Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship Program

The Henry Ford Behavioral Health Services Division of Neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology prepares fellows for independent practice in a hospital or outpatient setting, scholarly activity, and board certification. Our fellowship program is highly competitive and has been providing quality training and education for more than 25 years. It has been accredited by the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and follows Division 40 guidelines.

Openings

There are two adult positions and one pediatric position available. There is typically one adult opening per year, and one pediatric opening every other year.

About the Henry Ford Division of Neuropsychology

The neuropsychology program includes seven full-time, board certified or board eligible, senior staff neuropsychologists, including two pediatric neuropsychologists. The Division also has interns in an American Psychological Association-accredited program, several psychometrists, practicum students and clerical support staff. Our experienced team evaluates more than 2,000 adult, geriatric and pediatric patients per year for a wide variety of conditions.

Clinical specialty areas

  • Adult evaluations: Epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, sports concussions, dementia, stroke, neuropsychiatric disorders, brain tumors, movement disorders, and brain stimulation
  • Pediatric evaluations: Neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, concussions, seizures, genetic disorders, pre-natal exposure, toxicity, and trauma and neglect
  • Inpatient consultation: Inpatient neurology (epilepsy monitoring unit evaluations)

Learn more about neuropsychology services

What to expect from the fellowship program

Individuals who complete the adult training program will be able to provide neuropsychological evaluations of patients with actual or suspected neurological disorders and diseases, psychiatric disorders, and medical conditions associated with neurobehavioral disorders. They will be prepared to participate in specialty clinics centered on such disorders as dementia, epilepsy, head injury and movement disorders, which involve an interdisciplinary approach to intervention.

Individuals who complete the pediatric training program will demonstrate mastery in evaluation of neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and more general neurological diseases (i.e., seizures, traumatic brain injury, toxicity, etc.). They will experience minor rotations in specialty clinics such as concussion clinic, autism spectrum disorders, neuroradiology, and/or general neurology. If interested, fellows can participate in WADA evaluations and clinical treatment opportunities are available.

At the end of their first year, all fellows take an APPCN-developed examination similar to the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) board examination, and give formal presentations on various neuropsychological syndromes and neuroanatomy. They will have developed research experience either collaborating with senior staff or independently. Second year fellows sit for a mock-oral board examination that follows ABCN oral board protocol and present at a departmental grand rounds. Our expectation is that the fellow will be prepared to sit for the board examination in Neuropsychology.

  • Fellow Responsibilities
    • Fellows are responsible for the neuropsychological evaluation of clinic referrals and are assigned three patients per week for evaluation. They select appropriate tests, conduct interviews, administer neuropsychological tests, and synthesize diagnostic impressions and recommendations into written reports.
    • Fellows occasionally work with psychometrists.
    • Fellows participate in supervision and learn to lead group supervision.
    • They provide consultation to referral sources as well as feedback to patients and family members and help in the training of medical residents rotating through the Division of Neuropsychology.
  • Supervision
    There is a minimum of 2.0 hours of weekly individual supervision.
  • Research Requirements
    • Approximately 10% of the fellow's time is devoted to research, including grant preparation, study design and analysis of data, journal preparation/submission and conference presentation.
    • Fellows participate in approximately six to seven hours of weekly didactic training and supervision.
    • In year one, fellows identify a research project to be completed by the end of year two.
  • Educational Offerings
    • Neuropsychology Seminar: Course work, case presentations, journal club
    • Professional Development Seminars, which include bi-monthly discussions of professional issues
    • Grand Rounds in neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry
    • Medical neuroscience course
    • Brain cuttings
    • WADA evaluations
    • Multidisciplinary autism evaluations
    • Case presentation
    • Neuroanatomy review
    • Special Topic Interests: forensics, ethics, and other areas of interest
    • Group Supervision: Second year fellows learn how to lead group supervision of neuropsychological cases presented by interns
  • Examination Requirements

    Year One

    • APPCN sponsored multiple-choice examination
    • Two presentations on syndrome analysis

    Year Two

    • ABCN-style, mock fact-finding oral examination
    • Grand Rounds presentation
    • Completion of research requirement
    • Rounding in specialty clinics
  • Educational Resources
    • Networked AV capable computers
    • Computer-based literature searches
    • Online journals and books

How to apply

For more information or to apply, contact Brad Merker, PhD, ABPP-CN.

Information for Applicants
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