Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship
KU School of Medicine-Wichita offers a two-year fellowship consistent with Houston Conference guidelines. We are an active member of APPCN and provide competency-based training in neuropsychology. Our graduates are prepared for practice in adult or lifespan clinical neuropsychology and board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN). Graduates are successfully employed in hospitals, academic medical centers, VA centers and private practices across the country.
By the completion of fellowship, all graduates are:
- Competent to independently practice in an outpatient setting with a broad referral base
- Skilled in inpatient consultation services with multidisciplinary teams
- Fluent as consumers of and contributors to the scientific literature
- Capable of supervising and teaching other clinicians
- Prepared for board certification in both content and procedure
Our fellowship program is an especially good fit for those who desire to practice general neuropsychology, have an interest in forensic work, and/or wish to specialize in geriatric neuropsychology. Older adult evaluations typically comprise at least 50% of clinical referrals. Fellows can expect to leave fellowship with extensive training in the neuropsychological evaluation of dementia and mild cognitive impairment, with additional experiences in the evaluation of adults and pediatric patients presenting with a variety of other neurologic and/or psychiatric conditions.
Training in neuropsychology occurs in several venues under the direction of faculty adult neuropsychologists (Phillip Martin, Ph.D., ABPP and Ryan Schroeder, Psy.D., ABPP) and a faculty pediatric neuropsychologist (Kelli Netson-Amore, Ph.D., ABPP). Geriatric neuropsychology training is provided in collaboration with KUSM-W faculty on the Senior Behavioral Health unit at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph. We take a developmental approach to training and supervision.
Neuropsychology faculty are involved in ongoing scholarly work, actively publishing both journal articles and book chapters, and participate on committees and task forces on the national level. While this is a clinically focused fellowship, the varied interests and activities of the neuropsychology faculty allow the trainee to round out their training by optional supervised opportunities in research, supervision of interns, teaching and/or administrative work. Our relatively small training program offers opportunities for close collaboration and development of individualized training goals.
- Broad practice with patients referred by neurologists, psychiatrists, primary care providers and other community providers
- Approximately 50% of patients are referred for dementia evaluations; these include both common dementias (e.g., Alzheimer's dementia and vascular dementia) and less common dementias (e.g., primary progressive aphasias and posterior cortical atrophy)
- Other CNS disorders impacting cognition (e.g., TBI, multiple sclerosis, and stroke) as well as psychiatric disorders leading to reports of cognitive dysfunction (e.g., conversion disorder) are also commonly referred
- Presurgical evaluations (e.g., DBS, transplant) are available
- Training in IME and civil forensic evaluations, depending on trainee interest and availability
- Available upon trainee interest
- Emphasis on diagnosis of cognitive deficits associated with medical and neurodevelopmental disorders
- Common referrals include pediatric epilepsy syndromes, prenatal drug and alcohol exposure, traumatic brain injury, childhood cancer, genetic disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders
- Learning disorder and ADHD evaluations available on occasion
- This is a busy generalist outpatient clinic with a broad sampling of clinical conditions
Inpatient neuropsychological evaluations
- Consultation/Liaison services at multiple area hospitals
- Typically of older adults admitted to a geriatric behavioral health unit
- Determination of decision-making capacity
- Assistance with differential diagnosis and/or discharge planning
- Interaction with multidisciplinary team
The neuropsychology fellow is a member of a team that consists of faculty, interns, and practicum students. Supervision is provided by the neuropsychology faculty and, as appropriate, by other clinical faculty members. Supervision is a combination of scheduled individual meetings, immediate consultation as needed, and group supervision. Multiple opportunities for didactic instruction are available:
The fellow has the opportunity to work with a multi-level team and will take primary responsibility for supervising an intern, under the supervision and in collaboration with the neuropsychology faculty. This intern is generally not focused on neuropsychology and is assigned to KUSM-W for a minor rotation one day per week.
Clinical Neuropsychology Seminar
This weekly didactic training experience focuses on preparation for board certification in neuropsychology. A rotating schedule of topical discussions led by faculty and trainees, review of written board exam preparation materials, mock oral board examinations and guest speakers round out the experience.
Psychiatry Grand Rounds
The Department of Psychiatry conducts these bi-weekly didactics on topics related to mental health issues in accordance with the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association's guidelines for training doctoral and post-graduate clinicians. Invited local and national speakers offer expertise on a range of topics related to the practice of psychiatry.
This interdisciplinary seminar meets bi-weekly and includes psychiatry residents, medical students, and pharmacy students along with faculty from neuropsychology, psychiatry and pharmacy.
Neuropsychology Journal Club
This monthly meeting includes brief presentations by neuropsychology team members on articles related to an assigned topic. Lively discussion among the entire neuropsychology team ensues.
Additional didactics include annual conferences in Neurology, Stroke and Geriatrics. These meetings provide the fellow with multiple opportunities to present clinical cases and research projects to a variety of audiences. Opportunities are available to participate in the Brain and Behavior module with medical students, if desired.
Faculty enjoy collaborating and/or mentoring trainee research, depending on the fellow's interest. Trainee projects have been developed using data from clinic patient databases, national databases, and survey data, and have resulted in peer-reviewed publications, national poster presentations, and national conference talks. Travel funds may be available to the fellow to support research presentations. Samples of faculty research are linked in their biographies below.
Phillip K. Martin, Ph.D., ABPP CN
A Wichita native and graduate of the KUSM-W fellowship, Dr. Martin was the inaugural winner of the TCN/AACN Student Paper Competition. He is author of 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 book chapters. His research is nationally recognized. and he presents for national and local organizations and conferences.
Kelli L. Netson-Amore, Ph.D., ABPP CN
Director of Neuropsychology Training & Clinic
Dr. Netson is engaged in campus leadership and serves on a number of national program committees. She was recognized as Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and a Bizwomen Headliner by the American City Business Journals. She is actively engaged in clinical research on neuropsychological profiles in children with trauma, maltreatment and drug exposure.
Ryan W. Schroeder, Psy.D., ABPP CN
Dr. Schroeder is the recipient of multiple awards including early career awards from both NAN and APA, and a healthcare heroes award from WBJ. His research is nationally recognized; he frequently presents at AACN, and he is author of 35 journal articles, 18 book chapters and 58 research posters.
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The University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita (KUSM-W) is accepting one neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow in adult neuropsychology for the 2021-2023 training cycle. Our program is an APPCN member program (see http://www.appcn.org/member-programs for more information), and we will select only those applicants who participate in the APPCN match at https://natmatch.com/appcnmat/.
The stipend for this position is $47,476 for each year of fellowship, pending budget approval. Sick leave, vacation time, and educational leave are provided. Individual health insurance is provided after a one-month waiting period. Starting at the beginning of the second year the fellow will have a mandatory retirement contribution withheld along with a generous institutional match. Liability insurance and licensing fees are paid for by KU. Fellows are provided with a computer, telephone, and workspace. Administrative support staff manage billing, insurance, and scheduling. Employment after the match is contingent on passing background checks conducted by KU School of Medicine.
Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from an APA-accredited graduate training program and a one-year clinical internship with focus in clinical neuropsychology by the start of fellowship. Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter clearly stating interests and career goals, 2) current Curriculum Vitae, 3) three letters of reference (these may be emailed directly by the writer or provided by the applicant in an envelope signed over the seal), and 4) graduate school transcripts.
Kelli L. Netson-Amore, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Director of Neuropsychology Training
KU School of Medicine-Wichita
8533 E. 32nd St. N.
Wichita, KS 67226