Fellows will spend approximately 65% of their time providing direct clinic services with regular direct supervision. Additionally, at least 10% of their time will be devoted to research which will include interactions with applied professionals, 10% of their time will be devoted to didactics, and approximately 5% of their time will be devoted to professional preparation.
Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic:
This major rotation in pediatric neuropsychology will focus on patients aged 6 to 21. Populations include traumatic birth history/extreme prematurity, prenatal exposure to teratogens, genetic syndromes, epilepsy, ASD, ADHD/LD, RAD, and complex psychiatric presentations. Fellows will complete one full evaluation per week under the supervision of a staff doctor for the duration of the 2-year fellowship. The fellow will participate in all aspects of the evaluation process with faded direct support. A full evaluation includes clinical interview of caregiver and child (and any other necessary individuals), neuropsychological testing (and test selection), feedback, and any other consultation with medical providers and/or school personnel. The fellow will participate in all components of the evaluation from start to finish, including feedback and report writing, and will be increasingly responsible for those components. Whenever possible, a psychometrist will be available to the fellow to complete testing; however, the fellow should expect to complete the majority of testing themselves.
The Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic will include referrals to Concussion Clinic, which consists of student athletes who do not show an expected recovery course following a mild TBI.
Zero to 5 Clinic:
This major rotation will include developmental evaluations of children age 0 to 5, the majority of whom present with a question of ASD. Fellows will participate in one full evaluation every week for the first year and will be responsible for one full evaluation every week during the second year. The fellow will participate in comprehensive parent interviews, developmental testing, ADOS-2 administration and scoring, and first-time ASD feedbacks.
Els for Autism Foundation:
This minor rotation will entail multi-disciplinary evaluations of children age 0 to 5 referred for ASD diagnostic evaluations. The fellow will work with SLPs, BCBAs, and Clinical Psychologists to complete evaluations which include the ADOS-2 and ADI-R. Els for Autism is a non-profit organization committed to better understanding the aspiration of people with ASD and helping them to fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive, and rewarding lives. The fellow will have the opportunity to extend this rotation if they choose.
Pediatric Oncology Support Team Clinic (POST):
This minor rotation will include full neuropsychological evaluations of children with cancer. The majority of children are in the process of transitioning back into the school system. POST is a non-for-profit 501(c)3 and the majority of referrals are minority families of low SES. Fellows will complete one full evaluation per month under the supervision of a staff doctor for 1 year of their fellowship. The fellow will participate in all aspects of the evaluation process with faded direct support.. Whenever possible, a psychometrist will be available to the fellow to complete testing; however, the fellow should expect to complete the majority of testing themselves.
The fellow will have an opportunity to participate in forensic evaluations and consultation. The fellow may assist with record review, case conceptualization, and report writing. They will learn the obstacles and legal maneuvers relevant to forensic evaluations as it pertains to pediatric neuropsychology. The fellow will have opportunities to observe depositions and possibly trial testimony, and receive direct instruction and mentoring in providing neuropsychological testimony.