Adult Neuropsychology Externship

Supervisors: Maureen Lacy, Ph.D. & Joseph Fink, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN.
Number of Positions: Open

The Adult Neuropsychology program is designed to provide an advanced training experience in neuropsychological assessment for individuals interested in pursuing a career in clinical neuropsychology. This experience is designed to prepare you for an internship that adheres to the APA Division 40 and Houston Conference guidelines for training in clinical neuropsychology.

The Adult Neuropsychology program at UCM receives inpatient and outpatient requests for assessment and treatment from several departments and clinics within UCM, as well as from private referral sources and school settings. These referrals span the entire list of adult neuropathological entities such as aphasia, epilepsy, degenerative disorders, tumors, learning disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. The experience focuses on the selection, administration, and scoring of neuropsychological tests, as well as in formulating test interpretations and communicating test results through written reports and oral presentations. Outpatient evaluations are typically conducted in day-long (seven hour) sessions. The intensive nature of these assessment sessions provides an opportunity to learn in a more in-depth fashion about different types of neuropsychological syndromes as well as to participate in case formulation and plan test selection. Externs will also be exposed to intracarotid amytal (WADA) testing used in prospective neurosurgical patients.

Adult neuropsychology externs devote 16-20 hours per week for a full year, starting on July 1st and ending June 30th.   The extern is required to spend one day per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) in clinic interviewing patients, and administrating, scoring, and interpreting neuropsychological test instruments, along with writing reports. All externs must also attend Friday's didactic series which is an all-day series of educational conferences, seminars, and group supervision.  Topics covered include:

Brain Cutting: which is devoted to the examination of gross brain anatomy, and is geared towards understanding the neuropathology of neurological diseases

Neuroanatomy Series: an 8-10 week seminar series focused on offering a review (or introduction) of neuroanatomy principles and brain behavior relationships.

Clinical Neuroscience Series: is a weekly meeting devoted to special topics and clinical case presentations in neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry

Case Conferences: in the second half of the year, each extern will formally present a case, in the context of relevant literature. They will foster discussion of the data, summary and recommendations.

Neuropsychology Group Supervision: is a weekly meeting which provides the extern with the opportunity to examine data and discuss cases seen in various clinics by other faculty, interns, and postdoctoral fellows. The extern will also have an opportunity to informally present cases to the group for discussion.

All materials should be compiled by the applicant and sent in one mailing. Please include:

  1. Letter of intent, including statement of career goals and interests in our program
  2. Current curriculum vita
  3. School transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (in signed and sealed envelopes)
  5. One diagnostic report psychological assessment or initial evaluation (or other writing sample if not available)
  6. One self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification of application status.

Send completed application materials to:
Maureen Lacy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
ATTN: Clinical Psychology Externship Selection Committee
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, MC 3077
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-1470

Applicants will be notified when their completed applications are received. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews in late February and early March. Offers will be made on an ongoing basis.

For questions about Adult Neuropsychology Training, please e-mail Dr. Lacy directly at: mlacy@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu.