Neuropsychology Fellowship at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (CMCD) is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology and adheres to the Houston Conference standards and model for specialty training in clinical neuropsychology.  The objective of the Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship is to provide training in neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents with a wide range of developmental disorders and medical conditions that impact the central nervous system.  The fellowship is designed to provide trainees with the experience required for state licensure and to meet American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) certification eligibility requirements for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Fellowship training is divided between clinical, didactic, and research activities. To enhance diversity of training experiences, year one of fellowship is completed at the CMC Dallas campus, while year two is completed at the CMC Legacy campus in nearby Plano, Texas. At both sites, the training emphasis is clinical, comprising approximately 70% of the resident’s time, with the remainder of time focused on didactic and research activities. The fellow will conduct approximately two evaluations per week and is provided opportunities for supervision of research and clinical work with various faculty members. Evaluations are completed with a wide range of patient populations including epilepsy, cancer, neurofibromatosis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, sickle cell disease, demyelinating diseases, and developmental disabilities. During year one, fellows provide weekly consultative services in the CMCD Neuro-Oncology and Neurofibromatosis Clinics. During year two, fellows participate in Concussion and Cochlear Implant Clinics, and have opportunity for consultation on the medical floor.  Additional clinical experiences are available including those in the CMCD Epilepsy Surgery, Demyelinating Diseases, and Pediatric Stroke clinics. Clinical opportunities in therapeutic intervention, cognitive rehabilitation, parent training, and social skills groups are also available. Didactic opportunities are offered across CMCD and University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical School. Training experiences include weekly neuropsychology didactics as well as weekly postdoctoral seminars, group supervision, and didactics on various topics offered through the broader CMCD Postdoctoral Program in Child Clinical Psychology. Fellows will also participate in research with opportunities to develop original research projects and/or participate in ongoing projects.

Application and selection procedures
Qualified applicants will have completed a doctoral degree in an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited clinical, school, or counseling psychology program. Completion of an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship is also required. Candidates should have extensive experience working with children and some exposure to neuropsychological assessment.  Successful dissertation defense is required prior to commencement of postdoctoral training.

Applicants for the postdoctoral fellowship are asked to submit the following.  Please note that all but the graduate transcript may be sent via e-mail as PDF attachments:
1. Letter of interest describing relevant training, work experience, and goals for postdoctoral development. This letter should be no more than two pages single-spaced.
2. One copy of a current curriculum vita.
3. One official graduate school transcript.
4. Two sample reports with all identifying patient information removed. It is preferred that both reports   are pediatric cases but these need not be neuropsychological reports.
5. Three letters of recommendation.
6. Doctoral training verification form from APPCN website for candidates who have not completed the doctoral degree at the time of application.

Deadline for receipt of all materials is January 15, 2014. Send application materials by mail or email to: 
                             Lana Harder, PhD, ABPP
                             Neuropsychology Training Director
                             Children’s Medical Center Dallas
                             6300 Harry Hines Blvd., Mail Code: CH9.01
                             Dallas, TX 75235
                             lana.harder@childrens.com

Interviews are arranged following review of applications and will be held during the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in February of 2014.  On-site or telephone interviews may be arranged for candidates not attending INS.

The CMCD Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a participant in the 2014 APPCN Resident Matching Program conducted by National Matching Services, Inc. Details regarding the matching process can be obtained at the APPCN website (http://www.appcn.org). 

Please submit all questions regarding the postdoctoral fellowship by email to Lana Harder, PhD, ABPP at: lana.harder@childrens.com