Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology

 

The Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship will not be recruiting for 2016. Recruiting will resume for 2017. More details will be posted at a later date. 

The Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology, housed with Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital, provides an ideal setting for postdoctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology. Phoenix Children's Hospital is one of the largest children's hospitals in the U.S. and is among America's top five largest clinical volumes in neurosciences. The hospital is also home to a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center of Excellence. The Hospital serves as the principle pediatric affiliate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix and has been named in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals rankings.

Additional psychology training programs at Phoenix Children's Hospital includes a pre-doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association and multiple practicum training opportunities for doctoral students from several local universities.  The neuropsychology fellowship seeks to meet the criteria set forth by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Thus, the fellowship intends to provide clinical training, educational activities, and research opportunities to produce an advanced level of competence in the specialty of clinical neuropsychology. The goal of the program is to prepare fellows for a career in pediatric neuropsychology, preferably through hospital-based practice in an academic medical setting.

The training program consists of a two year fellowship that incorporates clinical, research, and educational activities. The fellowship typically begins on the second Monday of August, although some flexibility with the start date exists. Approximately 70% of fellow's time is devoted to clinical services, with the remaining time divided between research and educational experiences.  The fellowship is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). 

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Supervision and Evaluation

The postdoctoral fellowship is directed by Marika Maris-Clark, PhD, under the direction of the division chief Michael Lavoie, PhD. Dr. Maris-Clark works in combination with the remaining neuropsychology faculty, as well as the Psychology Training Committee to design educational opportunities and provide evaluation of the fellow.  Fellows receive individual supervision related to each patient seen throughout their fellowship.To facilitate continuity of supervision, fellows participate in a rotation schedule that allows for them to remain with one or two primary neuropsychologist supervisors for a period of six months at a time. Although fellows rotate primary supervisors, intermittent supervision from other faculty during these rotations is not uncommon.

In addition, fellows may also have rare opportunities for supervision from pediatric psychologists within the hospital.The fellow’s training needs and own interests in working with particular patient populations are taken into consideration when designing a supervision schedule, as are departmental, hospital, and patient needs.Fellows are also encouraged to pursue interests in subspecialty populations and settings through increased clinical opportunities, training experiences and by seeking out research opportunities with populations of particular interest.

The supervising neuropsychologists provide semiannual evaluations of the fellow’s competency, which are reviewed with fellows and by the training director. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Dr. Maris-CLark provides a written summary of the reviews to the fellow and to Dr. Lavoie. Fellowship contracts are completed on a yearly basis, with the expectation that fellows will complete two years of training. Further details regarding the performance review and the department’s grievance processes are provided to each fellow at the beginning of their fellowship.  

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