University of Virginia Health and Western State Hospital
Neuropsychology Assessment Clinics
APPCN Member Program since 1993
The Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at University of Virginia (UVA) Health offers a two-year full-time postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. Our training program has been designed in accordance with the Houston Conference guidelines for postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology. We have been an APPCN Member Program since 1993 and we participate in the APPCN match (www.natmatch.com/appcnmat). As an APPCN program, our training fulfills eligibility requirements for board certification in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. The principal components of the fellowship include adult neuropsychology outpatient, inpatient consultation, and diagnostic services (80%); teaching and professional development (10%); and research (10%).
The neuropsychology training program’s primary clinical site is the UVA Health System. All fellows complete an 8-month, half-time major rotation at Western State Hospital (WSH), a state psychiatric/forensic facility. For fellows particularly interested in forensics, additional training is often available with Dr. Bender through the UVA Institute of Law Psychiatry & Public Policy (ILPPP) Forensic Clinic. Psychometrist support is provided at UVA and WSH for all evaluations.
University of Virginia Health
The primary populations served in the UVA Neuropsychology Assessment Clinic include: epilepsy, concussion/TBI (including sport concussion), functional neurologic disorders (including psychogenic non-epileptic spells), student-athletes, and solid organ transplant (lung, liver, and kidney) candidates. We additionally see a wide range of other conditions, including autoimmune and infectious disorders (e.g., HIV/AIDS and encephalitis), early-onset/atypical dementias, medication- or substance-induced cognitive impairment, hypoxic/anoxic brain injury, cerebrovascular disease, sleep disorders, psychiatric comorbidity, postoperative cognitive dysfunction, and neurodevelopmental disorders. We are an adult-focused practice and do not see pediatric referrals.
Our neuropsychology service at UVa staffs several multidisciplinary teams and specialty services, including:
- F.E. Dreifuss Comprehensive Level 4 Epilepsy Program
- Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) consult service for psychogenic non-epileptic spells (PNES)
- Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Clinic
- Lung Transplant Team
- UVA Athletics Department
Western State Hospital
Western State Hospital Neuropsychology Laboratory is located in a state of the art state psychiatric facility affiliated with the University of Virginia Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. The primary populations at WSH include serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia spectrum, bipolar disorder, severe depression, substance-induced psychosis) and developmental delay/intellectual disability. Patients often have legal charges and many are at WSH for restoration of competency to stand trial. Common referral questions include assessing for cognitive barriers to restoration of trial competence, differential diagnosis of primary versus secondary psychiatric disorders, and evaluation for substance-related cognitive impairment (e.g., Wernicke-Korsakoff). Fellows gain experience with forensic issues and assessment of performance and symptom validity. Fellows develop their proficiency in conducting inpatient neuropsychological assessments and constructing flexible batteries to assess patients with a complex array of neuropsychiatric syndromes in an ethnoculturally, socioeconomically, and educationally diverse patient population. In addition, fellows interact with multidisciplinary treatment teams to provide information on cognitive strengths and weaknesses for diagnosis, treatment, and discharge planning.
UVa Health Neuropsychology Assessment Clinic
Donna K. Broshek, PhD, ABPP-CN, Director
Stephanie D. Bajo, PsyD, ABPP-CN, Assistant Training Director
Scott D. Bender, PhD, ABPP-CN (NCAL, ILPPP)
- Bernice Marcopulos, PhD, ABPP-CN (part-time)
Jeffrey T. Barth, PhD, ABPP-CN, Professor Emeritus
Western State Hospital Neuropsychology Laboratory
- Monique Wilson, Ph.D., Director
- Bern Lee, PhD, Chief Fellow
- Emilie Picard, PhD
- Racheal Smetana, PsyD
Qualified applicants will have completed an APA- or CPA-accredited doctoral training program in clinical psychology and APA- or CPA-accredited internship in clinical psychology. The candidate’s doctoral degree must be conferred no later than 1 month in advance of their fellowship start date. Applicants with a strong neuropsychology training background are preferred, as this fellowship is advanced and is designed for individuals seeking board certification in neuropsychology. Additional eligibility requirements are available on the main Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences Psychology Fellowship website.
All applicants must register for the APPCN match at www.natmatch.com/appcnmat
Openings for 2021-2022: One
Interviews: All interviews will be conducted via video in January or early February. We will not be conducting interviews at INS in 2021.
Start Date: July to September, 2021
Submission Method: Email (preferred) or mail to Dr. Stephanie Bajo (contact info below)
- Brief cover letter/letter of interest ; please describe your training goals and clinical and research interests in the application form
- Curriculum vitae
- Graduate school transcript – an unofficial copy is sufficient for the application; official transcripts will be required for all incoming fellows prior to their start date
- 3 letters of recommendation
- 1 de-identified sample report
- APPCN verification form
- Application form
DIRECT INQUIRIES AND MATERIALS TO:
Stephanie Bajo, Psy.D., ABPP-CN
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Neuropsychology Assessment Clinic, Box 800203
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0203