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Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship

The Department of Neurology at IU School of Medicine offers a UCNS-accredited Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry (BNNP) Fellowship program. The core mission of this program is to prepare clinical experts in cognitive and behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. Under the direction of Liana Apostolova, MD, this two-year clinical fellowship provides a broad exposure to a variety of conditions seen in the outpatient behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry clinics with a focus on dementing illnesses. This fellowship program provides both clinical and research training.


The Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship curriculum is based upon the UCNS Core Competencies for certification in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry. Fellowship graduates should be fully prepared to excel on the UCNS Board examinations.

Fellowship Application

Applicants to the BNNP Fellowship must have completed an ACGME-accredited four-year residency in Neurology or Psychiatry.

To apply, email the following materials to Liana Apostolova, MD, program director:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • 3–4 letters of recommendation (one from residency program director)
  • Personal statement
  • RITE/PRITE exam transcripts (each year)

Email Liana Apostolova, MD

  • Clinical Training

    Fellows receive first-hand clinical experience in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry through continuity clinics within the Memory Disorders Clinics, Department of Neurology and Geriatric Psychiatry clinics within the Department of Psychiatry. Other required rotations include neuropsychology, neuroradiology and neuropathology. In order to obtain further specialized training, a personalized clinical schedule can be developed to cater to each fellow’s specific interests, including neurodevelopmental clinics, psychosocial interventions, movement disorders or traumatic brain injury clinics.

  • Didactics
    Fellows receive formal, didactic exposure to clinical topics and research methodology as well as current perspectives in cognitive neuroscience. Didactics include a monthly IU School of Medicine Clinical Neuropsychology Seminar Series, a weekly Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Didactic Series, and selected didactics from the biweekly fall semester Tools and Techniques in Translational Research Seminar as well as weekly Neurology Grand Rounds, the Summer Stock Neurobehavior Lecture Series, monthly Neurodegenerative Clinicopathologic Conferences, weekly Neuroscience Research Seminar Series, and Translational Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases.
  • Research Training
    Fellows have the opportunity to gain research exposure in their own area of interest. They are assigned a primary research mentor with relevant expertise. Fellows are expected to publish their original work in peer-reviewed journals during their fellowship. These may include case reports, review articles, and/or independent clinical or research studies. Fellows with academic interest will also receive training in developing a grant proposal (pilot project, K08, K23 or equivalent).


Liana G. Apostolova, MD, MS, FAAN

Associate Dean of Alzheimer's Disease Research

Jared R. Brosch, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

David G. Clark, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Martin R. Farlow, MD

Professor Emeritus of Neurology

Thomas W. McAllister, MD, AB

Albert Eugene Sterne Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD

Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Robert M. Pascuzzi, MD

Professor Emeritus of Neurology

Daniel F. Rexroth, MS, PsyD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Andrew J. Saykin, MS, PsyD

Director, Center for Neuroimaging and Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Paula T. Trzepacz, MD

Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Sophia Wang, MD

Wesley P. Martin Scholar in Alzheimer’s Education

Fellowship Training at IU School of Medicine

Information about employment benefits for fellows at IU School of Medicine are available through the Office of GME, which serves as the human resource office for fellows. In collaboration with the school’s affiliated hospitals throughout Indiana, the Office of GME provides administrative guidance and professional development for program directors, faculty, residents, fellows and coordinators to enhance administrative expertise toward fulfilling state and national requirements for ACGME and other specialty organizations.