroke Clinic (First Year, September-February): During this rotation, the resident will see children with a variety of genetic and metabolic disorders. Three times per month the resident will attend the Stroke Clinic, where he/she will complete abbreviated neuropsychological assessments with children during the morning of clinic, and then attend the multidisciplinary clinic in the afternoon.

Rehabilitation (First Year, March-August): During the 6-month rehabilitation rotation, the Neurology resident's primary training experiences will be a combination of comprehensive outpatient evaluations focused on a variety of rehabilitation conditions (e.g., moderate/severe TBI, anoxic/hypoxic injuries, encephalitis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy), as well as neuropsychological consultation for children and teenagers with mild TBI through the multidisciplinary concussion clinic.

Epilepsy (Second Year, September-February): The resident’s focus will be on assessing children with epilepsy. This includes pre- and post-surgical evaluations, evaluations of children with epilepsy who are not surgical candidates, and possible participation in MRI preparation, Wada testing and language mapping. The resident will attend weekly epilepsy clinics and participate in neurobehavioral assessment of children and families on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Neuro-Oncology/ Resident’s Choice (Second Year, March-August): The resident will have the opportunity to assess children with hematologic/oncologic disorders, including brain tumors and leukemia. The resident will also conduct pre- and post-bone marrow transplant evaluations.. To round out training, the resident will also be able to choose to work with a specific supervisor within Neurology if they have a specific area of interest or specialization.

Track 2: Pediatric Neuropsychology/ Rehabilitation

This track provides general training in pediatric neuropsychology with a focus on rehabilitation-relevant populations and conditions. The resident will participate in three rotations through Rehabilitation during their 18 months, with the remaining 6 months spent in Neurology. In addition to the rotation experiences and responsibilities, during the 18-months in Rehabilitation, the resident will complete 2-3 comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations per month focused on a variety of rehabilitation conditions (e.g., moderate/severe TBI, anoxic/hypoxic injuries, encephalitis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy). 

Rotations and descriptions are as follows:

Mild TBI / Concussion Clinic (First year, September-February): The resident will participate in a comprehensive multidisciplinary concussion clinic providing neuropsychological consultation to children and teenagers with mild TBI, ranging from sport-related concussion to complicated mild TBI. The resident will learn and utilize an abbreviated assessment model to evaluate postconcussive difficulties and guide treatment planning, as well as work with physicians and community providers regarding return to play decisions and school management.

Neurology Rotation (First Year, March-August): During the 6-month rotation in Neurology, the resident will complete 2 evaluations per week with children and adolescents with a variety of neurologic and genetic disorders, including epilepsy, Neurofibromatosis Type 1, tuberous sclerosis, stroke, leukemia, multiple sclerosis and brain tumors. The resident will also have the opportunity to attend multi-disciplinary clinics with a faculty member.

Inpatient Neurotrauma/Rehabilitation Unit (Second Year, September-February): The resident will participate in the hospital’s multidisciplinary inpatient neurotrauma/rehabilitation unit for children recovering from a variety of acquired injuries and illnesses including moderate/severe TBI, spinal cord injury, anoxic/hypoxic brain injuries, encephalitis, cardiac conditions, stroke, tumor resections, epilepsy surgery, and other neurological and neuromuscular disorders.

Developmental Specialty Clinics (Second year, March-August):  The resident will participate in two specialty clinics-  The International Adoption Clinic (IAC) and the Non-Accidental Brain Injury Care Clinic (NABICC)-  focused on younger patient populations (i.e., under 5 years) to allow for the acquisition or refinement of knowledge and skills particularly relevant to preschool and infant/toddler assessment. ​

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, and the resident will choose the one in which they would like to participate.

Ongoing projects involve children with epilepsy (Wilkening, Boada), sex chromosome aneuploidy (Janusz, Boada), stroke (Boada, Wilkening), brain tumors (Wilkening), moderate/severe TBI (Kirkwood, Tlustos-Carter, Peterson), concussion/mild TBI (Kirkwood, Connery, Baker, and Peterson), and performance/symptom validity testing (Kirkwood, Connery, Baker, and Peterson).

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.​

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Didactic experiences are geared toward preparing the resident for board certification in clinical neuropsychology.

At the end of the first year, the resident is required to take the APPCN Resident Exam. The resident is strongly encouraged to complete the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) exam prior to completion of their residency.

Didactic experiences include:

Pediatric Neuropsychology Seminar: Weekly neuropsychology seminar includes topic-specific lectures, journal article discussions, and case presentations. Topics include neuroanatomy, neurological disorders, legal/ethical issues, and fact-finding reviews.

Adult Neuropsychology Seminar: The resident will attend the monthly Neuropsychology Seminar held jointly with the University of Colorado Denver adult neuropsychology fellowship program.

Training Director’s Hour: Residents meet monthly with the training director for discussions regarding professional development issues.

Neurology Journal Club: The Neurology resident will attend this journal club with neurology faculty and trainees.

Rehabilitation Seminar & Journal Club: The Rehabilitation resident will attend this series with the Rehabilitation Medicine faculty and trainees.

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Seminar: This weekly seminar focuses on issues related to child development and assessment.

Optional Didactics: Other didactic opportunities include Neurology Grand Rounds, Neurology Case Conference, PM&R Grand Rounds, Brain Injury Research Group, Neuroradiology Conference, Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Genetics Grand Rounds, Psychology Grand Rounds, and brain cutting.

Teaching and Supervision: The resident will have the opportunity to develop their own supervisory skills through working with psychometricians and trainees. Residents will also be expected to present during the Pediatric Neuropsychology Seminar Series and may be asked to present at other seminars, as opportunities allow.

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.

Application materials must be received by January 6, 2014. Applications should include:

  • Letter of intent, identifying tracks applying for and including statement of professional goals
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcript (may be unofficial)
  • Three letters of recommendation sent directly from the recommender, preferably by email
  • 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 (http://appcn.sitewrench.com/doctoral-training-verification). 

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

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

Our program participates in the APPCN match and applicants must register with National Matching Services, Inc. (www.natmatch.com; 416-977-3431). 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.  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, from February 12-14. Interviews can also be arranged at our facility in Aurora, CO, but must be completed prior to INS. 

Questions?
Questions regarding application materials can be directed to Kari Phillipps, MEd, at 720-777-2704 or Kari.Phillipps@childrenscolorado.org​​

Questions regarding training/educational experiences can be directed to Jennifer Janusz, Psy.D., ABPP, Training Director, at 720-777-0124 or  Jennifer.janusz@childrenscolorado.org

Division of Neurology

Gretchen Berrios-Siervo, Psy.D.
gretchen.berrios-siervo@childrenscolorado.org
Instructor of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests:  Neurocognitive profiles of children with focal and generalized epilepsies; epilepsy surgery outcomes; assessment and evaluation of bilingual and multicultural children.

Richard Boada, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn
richard.boada@childrenscolorado.org
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests:  Cognitive sequelae of stroke and epilepsy; bilingual assessment; etiological and cognitive factors underlying the comorbidity among language, reading, and attentional disorders.

Jennifer Janusz, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn
jennifer.janusz@childrenscolorado.org
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Training Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Program Director, Neurofibromatosis Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Clinical and research interests:  Neurocognitive profile of children with genetic and metabolic disorders.

Christa Hutaff-Lee, Ph.D.
christa.hutaff-lee@childrenscolorado.org
Instructor of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Externship Training Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Clinical and research interests: Neurocognitive profiles of children with pediatric demyelinating and autoimmune disorders, pediatric brain tumor and other pediatric cancers, and genetic disorders.

Greta Wilkening, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn
greta.wilkening@childrenscolorado.org
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Service, Division of Neurology
Director, Neurodevelopmental Research Core, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Clinical and research interests: Evaluation of children with epilepsy and brain neoplasms.  

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

David Baker, Psy.D.
david.baker@childrenscolorado.org
Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: Outcomes following mild TBI, moderate/severe TBI, and other acquired brain injuries.  

Amy Connery, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn
amy.connery@childrenscolorado.org
Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado School of Medicine. 
Clinical and research interests:  Bilingual assessment; mild TBI; assessment of young children through the International Adoption Clinic (IAC) and Non-Accidental Brain Injury Care Clinic (NABICC). 

Nicole Eberle, Ph.D.
nicole.eberle@childrenscolorado.org
Clinical interests: Neurocognitive outcome following moderate/severe traumatic brain injury; bilingual assessment; outpatient psychotherapy with patients and families with medical diagnoses.

Michael Kirkwood, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn
michael.kirkwood@childrenscolorado.org
Associate Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Co-Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado Concussion Program
Clinical and research interests: Acquired brain injury in children; mild TBI; value of validity testing in pediatric assessment.

Robin Peterson, Ph.D.
robin.peterson@childrenscolorado.org
Clinical and research interests: Understanding developmental outcomes in children with traumatic brain injury or neurodevelopmental disorders.

Sarah Tlustos-Carter, Ph.D.
sarah.tlustos@childrenscolorado.org
Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests:  Cognitive and social-emotional outcomes after moderate/severe TBI and other acquired brain injuries.