Ped. Neuropsychology Post-Doc

MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center offers fellowships in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Neuropsychological Assessment Center. In addition to a full pediatric neuropsychology fellowship, we also offer half-time fellowships in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry's Outpatient Mental Health service and Adolescent Partial Program. The fellowship runs from September through the end of August. It carries a stipend along with hospital benefits.

Requirements:


The amount of testing required of Post-Doctoral fellows is based on a billable hour system. Fellows are required to bring in 50% billable hours (i.e., an average of 10 hours/week over 44 weeks/year = 440 billable hours/year). Since individuals evaluations may range anywhere from 6 to 16 hours, this means that the student will be seeing an average of at least one patient a week.

Supervision:

Each fellow is matched with a primary supervisor. Typically, supervisors meet on a regular, weekly basis to discuss up-coming cases, go over test results and review reports. At the beginning of the year, the supervisor will typically meet with the parents and child along with the fellow prior to the evaluation during the diagnostic interview, as well attend the feedback meeting with the parents. As the fellow acquires experience and confidence in these areas, the supervisor=s role will decrease. During the course of the year, the fellow is also encouraged to work with other supervisors on different kinds of cases.

Seminars and other training opportunities:

There is a weekly, 2-hour seminar on Thursdays that covers a variety of topics pertinent to the population seen at the Center. Presenters include Drs. Skoff and Caggiano, as well as other NDC staff, clinicians from other departments, and speakers from outside the hospital

The Neurodevelopmental Clinic also has staff meeting twice a month, also on Thursdays. Usually one of these will be a presentation by an outside speaker. Topics covered over the past year included:

  • Adversity, Stress Reaction & Mental Health in Adolescents
  • Neuroimaging the Brain Basis of Dyslexia
  • Psychopharmacologic treatment of Comorbid Disorders in Autism Spectrum

In addition, there is usually a case presentation during one of the staff meetings, and fellows are invited to present a case toward the end of their tenure here. There is also usually an informal, one hour meeting most Thursdays to discuss practical issues, such as administration and scoring of tests, report writing and feedback meetings, and case discussions.

Prerequisites:

  • Clinical experience with children or adolescents and families (e.g., Internship).
  • Training and clinical experience with the WISC and intellectual testing.
  • Training and clinical experience administering and interpreting projective tests (preferably including the Rorschach)

To Apply:

If you are interested in either the full-time combined fellowship in both the Neurodevelopmental Clinic and Outpatient Mental Health service, or in the NDC fellowship, please send a letter of interest, vita, 2 or 3 sample reports (preferably evaluations of children or adolescents), and 3 references (names and/or letters of reference) to:

Barry Skoff, Ph.D.
Training Director, Neurodevelopmental Clinic
57 Highland Ave.
Salem, MA 01970

Email: bskoff@partners.org