Neuropsychology Post Doctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychology

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychology, housed within the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, provides an ideal setting for postdoctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology. Phoenix Children's Hospital is the one of the largest children’s hospital in the U.S. and is among America’s top five largest clinical volumes in neurosciences. The hospital is also home to a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center of Excellence.  The hospital serves as the principle pediatric affiliate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and has been named in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

 In addition to the postdoctoral fellowship, the psychology department houses a pre-doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association and multiple practicum training opportunities for doctoral students from several local universities.  The neuropsychology fellowship training program seeks to meet the criteria set forth by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Thus, the fellowship intends to provide clinical training, educational activities, and research opportunities to produce an advanced level of competence in the specialty of clinical neuropsychology. The goal of the program is to prepare fellows for a career in pediatric neuropsychology, preferably through hospital-based practice in an academic medical setting.

The training program consists of a two year fellowship that incorporates clinical, research, and educational activities.  Approximately 70% of fellow's time is devoted to clinical services, with the remaining time divided between research and educational experiences.  The fellowship is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). 

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Supervision and Evaluation

The postdoctoral fellowship is directed by Marika Maris, Ph.D. under the division chief Michael Lavoie, PhD. Dr. Maris works in combination with the remaining neuropsychology faculty, as well as the department’s Training Committee to design educational opportunities and provide evaluation of the fellow.  Fellows receive individual supervision related to each patient seen throughout their fellowship. To facilitate continuity of supervision, fellows participate in a rotation schedule that allows for them to remain with two primary neuropsychologist supervisors (one for inpatient cases and one for outpatient cases) for a designated period of time (typically for six months).  At times, the same supervisor may be responsible for supervision in both settings.  Although fellows rotate through primary supervisors, intermittent supervision from other faculty during these rotations is not uncommon.

 In addition, fellows may also receive some supervision from pediatric psychologists within the department for occasional consultation/liaison or psychotherapy services.  The fellow’s training needs and own interests in working with particular patient populations are taken into consideration when designing a supervision schedule, as are departmental, hospital, and patient needs.  Fellows are also encouraged to pursue interests in subspecialty populations and settings through increased clinical opportunities, training experiences, and by seeking out research opportunities with populations of particular interest.

The supervising neuropsychologists provide semiannual evaluations of the fellow’s competency, which are reviewed with fellows and by the training director.  At the conclusion of the fellowship, Dr. Maris provides a written summary of the reviews to the fellow and to Dr. Lavoie.  Fellowship contracts are completed on a yearly basis, with the expectation that Fellows will complete two years of training.  Further details regarding the performance review and the department’s grievance processes are provided to each fellow at the beginning of their fellowship.  


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