Pediatric Neuropsychology Externship Program

Neuropsychology Externship

Akron Children’s Hospital offers externship training in pediatric neuropsychology. The externship enables students to develop skills in the assessment process as they work with a diverse population.

Patients range in age from infancy through early adulthood, and referral sources vary from hospital departments – such as pediatric neurosurgery, neurology, physiatry, pediatrics, and neonatal – to outside sources such as school settings. Childhood neuropathological conditions also vary from epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, mitochondrial disorders, neurocutaneous disorders, genetic disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, movement disorders and developmental disorders.

Our program provides students with training and supervision in the administration and scoring of neuropsychological tests, as well as in writing neuropsychological evaluation reports. Using a range of tests and procedures, students also receive individualized and group supervision experience in planning test selection, implementing, interpreting, writing up, and communicating results of neuropsychological evaluations.

Students receive training through a variety of modalities. Initially, students will be asked to participate in a training period beginning on determined clinic days, during which time they will also attend a weekly, 2-hour introductory seminar.

During this training period, students will be taught administration and scoring of neuropsychological tests through both direct observation and practice. Methodology of test administration will be closely supervised.

In addition to individual case supervision, training will occur through didactic conferences including:

We expect students to provide a maximum of 16 hours per week of service that includes hands-on clinical care and didactics. Although clinic days are somewhat flexible, a commitment on Friday for didactic experiences is expected.

The clinical case material, supervision and conferences that make up this practicum are designed to provide a broad introduction to pediatric neuropsychology, and to prepare you for further specialized training in the field. We make decisions regarding research placement on a case-by-case basis.

Students have one clinic day per week (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Didactics occur Friday.

Sample schedule
Monday clinic

Clinic meeting - 8 - 8:30 a.m.
Test patient/interview parent
Clinic meeting - 12 - 1 p.m.
Finish testing patient/scoring tests
Turn in patient file to be checked

Friday didactics Grand rounds  - 8 - 9 a.m.
Multidisciplinary seminar - 9:15-10:30 a.m.
Neuroanatomy - 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Lunch - 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Peds neuropsychology clinical case conference - 1 - 2:30 p.m.

For more information contact:

Clinic coordinator Toni Dezzutti, LISW - adezzutti@chmca.org
Director Lisa Stanford, PhD, ABPP/CN - lstanford@chmca.org

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Lisa Stanford, PhD, ABPP/CN

Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health
Clinical Training Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship Program


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