Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship training program in clinical neuropsychology. In accordance with Houston Conference guidelines (Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 1998, 13, 160-166), fellows receive intensive residency training in the science and practice of clinical neuropsychology, including opportunities for assessment, research, treatment and teaching. Fellows are expected to be eligible for ABPP board certification in clinical neuropsychology by the completion of their postdoctoral training. Two postdoctoral fellowship positions are available for the 2021-2023 cycle.
Clinical Training Tracks
Applicants are asked to indicate their preference for one of the clinical training tracks described below. Training tracks are defined by a major rotation which forms the primary focus of the fellow’s postdoctoral training experience. To ensure the breadth of clinical training experience, fellows choose one or more minor rotation(s) for approximately one day per week. The choice of minor rotations is informed by the fellows’ training goals and identified areas of growth. Training experiences available for minor rotations include:
· Conducting comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations for a wide variety of referral questions and conditions including neurologic, neurodegenerative, transplant, neoplastic, cerebrovascular, psychiatric and neurodevelopmental syndromes
· Cross-training between the Medical/CL and Neurosurgical Neuropsychology tracks
· Possibility of seeing geriatric cases as part of the Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic at the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease (provided sufficient resources)
Medical/Consultation-Liaison Neuropsychology Track
The major rotation for this track is housed within the consultation-liaison neuropsychology service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. As part of this rotation, the fellow receives extensive training in neuropsychological sequelae of acute medical illness and clinical experience in the bedside assessment and treatment of inpatients admitted for a variety of neurologic, neoplastic, cardiovascular, toxic/metabolic, psychiatric and developmental disorders, traumatic brain injuries and systemic conditions with mental status changes. As part of a multidisciplinary care team, the fellow acts as a consultant-liaison between the patient, their family, the primary care team, other consultants and allied health professionals. Caseload is variable, ranging from two to eight patients per week. Supervision of graduate-level practicum externs is also a core experience within this track.
Neurosurgical Neuropsychology Track
The major rotation for this track is shared between the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neurological Surgery. The clinical population is patients undergoing neurosurgical intervention primarily for brain tumors, and more rarely for epilepsy or cerebrovascular conditions. The fellow conducts pre- and post-surgical neuropsychological assessments and participates in intraoperative cortical mapping during awake craniotomies. Typical caseload is two to four outpatients per week plus four hours in the operating room. Neuropsychological evaluations are typically conducted in the outpatient clinic, though occasionally are seen inpatient.
We offer a rich spectrum of educational and academic activities, including grand rounds, journal club, weekly case conferences, monthly seminars highlighting ongoing research, professional development series and more. Visit our Events page for more information on upcoming activities.
Fellows will have opportunities for classroom teaching within the clinical psychology PhD program and the medical school, and for clinical supervision of graduate-level clinical psychology externs and psychiatry residents. Fellows are expected to actively participate in supervised research with one or more of the program faculty members (see below for a description of faculty research interests).
Requirements & Eligibility
Qualified applicants will have successfully completed a PhD in clinical psychology, including a one-year APA/CPA-approved internship with concentration in neuropsychology. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong theoretical foundation in functional neuroanatomy and research experience, including publications and conference presentations.
How to Apply
Application materials and instructions are available here. We are an independent fellowship training site and do not participate in the APPCN match process. Please address all questions to Michael Brook, PhD.
Neuropsychology Fellowship Faculty
Sandra Weintraub, PhD, ABPP (chief of neuropsychology, fellowship training director)
Michael Brook, PhD, ABPP (associate fellowship training director)
Matthew Tate, MD, PhD (neurosurgery track)
James Reilly, PhD
Olivia Harner, PhD, ABPP
Erica Sieg, PsyD, ABPP
Robert Hanlon, PhD, ABPP
Melissa-Ann Mackie, PhD
Current Fellows 2019-2021
Courtney Eskridge, PhD
Courtney Eskridge competed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Her graduate studies research focused on neuropsychology of psychosis incorporating genetics and pharmacotherapy. Additionally, she examined factor analyses of cognitive profiles of individuals with psychosis and their relatives. She completed her internship training at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. Her current research interests include genetic and pathology factors of brain tumors and their relationship to cognitive impairment. In her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and lounging on the couch with a book, her cat, and a cup of tea.
Daniel Kern, PhD
Daniel Kern received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. He completed his doctoral training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science where he conducted research in the structure of executive functioning, efficacy of neurorehabilitation, and mechanisms of change in behavioral activation for depression. His dissertation examined the construct validity of executive functioning in adults with ADHD. Daniel completed his internship training at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center where he developed and implemented a new multidisciplinary neuropsychology clinic for individuals with HIV, AIDS, and other infectious diseases. His current research interests are focused on the differential impact executive functions have on decision-making capacity and independent living. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling, running, and obstacle course racing.