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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and Brain Imaging Research

Training Director: Robert M. Roth, PhD, ABPP-CN
Associate Director: Jonathan D. Lichtenstein, PsyD

Overview

The Neuropsychology Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth provides advanced training in clinical neuropsychology. The training model and goals/objectives conform to the Houston Conference guidelines for specialty training in clinical neuropsychology, the APA Division 40 guidelines for postdoctoral training in neuropsychology, and the APPCN domains and standards. The program is an accredited member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPIC).

Our Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Neuropsychology is a fellowship that begins upon completion of the internship year. This means that the postdoctoral fellow has already been granted his or her doctoral degree and has completed all doctoral requirements. The overarching goal of the program is to produce outstanding scientist-practitioners, rigorously trained for advanced practice in clinical neuropsychology and to practice under the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics.

Fellows participate in individual and group supervision where they have the opportunity to interact with faculty and interdisciplinary teams. Supervision occurs on site where the applicant delivers services (Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire Hospital and/or Hanover Psychiatry) and is provided by a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant’s work. Each fellow has a minimum of two faculty neuropsychology supervisors for individual supervision, including at least one diplomat in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP-CN). Clinical supervised experience includes direct, formal contact with faculty who is licensed as a psychologist in New Hampshire, and is responsible for the educational development and guidance of the supervisee. Supervision shall consist of at least one-hour per week of face-to-face clinical supervision with one of the supervisors, for a total of at least 50 hours per year. As a small highly individualized program, the fellowship also provides continuous evaluation and feedback. Periodic meetings with the individual’s supervisors and the program director offer more structured mutual evaluation and opportunities to discuss professional development issues. The supervisor has professional responsibility for all services provided to patients.

The fellowship involves the following specific goals and objectives, achieved through supervised clinical and research experiences, as well as didactic experiences:

  • Develop a broader and deeper foundation in assessment, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, brief psychotherapy, and research. To achieve this goal, fellows:
    • (a) Complete at least 2 years of supervised clinical experience; a year of supervised clinical experience shall include at least 1500 clock hours.
    • (b) Participate in supervised inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological and psychological service delivery to a wide range of patient populations (child, adult, geriatric).
    • (c) Participate in an organized sequence of educational experiences, including seminars, colloquia and workshops on clinical research, the theoretical and practical applications of clinical neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry, and professional development and ethics.
  • Gain experience and exposure to clinical issues involving working with diverse patient populations and cross-cultural factors (e.g., socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, national origin).
  • Develop advanced knowledge, understanding, and conduct consistent with Professional ethics as outlined in the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics, in line with the NHPA Administrative Rule Mhp 501.02 as well as ethical issues specifically related to the practice of neuropsychology. This is accomplished through didactic experiences, as well as discussion in individual and group supervision settings of ethical issues arising from specific clinical cases.
  • Participate in ongoing clinical research. Instruction occurs through conferences, seminars, individual and group supervision, and collaboration with faculty and other staff members.
  • Participate in continuous evaluation and feedback. Periodic meetings with the individual's supervisors and the training director offer more structured, mutual evaluation and opportunities to discuss professional development issues.

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