Neuropsychological evaluations are conducted with children presenting with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, neurological conditions and medical disorders with concomitant cognitive manifestations. Evaluations include cognitive/personality assessment, and educational evaluation/consultation for children and adolescents at all developmental levels. Neurodevelopmental patient populations include children with learning disabilities, autism, epilepsy, metabolic disorders, head trauma, brain tumors and congenital malformations. Services also include support for the pediatric consultation/liaison service in the form of assessment of medical inpatients with a variety of neurological disorders. Those interns who plan to pursue postdoctoral training in neuropsychology will be provided sufficient opportunities on internship to be competitive in the application process. All former trainees desiring further training in this area have obtained fellowship placements. For those interns not pursuing specialty training in this area, exposure to neuropsychological evaluations will be provided during the final six months of the internship.
Opportunities are also available for additional experience and training in pediatric psychology. This includes both consultation-liaison services to hospitalized patients, as well as outpatient services for children referred for general behavioral medicine concerns. Interns also may have the opportunity to work with a variety of established, multidisciplinary teams serving pediatric populations with cancer, pain problems, craniofacial concerns, and various chronic illness diagnoses.
Additional Training Opportunities
Groups: Interns have the option to serve as co-facilitators in groups with children, teens, or parents (to be arranged) or to develop their own psychoeducational group.
Community placements: Interns have the opportunity to work during the year (approximately 4 hours/week) at a community placement, to provide additional opportunities with both consultation skills and non-traditional forms of service delivery. Options vary every year but may include:
- Adolescent Health: This program provides adolescent health care and special services responsive to the needs of teenagers. Current opportunities are available to provide mental health screening and consultation services to patients from a primarily urban, low-income, diverse community.
- Primary care practices: Interns in these placements will work in a community pediatric medical practice, providing consultation to both parents and other medical care providers. Opportunities also exist for ongoing educational programming for parents about a variety of topics such as behavioral management, ADHD, sleep/feeding problems, etc.
- Community presentations: Each intern will be expected to develop a talk for parents or medical providers in the community on a topic of interest. Interested groups range from parents of elementary school children, high school students in health classes, parents of children with various medical diagnoses, nursing students, medical residents, etc.