The clinical training portion of our program is designed to adhere to the Houston Conference guidelines for specialty training in clinical neuropsychology. As a fellow, you will develop a sophisticated understanding of brain-behavior relationships, enhancing your neuropsychological evaluation skills and maximizing your ability to provide rehabilitative treatments. Fellows conduct neuropsychological evaluations as well as cognitive remediation and psychotherapy in individual, family, and group formats. Neuropsychological evaluations conducted within the practice are comprehensive and hypothesis-driven. Evaluations are conducted to inform diagnosis and formulate practical recommendations for improving daily functioning and informing patients’ decision making.
Treatment provided within the practice can be either short or long-term. Cognitive remediation typically involves developing and carrying out a structured cognitive exercise program and teaching patients compensatory cognitive techniques. Psychotherapy offered within the practice reflects an integrative but predominantly cognitive-behavioral approach with the goal of educating patients about, and facilitating adjustment to, neurological disability. Fellows see adults with acquired brain injury (TBI, anoxia, stroke) but will also occasionally see individuals with other diagnoses. The practice occasionally accepts children and adolescents, and these patients are assigned to fellows based on prior experience or interest in working with pediatric patients. All fellows gain experience treating a diverse patient population.
Fellows are supervised weekly, in individual and group settings, by one or more clinical faculty members. Direct supervision is provided for intake and diagnostic interviews, neuropsychological evaluation feedback, and on an as-needed basis for patients receiving ongoing care. Fellows attend weekly seminars in neuropsychological data interpretation, biweekly seminars in clinical neuroscience and rehabilitation interventions for cognitive and emotional disorders, and monthly seminars in functional neuroanatomy. Fellows can attend weekly neuropathology conferences and brain cuttings offered by the Department of Pathology as well as grand rounds offered by the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry. Fellows can also take advantage of the translational neuroscience seminar series and programs offered through the Friedman Brain Institute and the Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute. Fellows may also teach and supervise the Department’s predoctoral interns.