Geisinger Health System’s Neuropsychology Fellowship is a two-year program in which the postdoctoral fellow will provide outpatient neuropsychological evaluations to patients referred from primary care physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists and surgeons. The fellow will gain experience and training with neuropsychological assessments across a range of patients, including patients with acquired brain injuries, dementia, epilepsy, motor disorders, MS, medical diseases potentially effecting cognitive function (such as cardiovascular disease, liver disease, renal disease, autoimmune disease), and psychiatric and psychological disorders. The postdoctoral fellow will also help to provide inpatient consultations to specialty medical services, including trauma surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, medicine and cardiology.
Geisinger Medical Center is a Level One Regional Trauma Center. As such, the fellow will have the opportunity to serve as a multidisciplinary team member and provider of inpatient neuropsychological consults to the Division of Trauma Surgery for patients with traumatic brain injury. The fellow will attend didactics on topics in neuropsychology as well as attend Psychiatry Grand Rounds. There will also be opportunity to attend Neuroscience Grand Rounds, didactics associated with the Neurology Residency Program, and accompany teams conducting trauma surgery, neurosurgery and neurology inpatient rounds. There will also be opportunities to observe neurosurgical procedures.
The fellow will be responsible for a research project and have opportunity to provide educational presentations.
Goals and exit criteria
- Advanced skills in neuropsychological evaluation, treatment, and consultation to patients and professionals in order to practice on an independent basis
- Advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships
- Scholarly activities, e.g. submission of a study, literature review, grant review or outcome assessment
- Formal quarterly evaluations of progress and competency in the areas above
- Eligibility for state licensure or certification for independent practice of psychology
- Eligibility for board certification by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN) and American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP-CN)
All graduates of the program will be expected to apply for board certification by ABN or ABCN. The American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN) is recognized by the APA Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) as a specialty credentialing organization.