Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Neuropsychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides clinical training to produce an advanced level of competence in the clinical neuropsychology specialty.

The postdoctoral training program in pediatric neuropsychology is part of the Department of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Division of Psychology and the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The training program is a member of the Association for Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and is designed to meet the criteria set forth by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. The training program is intended to provide clinical training to produce an advanced level of competence in the specialty of pediatric clinical neuropsychology and is specifically geared toward producing independent practitioner level competence, which includes both clinical and research skills. The goal is to prepare the fellow for a career as a scientist-practitioner in pediatric neuropsychology, preferably through hospital-based practice in a medical school setting, and to prepare graduates for board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/ABCN).

We are recruiting for one post doctoral fellowship position in the General Track for the summer 2021 start date.

What You Need to Know

Program Setting

The primary training site is Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Nationwide Children’s houses the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine. The hospital is one of the largest pediatric facilities in the United States. It is certified as a level I trauma center and serves as the major pediatric referral center for central Ohio, with a catchment area that extends into West Virginia and Kentucky. The Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology includes 48 psychologists who all hold academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics in the OSU College of Medicine and Public Health. Nine of the faculty are neuropsychologists, four of whom are board-certified by ABPP/ABCN. The division provides a wide array of inpatient and outpatient clinical services and also supports active research programs. The division houses a predoctoral internship in professional psychology with tracks in pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The division also supports a variety of postdoctoral training positions, including fellowships in pediatric neuropsychology and pediatric health psychology. The division also is involved in training graduate practicum students from several local graduate programs. Affiliated research faculty are housed in the Abigail Wexner Research Institute’s Center for Biobehavioral Health.

Program Structure

The program covers a period of two years and consists of clinical, research and educational activities. Approximately 60 percent of the fellows’ time is devoted to clinical service and supervision, 20-30 percent to educational activities and 10-20 percent to research activity.

Training Tracks

The fellowship program includes two training tracks: General Track (two fellows) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Track (one fellow). Both tracks are part of the APPCN member fellowship program. For the 2021 start date, we will be recruiting for one position on the General Track. Fellows on both tracks participate in the same didactic experiences, and all fellows are required to participate in research. The distinction between the two tracks is based on the level of emphasis given to the TBI population as outlined below:

  • General Track: Fellows on the general track receive a breadth of clinical experiences from each of the areas detailed below under Clinical Training. This includes general outpatient neuropsychological assessment, neuropsychological consultation in a variety of medical clinics and neuropsychological intervention. General track fellows do receive clinical experiences with patients across the TBI spectrum, but not at the same level of emphasis as the TBI fellow. The neuropsychological assessment experiences for the general track fellows are divided into four-month inpatient or outpatient rotations. During the outpatient rotation, the fellows focus on traditional outpatient neuropsychological evaluations, as well as consultations in outpatient medical clinics. During the inpatient rotation, the fellows focus on providing inpatient neuropsychological consultation and assessment on the inpatient rehabilitation unit and other inpatient units. During this inpatient rotation, the fellows do not conduct traditional outpatient evaluations but do continue to provide consultation in outpatient medical clinics.
  • TBI Track: Fellows on the TBI track also receive a breadth of training in clinical neuropsychology but with a more in-depth emphasis on children and adolescents with varying degrees of TBI severity. The TBI fellow completes one traditional outpatient neuropsychological evaluation per week to provide a broad exposure to clinical populations (e.g., epilepsy, hem/onc, etc). An emphasis in mild TBI is obtained by participating in two concussion clinics per week, two concussion evaluations per month, and a case load of one to four concussion treatment cases. The TBI fellow also gains experiences on the more severe end of the TBI spectrum by providing education, consultation and evaluation on the inpatient rehabilitation unit. The TBI fellow is expected to assume a role in organizing the inpatient neuropsychological services with the inpatient supervisor. As such, the TBI fellow does not rotate from inpatient to outpatient but engages in both services throughout the two years.

Clinical Training

The clinical training component of the pediatric neuropsychology fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital is structured around three core areas of neuropsychological evaluation, neuropsychological consultation and neuropsychological intervention. Experiences are obtained in each of these three core areas across both years of the fellowship. As noted above, general track fellows rotate through inpatient and outpatient assessment experiences.

Neuropsychological Evaluation

Fellows receive supervised experience in conducting neuropsychological evaluations of both inpatient and outpatient populations.

Traditional Outpatient Evaluation: Comprehensive evaluations of pediatric (elementary through college age) populations with central nervous system illness or injury. Referral diagnoses include Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Tumor, Leukemia, Genetic disorders, Congenital disorders, Craniofacial Disorders and other Neurological disorders.

Specialized Outpatient Evaluations:

  • Preschool Neuropsychological Evaluations: Neurodevelopmental evaluations of infants and children with Central Nervous System illness or injury. Referral diagnoses include prematurity/low birthweight, congenital cardiac conditions, epilepsy, etc. General fellows will complete these evaluations. This is optional for the TBI fellow.
  • Concussion Evaluations: Targeted evaluations of patients with persisting post-concussive symptoms, including emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms. The TBI fellow will participate in these evaluations for both years of fellowship. General fellows can elect to complete this experience for one year of the fellowship.  
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluations: Neuropsychological evaluations for patients being considered for epilepsy surgery and/or post-surgical evaluations. Fellows will attend and present their cases at the weekly multi-disciplinary epilepsy surgery conference. Fellows can also participate in language mapping procedures (grid-based, stereo-EEG, and more rarely intraoperative).

Inpatient Evaluations: Fellows gain experience conducting brief serial cognitive assessments of neurorecovery and discharge neuropsychological evaluations on the CARF-accredited inpatient rehabilitation unit. Fellows occasionally may also conduct brief inpatient evaluations with patients referred from other units including Neurology, Hematology/Oncology and Cardiology. The TBI fellow will be expected to gradually function in a coordinating role on the inpatient rehab unit. The general fellow will be expected to gradually function in a coordinating role for other inpatient consultations while they are on the inpatient rotation.

Neuropsychological Consultation

Inpatient Education: On the inpatient rehabilitation unit, fellows complete provide education to parents of children with traumatic brain injuries using the BRAIN Program (Brain Injury Recovery & Assessment Information sessions with Neuropsychology). The BRAIN Program is flexible and module-based and provides brain injury education to caregivers. This also provides an avenue for caregivers to ask questions about brain injury and their child’s recovery. BRAIN includes modules on the child’s brain injury with information that is specific to their unique injury, the recovery process, and preparation for long-term outcomes. The program is semi-structured and fellows work with the neuropsychologist on the unit to tailor the modules to each individual patient.

Outpatient Medical Clinics: The training program provides experience in interdisciplinary clinical services. The TBI fellow and the general fellow on the inpatient rotation will regularly attend weekly interdisciplinary rounds on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and will also participate in medical clinics on a weekly basis. General fellows will provide consultation in the Myelomeningocele Clinic, Concussion Clinic, Stroke Clinic and Epilepsy Clinic. Other medical clinic experiences may be available depending on interest and availability.  The TBI fellow will provide consultation in the Concussion Clinic, Complex Concussion Clinic and Rehabilitation Clinic.   

Neuropsychological Intervention

The fellows will provide intervention services for children with traumatic brain injuries across the severity spectrum. For children with concussion, the fellows will see patients in the Concussion Symptom Treatment and Education Program (C-STEP). This program is designed to be a short-term treatment program to target concussion symptoms and related stressors. Treatment may include activity scheduling, cognitive behavioral therapy, development of stress coping skills, pain management strategies, relaxation training, biofeedback and education about concussion symptoms and stress. For teens with a history of moderate to severe TBI, fellows will see patients and families as part of the Teen Online Problem Solving (TOPS) program. This is a family-based problem-solving intervention to target a range of problems after brain injury. Treatment may be delivered in the office or in an online format through telehealth. The TBI fellow will be expected to follow a larger case-load of TBI treatment cases than the general fellows.

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Research Training

Fellows are expected to have taken formal courses in research methods and statistics and to have completed an empirical dissertation during their graduate training. Neuropsychology fellows will complete a research or quality improvement (QI) project as part of their fellowship. Fellows will form a research mentoring team that includes at least one of the neuropsychology training faculty as well as at least one additional faculty member from the Abigail Wexner Research Institute or a collaborating medical team. Fellows can choose to complete an original data collection project, utilize an existing data base or collaborate on a quality improvement initiative. Fellows typically complete a project proposal by spring of their first year and aim to have their final product submitted by spring of their second year. Research project products can include abstract submission for poster/platform presentation, submission of a peer-reviewed paper, giving a national-level presentation or completing other scholarly work as determined by the research mentoring team. The department will provide some financial support for attendance at professional meetings. Fellows will participate in a monthly neuropsychology research meeting.

Didactic Training

Didactic experiences in the postdoctoral training program are both formal and informal. Required activities include a weekly neuropsychology seminar, twice monthly group supervision/case conference, epilepsy surgery conference, twice monthly neuroradiology conference and a monthly psychology department fellowship seminar. Optional opportunities include Tumor Board, Neuro-Oncology Rounds and Grand Rounds. Fellows also will be expected to complete readings in clinical neuropsychology, especially as they pertain to pediatric populations. Readings will be chosen for each fellow in consultation with neuropsychology faculty. Additional didactic and experiential activities will be designed to meet the criteria set forth by the Houston Conference, as stipulated by APPCN. Finally, the fellow also takes part in the clinical teaching duties of the Psychology Division as appropriate. During the second year of the training program, fellows may provide vertical supervision of first-year postdoctoral neuropsychology fellows, predoctoral psychology interns or graduate student externs.

Supervision & Evaluation

The postdoctoral training program is co-directed by Doug Bodin, PhD, ABPP and Kelly McNally, PhD, ABPP.

Supervisory faculty in the Pediatric Neuropsychology Program also include:

Dr. H.Gerry Taylor provides limited supervision during the second year for both tracks and may be involved in research project mentorship. Drs. Bodin and McNally are responsible for all the activities of the fellows. They conduct annual evaluations of the fellows’ progress, in conjunction with the neuropsychology faculty. Continuation beyond the first year of the fellowship is determined by the Pediatric Neuropsychology Program faculty. The fellowship shall ordinarily continue into a second year, although the final decision shall depend on each fellow’s progress and accomplishments during the first eight months.

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Salary & Benefits

Neuropsychology fellows receive a salary of $50,004 in year one and $50,376 in year two, as well as the Nationwide Children's Hospital employee benefit package, which includes health, dental and vision insurance. Professional liability coverage is provided by the hospital. Residents receive 15 days of paid time off, as well as six regular holidays. Five additional days are allocated for attendance at professional conferences and job interviews.

Incoming fellows are entitled to limited reimbursement for moving expenses (up to $500). OSU appointment entitles fellows to faculty privileges at OSU facilities, which includes athletic facilities, golf course and discount passes for OSU cultural events. A limited amount of financial support for attendance at professional conferences is available (up to $1,000).

Eligibility

Entry criteria for the program are those set forth by the Houston Conference. Preference is given to graduates of training programs in clinical psychology approved by the American Psychological Association who have also completed predoctoral clinical internships accredited by that organization. Applicants are required to possess the necessary qualifications for appointment as a Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics.

Application and Interviews

The application deadline is December 21, 2020.

Applications will be processed using the APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application – Centralized Application System (APPA-CAS).

Click here to access the APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application).Complete the basic demographic, education, clinical training information and transcripts required of all applicants for all APPA CAS programs. Then select the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pediatric Neuropsychology program. APPA CAS allows you to request letters of recommendation electronically which are then uploaded by the letter writer. Note: APPA CAS refers to letters of recommendation as "Evaluations”. The specific requirements for the program are indicated below as well as within the APPA CAS system. More explicit instructions can be found within APPA CAS.

The following application requirements must be included (uploaded) in the APPA CAS in order for your application to be reviewed:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcript
  • Copies of two test reports
  • Three letters of recommendation

Interviews will be arranged after initial screening of applications. Interviews will take place virtually in 2021.

The residency program participates in the APPCN match program conducted by National Matching Services, Inc. All applicants to APPCN programs should register for the match; information about registration can be found at this website.

This residency site agrees to abide by the APPCN policy that no person at this facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Background Check and Drug Screen

Our patients’ health and safety is in our hands. Upon hire, all new employees at Nationwide Children’s must complete and pass a background check and drug screen. The background check will include reference checking and a criminal background search complete with finger printing. NCH follows the Ohio Revised Code to determine whether a felony or misdemeanor conviction or guilty plea is a disqualifying offense for applicants to the Internship in Professional Psychology. For applicants to the Internship in Professional Psychology, NCH primarily relies on the background check requirements found in Ohio Revised Code Sections 3701.881, 2151.86, and 109.572 and Ohio Administrative Code Section 5101:2-5-09. 

All job candidates are required to successfully complete a drug screen as a condition of employment. NCH is a drug-free workplace, and our 9-panel drug screen tests for:

  • Amphetamine/Methamphetamine
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabinoids (including medicinal marijuana)
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
  • Opiates

Contact

Further information about the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) is available at its website.

Further information about The Ohio State University is available at its website.

Inquiries regarding the pediatric neuropsychology training program should be directed to Doug.Bodin@NationwideChildrens.org.