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Postdoctoral Fellowship Values

The postdoctoral fellowship is the final component of specialty education in clinical neuropsychology. The expected period of the fellowship extends over two years of full-time education and training. Training and program standards are designed to fulfill criteria designated by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (Hannay et al., 1998) and the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) (Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology, 1997). The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. (Office of Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington DC 20002, 202-336-5979)

The WRNMMC postdoctoral fellowship is designed to complete an integrated sequence of education and training which begins at the doctoral and internship levels, so as to produce an advanced level of competence sufficient for independent specialty practice. The program provides education and training that is primarily experiential in nature. Graduates will be eligible for certification in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and are encouraged to pursue this credential.

The fellowship provides education and training in the science of brain-behavior relationships as these exist throughout the life span, and in the application of the principles of assessment and intervention based on the scientific study of individuals with normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. Training has sufficient breadth to ensure advanced competence as a professional psychologist and sufficient depth and focus to ensure professional and technical expertise in the area of clinical neuropsychology. The education and training activities are cumulative, graduated in complexity, and structured in terms of sequence, intensity, duration, and frequency.

The patient population served by WRNMMC is highly diverse with respect to age, gender, ethnic background, language, culture, and socioeconomic status, all for which are vital to consider in neuropsychological practice. Issues of diversity are systematically addressed throughout the two years of the fellowship including didactics, clinical supervision, and research training.

Training is provided primarily within the Department of Psychology at WRNMMC, with an option for off-site elective training of up to 25% full time equivalent during the second year. Faculty for the fellowship is comprised of board-certified neuropsychologists and other professional neuropsychologists. During the course of the fellowship there is easy and frequent access to clinical services and training programs in relevant medical specialties and allied professions. There is also regular interaction with other fellows in clinical neuropsychology and trainees in relevant medical specialties and allied professions.

Over the course of the program, the fellow will spend an average of no less than 20 hours per week delivering supervised clinical services involving direct contact with service recipients, no less than 4 hours per week in activities primarily of an educational (i.e., non-service delivery) nature, and no less than 4 hours per week in research related activities. Time allocations for specific activities are appropriate to the individual fellow’s training needs.

Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will demonstrate knowledge and competencies necessary for:

1. The study of brain-behavior relationships
2. The practice of clinical neuropsychology
3. Neuropsychological assessment
4. Neuropsychological intervention
5. Neuropsychological research
6. Teaching and supervision
7. Neuropsychological consultation
8. Applications of neuropsychology to the military setting

The WRNMMC neuropsychology fellowship program strives for excellence through continuous self-study and evaluation of resources, process, and outcomes.

WRNMMC is an academic medical center with training programs in major medical and surgical specialties and allied health professions.
The values and principles of the WRNMMC postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology are consistent with the mission, goals, and culture of WRNMMC and the United States Army.


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