Rehabilitation Services and Psychiatry

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 will spend the first year in the Department of Psychiatry (main supervisor:  Drs. Budzenski and McSweeny) and the second year in Rehabilitation Services (main supervisors:  Drs. Haines and Hall). 

For the first year, 60% of the Psychiatry year will involve completion of outpatient evaluations referred from treatment providers primarily from within the Psychiatry department though patients are also referred from other specialties at UTMC.  The most common evaluation referral concern is for neurocognitive disorder secondary to, or concomitant with, psychiatric conditions, substance abuse, infectious disease, and/or other medical conditions. Neurodevelopmental disorders (autism, ADHD, chromosomal abnormalities) are seen regularly in the clinic and off-site monthly at a developmental disability center. Geriatric psychiatrists regularly refer for evaluations for mild cognitive disorders and dementia.  20% of the rotation will include evaluation of adolescents in the psychiatric inpatient unit.  Psychotherapy opportunities are available.

The fellow will spend the second year in Rehabilitation Services (main supervisors:  Drs. Haines and Hall).  70% of time is performed completing 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 Disease , Multiple Sclerosis, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) 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. 

The fellow spends another 10% of time at outside facilities.  A portion of this will be 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 Drs. Haines, Hall, Farrell, Suico, Wuescher, Schneider, and Rizk. The other portion of this is participation in a monthly interdisciplinary clinic for pediatric patients with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at A Renewed Mind Behavioral Healthcare/Double Arc.

Another 20% of time of both years 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 Dr. Hall.  There is a potential, if the fellow has interest, to participate in research with professors 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 externships at UTMC and the fellow provides supervision to these students. During the year in the Department of Psychiatry, fellows will have the opportunity to supervise Psychiatry residents.  During the year in the Rehabilitation Services, fellows will have the opportunity to supervise medical students who are completing their Neurology rotation.

Coursework and Didactics

The fellow will take the medical school course series in Neuroscience at UTMC during their second year of fellowship. 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 a Clinical Neuropsychology 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 (Toledo Hospital).  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: 2/12/20