Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, an acute tertiary hospital, is proud to offer a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology for 2012-2014. The training program is modeled on the guidelines set forth by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology and the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology. It is designed to train fellows to an advanced level of competence in pediatric neuropsychological assessment and intervention, consistent with independent practice in a tertiary health care setting, and is specifically geared toward producing independent practitioner level professionals to work within a hospital-based practice.
Setting: Children's Hospital is in beautiful Uptown New Orleans. The Psychology Department includes medical psychologists, who have the authority to administer and prescribe medications, as well as the traditional specialties of pediatric neuropsychology, and clinical/health psychology. The department includes 8 psychologists, two of whom are double boarded in neuropsychology and four are Medical “prescribing” Psychology. Most hold academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics or Neurology through Tulane or LSU.
The neuropsychology fellowship builds competency in the assessment and treatment of children (newborn to adult) with a wide variety of neurological and developmental disorders. Upon completion of the two-year, full-time program, participants will gain clinical skills required for independent practice and to pursue board certification specific to pediatric neuropsychology (ABPdN).
Primary clinical and research areas include: Neuropsychological functioning secondary to disease process or trauma, neurorehabilitation, endocrinology, oncology, gastroenterology (feeding and functional abdominal pain), and pediatric. Fellows are required to participate in and/or develop research topics and are encouraged to present at national meetings. Opportunities for collaborate case studies are regularly available. Neuropsychology fellows are encouraged to consider advanced training in psychopharmacology to enhance their appreciation of medication effects and disease processes on neurocognitive functioning.
The areas of training consist of assessment of acquired brain injury; inpatient/outpatient epilepsy, including video-EEG monitoring, cortical mapping and epilepsy surgery; movement disorders clinic; inpatient neuropsychological consultation; and outpatient evaluations. The Department enjoys collegial relationships throughout the hospital, allowing our fellows the option of participating in formal and informal didactics across specialties. The fellow is also expected to attend and present in Neurology Grand Rounds and the Journal Club.
Salary and Benefits
Because New Orleans is considered a high need area for mental and medical health specialists and the demographics of our patients, fellows may qualify for federal tuition reimbursement programs. There have also been periodic incentive programs for licensed clinicians, which may be applicable to second year fellows. The salary is $42,000 per year, parking, medical insurance, paid vacation, sick and holidays.
• Will undertake neurobehavioral and diagnostic interviews.
• Provides assessment services for patients 2 years through 21 years, and specify test batteries to be used for testing administered by the psychometrist.
• Will provide evidence based interventions for neurocognitively compromised children between the ages of 4 through 17 years of age.
• Will provide consultation and evaluation services for medical inpatients.
• Will participate in interdisciplinary neurorehabilitation rounds and staffings.
• Will be available for "call" on a rotating schedule.
• Maintain hospital and departmental documentation standards.
Completion of an APA/CPA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or neuropsychology is preferred. All applicants must have clinical experience and training in psychological and neuropsychological assessment with children. Candidates must have completed an APA/CPA or APPIC approved internship and have defended their dissertation prior to commencement of the fellowship. Position requires strong writing and critical thinking skills.
All application materials are due by January 20, 2012. The fellowship program does not participate in the APPCN match program. Offers will be tendered when an appropriate match is found.
Applications should include:
• Letter of interest, curriculum vitae and graduate transcript
• Copies of two neuropsychological evaluations
• Three letters of recommendation
Electronic documents are preferred.
These documents should be sent to:
Nadia Webb, PsyD, MP, ABPdN, ABN
200 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Nadia Webb, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN, MP
American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, LSU
Neuropsychology Fellowship Director