The Department of Psychology offers one full-time, two-year, combined clinical and research pediatric neuropsychology fellowship. Experiences are designed to meet INS-Division 40, Houston Conference and ABPP preparation guidelines. We are an APPIC member and participate in the APPCN Resident Matching Program.
Neuropsychological assessment, consultation and intervention in pediatric oncology, sickle cell disease and HIV/AIDS constitute the clinical experience. These clinical populations present with a wide-range of cognitive difficulties (related to primary diagnosis and/or treatment) including problems in the areas of attention, executive functioning, memory, visuospatial reasoning and psychosocial adjustment that afford fellows with broad-based training. To foster a developmental lifespan perspective, training in adult and geriatric neuropsychology is integrated into the didactic curriculum.
Research focus is on the neurocognitive sequelae of pediatric cancer or sickle-cell disease (birth through young adulthood). The goal of these lines of research is to better define neurobiological, cognitive and social consequences of childhood brain damage and to evaluate the efficacy of pharmacological and behavioral interventions designed to improve patients’ quality of life. Participation in research is a central component of fellowship training; percentage time devoted to research and clinical activities is negotiable based on prior training and interests. Research details are available online at: www.stjude.org/sci-rpt.
Completion of an APA/CPA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, pediatric psychology or school psychology is preferred. All applicants must have clinical experience and training in working with children. Prior training, coursework and experience in neuropsychology are strongly preferred. Candidates must have completed an APA/CPA or APPIC approved internship and have defended their dissertation prior to commencement of the fellowship.
Questions may be directed to the Neuropsychology Training Director, Heather M. Conklin, PhD.