Education

The Adult Neuropsychology Clinic in the Department of Neurology offers multiple clinical and research training opportunities. We offer a formal fellowship in clinical neuropsychology that meets the requirements set forth in the Houston Conference Guidelines. There are also opportunities for medical students, undergraduates, and graduate students to engage in varied training experiences, including a formal practicum. A formal practicum in pediatric clinical neuropsychology is also available.

Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship Program

The main focus of our fellowship is clinical training in the outpatient neuropsychological assessment of adults and older adults with neurological disorders. We staff several multidisciplinary clinics including the Memory Aging and Care Clinic (MACC), Movement Disorders Clinic, Functional Neurosurgery Clinic, Huntington’s Disease Clinic, James Q. Miller Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, and Neuro-Oncology Clinic.  Our role in these clinics includes consultation, individual assessment, feedback to patients and families, and cognitive/behavioral assessment for clinical trials. We regularly perform pre and post-operative assessments for individuals undergoing deep brain stimulator (DBS) placement surgery to treat Parkinson’s disease and we are occasionally called upon to see inpatients to address issues of decision making capacity. Additionally, fellows have the opportunity to see individuals, care partners, or couples for psychotherapy. The didactic component of our program includes participation in departmental grand rounds, journal clubs, the neuropsychology seminar series, and brain cuttings. There are several opportunities for mentored research (both archival and prospective studies), and it is expected that each fellow will complete a research project for publication or presentation at a national conference. Thus, we consider the breadth of training resources as well as the flexibility to pursue specialized interests a strength of the fellowship.

To inquire about our clinical neuropsychology fellowship program please contact Dr. Kathleen Fuchs at (434) 982-4165 or klf2n@virginia.edu.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology

Clinical Research Assistantship

We offer undergraduate, graduate, and medical students the opportunity to engage in mentored clinical research through our lab. The breadth and intensity of involvement varies by the individual student and faculty member. Opportunities to participate in clinical research exist in many different areas, including in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as dementia care.

To inquire about clinical research training opportunities please contact:

Dr. Carol A. Manning at (434) 924-8371 or cm4r@virginia.edu

or

Dr. Scott A. Sperling at (434) 924-8371 or sas7yr@virginia.edu

Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology Practicum

Dr. Brenner has a practicum in pediatric neuropsychology for clinical psychology graduate students. Students participate in the clinical assessment of children with complex medical and neurological disorders. They gain experience with medical record review, test selection, advanced clinical analysis, interpretation of results, and report writing. The educational component of the practicum includes assigned readings relevant to clinical practice and the option to audit a weekly neuropsychology didactic.