Postdoctoral Residency Program

Overview

The Postdoctoral Residency (Fellowship) in Neuropsychology through BRAINS is a two-year program designed to conform to the guidelines developed by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.

Principal mentors/supervisors are employed at BRAINS. Training opportunities with psychologists outside of the neuropsychology specialization are available, as well. Interactions with other clinical specialties are routinely integrated, as BRAINS is a multidisciplinary clinic.

BRAINS has been training Residents since 2008.  Our goal is to provide advanced training for psychologists specializing in neuropsychology who intend to earn Board Certification in Neuropsychology, ABPP, and to practice in neuropsychology. Our graduates have gone on to practice in the field of neuropsychology.

Our Program offers a number of opportunities for learning. There are multiple neuropsychologists within the program at different phases of their careers. BRAINS has professionals who primarily focus on counseling individuals, Occupational and Speech therapy, groups, technology models such as biofeedback or virtual reality, ABA, and forensic work. BRAINS provides evaluations to individuals throughout the lifespan, but we have a strong reputation for a specialization in pediatrics. Cases vary from symptoms complicated by prenatal exposure, trauma, ASD, developmental conditions, medical and mental health factors, memory and a variety of other concerns that may result in the need to pursue an evaluation.

We are actively involved in communicating diagnostic results to physician’s offices and schools, addressing the broad psychosocial needs of patients and families. Our program is uniquely interested in the integration of data, effective personalization of findings, and customized treatment planning.

About 80% of the Residents’ time is spent in the delivery of clinical services. Educational/training experiences and research activities account for the other 20%.

 

Application

Candidates must be on track to complete all doctoral degree and internship requirements by the start of the Residency. Graduates of APA and CPA accredited Clinical Programs and Internships are preferred, and prior training in neuropsychology is required.

Applications will be accepted through January 15th each year. We will offer interviews as applications are reviewed and approved to meet approved criteria. Positions will be offered in February or early March. In the event that the position(s) are not filled, it is possible that BRAINS will consider additional applications until the position(s) is filled.

BRAINS posts the postdoctoral position in the job posting sections of our webpage. Click here to view current opportunities.

Required materials:
• Application
• Letter of interest
• Curriculum vita
• 3 letters of recommendation
• 2 sample neuropsychological reports

 

Training

Primary Clinical Training Experiences

Outpatient Evaluations: The Resident performs 3-4 outpatient evaluations per week. Referrals are received from a variety of internal and external sources. Our most common referrals are for children with attention deficits, a concern of an autism spectrum disorder, prenatal exposure, foster care/adoption with neglect/abuse, medical diagnoses, including but not limited to epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, perinatal stroke, learning disabilities, and genetic and metabolic disorders, and developmental disorders.

Supporting Clinical Training Experiences

During the training, Residents continue their participation in the Neuropsychology Team Consultation, Clinical Case Conference, and have the opportunity to observe other clinical areas of care.

Supervision of Trainees: As available, Residents will have the opportunity to mentor practicum students in graduate programs pursuing an interest in neuropsychology or undergraduate students seeking observation and exposure to clinical services as they progress in their career decision making.

Neuropsychology Research: Research opportunities vary. Prior residents have published test reviews in the Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology, written chapters in books, and had opportunities to assist with editorial review of articles. BRAINS does not routinely engage in routine original research. However, archival opportunities are readily available.

 

BRAINS Neuropsychology Training

Tuesdays: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Supervision: Scheduled Individually
Multidisciplinary Clinical Meeting: Tuesdays 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Peer to Peer Group: Thursdays 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Teaching & Supervision

Primary clinical supervision for the Resident is provided by neuropsychologists at BRAINS. Residents may also receive mentorship in specialty areas of psychotherapy from other faculty and staff.

Approved Direct Neuropsychological Supervisors: Drs. Wolff*, Warholic*, Maurer, and Manor
Consulting Psychologists: Drs. Piehl, Manning, and Brown.

TOPICS:

Some of these lectures may need to expand over multiple seminars to cover the topic area.

  1. Neuropsychology Overview
  2. Overview of Didactic Series; Professional Issues Open Discussion
  3. Neuroanatomy – hands on
  4. Neuropsychological Interview
  5. Neuropsychological Report Writing
  6. Neuropsychology Grand Rounds – Clinician Cases
  7. Neuroanatomy Lecture – auditory cortex
  8. Journal Club
  9. Neuroanatomy Lecture – visual cortex
  10. Medical vs Outpatient Neuropsychology
  11. Prematurity
  12. Prenatal Exposures
  13. Hydrocephalus
  14. Concussion/TBI
  15. Movement Disorders
  16. Epilepsy
  17. Common Genetics
  18. Central Nervous System Infections
  19. Autonomic Nervous System & Disorders
  20. Sleep Disorders & Common Medical Factors
  21. Oncology
  22. Stroke
  23. Cardiovascular
  24. Dementias and corticobasal degeneration
  25. Neuropsychological Interventions
  26. Psychopathology influence on Neuropsych
  27. Attention Disorders in Childhood
  28. Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar
  29. ASD
  30. Substance Abuse
  31. Learning Disabilities
  32. Psychological Assessment
  33. Psychopharmacology
  34. Personality Disorders vs Undx Dev. Disorder
  35. Psychological Interventions
  36. IEP
  37. Ethics
  38. Trauma
  39. Culture, Gender, and Orientation in care

The core knowledge domains for boarding include ABN:

  1. Neuroanatomy
  2. Neurological disorders
  3. Psychiatric disorders
  4. Neuroimaging
  5. Neuropathology
  6. Neuroscience
  7. Neurochemistry
  8. Psychometrics
  9. Brain behavior relationships
  10. Neuropsychological Assessment

The core knowledge domains for boarding include ABPdN:

  1. Basic neurosciences
  2. Functional neuroanatomy
  3. Neuropathology
  4. Clinical neurology
  5. Psychological assessment
  6. Clinical neuropsychological assessment
  7. Psychopathology
  8. Psychological interventions

 

Stipend & Benefits

Stipends and benefits begin at the start of the residency. The salary will be a set stipend the first year of the residency, but can change to competitive profit-sharing model option the second year of the residency; once the resident obtains full licensure in Michigan. The first-year salary may be lower than other competitive placements, but the competitive profit-sharing option in the second year compensates for the differences.

Health insurance, dental, and vision insurance is provided for the resident during the first year. As the transition to competitive compensation model occurs during year two, BRAINS continues to contribute to a portion of health insurance. Short-term and long-term disability insurance/life insurance is provided by BRAINS at no cost to the Resident. Two weeks of vacation and seven paid holidays are included. Liability insurance is also provided but Residents may want to continue any student based liability coverage they have carrier through their training.

 

About BRAINS

Behavioral Resources And Institute of Neuropsychological Services (BRAINS) has been providing multidisciplinary services to the Grand Rapids community since 2007. Our mission emphasizes maximizing the potential of families through understanding the complex relationship between the brain, body, and real life. We redefine potential by understanding each person’s unique strengths and limitations and incorporate these into attainable goals. We provide services to address each person’s needs, while assisting in applying skills into the home, school, and community.

BRAINS has maintained full accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This accreditation requires compliance with rigorous standards established for mental and physical health care facilities. At BRAINS, we strive for excellence and plan on continuing our legacy of being a premier behavioral resource in our community. It is expected that all employees will model our core values every day in order to maximize the potential of families seeking services at BRAINS as well as to provide the best work environment for our employees. Our core values are expertise, high standards, compassion, hard work ethic, and a team approach.

 

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