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Clinical Neuropsychology Residency

This two-year residency, founded in 1997 and APPCN-affiliated since 2005, offers pediatric and adult training and is designed to prepare residents for ABPP-ABCN board certification. The program is staffed by several faculty from the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. The program currently consists of  six residents (four adult and two pediatric) and generally accepts three new residents each year.

The residency is primarily located at the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center, which is part of the larger IU Health campus in downtown Indianapolis. Additionally, pediatric neuropsychology residents particiate in multidisciplinary roations at Riley Hospital for Children.

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Clinical Service

Adult Track

On the Adult Track, residents see outpatients referred from clinical departments within IU Health and the community. Diagnoses include: Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, environmental exposures and medico-legal referrals. Residents have roles in clinical interview, testing, report writing and feedback to patients, families and referral sources. There are sub-rotations in geriatric psychiatry, deep brain stimulation and epilepsy clinics. Typical caseload is three to four consultations per week.

Adult Track Schedule

Pediatric Track

On the Pediatric Track, residents see outpatients on referral from pediatric neurology, oncology, neurosurgery, developmental pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and psychiatry departments. Diagnoses include: seizure, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor, leukemia, stroke, chromosomal abnormalities, spina bifida, hydrocephalus and neurofibromatosis. There are sub-rotations in neuro-oncology and physical medicine and rehabilitation which take place at Riley Hospital for Children. Residents have roles in clinical interview, testing, report writing and feedback to patient, family and referral sources. Caseload is two to three consultations per week.

Pediatric Track Scedule

 

 

Didactics

All residents receive instruction and certification in test administration and scoring at the outset of training. In addition, the program offers a weekly 90-minute dedicated didactic that rotates between case conference. In this didactic residents experience ABPP-style fact finding, and a 24-lecture seminar series providing coverage of all major neurobehavioral, developmental disorders, syndromes and clinical neurology, radiology and psychiatry. Topics related to professional development are covered in the series including: ethics and how to’s related to job search, interviews and salary negotiation. In addition, participation in medical neuroscience wet labs (neuroanatomy for medical students), Neurology Grand Rounds, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Stark Neurosciences Research Institute seminars, Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center clinic-pathologic case conference, brain cuttings and observations of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for epilepsy surgery, neurosurgery and neurology clinics are offered.

Didactics Schedule

 

 

Faculty

Maurissa Abecassis, PhD

Maurissa Abecassis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Jana B. Dykstra, PHD

Jana B. Dykstra, PHD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Rachel M. Jensen, PSYD

Rachel M. Jensen, PSYD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD

Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD

Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
Courtney B. Johnson, PhD

Courtney B. Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry
David A. Kareken, PhD

David A. Kareken, PhD

Professor of Neurology
Daniel F. Rexroth, PsyD

Daniel F. Rexroth, PsyD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry
Gwen Sprehn, PhD

Gwen Sprehn, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Christopher C. Stewart, PhD

Christopher C. Stewart, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Frederick W. Unverzagt, PhD

Frederick W. Unverzagt, PhD

Professor of Clinical Psychology

 

 

Salary and Benefits

Resident salary is $47,484 per year. Benefits offered at no cost to residents include: family health insurance, vision and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance and malpractice insurance.

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