Rehab Psychology Services

Training Program

Our fellowship complies with the Houston Conference guidelines for postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology. Following these guidelines, our fellowship is a two-year full-time training period that consists of clinical and research experiences and coursework/didactics.

Clinical Training

The fellow spends approximately 70% of time performing outpatient clinical work, mostly neuropsychological evaluations, although there are opportunities to provide individual psychotherapy.  Patient populations for the neuropsychological evaluations include neurologically compromised individuals  (e.g., dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis) as well as rehabilitation individuals (e.g., TBI, CVA).  Lifespan populations are served (ages 7 and older), with the split at about 70% adult and 30% pediatric.  Supervisors for this work are Haines and Hall.

The fellow spends another 10% of time performing inpatient clinical work at The Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio; occasional consults come from the acute hospital at UTMC.  Mostly assessments are conducted, although there is the opportunity for individual psychotherapy.  Supervisors for this work include Haines, Hall, Farrell, Suico, Wuescher, Schneider and Rizk.

Another 20% of time is split between didactics/coursework, research opportunities, and supervising others.  Fellows have the opportunity to work on research projects with extant databases (e.g., Movement Disorders Clinic data or General Clinical Neuropsychology data).  Primary supervisor is Hall.  There is a potential, if the fellow has interest, to participate in research with individuals housed in the Department of Psychology on the Main Campus.  The goal is for the fellow to have one publication or presentation upon graduation from the fellowship.  With regard to supervising others, Clinical Psychology PhD students from the Department of Psychology occasionally participate in a neuropsychology externship at UTMC and the fellow provides supervision to these students. In addition, medical students who are completing their Neurology rotation, shadow us for a day; we have students three times a week.

Course work and Didactics

The fellow will take the medical school course series in Neuroscience at UTMC. This is a major time commitment of 15-20 hours per week for 2-3 months and the clinical/research work expectations are consequently reduced. Our fellowship participates in an inter-fellowship didactic series presented online; these occur once per week.  The fellow is also expected to attend a portion of the Neurology Resident Lecture Series, which occur at a hospital about 15 minutes away from UTMC.  The fellow can also attend didactic training experiences such as Psychiatry grand rounds, Neurology grand rounds, Neuropathology conference, Brain Cuts, Neuroradiology case conference, observation of a neurosurgery, and other grand rounds/research seminars/journal clubs as available.

Last Updated: 7/25/19