POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
The Neuropsychology Department at SMMC serves a medically-underserved population who faces economic, cultural, and/or linguistic barriers to health care. Fellows and trainees assess patients who are diverse in race, ethnicity, age, culture, socioeconomic status, disability status, sexual orientation, and clinical severity. A vast majority of SMMC’s patient population either receives publicly-funded health insurance (Medicare, Medi-Cal, or the County’s insurance program for undocumented residents, ACE) or is uninsured. Many of our patients are homeless or have limited income, disabilities, and/or educational backgrounds. Some of our patients have no formal education and are illiterate. As such, Neuropsychology Services provides linguistically and culturally sensitive outpatient and inpatient evaluations to not only English-speaking adults and geriatrics, but also to bilingual/monolingual non-English-speaking adults and seniors with a variety of medical, neurological, and psychiatric concerns including vascular risk factors, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, dementia due to HIV, and TBI. Patients generally present with complex medical and psychiatric histories. As about 50% of SMMC’s patient population is non-English speaking, trainees work with a medical interpreter in assessing these patients utilizing normative data and measures (if available) designed for the specific population. Common languages include, but are not limited to, Spanish, Tagalog, Arabic, and Chinese. Neuropsychology Services receives referrals from SMMC as well as SMMC satellite clinics and the broader San Mateo Health System (SMHS). Most of Neuropsychology Service referrals come from SMHS's Primary Care Clinics, but we also support medical specialties such as Neurology and Cardiology. Neuropsychology Services is embedded within SMMC’s geriatric primary care clinic, the Ron Robinson Senior Care Clinic (RRSCC). Thus, many of the referrals are from RRSSCC and focus on the assessment of neurodegenerative conditions in a medically complex older adult population utilizing an interdisciplinary team model. The goal of the Neuropsychology Department is to provide equitable services to the underserved utilizing a holistic approach to assessment and conceptualization of cognitive deficits.
Neuropsychology has a long history of training post-doctoral fellows and supplemental practicum students. This fellowship is not a APPIC member.
Placement Information: For the 2023-2025 training year, one Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available. This is a full-time position (40 hours/week; minimum of 1800 hours/training year). A 12-month agreement is made at at time, with the second year agreement pending successful completion of the first year. Fellows will maintain at least 24 hours of direct clinical services per week. Satisfactory completion of the Fellowship training program meets the postdoctoral supervised practice requirements for licensure with the California Board of Psychology and Minnesota Conference Guidelines 2022 for training in neuropsychology.
Rotations: Training rotations include outpatient neuropsychological assessment, inpatient neuropsychological assessment, geriatric primary care behavioral health and consultation liaison. Please see the below training brochure for detailed descriptions.
Didactics: Didactics (4-6 hours weekly) emphasize professional development, neuroanatomy, and rounds/seminars at local universities, clinics, and hospitals. Didactics will cover topics that are required by ABCN as well as cross-cultural neuropsychology including basic neurosciences, functional neuroanatomy, neuropathology, clinical neurology, psychological assessment, clinical neuropsychological assessment, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, and psychological intervention. A list of didactic experiences available are included in the brochure.
Stipend & Benefits: Fellows receive a stipend of $76,500 annually which is paid as an hourly wage of $36.79/hr, with a 12-month, full-time training commitment. Fellows also have access to health care benefits, on-site fitness facility, free parking, and a monthly credit if using public transportation. This position includes full benefits, including health coverage (various medical, dental, and vision plans) for the Fellow and eligible family members. In addition to 11 paid County holidays, Fellows will accrue paid vacation hours at a rate of 4 hours for each bi-weekly pay period and paid sick leave at a rate of 3.7 hours for each bi-weekly pay period. In addition to the county holidays fellows may take up to 15 days off for vacation, professional leave and sick time. Additional days off will interfere with the necessary accrual of hours required to complete this 12-month fellowship. Additional electable benefits include life insurance, pet insurance, and a flexible spending account. Please refer to the brochure for additional information.
Application Requirements: Candidates must have completed all professional doctoral degree requirements from an APA-accredited doctoral program and have completed an APPIC-member internship or internship that meets APPIC standards, before beginning postdoctoral training. Candidates should have well-established clinical and research interests in neuropsychology. Candidates must also pass county background check and employee health examinations at the time of hiring.
Applicants must submit all of the following by December 5, 2022:
- Curriculum vitae with an appendix indicating which assessment measures you have administered, the number of times you have administered each measure, and the number of written reports using those measures, and total number of comprehensive reports written
- Cover letter stating professional and academic preparation and work experience as well as career goals and aspirations.
- Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from clinical supervisors who are familiar with your clinical work.
- Two de-identified neuropsychological reports.
- Official or un-official graduate transcripts.
All application materials should be emailed to: Aikisha Harley, PhD, at HS_Neuropsychology@smcgov.org
Open House: Come meet with Dr. Harley via Zoom and learn more about this fellowship on November 15 from 4-4:30 PM PST
Meeting ID: 967 8965 8576
Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by clinical staff and selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. Anticipated interview dates are the week of 1/9/2023. Special consideration will be given to bilingual, Spanish-speaking applicants.
* Please note this fellowship will not follow APPIC Common Hold Day or APPCN match date. Offers will be made in January 2023.
For further information or questions please email: HS_Neuropsychology@smcgov.org
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