The Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center seeks applicants for a two-year clinical neuropsychology fellowship, commencing in the summer of 2014. The fellowship opportunity provides specialized clinical and research training in geriatric neuropsychology.
Clinical neuropsychological training is provided in the context of the outpatient Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where neuropsychologists address physician referrals in early detection, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning for geriatric patients with suspected cognitive impairment. Fellows gain expertise in the clinical assessment and differential diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, and vascular dementia, as well as atypical neurodegenerative diseases. Trainees gain extensive education in brain-behavior relationships with concentrated training in clinical interviewing, case conceptualization, report writing, and development of individualized recommendations for patients. Fellows participate in clinical feedback/psychoeducation sessions with patients and families to discuss diagnosis, prognosis, and recommendations from clinical work-ups. Trainees also participate as a co-facilitator of support groups for patients with early stage memory loss and their care partners. Clinical training consists of approximately 50% of the fellow’s professional time.
Also, the fellow will be heavily involved in an active NIH-funded research program led by Dr. Angela Jefferson focusing on modifiable risk factors for unhealthy cognitive aging, including prospective and retrospective studies examining vascular health factors and Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers for cognitive decline. Fellows will develop independent research ideas and engage in research activities by conducting clinical interviews, neuropsychological data collection, data analysis (in collaboration with a biostatistical team), and manuscript preparation. Fellows receive mentorship on grant writing and develop expertise about common funding mechanisms with the expectation of submitting at least one extramural application.
Numerous didactics and professional development opportunities are available to support the fellow’s training activities, such as an Alzheimer’s disease guest lecture series, brain cuttings, works-in-progress workshops, writing seminars, biostatistical meetings, journal clubs, and Neurology Grand Rounds. The fellow will gain experience and mentorship in supervision of undergraduate and graduate trainees.
Applicants must be clinical psychology doctoral candidates with a pre-doctoral internship emphasizing neuropsychology. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, sick and personal time, and a modest travel stipend. The application deadline is December 1st, 2013. Telephone interviews will be completed in December and on site interviews (in January 2014) will be reserved for top candidates. The fellowship is aligned with the Houston Conference guidelines and fulfills ABPP board certification eligibility requirements in clinical neuropsychology as well as state licensure requirements. This position is not part of the APPCN matching program.
Interested candidates should email the following materials to Dr. Angela Jefferson (firstname.lastname@example.org):
œ detailed cover letter outlining career goals, interests, and fit with our clinical and research program
œ curriculum vita
œ graduate transcript(s)
œ three recommendation letters (one of which must be from an internship supervisor)
œ two de-identified clinical work samples
Visit us on line for more information about the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center (www.vanderbiltalzheimers.com) or Dr. Jefferson’s Laboratory of Cognitive Aging (www.vanderbiltcognitiveaging.com).