3 Questions for the 2020 Barrow Clinical Neuropsychology Graduates

September brings a new academic year for the Clinical Neuropsychology Residency Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, when we welcome a new class of trainees and say goodbye to those graduating.

To our graduates, we thank you for your commitment to our patients, congratulate you on completing this milestone, and wish you all the best in your next chapter.

To the neuropsychology residents graduating in 2020: You are now completing your lengthy educational journey to become an independent clinical neuropsychologist. All of your perseverance and hard work has finally come to fruition, and this work ethic will serve you well as you embark on the new and exciting adventure of your future career. We are all incredibly proud of your accomplishment, as you should be. Congratulations to Drs. Bono and Holden!

–Gregory P. Lee, PhD, ABPP-CN; Director, Barrow Clinical Neuropsychology Residency Program

This year, we asked our graduates to share their most memorable moments at Barrow, the advice they would give to their younger selves, and their biggest influences. We’ve compiled their responses below.

Heather Holden, PhD

Heather Holden, PhD

New role: Clinical Neuropsychologist, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, South Carolina

1. I don’t have a specific memorable moment, but some of my fondest memories are of time spent with my fellow residents. I feel extremely fortunate to have gone through this experience with such a cohesive and supportive group and am very grateful to have gained some dear friends in the process.

2. If I could go back in time and give one piece of advice to the younger version of myself on my first day coming to Barrow, it would be to put aside the “imposter syndrome” and believe in your abilities that got you here. My other piece of advice would be to always stay present in the moment and enjoy the unique and interesting opportunities that come with training in a renowned neurological institute.

3. My biggest Barrow influence has been the brilliant and accomplished neuropsychology faculty in our department. They are truly gifted at what they do, and I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to be mentored by them in my final years of training.

Amanda Bono, PhD

Portrait of Amanda Bono
Amanda Bono, PhD

New role: Clinical Neuropsychologist, Rehab Without Walls, Phoenix, Arizona

1. My most memorable moments at Barrow included working with patients and their families on the inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit and following up with them months later in our outpatient clinic. Their resiliency is inspiring, and it was a privilege to be part of their treatment team.

2. If I could go back in time and give one piece of advice to the younger version of myself on my first day coming to Barrow, it would be that you will be working with faculty members who are as kind and supportive as they are brilliant and accomplished. Although residency is challenging, it is manageable, and you will learn much more than you thought was possible in two years.

3. My biggest Barrow influence has been the neuropsychology faculty at Barrow. Their training, support, and guidance has molded me into the clinician that I am today.