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Geisinger’s Neuropsychology Fellowship Program is a two-year training experience designed to provide graduates with the skillset necessary to excel in their future careers as clinical neuropsychologists. This training program is a member of the Academy of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology and is adherent to Division 40/Houston Conference guidelines for postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology. The section of Neuropsychology currently has six full-time faculty members, eight full-time trainees (two predoctoral interns and six postdoctoral residents). Our faculty are actively engaged in many areas of professional neuropsychological practice (e.g., traditional outpatient assessment, inpatient assessment, memory disorders clinical practice and presurgical assessment) and as such, residents can expect a dynamic and varied training experience. The fellow will gain experience with range of different clinical populations including neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, MS, cognitive impairment secondary to medical illness (e.g., cardiovascular disease, liver, renal and autoimmune diseases), brain tumor, epilepsy and psychiatric disorders. Traditional outpatient neuropsychological assessment forms the core of the training experience but fellows can also expect exposure to inpatient neuropsychological assessment, assessment within the context of multidisciplinary treatment teams (e.g., movement disorders, epilepsy, tumor board), and within a multidisciplinary memory disorders clinical setting staffed by neuropsychology and behavioral neurology.

Geisinger Medical Center is a level one trauma center and a main training site for the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, which contributes to interprofessional training experiences and a broad range of didactic opportunities. Core didactics associated with the program include psychiatry grand rounds, neuropsychology didactics, integrated neurology/neuropsychology/psychiatry didactics, and memory and cognition consensus conference. There will also be opportunity to attend neuroscience grand rounds and didactics associated with the Neurology Residency Program. Neuropsychology is well represented on several multidisciplinary treatment teams that residents can partake in, including tumor board, normal pressure hydrocephalus board, movement disorders/deep brain stimulation treatment team and epilepsy surgical treatment team.

Faculty are actively engaged in ongoing research and the fellow will be responsible for a research project and educational presentations throughout their training.

Goals and exit criteria

  • Advanced skills in neuropsychological evaluation, treatment and consultation to patients and professionals necessary for independent practice
  • Advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships
  • Adequate understanding of the various conditions with which neuropsychologists work (e.g., neurodegenerative disorders, stroke and traumatic brain injury)
  • Scholarly activities, e.g. submission of a study, literature review, grant review or outcome assessment
  • Formal quarterly evaluations of progress documenting 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)

As a member of the Academy of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, graduates of the program are automatically eligible for board certification through ABN. All graduates of the program are encouraged to apply for board certification through 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.
 
Program Director
Bradley J. Wilson, PhD, ABN
Geisinger Medical Center
Division of Psychiatry
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822
bwilson1@geisinger.edu         

Assistant Director
Peter V. Stewart, PsyD
Geisinger Medical Center
Division of Psychiatry
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822
pstewart1@geisinger.edu