Program Profile: Samaritan Health Services

Samaritan Health Services – Psychology Internship

AITCN Program Contact:

Robert Fallows, PsyD, ABPP

Michael Herman, PsyD

Neuropsychology Experiences Offered: 

Neuropsychology Track / Major Area of Study (At least 50%)

Neuropsychology Exposure (20% or less).

Resources / Links:

https://www.samhealth.org/careers-education/graduate-medical-education/our-programs/psychology-internship-program
https://membership.appic.org/directory/display/1619

Brief Description of General Internship:

Samaritan Health Services offers three internship training positions, one on a neuropsychology track and two within a health psychology track. While there is emphasis on generalist training, tracks are developed to meet the guiding principles outlined in both the Houston Conference Guidelines and APA Division 38 language for advancing the role and contribution of the field in the understanding and treatment of health and illness, through a lens of integration. There is emphasis on developing a strong cohort, despite Samaritan’s wide service region . Specifically, there are multiple social events planned during the year, interns meet together one day a week for didactics and a group research project, and there is a well defined mentorship program to promote continued professional development.

Brief Description of Neuropsychology Training:

The Neuropsychology track consists of two blocks ( 2 4-month rotation) conducting neuropsychological evaluations within an outpatient neuropsychology clinic and a sports medicine clinic. These major rotations can be either 4 days a week (with no additional minor rotation) or 3 days a week (with a different minor rotation). Minor rotations typically include experiences in a health psychology site. However, a minor rotation is also offered in primary care neuropsychology with an adult focus and a minor or major rotation is offered in pediatric neuropsychology.

The third block (4 month rotation) includes a major rotation within a health psychology site focusing on medical/health psychology and psychotherapeutic interventions with a minor in neuropsychology (for continuity of training). The rationale for this relates directly back to the generalist training espoused by the training program. Neuropsychology track interns are not expected to have the same level of expertise in health psychology as their health track counterparts; however, it is emphasized that more intensive exposure will lead to a better understanding of health-based interventions ultimately resulting in improved patient care.  Neuropsychology track interns with less intervention experience may be encouraged by the training committee to consider a minor rotation in a primary care health psychology rotation during block one or two to prepare for the third block in the training year.

The Neuropsychology track meets Division 40/Houston Conference guidelines for training in Neuropsychology, with neuropsychology track interns spending 50-75% of their time within neuropsychology over the course of the training year. Each track affords a wide variety of training experiences and intern preference for rotations is taken into consideration when designing a training plan that meets training needs of developing skills for entry level psychologists.

Neuropsychology Supervision: 

Robert R. Fallows, Psy.D., ABPP, Medical Director – Behavioral Health, Associate Director of Clinical Training, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Fallows received his doctorate from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in 2010 and completed his internship at the North Texas VAMC and residency at the South Texas VAMC. He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Fallows started the neuropsychology program at Samaritan Health Services in 2012 and oversees the clinical, administrative, and research duties of the clinic. The neuropsychology clinic sees people across the lifespan and Dr. Fallows’ particular interests include dementia, fetal alcohol effects, and sports-concussion issues. In regard to research, primary interests are in patient take-away from provider feedback. He has been the principal investigator of two grant funded studies examining multidisciplinary treatment of ADHD as well as dementia and caregiver support, both with a participatory arts component. Dr. Fallows is also the principal investigator of a neuropsychology repository and a sub-investigator of a multi-disciplinary repository, performs ad-hoc reviews for peer reviewed journals, and routinely serves on scientific poster review committees for national neuropsychology organizations. Dr. Fallows is a member of the Albany General Hospital CME committee, the Training Committee, and the Samaritan Medical Group Leadership Council. He was awarded the early career service award by the National Academy of Neuropsychology in 2019.

Audrina Mullane, PhD, ABPP; Neuropsychologist, North Albany location.  Dr. Mullane earned her doctorate from Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology in 2014 and completed her internship at VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, as a neuropsychology intern within a larger psychology internship consortium. She then completed a two-year neuropsychology fellowship with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations with patients referred from all major subspecialties, including specialty clinics such as the Center for Brain Health (dementia), Center for Neurological Restoration (movement disorders), Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Oncology Center, and the Epilepsy Center. Research interests have included cognitive outcomes following supplemental motor area resection, hippocampal volumetrics in mesial temporal sclerosis, predictive memory profiles in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy, and validity testing in Veterans with serious mental illness. Her clinical interests include neurodegenerative disease, specifically the dementias, and she looks forward to collaborating with other health professionals. Currently, Dr. Mullane is licensed in Oregon and board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Mullane is a member of the training committee.

 Ashley Smith Watts, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, North Albany location. Dr. Watts earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in behavioral genetics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015. During graduate school, her clinical interests included conducting neuropsychological evaluations across the lifespan and providing empirically supported psychotherapies for individuals with serious mental illness. Her research focused on heritability and developmental models of executive functions, self-restraint, and temperament. Dr. Watts completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in adult neuropsychology through the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations with patients across multiple settings, including a psychiatric inpatient hospital, a VA medical center, and two academic medical centers located in Providence, RI. Currently, she conducts neuropsychological evaluations with adult and geriatric patients through the Samaritan Neuropsychology Clinic. Her clinical interests include dementia, ADHD, and cognitive dysfunction with comorbid psychiatric disorders. Her research interests include topics related to statistics, methodology, and clinical practices in neuropsychology. Dr. Watts is a member of the Training Committee.

Lindsey Felix, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, North Albany location, Samaritan Pediatrics – Corvallis, and Mid-Valley Pediatrics – Albany. Dr. Felix received her doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2009 and completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Michigan Hospital System.  She joined the medical staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2012 where she provided inpatient consultation services on an inpatient Rehab team, conducted inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological evaluations, and supervised predoctoral psychology interns.  Dr. Felix’s clinical interests include evaluation of children and adolescents with cognitive, psychosocial, or learning/academic concerns due to a variety of etiologies, such as neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., ADHD, Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, etc.), prenatal exposures, acquired brain injuries (e.g. traumatic brain injury, concussion, epilepsy, brain tumors, stroke), and other forms of central nervous system dysfunction.  She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the America Board of Professional Psychology.

Andrea M. Jackson, Ph.D. Neuropsychologist, North Albany location and Geary Street Family Medicine. Dr. Jackson received her doctorate from the University of Windsor in 2017 and completed her internship and residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She works at Samaritan Health Services in the Neuropsychology Clinic and at Samaritan Family Medicine – Geary Street. She sees adults with a broad range of cognitive concerns and her particular interests include brain tumors, dementia, and nonepileptic seizures. Areas of research have included psycholinguistics, traumatic brain injury, and brain tumors.

Neuropsychology Didactics: 

General didactics include a breadth of topics related to neuropsychology and behavioral health topics, including topics on multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia evaluations, CBT in the primary care setting, motivational interviewing, sexual health, and illness cognition models.

In addition to the didactics provided to the internship cohort, the neuropsychology track intern also participates in a neuropsychology-specific group supervision one day a week. Within this, a journal club is conducted that covers major disorders, psychometrics, and principles of cognitive functioning. Additionally, fact-finding and case presentations are conducted to develop skills related to case conceptualization and preparation for boards. 

Neuropsychology Training Objectives:

The Samaritan Health Services Psychology internship strives for interns to demonstrate competence with the APA Standards of Accreditation (SoA). Additionally, we have two other measures we feel are important to the development of professional psychologists. Specifically, we emphasize exposure to issues around advocacy and management. Progression through the training program, for the neuropsychology intern, is more specific and includes the following conceptualization:

Setting:

Samaritan Health Services (SHS) is a network of hospitals, clinics, and health services located throughout the beautiful Willamette Valley and central coast region of Oregon. The network began in 1997 with two hospitals joining to serve the Mid-Willamette Valley and has grown to five hospitals, 80 clinician clinics, a senior care facility and several healthcare plans all with the goal of “building healthier communities together”. Our outpatient settings range from rural health care on the Central Oregon Coast to more urban settings in the Mid-Valley.

Each clinic is unique and located in a distinctive geographic location in Oregon, which allows students a variety of patient populations with which to work. The coastal region is more rural and allows students the opportunity to work with a culturally diverse population of adult and adolescent patients, many of whom have typically been underserved. This area has a high incidence of patients with drug and alcohol addictions, as well. The Mid-Valley regions are also culturally diverse and tend to be more broadly represented on the socio-economic spectrum.

Free Webinar: The Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Process

The Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST) and its parent organization, the Education Advisory Committee (EAC) of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN), have partnered with the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) to develop the first ever neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship webinar… and you’re invited! This free webinar is designed for trainees interested in pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. Seasoned neuropsychologists will present information on the application process, note important factors to consider when navigating applications and making decisions, and provide recommendations as well as answer frequently asked questions. View the webinar here!

Free Webinar: Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology: Training and Practice Considerations

The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology─Ethnic Minority Affairs (SCN-EMA), in collaboration with the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST), is proud to announce a webinar series geared towards promoting diversity within the training, science, and practice of neuropsychology. This first free webinar is designed for trainees and professionals who are committed to increasing their skills in cultural competence in neuropsychology, and enhance their awareness of diversity-related issues commonly encountered in training and practice settings. Drs. Melissa Castro and Tedd Judd will discuss key issues, practical tips, and recommendations for training and learning non-English multicultural skills, starting a clinical practice that services multicultural populations, and ethical considerations. They will answer questions from attendees. View the webinar here!

Free Webinar: Pursuing Studies on Brain-Behavior Relationships: A Guide for Undergraduates Interested in Clinical Neuropsychology

The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology’s Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST) have partnered with the Association for Doctoral Education in Clinical Neuropsychology (ADECN) and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students’ Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity (APAGS-CARED) to develop a free webinar on guidance for undergraduate students interested in pursuing education and training in clinical neuropsychology. Training directors, supervisors, and faculty are also welcome to attend. The speakers will present key information about things to consider when looking for graduate programs, while providing recommendations and answering frequently asked questions. View the webinar here!

Free Webinar: Neuropsychological Assessment of Spanish-Speaking Pediatric Populations

Neuropsychological Assessment of Spanish-Speaking Pediatric Populations

The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology─Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee
(SCN-EMA), in collaboration with the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society
(HNS), is proud to announce the next installment in a webinar series geared
to promote diversity from a multicultural perspective.

Christine M. Salinas, Psy.D. Clemente Vega, Psy.D.

This free webinar is designed for trainees and professionals who are
committed to increasing their skills in cultural competence in
neuropsychology, with a specific focus on pediatric populations from
multicultural backgrounds. Drs. Christine Salinas and Clemente Vega will
discuss diagnostic, assessment, advocacy, and ethical considerations. At
the end of the webinar presentation, they will also answer questions from
attendees.

Dr. Christine Salinas is a neuropsychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital
Epilepsy Division, and is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical
School. Dr. Clemente Vega is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist
who is currently working in the Department of Neurology, Boston Children’s
Hospital, and has a faculty appointment at the Psychiatry Department in the
Harvard Medical School.

We look forward to having you joining us on
January 18th 8pm EST (5pm PST)

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Sincerely,
Preeti

Preeti Sunderaraman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Columbia University Medical Center​
Student Representative of Ethnic & Minority Affairs Subcommittee Public Advisory Interest Committee (APA Division 40)
International Student Liaison of the International Neuropsychological Society’s Student Liaison Committee (INS-SLC)

Neuropsychology Internship Application Process Webinar

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS WEBINAR

The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology’s Education Advisory Committee (SCN-EAC) and the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST) have partnered with the Association for Internship Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (AITCN) to develop the first ever neuropsychology internship webinar and you are invited!

This free webinar is especially designed for students interested in pursuing a pre-doctoral internship with specialty training in clinical neuropsychology. Training directors, supervisors, and faculty are also welcome to attend. Seasoned neuropsychologists and fellow trainees will present key information about the internship application to successfully navigate each step of the process and make decisions according to students’ training goals, while providing recommendations and answering frequently asked questions. We look forward to having you join us on:

May 26th, 2015
8:30-10:30pm EST

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Program Profile: VA Illiana Healthcare System

illiana

AITCN Program Contact:

Julie Fitzgerald Smith, Ph.D.

 Neuropsychology Experiences Offered: 

Neuropsychology Track / Major Area of Study (At least 50%)

Neuropsychology Emphasis (30% to <50%)

Neuropsychology Experience (>20% to >30%)

Neuropsychology Exposure (20% or less).

Resources / Links:

http://www.danville.va.gov/careers/PsychologyTrainingBrochure.pdf

http://www.danville.va.gov/

http://www.danville.va.gov/services/mentalhealth.asp

Brief Description of General Internship:

The Psychology Training Program, which is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association for internship training, has the goal of assisting interns in the development of the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to function as professional psychologists. Ours is a practitioner / scientist program in that the emphasis is placed upon the various supervised activities an intern might perform. That is, patient care activities, such as assessment and intervention, are typically given a higher priority than more academic pursuits, such as research and teaching. This is not because we devalue the latter; rather, it is because we perceive our site better suited to providing training in patient care functions than university training programs, which seem better suited to providing training in research and teaching. With that bias, we look forward to helping our interns integrate these areas of their training so that each can inform and reinforce the other. The primary method used to achieve this goal is based on the tutorial-apprenticeship model. Interns work with their primary supervisor to design a clinical experience to meet their unique needs participating directly in the work of their primary supervisor. While it is possible to sketch the general character of the intern’s involvement, the exact nature of the experience depends upon the intern supervisor mix, for we try to individualize training as much as possible and use our resources to meet unique needs. The intern is expected to produce scholarly work products integrating scientific psychological literature in their assessment of and treatment planning for patients. Our tutorial-apprenticeship model is supplemented by a series of seminars, teleconferences, and consultant contacts. In achieving individualized training objectives, our program requires that each intern demonstrate an intermediate to advanced level of professional psychological skills, abilities, proficiencies, competencies and knowledge in the areas of: a) theories/methods of assessment/ diagnosis and effective treatments/interventions; b) theories/ methods of consultation, evaluation, and supervision; c) strategies of scholarly inquiry; and d) issues of cultural/individual diversity relevant to the above. The goal of which is to produce entry–level graduates who can think critically about relevant theoretical and scientific literature and be able to apply this in their clinical and research work.

The Psychology Staff enthusiastically supports The VAIHCS mission to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional healthcare that improves their health and well-being. The Psychology Staff is comprised of 27 doctoral level psychologists, as well as a number of psychology technicians, interns, and practicum students. The services of several consultants from the private sector and faculties of universities in the area augment the regular staff of 36. Occasionally the services of volunteers are utilized for specific purposes.

Training functions are directed toward the education and training of graduate students who are candidates for doctorates in clinical or counseling psychology. The training orientation is student-centered rather than technique centered, with focus on work experience which parallels that of staff psychologists and is supplemented by directed readings, lectures and seminars, as well as individual and group supervisory sessions.

Specialized Intramural Training Options: Usually an intern has three primary placements within the facility that last for four months and run sequentially. These primary placements involve a number of training options. These options typically involve, but are not limited to those that are listed below. Neuropsychology is listed separately below.  In reviewing them, it should be kept in mind that these experiences have been constructed out of active patient care programs.

1) Primary Care Mental Health: Psychologists in primary care mental health function as independent members of interdisciplinary treatment teams that include psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and auxiliary therapists from specialized services. Interns, as interdisciplinary team members, develop the skills to make contributions to their patients’ individualized treatment plans, as well as take responsibility for providing the psycho diagnostic, psychotherapeutic and case management services necessary for their discharge and maintenance in the community.

2) Outpatient Mental Health: In this placement, an intern becomes a fulltime member of the Mental Health Clinic which, as part of an extensive program of outpatient services, provides a full range of services for Veterans who can be treated on an outpatient basis. Psychological services include individual, group, marital and family psychotherapy. A key part of the program involves coordination with appropriate community/VA services. (This option may not be available due to the organizational shift to a primary care model.)

3) Health Psychology: Focusing primarily on medical or surgical patients, interns in this placement learn to rapidly assess and develop interventions for the psychological components of various disorders, using such modalities as individual, group, marital and family psychotherapy, biofeedback, pain/stress management, hypnosis, and relaxation training. Developing the skills to coordinate psychological interventions with medical treatment and family resources is a major focus.

4) Psychology of Long-Term Care: The psychology of long-term care rotation offers interns training opportunities working with patients who are receiving either short stay (<90 days) or long stay (>90 days) care in our extended care facility aka Community Living Center (CLC). The wards covered in this rotation include rehabilitation, palliative care, dementia, wander guard, and general long and short stay wards. Patients in the rehabilitation ward are typically receiving care for wounds that require long term antibiotic treatment or patients needing physical rehabilitation secondary to an acute illness such as a CVA or surgery. Veterans in our palliative care ward are end of life/hospice patients receiving comfort care. We also have a closed ward for patients with advanced dementia who are still ambulatory and need elopement/wandering precautions. Furthermore, we have a wander guard ward for patients who are as risk for elopement/wandering for various reasons including cognitive and/or psychiatric impairments. Then finally we have general wards for long term stay residents receiving nursing home care and for short term residents receiving various services including physical rehabilitation or respite. The population on these wards is predominantly geriatric; however some of the wards do occasionally serve younger patients.  All new admissions receive a psychological evaluation. Even though we are an extended care facility we have a rather high turnover rate. Patient’s mood and cognition are evaluated using a combination of clinical interview and assessment measures. In addition, psychology is responsible for completing capacity evaluations and assessing patients for suicidal risk as necessary. Furthermore, psychology functions as part of a multidisciplinary team and assists the team with behavioral management issues and management and treatment of patient’s psychiatric needs. There is opportunity for both short term and long term psychotherapy as well as providing staff education.  The psychology of long-term care rotation can be taken either as a primary or secondary rotation.

5) Substance Abuse Rehabilitation: Focusing on alcohol and other drug dependencies, this program bases its treatment on Rational Emotive Therapy and features individualized modules involving lectures, group discussions, relaxation, social skills, assertion and relapse prevention training. In this placement, an intern can anticipate experience in assessment, treatment and follow-up activities.

6) Outpatient PTSD: In the Outpatient PTSD Clinic, interns will learn to evaluate referrals to the clinic using interviewing and psychodiagnostic skills. Interns become full-time members of the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) accruing a caseload and providing a full range of services to Veterans and their families on an outpatient basis. Treatment modalities in the PTSD Clinic include individual, group, marital, and family therapy. Providing PTSD education to Veterans and their families is also an important component of treatment. In addition, interns have the opportunity to strengthen skills with particular techniques for relaxation, stress management, etc., by developing and facilitating special focus groups. An important training goal for interns will be the ability to acquire and implement a conceptual model for understanding and treating trauma that effectively addresses the biological, psychological, affective, and spiritual injuries sustained from exposure to trauma. Special emphasis is given to evidence-based treatment modalities including Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. Some PTSD clinical staff have been trained in PE by Edna Foa, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Hembree, Ph.D. Interns will have the option to participate in the specialized assessment and treatment of dually-diagnosed Veterans suffering from PTSD and substance use disorders. The PTSD/SUD specialty area utilizes an interdisciplinary treatment collaboration between PTSD and SARP, with a focus on safe coping skills and relapse prevention. Training in Military Sexual Trauma and some of the unique issues involved in treatment is also available. Interns can also request training in Theophostic Prayer as a treatment modality for trauma victims. The PTSD clinic utilizes a team approach to training and interns will be provided the opportunity to gain experience with each staff member, as well as attend specialized, interdisciplinary meetings to address issues such as: care for polytrauma victims and the seamless transition of Veteran’s care from active duty to the civilian sector.

7) Home Based Primary Care (HBPC): This rotation is located within the Home Based Primary Care program providing psychological services to Veterans who are essentially home bound due to medical conditions. At Illiana, the population served ranges in age from the fifties through end of life, primarily within rural settings. The clinical needs vary greatly with a predominance of adjustment, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and cognitive disorders. The intern is expected to function within a multidisciplinary team and can expect close interaction with the members of the HBPC team. Working with the HBPC Psychologist, the intern will conduct brief psychological evaluations for mood, cognition, and adjustment, more comprehensive assessments when indicated, and may develop a small therapy caseload. Working with our team and within the Veterans’ homes is very rewarding, clinically challenging, and an experience unlike office-based clinical practice.

8) West Lafayette Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC): In the CBOC, interns will have the opportunity to work with a diverse, outpatient Veteran population in individual, group, and couples’ therapy. Interns will conduct both short- and longer-term interventions based on an assessment of each Veteran’s unique needs and goals for therapy. Interns will gain experience in the integrative treatment of such presenting concerns as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression and other mood disorders, acute stress reactions, grief/loss, post deployment readjustment, interpersonal problems, and other difficulties that interfere with Veterans’ functioning and quality of life. Psychoeducation, skill-building, and identification of Veterans’ strengths and areas of resiliency are frequent components of these interventions. Specialized training in, and supervision of, Prolonged Exposure therapy and Cognitive Processing therapy are available. Trainees will also gain experience in the psychosocial rehabilitation model and feminist therapy, both of which emphasize individuals’ strengths, choice and autonomy, expertise on their own lives, and respectful and egalitarian therapeutic relationships. The CBOC is an interdisciplinary clinic and trainees will also gain valuable experience in embodying the role of the psychologist in an outpatient community setting and collaborating with primary care providers and other disciplines in triage and treatment planning. Trainees will also gain experience in working with Veterans who are ambivalent about psychotherapy or are very new to mental health treatment.

Brief Description of Neuropsychology Training:

There are two different batteries used in the clinic (fixed, flexible) used to conduct individual evaluations of psychological functions in veteran’s affected by brain damage.  Results are used to provide remediation planning and follow-up services to veterans and their families. Interns learn to administer and score many standard neuropsychological tests, to design individual test batteries, and to write interpretive reports. Resources in the area are extensive enough to support two training options: an introductory experience emphasizing assessment issues to help interns develop the skills necessary to recognize brain syndromes as well as make intelligent use of neuropsychological resources, and an advanced experience which combines training in assessment with training in intervention and case management. Previous coursework and practica in assessment are needed. The neuropsychology-advanced experience is designed to provide clinical experiences consistent with INS/Division 40 guidelines for internship.

Neuropsychology Supervision: 

Julie Fitzgerald Smith, Ph.D.

Richard Bowles, Psy.D.

Currently recruiting a third staff member.

 Neuropsychology Didactics: 

Didactics are created each year based on the needs of the Neuropsychology student.  Recent topics include:  Neuroanatomy, Neuroimaging, Vascular System, Psychometrics/Test-construction/Selection, Substances in Neuropsychology, CVA, Agnosia, Effort in the applied/clinical setting, and Epilepsy/Seizures.  During the Neuropsychology rotation there is a weekly Neuropsychology didactic as well as a general Mental Health didactic.  There are many additional didactic opportunities throughout the year throughout the VA system.

Neuropsychology Training Objectives: 

  1. Demonstrate competency in the eight basic skill areas of Neuropsychology:  Models of Neuropsychological Assessment, Test Administration Scoring, Clinical Interview/Consultation, Test Selection, Diagnosis, Test Interpretation/Report Writing, Intervention, and Neurology/Neuroanatomy.        
  2. Demonstrate entry-level skills in choosing a battery of tests and combining neuropsychological instruments to address specific neuropsychological referral question/hypotheses.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level skills in test interpretation and case conceptualization of neuropsychological issues.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the various approaches to neuropsychological assessment.
  5. Develop effective staff relationships in a variety of settings and function as a consultant to referral sources. 
  6. Expand the intern’s knowledge in the area of Neurology by attending Neurology clinic and Neurology ward rounds when available.
  7. Expand the intern’s understanding of differential diagnosis of commonly seen conditions. 
  8. Increase understanding of related medical conditions and medications that compromise cognitive functioning.
  9. Become more knowledgeable of functional Neuroanatomy and resulting changes from impairment to specific brain areas.
  10. Become more familiar with available options for rehabilitation of neurological disorders.
  11. Gain experience in making recommendations for treatment and provide appropriate feedback to patients and families.
  12. Become more adept at personality test interpretation and feedback.
  13. Ethical Issues: Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues on a case-by-case basis specifically addressing issues of assessment, test management, and confidentiality as they relate to Neuropsychology.  The intern will observe VA policies and procedures, laws of professional behavior, and the APA code of ethics.
  14. Multicultural Issues: Demonstrate tolerance for and acceptance of cross-cultural diversity and individual differences in the therapeutic relationship on a case-by-case basis.

Setting:

The City of Danville: Danville is located in a rich farming area of East Central Illinois, one mile west of the Indiana State line, 132 miles south of Chicago, 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis, and 198 miles northeast of St. Louis. The main campus of the University of Illinois is 30 miles west in Urbana-Champaign; the main campus of Purdue University is 56 miles northeast in West Lafayette; and Indiana State University is 57 miles south in Terre Haute. An excellent network of highways facilitates transportation. The city is on Interstate 74, US 136 and 150, and State Route 1. Danville is a diversified, industrial city with a population of approximately 33,904, the major retail center in a county with a population of about 83,919. The racial makeup of the city is approximately 70.2% white, 24.4% black, 4.6 Hispanic, and .8% other races. Families in Danville can choose from a variety of schools for their children ranging from public schools to parochial schools of Baptist, Catholic and Lutheran faiths. The Danville Area Community College offers about 1500 courses to approximately 5000 students on its 75-acre campus immediately adjacent to the Danville VAMC. Danville is proud of its community symphony, theater, light opera guild, choral societies, art league, and baseball and hockey teams. A civic center hosts performances by performers with national reputations. Other cultural opportunities of the highest caliber abound within easy driving distance of Danville: Indianapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis. All have major symphonies, art museums, theaters, opera and dance companies, as well as professional football, basketball and baseball teams. The Krannert Center for Performing Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana and the Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois in Champaign provide the settings for performances by a variety of companies of international caliber. Big Ten sports of all kinds are available at the University of Illinois. The city of Danville maintains 8 parks and recreation areas. Three county parks and a state recreation area provide campgrounds, picnic sites, fishponds, hiking trails, scenic views and other attractions for the entire east-central Illinois area.

 

 

Program Profile: VA St. Louis Health Care System

St. Louis at Sunset

VA ST. LOUIS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

AITCN Program Contact:

John R. Hogg, Ph.D., ABPP                   

Neuropsychology Experiences Offered: 

  • Neuropsychology Track  (At least 50%) (Separate APPIC Match Number – 139912)
  • Neuropsychology Emphasis (30% to <50%)
  • Neuropsychology Experience (>20% to >30%)
  • Neuropsychology Exposure (20% or less).

Resources / Links:

http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/stlouis/

http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/docs/stlouis-psych-intern.docx

Brief Description of General Internship:

The predoctoral internship at the St. Louis VA Healthcare System is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.  The next site visit will be during the academic year 2017.  The St. Louis VA Healthcare System Psychology Training Program offers APA-accredited internships to U.S. citizens who are pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited institution.  There are a total of five intern positions available annually, which includes four generalist track positions and one neuropsychological track position, although the structure of training does ensure a breadth of experiences for all five interns.  Our training program follows a practitioner-scholar model.  In general, interns will rotate quarterly while also maintaining a year-long concentration experience.  The internship begins in late July each year.

Brief Description of Neuropsychology Training:

Within our generalist model of training we are able to offer a track for individuals interested in devoting 50% of their time to the provision of Neuropsychological activities related to medical and psychiatric populations, in order to meet the needs of individuals planning to apply for Neuropsychology Residencies that abide by the Houston Conference Guidelines. Applying for, and being selected for, the Neuropsychology Track will dictate that the intern select the Neuropsychology and Polytrauma/TBI rotations as two of the four major rotations for the year. On both of these rotations, the emphasis of training will be in the delivery of neuropsychological services with exposure to different patient populations. Additionally, Neuropsychology specific didactics will be added during at least 50% of the training year. This is in addition to the generalist didactics offered to all interns throughout the training year.  The Neuropsychology Track allows for an intensity of Neuropsychology training while maintaining the primary internship goal to produce a competent generalist psychologist.

Neuropsychology Supervision: 

Please refer to the description of neuropsychology training for specific information regarding rotations.Supervision of training on the Neuropsychology rotation will be provided primarily by John Hogg, Ph.D., ABPP, Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology, Director of the Neuropsychology Clinic.  Supervision of training on the Polytrauma/TBI rotation will be provided primarily by Meredith Melinder, Ph.D., Staff Neuropsychologist in the Polytrauma program.  Additional supervision for either rotation, or for the optional Geropsychology – Rehab and Extended Care rotation (please see our training brochure for additional information) is provided by John Neudecker, Ph.D., Staff Neuropsychologist and Assistant Director of Training for Psychology.

 Neuropsychology Didactics: 

All interns, regardless of rotation assignments, are expected to attend the weekly Intern Didactic Seminar in addition to the weekly Enrichment Seminar Series proctored by VA St. Louis Health Care System Staff Psychologists as well as consultants from a variety of other health care fields. These didactic experiences help ensure that all interns (including those on the Neuropsychology Track) receive training sufficient to produce a competent generalist psychologist. The Neuropsychology Track Intern will get additional training in didactics specific to neuropsychology through inclusion in a weekly neuropsychological case conference meeting as well as a monthly journal club for neuropsychologists and all neuropsychology trainees while they are participating in rotations with a neuropsychological focus.  In addition, while participating in the Neuropsychology Major Rotation, the Neuropsychology Track Intern will also have the option of attending neuroanatomy (“brain-cutting”) meetings at the Washington University School of Medicine.  Specific training relevant to the needs of the intern will also be provided directly by rotation supervisors (e.g.; test administration and scoring, test interpretation, neuroanatomy review, etc.).

Neuropsychology Training Objectives:

Our primary objective is to provide a suitable learning experience for the creation of a competent generalist psychologist with sufficient neuropsychological specialty training to be a well prepared, competitive applicant for Neuropsychology Residencies that abide by the Houston Conference Guidelines.The St. Louis VA Medical Center is a Tertiary Care Center for the VA Heartland Network/VISN 15.  Located across two campuses (John Cochran (JC)) and Jefferson Barracks (JB)), four Community-Based Outpatient [Integrated Care] Clinics(CBOC’s), and a community-based Recovery Center, the medical center provides medical and mental health services to a diverse population from rural and urban settings throughout Missouri, Southern Illinois, and adjoining states. Organizationally, the Psychology Service is located within the Mental Health Service (MHS). MHS provides comprehensive MH services to approximately 10,500 veterans (>110,000 visits/year), including 2,600 veterans on our psychosis registry. These services include a large outpatient Mental Health Clinic, a Senior Veterans MH Clinic, extensive Substance Use Disorder programs (SARRTP, Opioid Addiction Treatment Program, Buprenorphine Clinic, Smoking Cessation), Primary Care Mental Health Integration, two PTSD Clinical Teams, CWT/Vocational Rehabilitation, MHICM (Mental Health Intensive Case Management), Family Psychoeducation, Peer Counseling, Neuropsychology, Medical Psychology/Consultation & Liaison, and a recently opened Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), or “Recovery Center”. The St. Louis VAMC provides all inpatient services to the medical centers in the Eastern half of VISN 15. Inpatient services include: 70 acute psychiatry beds (General and Geropsychiatry) with 2000 discharges per year, an ALOS of approximately 8 days, and an ADC of approximately 50; a 50 bed Domiciliary; 25 Substance Abuse residential rehabilitation beds; and 8 Psychiatric Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program beds under construction.

Announcing the AITCN Mentorship Award

Mentorship, although highly valued by its recipients, is often rarely rewarded. In recognition of the value the Association for Internship Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (AITCN) places on mentorship, the AITCN Mentorship Award was created to reward outstanding mentors from among our member programs. Awardees will have had a sustained career commitment to mentoring, a significant positive impact on their mentees’ careers, and through mentorship will have advanced patient care and/or research in the field of clinical neuropsychology.

Each year one award will be granted to a nominated mentor. The AITCN Executive Committee reserves the right to not grant the award if no suitable nominations have been submitted.

Award Criteria

The award is based on the training experiences and success of the nominee’s mentees, not the mentor’s personal career achievements. For the purpose of this award, mentoring is defined as the process of guiding, supporting, and promoting the training and career development of others. A mentor should demonstrate a commitment to and love of teaching and mentoring trainees in alignment with their particular career goals. The key roles of a mentor include, but are not limited to providing:

  • Intellectual growth and development
  • Career development
  • Nurturing of talent
  • Professional guidance
  • Advocacy for mentees
  • Positive role modeling

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion

1. All nominees must be from an internship program with current membership in AITCN (please refer to the website at www.aitcn.org for a list of current member programs)

2. A mentor can be nominated for activity in the current (2015 – 2016) or any prior internship year.

3. Nominees of all nationalities and all countries of residence are eligible; however, all application materials must be submitted in English.

4. Nominees may include any individual providing supervision, teaching, or mentorship with a neuropsychology focus during the nominating trainee’s internship year.

5. Nominees should have a sustained record of mentoring over time.

6. Nominators must be a mentee of the nominee with personal knowledge of the nominee’s supervision and/or mentoring efforts.

Exclusion

1. Prior recipients of the AITCN Mentor Award are ineligible for future awards.

2. Members of the AITCN Executive committee are ineligible for a mentor award during their tenure.

3. Self-nominations and posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

Nomination Packages

  • Nominations will be due via e-mail no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.
  • Nominations must be submitted electronically to info@aitcn.org
  • Nominations are reviewed and scored on the following criteria: 1) intellectual growth and development, 2) career development, 3) nurturing of talent 4) professional guidance, 5) advocacy for mentees, and 6) being a role model.

Nomination packages must include the following information:

  1. The completed nomination form.
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A letter written by the nominator that summarizes the nominee’s impact on the training/career of his/her mentee.

Nomination and Selection Process

Nominations may be made by any trainee or former trainee, based on either having been mentored by the nominee or by personal observation of mentoring provided to others by the nominee. Nominators must be mentees of the nominee or have personal knowledge of the nominee’s mentoring efforts. If the winning mentor was nominated separately by multiple nominators, the book award will be presented to the nominating individual whose letter was most significant in determining the win.

Nomination packages will be forwarded to the AITCN Executive Committee for review. The final selection will be based on a consensus of the entire Executive Committee. Awardees are notified in December.

2012 – 2013 Selection Process Timeline

Nomination packages due August 31, 2016
AITCN Executive Committee meets to review applications November 2016
Winners notified December 2016
Award presented at INS February 2017

Information about this award can always be found on the “Awards” section of this website.