Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship

Welcome to the Department of Neurology



Program Director: Samantha K. Holden, M.D.

Associate Program Directors: Delia Bakeman, DO and Tara Carlisle, MD, PhD


The University of Colorado offers a UCNS accredited fellowship in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry for qualified physicians who have completed residency training in neurology or psychiatry. The program accepts one to two fellows per year.


Clinical work is completed primarily at the University of Colorado Hospital and the Denver VA. Clinical care and research programs at these two facilities are focused on chronic neurological conditions in which neurobehavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms develop such as: traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis, among others. Fellows will also have the opportunity to complete rotations at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, CO and Fort Logan, CO where they can see a variety of psychiatric illnesses including: bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and personality disorders. Patients at these two hospitals commonly have morbid medical and neurologic conditions while many of the inpatients at this facility are forensic.


The University of Colorado has two dedicated BN&NP conferences. The behavioral neurology lecture series is held weekly for 90 minutes with core faculty, fellows, and invited guests in attendance. The lecture series follows a structured curriculum based on the core topics identified in the program requirements. This conference also provides a forum for case discussions, journal club, and administrative needs of the program. There is a monthly BN&NP conference series that is open to faculty, fellows, residents, students, and other interested parties that hosts both University of Colorado and external speakers presenting on topics relevant to the field. In addition to these two BN&NP conferences, the Neurology department hosts a weekly grand rounds session.


The fellowship is offered by the Department of Neurology in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and accepts one to two fellows per year. Upon successful completion of this program, the fellow will be eligible and prepared for specialty board certification examination in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry through the UCNS


Eligibility Criteria:


  1. Applicants must be a graduate of a residency program in Neurology, Child Neurology and/or Psychiatry accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  2. The candidate must be board certified or eligible for certification in a primary ABMS or RCPSC certification in Neurology, Child Neurology and/or Psychiatry.
  3. Applicants must possess a current valid and unrestricted full Colorado Medical License prior to the start of the fellowship.
  4. All applicants for non-ACGME Fellowship programs must be eligible for and must obtain a full Colorado Medical License prior to the start of the Fellowship program. Licensing requirements can be found on the Department of Regulatory Agencies page:

Application Information:


Applications for the Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry fellowship are accepted from interested neurology or psychiatry residents on a rolling basis, with an application deadline of March 31 of each year for a start date of July 1 of the subsequent year. Interviews are held virtually in April of each year.


Fellowship Application Status

2023-2024 – Fellowship position filled

2024-2025 – Fellowship position filled

2025-2026 – Fellowship position filled



Application Materials:

  1. Intent to Apply Form 
  2. CV
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. Personal Statement
  5. USMLE/COMLEX Scores (1, 2, & 3)
  6. ECFMG certification (if applicable)​​
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