Clinical Training in Neuropsychology      


The Clinical Neuropsychology Division provides training in the theory and practice of clinical neuropsychology. Our Psychology Clinic, located within the UF Health Sciences Center, serves as the primary training ground for the practice of clinical neuropsychology. The Health Sciences Center includes Shands Teaching Hospital (570 beds) and 23 associated clinics. In the Psychology Clinic both inpatient and outpatient services are provided, ranging from tradtional neuropsychological evaluations, to briefer assessments for targeted populations, to provision of consultative services via attendance at case management conferences (i.e., epilepsy, movement disorders, acute TBI, ADHD, etc.).

   
   Clinical Populations:
    Epilepsy, Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia, Adult LD/ADHD, TBI, Post-operative cognitive changes, Stroke and vascular disease, General Neurologic disorders (MS, radiation necrosis, cadasil, etc.) , General medical conditions; Pediatric populations
   
    Clinical Neuropsychology Supervisors:
   Bauer, Bowers, Crosson, Dede, Fennell (child), Heaton (child), Loring, Price
     
  Clinical Orientation
    The approach to clinical assessment and supervision varies among the faculty, spanning the range from flexible battery approaches to fixed batteries for specific populations. Both process and psychometric traditions are emphasized during clinical training


Graduate Student Training

Neuropsychology graduate students receive broad based training in the practice of clinical psychology during rotations through five core clinical practica. Four of these core practica occur during the second year of graduate school and include rotations in Neuropsychology, Child, Medical/health, and General Mental Health. These rotations take place in the Psychology Clinic. A fifth rotation in Rural Mental Health occurs later at offsite locations in the surrounding rural communities.

Beyond the core rotation, students in the Neuropsychology tract also obtain additional training in the practice of neuropsychology through advanced practica. These include one general Advanced Practicum in Neuropsychology in the Psychology Clinic and various Specialty Practica in Neuropsychology. General information regarding these practica is shown below.

 
    Clinical Practicum Rotations for Graduate Students
    1. Practicum in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology)
  2. Advanced Practicum in Clinical Neuropsychology
  3. Speciality Advanced Practicaa in Clinical Neuropsychology:
    a) Stroke Evaluation & Rehabilitation (BRRC)
  b) Memory Training in Older Adults
  c) North Florida Evaluation Treatment Center (NEFTC)
  d) Others, to be arranged

 

 


Neuropsychology Internship

Our APA-approved internship involves broad exposure to a variety of neuropsychology supervisors and diverse clinical populations. A typical day in the life of the neurpsychology intern includes two formal clinic days where the intern works with an assigned neuropsychology faculty mentor seeing patients coming through that faculty member's clinic. The remaining days involve clinical supervison, seeing therapy clients, attendace at various educational meetings (i.e., neurology grand rounds, epilepsy management conference, etc.), and desiganated research. Timewise the internship is divided into four quarters, during which the interns rotate among different supervisors. During the third quarter, interns roatate "off" neuropsychology and see patients through the child-pediatric and medical-health psychology services.

Requirement for Intern Applicants:
Because neuropsychology interns rotate through adult and child services, applicants should have some prior clinical experience in the intellectual and cognitive assessment of both adults and children.

Additional information about the internship program can be found on the following website www.phhp.ufl.edu/chp/internship/info.html or by contacting Dr. Lori Waxenberg (internship director) or Dr. Dawn Bowers (neuropsychology area head).

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