Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship
Applications are invited for a full-time, 24-month postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology. Fellows in pediatric neuropsychology receive training with various populations including epilepsy, head injury, neuro-oncology, and various disorders impacting the CNS. Training is limited to child and adolescent population.
The pediatric neuropsychology fellowship is part of a comprehensive interdisciplinary training effort in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Other trainees at this site include a two pediatric psychology fellows, psychology interns, medical residents, medical students, social work interns, and speech/language pathology interns. The fellowship is under the direction of the Section of Pediatric Psychology, which includes two pediatric neuropsychologists. Pediatric Psychology consists of eleven doctoral level psychologists, three postdoctoral fellows, and four master's level psychological examiners. Clinical supervision of the fellow is provided by the neuropsychologists, all of whom are licensed in the state of Arkansas.
Training sites include the J. L. Dennis Developmental Center and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. A variety of didactic training experiences are available, including monthly case presentations, monthly didactic presentations in pediatric/neuropsychology psychology, weekly pediatric grand rounds, and supervised readings in focused areas of neuropsychology. In addition to these clinical and training experiences, the fellows are encouraged to initiate research and/or participate in ongoing faculty research efforts.
A. To train postdoctoral fellows for independent practice in the area of pediatric psychology/pediatricneuropsychology including assessment and treatment of individuals coping with a variety of medical and developmental disorders
B. To provide structured educational and clinical experiences toward that goal, and corrective feedback as fellows progress toward that goal
- Fellows will understand the variety of factors that affect the mental and physical health of individuals (medical, developmental, genetic, familial, social, behavioral, emotional)
- Fellows will be able to distinguish normal versus atypical reactions to acute and chronic illness.
- Fellows will learn diagnostic assessment for patients across the age span
- Fellows will learn a variety of objective measurements of cognitive, developmental, adaptive behavior, academic, emotional, and behavioral functioning to supplement their clinical interview and facilitate comprehensive assessment of patients seen in health care settings. They will further develop the knowledge of health-related assessment including health beliefs, adherence, quality of life, and coping.
- Fellows will demonstrate the ability to write a comprehensive diagnostic assessment report including summarizing any relevant objective assessment data, interview data, and clinical impressions. They will further demonstrate the ability to assess a variety of differential diagnoses, provide a concise case conceptualization, and design an appropriate treatment plan for patients and their families and document these elements within the context of this diagnostic report.
- Fellows will understand the behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and other theories of behavioral change as they relate to healthy development, psychopathology, health-risk behavior, and prevention of disease throughout childhood and adolescence.
- Fellows will develop expertise in empirically-supported interventions with children, parents, and families for use in health care settings. Fellows will have a working knowledge of best practice methods for a variety of behavioral, emotional, and developmental conditions seen in medical settings, and cultivate a respect and understanding of the empirical support for best-practice methods and treatment protocols.
- Fellows will demonstrate the ability to document summaries of the provision of services within treatment sessions, as well as overall treatment progress and revise the treatment plan as needed based on this progress.
- Fellows will demonstrate the ability to communicate with and coordinate assessment and treatment efforts with a variety of health care disciplines.
- Fellows will have experience on multidisciplinary assessment and treatment teams providing clinical care.
- Fellows will participate in a consultation-liaison service and understand the consultative role of psychology in the context of an inpatient medical setting.
- Fellows will be exposed to advocacy in pediatric health care.
- Fellows will gain a basic understanding of disease processes and their medical management.
- Fellows will appreciate important professional, ethical, and legal issues related to clinical work in health care settings
- Fellows will cultivate an appreciation for cultural and ethnic aspects of clinical care and have experience working with patients from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in health care settings.
Competencies expected for postdoctoral fellows are outlined within the goals and objectives noted above, and are consistent with ACGME General Competencies guidelines suggesting advanced practice in the areas of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. This fellowship satisfies the requirements for licensure in the state of Arkansas.
• Clinical experience in a variety of medical and developmental clinics
• Participation in multidisciplinary team assessment and treatment planning
• Individual supervision with each supervisor
• Group supervision with Training Directors
• Direct observation of clinical skill
• Core reading manual
• Supplemental readings
• Case Presentation/Peer Review
• Required presentation to the section with evaluation/feedback to trainee
Program requirements and expectations of fellows are reviewed during orientation. A structured evaluation form is used to provide feedback to fellows in addition to oral feedback during supervision. Evaluation forms are completed after 3 months and 12 months into the fellowship (or more often as needed). Written evaluations are reviewed during supervision and signed by the fellow and the supervisor. If problems arise then supervisors will document discussions of these problems and guidance regarding steps to remedy them (if remediable), and the extent to which corrective actions are or are not successful in addressing these problems.
The current 12-month stipend is $30,000. Typical work hours are approximately 40-50 hours/week with 80% time in clinical service and related activities. A $2000 E-fund is available to the fellow for professional expenses such as conference fees, association dues, licensing fees, etc.
Applicants must have a doctorate in clinical psychology or related field from an APA-approved doctoral program, have completed an APA-approved doctoral internship, and have specialized training experiences in neuropsychology. Individuals interested in applying for the fellowship should submit a copy of their vitae, three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, and a cover letter by January 10. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Interviews and a site visit can be scheduled if the applicant is able to arrange travel to Little Rock. The training year starts September 1. Application material should be forwarded to:
Wendy L. Ward, Ph.D.
Jayne Bellando, Ph.D.
Psychology Training Co-Directors
Section of Pediatric Psychology
Department of Pediatrics
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
College of Medicine
1 Children's Way, Slot 512-21
Little Rock, AR 72202
Telephone: (501) 364-1021