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UMMS Fellowship in Neuropsychology

This is a 2-year residency program focused on building skills for competent practice in clinical neuropsychology, emphasizing a process/flexible battery approach to neuropsychological assessment.  We will recruit one resident each year for a 2-year position, with two residents present in junior and senior positions.  The primary focus of the program is on assessment training, although clinical teaching opportunities, treatment experience, and a small research component are also included.  The program is designed to prepare residents for subsequent board certification in the field.  Training takes place at both UMass Medical Center, which is the medical center affiliate for the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as within a community practice (Community Neuroscience Services) that provides neurologic, neuropsychiatric, and neuropsychological specialty care to patients with a team-oriented model. 

After an initial orientation period, the resident will be responsible for 4-5 clinic slots per week engaged in outpatient neuropsychological assessment.  The program is built around adult assessment, though a life-span developmental focus is often emphasized.

We have a very broad patient population given our presence in a general medical setting, which also includes individuals from a wide range of sociocultural backgrounds.  Common referral diagnoses include:

  • dementing illnesses
  • epilepsy
  • traumatic brain injury
  • cerebrovascular disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • movement disorders
  • infectious diseases
  • brain neoplasms
  • chemotherapy/radiation treatment effects
  • broad spectrum psychiatric disorders
  • ADHD and learning disorders

The resident will be formally supervised by our three core staff neuropsychologists: Brian Dessureau, Ph.D., Clare Humphreys. Ph.D., and Erika Clark, Ph.D.  Vera Klinoff, Ph.D. is also an associate faculty member of the program.  The resident will meet weekly with supervisors to discuss ongoing cases and clinical issues, as well as on an as-needed basis.  The amount of supervision meets and typically exceeds APA and state licensure requirements.