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Clinical Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

We offer a 2-year fellowship program in clinical pediatric neuropsychology through our membership in the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology. We have 2 fellowship positions in the Division of Neurobehavioral Health within the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center.

As a fellow, you will receive clinical training with patients with diverse neurologic and neurodevelopmental conditions that span a wide age range from newborn to young adult. You will participate in a variety of didactic activities, including case conferences, neuroanatomy review course, and neurobehavioral seminar. You also will teach/supervise psychometric technicians and graduate students, as well as contribute to, or initiate, research under the mentorship of faculty.

Akron Children’s Hospital was founded on the principle of serving the needs of our community. Within our doors, this means treating all children as if they were our own, and turning no child or family away based on their ability to pay. In the community, this means improving access to healthcare services for children and families, enhancing public health, advancing medical or health knowledge, and reducing the burden of government or other community efforts.

Fellowship Training Goals and Objectives:

  • Train fellows to have foundational competencies in clinical neuropsychology
  • Train fellows in neuropsychological assessment, intervention, and consultation to prepare for future independent practice
  • Provide fellows with additional clinical experiences in the provision of psychological services and gain an understanding of services provided by practitioners in neuroscience-related fields
  • Train fellows to develop, initiate, and execute research studies utilizing clinical data, as well as to how to be an informed consumer of current neuropsychological literature
  • Prepare fellows for licensure in the practice of psychology
  • Prepare fellows for board certification in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

The mission of our program is to provide advanced-level clinical, didactic and academic training to produce competent psychologists in the specialty of clinical pediatric neuropsychology. The fellowship is housed within the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, which consists of Neurobehavioral Health, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics.

Program components

  • Development of advanced skills in the pediatric neuropsychological evaluation and treatment of patients, and consultation to patients/families and professionals sufficient to practice on an independent basis
  • Development of advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships
  • Scholarly activity (i.e., annual submission of a study for national or international conference presentation; submission of manuscript for publication; submission of a grant proposal)
  • Pedagogical activities (i.e., teaching contributions to neurobehavioral, neuroanatomy review, and opportunities for supervision of a psychology extern)

Program structure

During the program, you will spend 3 days (60%) of your week providing clinical service, including assessment and treatment activities. You will spend the remaining 2 days (40%) in educational activities, research, division or center activities, supervision, and report writing.

Our program provides a neuropsychological assessment to pediatric inpatients and outpatients. Patients come from a range of departments, including neurosurgery, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, genetics, hematology/oncology, pediatrics, and general medicine, as well as from outside referral sources and school settings. These referrals span the list of neuropathological conditions such as cerebrovascular disorders, genetic and metabolic disorders, neurocutaneous disorders, neuromuscular disorders, childhood cancer (including tumors), epilepsy, hydrocephalus, autism, developmental disorders, and traumatic brain injury.

At the end of the program, you will:

  • Undergo a formal evaluation to indicate advanced skills in pediatric neuropsychological evaluation, treatment and consultation
  • Be eligible for licensure or certification for the independent practice of psychology
  • Be eligible for board certification in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology

Year 1

  • Neuropsychology service in the Division of Neurobehavioral Health
  • Attendance and teaching in neuropsychology didactics

Our fellowship program requires 24 hours of assessment per week. These typically consist of:

  • 3 outpatient evaluations and 1-2 inpatient evaluation per month
    • Fellows will conduct the neuropsychological assessment and scoring for one patient per week. Fellows will supervise psychometrists on the other two cases per week. Brief inpatient assessments are also conducted by fellows
  • Weekly outpatient psychotherapy cases are available based on interest
  • Additional observational, assessment, and intervention-based minor clinical experiences within the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center or Division of Psychiatry & Psychology
  • Fellows will represent neuropsychology in weekly (Turner syndrome) and monthly (Neuro-Oncology, Lead) clinics
  • Submission of an abstract (e.g., archival or part of faculty members’ research) for presentation at a national or international conference. Submission for publication is encouraged
  • Completion of the EPPP is expected by the end of the first year

Year 2

The second year will depend on your clinical interests and career trajectory. You could use this year for further clinical subspecialization.

  • Continue primary clinical placement in pediatric neuropsychology
  • Complete additional minor clinical experiences during the second year
  • Submission of another abstract for presentation at a national or international conference. Submission of a manuscript for publication or grant proposal is encouraged
  • Creation of an original research project, grant proposal, or outcomes assessment for completion in your second year is strongly encouraged
  • Focus on professional development and preparation for board certification
  • Continued representation in Turner syndrome, Neuro-Oncology and Lead clinics
  • Submission of credentials for early acceptance for ABPP is required the second year
  • Continue psychotherapy patient caseload or devote more time to the neuropsychological consultation service

Clinical

Minor Clinical Experiences (Observational & Participatory)

  • School Success Clinic
  • Tic and Tourette Service
  • Autism Diagnostic Clinic
  • Inpatient rehabilitation pediatric psychology
  • Headache clinic
  • TBI clinic
  • Craniofacial clinic
  • Neurosurgery clinic
  • Neurology
  • Epilepsy-monitoring unit
  • Hematology-oncology
  • Sleep medicine
  • Medical coping clinic

Research opportunities

You are expected to devote 10-15% of your time to research opportunities, which includes data entry, literature review, and retrospective study conceptualization and execution

You can accomplish this through a variety of means, including archival studies and involvement within current research protocols. Most research programs are supported by grants and cover the areas of:

  • You can accomplish this through access to our large clinical database or involvement in one of several prospective research studies in the areas of:
    • Traumatic brain injury/concussion
    • Childhood cancer
    • Neurodevelopmental impact of prematurity and in-utero exposure
    • Congenital heart disease/defects
    • Epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic events

Our center also has a director of research to support providers in their research endeavors.

Educational activities

Approximately 10% of your time will be spent in the following educational activities:

  • Neuroanatomy Review Series
  • Neuropsychology Case Conference
  • Neurobehavioral Seminar
  • Neuroradiology Rounds
  • Neuropathology
  • Resident Case Conference
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • Advanced Neuroanatomy (end of first year)
  • Board Certification Preparation Course (second year)

Teaching requirements

You will make regular teaching contributions to the weekly Neuroanatomy Review Series. You will also have the opportunity to supervise psychology externs and educate other fellows.

You will meet weekly with all clinical supervisors for individual supervision and regularly with a research supervisor.

Stipends

(Effective July 1, 2018)
Year One -- $57,408
Year Two -- $58,938
 

Vacation

Trainees are granted 3 weeks of vacation or 15 customary working days.

 

Conference Time

Fellows are entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital.

 

Educational Allowance

Fellows are provided $1,200 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.

 

Research and Scholarship Travel

We encourage and support investigator-initiated research by subspecialty fellows. Therefore, we support research-related travel when the fellow is in good academic and professional standing, and when prior written approval of the program director is documented. All hospital policies relating to travel must be followed.

 

Health Benefits

Fellows, and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the hospital’s health, dental, and vision insurance programs. Costs are shared between the fellow and the hospital.

Short- and long-term disability benefits are provided. In addition, the hospital provides Group Term Life Insurance and dependent life insurance is available.

 

Professional Liability

Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital.

 

Parking

A key access card for convenient parking is provided at no charge.

 

Lab Coats

One embroidered lab coat is provided if desired.

 

Relocation expenses

The hospital provides reimbursement for initial relocation expenses, up to $1,000, subject to current tax laws.

To be eligible for our fellowship, you must have completed APA-accredited doctoral and internship programs, including an internship that includes substantial training in clinical neuropsychology. Our postdoctoral training program is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN; The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1993, 7, 197-204) and adheres to the Houston Conference (HC) standards (Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 1998, 13, 160-166) for specialty training in clinical neuropsychology. The mission of APPCN is to offer the highest quality competency-based residency training in clinical neuropsychology with an emphasis on preparation for future specialty board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/ABCN).

Our program participates in the match through APPCN.

Application Requirements:

To be eligible for our fellowship program, you must have completed an APA-accredited doctoral education and training program as well as an internship that includes substantial training in clinical neuropsychology. We do not consider candidates who are ABD at the beginning of the fellowship.

Your application should include:

  • Cover letter of interest
  • Current CV
  • Official graduate transcript
  • APPCN verification form
  • Three letters of recommendation (directly from referees)

Electronic submission of all application materials via email is preferred.

All inquiries and application materials should be addressed to:

Dalin T. Pulsipher, Ph.D., ABPP
Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist
Board Certified Subspecialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology
Associate Training Director, Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology
Division of Neurobehavioral Health, NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Akron Children’s Hospital
Considine Professional Building, Suite 4400
215 W. Bowery St.
Akron, OH  44308
 

Additional Contact:

Lisa D. Stanford, Ph.D., ABPP
Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist
Board Certified Subspecialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology
Division Director, Neurobehavioral Health
Neuropsychology Clinical Training Director
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Akron Children’s Hospital
Considine Professional Building, Suite 4400
215 W. Bowery St.
Akron, OH  44308
Fax: 330-543-6045

Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health
Neuropsychology Clinical Training Program
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
 
Associate Training Director, Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
 
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
 
Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic
Clinical Psychologist
 
Director, Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Program
Pediatric Psychologist
 
Director, School Success Clinic and Tic & Tourette Service
Pediatric Psychologist
 
Pediatric Psychologist
 
Pediatric Psychologist
 
Pediatric Psychologist

Posters and Presentations

Pulsipher, D.T., Krapf, E.M., & Stanford, L.D. (February 2018). The contribution of executive functioning to memory performance in pediatric focal and generalized epilepsy. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Washington, D.C.

Pulsipher, D.T., Krapf, E.M., Sarkis, C., Schrack, S., & Congeni, J. (April 2017). A brief mood screener in adolescent concussion and orthopedic injury. Poster presented at 5th Annual Sports Concussion Symposium, Cleveland, OH.

Krapf, E.M., Stanford, L.D., & Pulsipher, D.T. (April 2017). Multiple concussions, attention, and executive functioning in a primarily pediatric sample. Poster presented at 5th Annual Sports Concussion Symposium, Cleveland, OH.

Pulsipher, D.T., Krapf, E.M., Rabkin, A.N., Klaver, J.M., & Stanford, L.D. (February 2017). Postconcussive symptoms in children and adolescents are as common in other neurologic/neurodevelopmental disorders as they are in a concussion. Paper presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, New Orleans, LA.

Tripp, J., Pulsipher, D.T., Krapf, E.M., & Stanford, L.D. (February 2017). The additive effect of low birth weight and seizures on executive functioning. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, New Orleans, LA.

Pulsipher, D.T., Keener, W., Klaver, J.M., & Stanford, L.D. (July 2016). Performance of children and adolescents with epilepsy or psychogenic non-epileptic seizures on three measures of effort. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20(S2), 119. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society mid-year meeting, London, England

Stanford, L.S., Krapf, E.M., & Pulsipher, D.T. (July 2016). Performance validity test performance and post-concussive symptom severity following uncomplicated mild traumatic brain injury in children and young adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20(S2), 26. Paper presented at the International Neuropsychological Society mid-year meeting, London, England.

Rabkin, A. N., Klaver, J. M., Krapf, E. M., Stanford, L. D., & Pulsipher, D. T. (February 2016). Classification accuracy of an embedded forced choice measure of effort in the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test among youth. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Boston, MA.

Klaver, J. M., Rabkin, A. R., Krapf, E. M., Pulsipher, D. T., & Stanford, L. D. (February 2016). The Relationship between self-reported symptom validity and performance validity in children with neurologic disorders. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Boston, MA.

Krapf, E.M., Stanford, L.S., & Pulsipher, D.T. (November, 2015). Sotos syndrome: The need for comprehensive assessment across the lifespan. Poster presented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology annual conference, Austin, TX.

Rabkin, A. N., Klaver, J.K., Krapf, E.Q., Stanford, L.D., & Pulsipher, D.T. (June 2015). Post-concussion symptoms minimally explain neurocognitive performance after mild traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology conference, San Francisco, CA.

Pulsipher, D.T., Montague, E., Keener, J.W., & Stanford, L.D. (February 2015). Effort test failure, intervention, and degree of neuropsychological impairment in children/adolescents with concussion or epilepsy. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Denver, CO.

Keener, J.W., Montague, E., Long, E.L., Stanford, L.D., & Pulsipher, D.T. (February 2015). The relationship between post-concussion symptoms and psychological status in children and adolescents with prolonged recovery following mild traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Denver, CO.

Frost, R.B., Long, J., Campbell, R. Cook, J.A., McGrew, C., King, J.H., Mayer, A.R., Lewine, J.D., Pulsipher, D.T., & Thoma, R.T. (February 2015). Cross-sectional analysis of cognition, time since, and number of concussions in Division I athletes. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Denver, CO.

Pulsipher, D.T., Haaland, K.Y., & Sadek (February 2014). Sociodemographic influences on everyday functioning. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Seattle, WA. 

Montague, E.Q., Long, E.A., Stanford, L.D., & Pulsipher, D.T. (February 2014).  Optimizing test performance with feedback about effort for adolescents with mild TBI.  Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Seattle, WA. 

Long, E.A., Montague, E.Q., Pulsipher, D.T., & Stanford, L.D. (February 2014). Psychiatric comorbidity and cognitive flexibility in pediatric epilepsy. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Seattle, WA. 

Montague, E.Q., Long, E.A., Perusek, A., Stanford, L.D., & Pulsipher, D.T. (June 2013). Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) and effort following concussion in adolescents: A pilot study. Poster presented at the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology conference, Chicago, IL.

Long, E.A., Montague, E.Q., Pulsipher, D.T., & Stanford, L.D. (June 2013). Relationship between parental psychiatric symptomatology and perceived psychological adjustment in children and adolescents with epilepsy. Poster presented at the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology conference, Chicago, IL.

Publications

Klaver, J.M., Pulsipher, D.T., Rabkin, A.N., Krapf, E.M., & Stanford, L.D. (under review). The dissociation between self-reported symptom validity and performance validity in children with neurologic/neurodevelopmental disorders: a brief report.

Thoma, R.J., Cook, J.A., McGrew, C., King, J.H., Pulsipher, D.T., Yeo, R.A., Monning, M.A., Mayer, A., Pommy, J., & Campbell, R. (2018, in press). Convergent and discriminant validity of the ImPACT with traditional neuropsychological measures. Cogent Psychology. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2018.1430199.

 

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