Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship - Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

 

Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

POSITIONs: The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is pleased to announce recruitment for Postdoctoral Fellowship training in Adult Clinical Neuropsychology. TWO positions are available for FY2021-2023, including: 1) The Mental Health Service (MHS) and Neuropsychology Service and 2) The Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and Neuropsychology Service. Our Fellowship experience is consistent with the INS/Division 40 and Houston Conference specialty guidelines for training in Clinical Neuropsychology. The Fellowship program follows scientist-practitioner training model. Fellows are prepared to meet eligibility requirements for ABPP in Clinical Neuropsychology through ABCN. Start date is negotiable but should fall in between 1 July to 1 Sept. 2021. graphic of neurons in brain

DESCRIPTION: The CAVHS Neuropsychology Service receives referrals from Neurology, Neurosurgery, Memory Disorder’s Clinic, Inpatient and Outpatient Geriatrics, Primary Care, MHS, and nearby Active Duty military bases. In that end, Fellows gain experience working with a myriad of heterogenous neurological and psychiatric Active Duty and Veteran outpatient and inpatient populations. 

GRECCs are centers of excellence that address the healthcare needs of older Veterans through research, education, and training of healthcare professionals and students. The Little Rock GRECC conducts research directly relevant to aging Veterans with focus areas that include: (a) The biological outcomes of normal aging and disease as manifest in skeletal muscle, the central nervous system and cardiovascular system; (b) Exercise, nutrition and rehabilitation; (c) Treatment of mental health and behavior problems in dementia; and (d) Research focusing on the prevention of dementia.

The emphases of clinical training opportunities include:

  • Strong:
    Outpatient neuropsychological assessment, neuropsychological consultation  
  • Moderate:
    Research, cognitive rehabilitation, rehabilitation psychology, geriatric psychology
  • Weak:
    Forensics, psychotherapy

Availability of Patient Populations:

  • Strong:
    Geriatrics, medically complex patients, dementia, CVA, military TBI, psychiatric conditions (incl.   PTSD, MDD, SUDs, chronic pain, ADHD), racial/ethnic minorities
  • Moderate:
    Movement disorders, neurosurgical candidates
  • Weak:
    Moderate-to-severe TBI, neoplasm, viral/bacterial, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, allograft transplantation, autism 
  • None:
    Pediatrics

MHS Fellows will be able to augment their major neuropsychology training experiences by selecting from several minor rotational offerings to including any of (can be repeated): Research, cognitive rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation psychology, inpatient geriatric psychology, and/or evidence based psychotherapy. There is a modest research expectation required.

Clinically, GRECC Fellows split time between the Neuropsychology Service and Memory Disorder Clinics. GRECC Fellows also have a strong research emphasis in geriatrics with increased expectations for scholarly productivity.

Didactic opportunities include weekly neuropsychology fellow didactic series, neuropsychology and geriatric journal clubs, brain cuttings, neurology, neuroradiology, and psychiatry grand rounds. Neuropsychology case conference with mock ABPP/ABCN fact finding practice occurs monthly. Fellows complete a mock written exam after completion of first year. Lastly, Fellows can gain experience providing vertical supervision to less advanced neuropsychology trainees including Neurotrack Interns from our APA accredited predoctoral psychology internship and practicum graduate students.

SETTING: Located in beautiful central Arkansas, one of the country’s best-kept secrets for a high quality of living. CAVHS is a large and comprehensive VA medical complex within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The medical center is located in a metropolitan area of over 600,000 people and draws from a primary service area of 275,000 veterans. It is also one of the largest and busiest VA medical centers in the country with its two campuses located in Little Rock and North Little Rock. CAVHS also serves as a teaching facility for more than 1,500 students and residents enrolled in more than 65 educational programs. Additional training and didactics are also provided at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

FACULTY: Faculty includes two neuropsychologists (one with ABPP-CN), a rehabilitation psychologist, a geriatric psychologist, and a geriatrician.

BENEFITS: Current stipend is $46,102 and $48,594 for the first and second year, respectively. 

Fellows are eligible for life and health insurance for self, spouse, and legal dependents. Fellows receive 10 annual Federal holidays. In addition, Fellows accrue 4 hours of sick leave and 4 hours of annual leave for each full two-week pay period.

QUALIFICATIONs: Applicants must possess a PhD or PsyD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology with education and experience in neuropsychology from an APA accredited doctoral scientist-practitioner/practitioner-scholar program, successfully completed an APA accredited Internship where ≥ 50% of the clinical training included neuropsychology relevant experience(s), USA citizenship, be able to pass a background check as is required to work within VA setting(s), Selective Service registration for males, and understand that this is a drug tested position located at a tobacco free campus. The Fellowship welcomes, encourages, and will consider applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, racial, ethnic, age, sexual orientation, disability or other minority status.

APPLICATIONS: Interested applicants should email the following documents to Scott.Mooney@va.gov :

1) A 1-2 page cover letter regarding current/past training, career goals, expected date of internship completion

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Copy of doctoral program transcripts. Note that originals will be required by HR as part of onboarding and credentialing   

4) Letter from Internship Training Director verifying standing in program and expected date of completion

5) Three letters of professional recommendation from current or former clinical supervisors – preferably from clinical neuropsychologists (all of whom should email their letter directly)

6) Two written neuropsychology reports examples with redacted protected health information

7) Optional: Research writing sample such as a co-authored publication

Application deadline is 15 January 2021. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Match program number: 9101.

On site interviews are not required, but applicants are welcome to visit CAVHS (at their cost) if they would like to see the facilities subject to faculty availability. An on-site visit will not impact applicant selection. Other interview arrangements are negotiable such as telephone or Skype if applicants are unable to attend the 2020 INS conference.

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