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Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship


Children's Hospital Colorado

Overview

The University of Colorado School of Medicine / Children’s Hospital Colorado is offering three postdoctoral fellowship positions in Pediatric Neuropsychology for the 2020-2022 training period:

      Track 1: Neurology

      Track 2: Rehabilitation

      Track 3: Spanish Bilingual & Multicultural Emphasis.

These two-year fellowships 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. Applicants may apply to all three tracks, but should be able to describe the relevance of their experience and training goals to each track.

Fellows in all tracks 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  but not limited to epilepsy, stroke, childhood cancers, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and mild to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Fellows will also participate in multidisciplinary clinics. Many of our referrals relate to diagnostic concerns, longitudinal assessment, risk assessment, and educational planning, and the fellow will hone skills in providing recommendations to physicians, parents, teachers, and therapists

Questions regarding training/educational experiences can be directed to:

 

 

                                                    Christa Hutaff-Lee, Ph.D., ABPP

                                            Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Training

                                               720-777-5561           Christa.Hutaff-Lee

 

     David Baker, Psy.D., ABPP-CN  

     Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Training 

     720-777-5474    David.Baker

 
 

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     Gretchen Berrios-Siervo, Psy.D., ABPP-CN

     Director, Bilingual/Multicultural Training
     720-777-5599    Gretchen.Berrios-Siervo

 

About Children’s Hospital Colorado

Children’s Hospital Colorado is the largest pediatric hospital in Colorado, and one of the largest in the Western United States. 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 through both the Division of Neurology and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Fellows will have the opportunity to work in both settings. In total, there are 16 pediatric neuropsychologists, 11 of whom are board-certified by ABCN.

 

Track 1: Pediatric Neuropsychology- Neurology

(Match Number 8121)

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 and descriptions are as follows:

  • Genetics and Stroke Clinic: During this rotation, the resident will see children through the Division of Neurology with a variety of genetic and metabolic disorders, including neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, PKU, and 22q deletion syndrome. As schedules permit, residents may also have the opportunity to see infants and toddlers identified with genetic disorders through statewide newborn screening, as well as children with X and Y chromosome variations through the eXtraordinarY Kids clinic. During this rotation, the resident will attend monthly Tuberous Sclerosis and Neurofibromatosis Clinics. Three times per month the resident will attend the Stroke Clinic. In this clinic, the resident will complete abbreviated neuropsychological assessments with children during the morning of clinic, and then attend the multidisciplinary clinic in the afternoon.
         
  • Rehabilitation: During the 6-month rehabilitation rotation, the Neurology resident's primary training experiences will be a combination of comprehensive outpatient evaluations and neuropsychological consultation for children and teenagers with mild TBI through the multidisciplinary concussion clinic. The general outpatient evaluations will focus on a variety of rehabilitation conditions (e.g., moderate/severe TBI, anoxic/hypoxic injuries, encephalitis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy). The concussion clinic experience will focus on learning an abbreviated assessment model to evaluate postconcussive difficulties and guide treatment planning, as well as working with physicians and community providers regarding return to play and school management decisions. The resident will learn the natural clinical course of mild TBI, the various issues that can complicate recovery, and the role of performance/symptom validity testing in mild TBI evaluations. The resident will also have an opportunity to work on the hospital’s Neurotrauma/Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit and be involved in two developmentally-focused specialty clinics: International Adoption Clinic (IAC) and Non-Accidental Brain Injury Care Clinic (NABICC).   
 
  • Epilepsy: 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 fMRI 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. Residents will attend Epilepsy Conference to gain experience in providing physicians information to assist with their treatment decisions and exposure to the various modalities and issues that are considered during surgical decision making. The use of focused, specific assessment to answer discrete clinical questions is emphasized.
 
  • Neuro-Oncology/ Resident’s Choice: 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. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary clinics for newly diagnosed and long-term survivors. 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.
 

Track 2: Pediatric Neuropsychology- Rehabilitation

(Match Number 8122)

This track provides general training in pediatric neuropsychology with an emphasis on rehabilitation-relevant populations and conditions, including mild TBI/concussion, moderate/severe TBI, anoxic/hypoxic injuries, encephalitis, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy. Under supervision, the resident will complete approximately 2-4 comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations per month.  In addition to these experiences, the resident will participate in 3 different rehabilitation rotations.  These rotations will include more intensive focus on specific patient populations.  The resident will gain experience working with abbreviated assessment models and will have the opportunity to work on outpatient and inpatient multidisciplinary clinics and teams.

Rotations and descriptions are as follows:

  • Mild TBI / Concussion Clinic: 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 program sees over 1,000 new patients each year. 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. The resident will become expert in pediatric mild TBI and sport-related concussion by learning the natural clinical course of mild TBI, its risks, the various factors that can complicate recovery, the role of performance/symptom validity testing in mild TBI evaluations, and empirically sensible management strategies. Concussion-relevant didactics and experiences include: monthly complex concussion case study meetings and bi-monthly concussion seminars, as well as co-presentation opportunities to schools and community providers.
 
  • Neurology Rotation: 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. Possible clinics include NF Clinic, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic, Stroke Clinic, Epilepsy Clinics, and clinics through hematology/oncology.  Attendance at neuroradiology and epilepsy conferences, as well as Neurology Grand Rounds, and Pediatric Neurology Journal club is encouraged.
 
  • Developmental Specialty Clinics:  The resident will participate in two specialty clinics that focus 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 International Adoption Clinic (IAC) is a multidisciplinary clinic focused on the medical, developmental, and emotional/behavioral assessment of children recently adopted internationally. Children range in age from birth to 18 years of age but are primarily preschool-aged or younger. The resident will perform formal cognitive assessment, informal assessment of language development, and consultation around emotional and behavioral challenges often faced by these children. The Non-Accidental Brain Injury Care Clinic (NABICC) is a large, multidisciplinary, outpatient clinic focused on the care of young children after non-accidental brain trauma.  Children are followed in the clinic on a regular basis for two years after sustaining injury. The resident will perform cognitive assessment and provide consultation around psychosocial concerns. Efforts will also be made to schedule young children (e.g., those ages 5 and below) for the fellow's outpatient comprehensive evaluations. 
 
  • Inpatient Neurotrauma/Rehabilitation Unit: 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. Resident responsibilities on the inpatient unit would include acute and serial assessment of cognitive status, abbreviated neuropsychological evaluations, psychoeducation to patients and families, and treatment planning, as well as follow-up consultation with service providers, families, and school teams. The resident also would be regularly involved in the multidisciplinary team meetings, cognitive-focused groups, and family treatment meetings. Additionally, involvement in the outpatient follow-up clinic (Acquired Brain Injury clinic) will also expose the fellow to the subacute process following TBI. 

Track 3: Pediatric Neuropsychology- Bilingual & Multicultural Emphasis

(Match Number 8125)

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we are uniquely equipped to provide specialized training opportunities in Spanish bilingual assessment given our diverse faculty and growing multicultural populations. This track will provide training in broad-based pediatric neuropsychology, with additional training opportunities in bilingual assessment. The goal is to provide the trainee with the background and clinical experiences sufficient to conduct competent and ethical evaluations with Spanish bilingual and multicultural populations.

 

The rotations for this track are similar to those for the Neurology track, including the clinical expectation of completing two outpatient evaluations and participating in one interdisciplinary clinic per week. During two of the rotations (one the first year and one the second year), one of the outpatient evaluations each week will be conducted with Spanish bilingual and multicultural populations. The resident will become familiar and learn to administer appropriate Spanish assessment measures, conduct interviews and feedbacks with families in Spanish, and provide summary reports to families in Spanish (translation services available if needed). Referral questions often include diagnosing language disorders and learning disabilities in children learning English as a second language who present with medically complex conditions. Evaluations will involve determining the patient’s level of English and Spanish language proficiency and will help to provide recommendations regarding language of instruction and level of support needed for special education/ intervention in the educational environment. Throughout training, the resident will be expected to have an understanding for and incorporate cultural influences into their interpretation and formulation of diagnostic impressions. Four neuropsychologists (Drs. Berrios-Siervo, Boada, Martin, Eberle, and Connery) complete bilingual (Spanish/English) evaluations and residents will have the opportunity to work with multiple supervisors in this area.

 
 

Rotations and descriptions

 

Genetics and Stroke Clinic/ Emphasis on Spanish Bilingual & Multicultural Evaluations

The resident will conduct one bilingual neuropsychological evaluation per week with the focus on learning Spanish assessment measures and general multicultural issues.  This evaluation will be with children with a variety of neurologic disorders. For the second outpatient evaluation, the resident will see children with genetic and metabolic disorders, including neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, PKU, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and XY variations. The resident will also participate in interdisciplinary clinics for children with tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Furthermore, the resident will attend the Stroke Clinic, and will complete abbreviated neuropsychological assessments and provide consultation to neurologists, hematologists, and physiatrists prior regarding findings.  

 
 

Rehabilitation

During the 6-month rehabilitation rotation, the resident will have the opportunity to work with a bilingual neuropsychologist.  The rotation will include comprehensive evaluations for 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. The concussion clinic experience will focus on learning an abbreviated assessment model to evaluate post-concussive difficulties and guide treatment planning, as well as working with providers regarding return to play and school decisions. The resident will be involved in completing abbreviated, developmentally-focused assessments in the multi-disciplinary International Adoption Clinic.  There may also be an opportunity to work on the hospital’s Neurotrauma/Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit and be involved in the Non-Accidental Brain Injury Care Clinic (NABICC).   

 
 

Epilepsy

The resident’s focus will be on assessing children with epilepsy. This includes pre- and post-surgical evaluations, general epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and possible participation in fMRI 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. Residents will attend Epilepsy Conference to gain experience in providing physicians information to assist with their treatment decisions and exposure to the various modalities and issues that are considered during surgical decision making. The use of focused, specific assessment to answer discrete clinical questions is emphasized.

 
 

Neuro-Oncology/ Emphasis on Spanish Bilingual & Multicultural Assessment

The resident will complete one bilingual assessment each week with children with a variety of neurologic conditions. The second evaluation each week will focus on assessing children with hematologic/oncologic disorders, including brain tumors and leukemia. The resident will also conduct pre- and post-bone marrow transplant evaluations. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary clinics for newly diagnosed and long-term survivors.  

Didactic Experiences

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

Research Experiences

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)
  • Bilingual and multicultural assessment (Boada, Berrios-Siervo, Connery, Martin)
  • Moderate/severe TBI (Kirkwood, Tlustos-Carter, Petranovich, Peterson)
  • Concussion/mild TBI (Kirkwood, Connery, Baker, and Peterson)
  • Performance/symptom validity testing (Kirkwood, Connery, Baker, and Peterson)
  • Spina Bifida (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.

Division of Neurology

 
Gretchen Berrios-Siervo, Psy.D., ABPP-CN
gretchen.berrios-siervo@childrenscolorado.org
Assistant Professor 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  
Associate 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.
 
Christa Hutaff-Lee, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
christa.hutaff-lee@childrenscolorado.org 
Assistant Professor 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.
 
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.
 
Arianna Martin, Ph.D.
Instructor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: Executive functioning in children with epilepsy; bilingual and multicultural assessment
 
Instructor of Neurology and Radiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine Clinical and Research Interests: General neuropsychology and neurodevelopmental disorders. Myelin imaging and the relationship of brain structure and fetal, infant, and child brain growth and cognitive development. 
 
Greta Wilkening, Psy.D., ABPP-CN
greta.wilkening@childrenscolorado.org
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.  
 
Kelly Wolfe, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: Behavioral cognitive functioning of children with cardiac conditions
 
 

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

 
David Baker, Psy.D. ABPP-CN
david.baker@childrenscolorado.org
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: Outcomes following mild TBI, moderate/severe TBI, and other acquired brain injuries, as well as cerebral palsy.  
 
Allison Colbert, Ph.D.
alison.colbert@childrenscolorado.org 
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine. 
Clinical and research interests: pediatric traumatic brain injury, neurorehabilitation, early childhood, neurodevelopmental disorders.
 
Amy K. Connery, Psy.D., ABPP-CN
amy.connery@childrenscolorado.org
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine 
Clinical and research interests: early brain injury, mild TBI, international adoption, early childhood development in low resource settings.
 
Nicole Eberle, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
nicole.eberle@childrenscolorado.org
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: Outcomes following moderate/severe TBI, group therapy, emotional recovery following TBI.
 
Michael W. Kirkwood, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
michael.kirkwood@childrenscolorado.org 
Director, Rehabilitation Psychology & Neuropsychology
Co-Director, Concussion Program
Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric TBI, concussion, and validity testing; board certification.
 
Robin Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
robin.peterson@childrenscolorado.org 
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric TBI, spina bifida, and learning disabilities. 
 
Christine Petranovich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: Cognitive, social, and behavioral outcomes following moderate to severe TBI; brain injury in early childhood.
 
Sarah Tlustos-Carter, Ph.D.
sarah.tlustos@childrenscolorado.org
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests:  Cognitive and psychosocial outcomes, as well as acute recovery indicators of functional outcomes following TBI and other acquired brain injuries; encephalitis.
 

Applying to our Program

 

Stipend/Benefits

The salary for the first year is $47,500 and $49,500 for the second year, consistent with NIH guidelines. The residents in the Neurology and Bilingual tracks will be hired through the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. The resident in the Rehabilitation track will be hired through Children’s Hospital Colorado. Both will be eligible for employee benefits including paid time off, as well as health, dental, and vision insurance. Residents are also given one week of conference leave, with $800 for professional expenses.

 

Application

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. For the Bilingual track: Given the specific nature of the Spanish Bilingual/ Multicultural training, additional requirements for this position include a level of Spanish and English language fluency and proficiency sufficient to complete interviews and assessments. Report writing skills in English will also be evaluated. Applicants need not have had prior experience completing evaluations in Spanish. If hired, hospital requirements include passing a basic oral language proficiency exam.

Please complete the online application below and email supplemental documents to:laura.konopka@childrenscolorado.org

Applications are due January 1, 2020

 
 

 
  

To be sent by the applicant via email:

  • Letter of intent, identifying tracks applying for and including statement of professional goals
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcript (may be unofficial)
  • 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). 
  • Three letters of recommendation sent directly from the writers to Laura Konopka, Education Coordinator, at laura.konopka@childrenscolorado.org
 

The Match

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 Denver, CO. The majority of interviews will be conducted on the “Interview Day”, which is Tuesday, February 4.  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.  For applicants for the Bilingual track, a portion of the interview will be conducted in Spanish to assess language proficiency.

 

Questions?

Questions regarding application materials can be directed to Laura Konopka, at 720-777-0595 or Laura.Konopka@childrenscolorado.org

Questions regarding training/educational experiences can be directed to Christa Hutaff-Lee, Psy.D., ABPP, Training Director, at 720-777-5561 or  Christa.Hutaff-Lee@childrenscolorado.org