Neuropsychology Program Tracks
The Postdoctoral Residency Program in Clinical Neuropsychology at Barrow Neurological Institute is a 2-year fellowship program requiring clinical, teaching, and research activities. Residents in clinical neuropsychology are involved in direct patient care in several settings and the program has two tracks: general and rehabilitation.
The Barrow Department of Clinical Neuropsychology is organized into four divisions and general track residents spend six months rotating in each of the four divisions over the course of the 2-year program. Most of the first year is spent in general and rehabilitation division rotations, while most of the second year is spent in epilepsy and geriatric and movement disorders rotations. Rehabilitation-track residents spend their entire first year at the Center for Transitional Neuro-Rehabilitation (CTN) and their second year rotating for six months in each of the general and rehabilitation divisions of the department.
Track 1: General Clinical Neuropsychology
This track includes supervised training in appropriate record review, clinical interviewing, administration of neuropsychological tests, and report writing. Residents also receive training in providing feedback to patients regarding clinical findings in a manner that is clinically-sensitive and helpful to patients and their families. Residents will also develop practical, empirically supported treatment recommendations.
Within this track, residents spend their training time equally in each of four divisions:
- General Outpatient
- Geriatric and Movement Disorders
- Epilepsy (6 months on each rotation)
Our goal is to expose residents to a wide variety of neurological and neurosurgical disorders. This will prepare them to assess this challenging clinical segment and devise practical and meaningful treatment programs or recommendations.
Track 2: Neurorehabilitation with Specialization in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
The neurorehabilitation with a specialty in neuropsychological rehabilitation track is designed for those seeking a career in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. Residents in this program receive extensive training in the assessment of cognitive and personality disorders in brain-dysfunctional patients who are in acute and post-acute rehabilitation programs. The primary focus is on learning methods of neuropsychological rehabilitation intervention to help patients become independent and return to a productive lifestyle.
This track helps train clinical neuropsychologists to work within the context of an interdisciplinary team and to develop a positive working alliance with family members as well as the patient. Residents in this track receive extensive outpatient and inpatient training at the Center for Transitional Neuro-Rehabilitation and in the Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Unit at Barrow. They also complete a rotation in general neuropsychology.