Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellows
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-CN board certification by the completion of their postdoctoral training. Two positions are available for the 2019-2021 fellowship cycle.
Applicants are asked to indicate their preference for one of the training tracks described below.
Medical/Consultation-Liaison Neuropsychology Track
This track is primarily housed within the consultation-liaison neuropsychology service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The fellow receives extensive training in neuropsychological sequelae of acute medical illness and clinical experience in the 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 anywhere from two to eight patients per week. Clinical experience is primarily with inpatients, but some outpatient work may be provided if desired.
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, but also for epilepsy and cerebrovascular conditions. The fellow conducts outpatient 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. Depending on available resources, there may be an opportunity to complete minor rotations (maximum one day a week) with the other neuropsychology services in the medical center, including the inpatient Consultation-Liaison Neuropsychology Service, the Outpatient Neuropsychology Service and the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Fellows will also have opportunities for classroom teaching in the clinical psychology PhD program and the medical school and for clinical supervision of doctoral-level psychology externs and psychiatry residents. The fellow is expected to actively participate in supervised research with one or more of the program faculty members.
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.
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
Download the application (Word). Applicants are asked to indicate their preference for one or both fellowship tracks on the application form. We are an independent fellowship training site and do not participate in the APPCN match process. Please address all questions to Michael Brook, PhD, associate director of the program.
Current Fellows 2017-2019
Melissa Mackie, PhD
Melissa Mackie completed both her undergraduate and doctoral training in psychology at The City University of New York. Her doctoral dissertation examined cognitive and affective information processing deficits in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder. She completed her internship training in adult and pediatric clinical neuropsychology at Emory Rehabilitation Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her current research interests are focused on neural mechanisms of visuospatial attention and cognitive control. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, practicing yoga and taking long walks with her puppy.
Caterina Mosti, PhD
Caterina “Cat” Mosti received her a bachelor's in psychology (magna cum laude) from the University of Florida, including an undergraduate fellowship in sleep and circadian rhythms at Brown University. She completed her doctoral training at Drexel University. Her dissertation examined public knowledge and myths related to concussion and CTE in high-risk populations, including young adults, athletes and military personnel. Cat completed her internship training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her postdoctoral research examines the role of sleep in neurocognitive functioning, with a particular interest in the relationship between sleep and neurocognitive recovery following mTBI. She enjoys running, cooking, spending time outdoors and making slow but incremental progress on her first fixer-upper home.