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Pediatric Neuropsychology Externship Program

We offer externship training in pediatric neuropsychology to help you develop skills in the assessment process as you work with a diverse population. Patients range in age from infancy through early adulthood, and referral sources vary from hospital departments to outside sources such as school settings.

Childhood neuropathological conditions also vary from epilepsy and traumatic brain injury to mitochondrial diseases, neurocutaneous disorders and learning disabilities. 

Overview

Our program provides you 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, you receive individualized and group supervision experience in planning test selection, implementing, interpreting, documenting and communicating results of neuropsychological evaluations.

You receive training through a variety of modalities. You'll be taught administration and scoring of neuropsychological tests through both direct observation and practice. We closely supervise methodology of test administration.

You are expected to provide a maximum of 16 hours per week of service that includes hands-on clinical care and didactics. You'll spend 1 day per week  in clinic from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., while Fridays are dedicated to didactic experiences. 

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.

Sample Schedule

Monday clinic

Clinic meeting: 8-8:30 a.m.
Test patient/interview parent
Clinic meeting: noon-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: 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pediatric neuropsychology clinical case conference: 1-2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Clinic coordinator

Toni Dezzutti, LISW - adezzutti@akronchildrens.org

Director Lisa Stanford, PhD, ABPP/CN - lstanford@akronchildrens.org