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The University of Colorado School of Medicine / Children’s Hospital Colorado is offering one postdoctoral fellowship position in general pediatric neuropsychology beginning September 2023.
Our two-year program is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). Training experiences are consistent with guidelines established by the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Division 40 of the American Psychological Association (APA), and Houston Conference training model.
The goal of the program is to provide a broad range of clinical and research experiences to prepare the individual for board certification in clinical neuropsychology through ABPP/ABCN and a future career in pediatric neuropsychology. The fellows will join our two current pediatric neuropsychology fellow.The incoming fellows will have the opportunity to work with children from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and will see children with a wide range of medical diagnoses including but not limited to epilepsy, stroke, leukemia, brain tumors, congenital heart disease, genetic disorders (e.g., neurofibromatosis, Turner syndrome, tuberous sclerosis), hydrocephalus, neuromuscular disorders, spina bifida, neuroimmunological diseases (e.g., multiple sclerosis), cerebral palsy, and mild to severe traumatic brain injury. Fellows will also participate in interdisciplinary clinics. Many of our referrals relate to diagnostic concerns, longitudinal assessment, risk assessment, and educational planning, and the fellows will hone skills in providing recommendations to physicians, families, teachers, and therapists. Opportunities for training in telehealth assessment, clinical interviews, and feedback sessions are also available.
Questions regarding training/educational experiences can be directed to:
Christa Hutaff-Lee, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Training in Neurology
|Robin Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP-CN|
Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Training in Rehabilitation
|Gretchen Berrios-Siervo, Psy.D., ABPP-CN|
Director, Bilingual/Multicultural Training
|Diversity / Equity / Inclusion|
We are committed to creating a diverse environment for students, residents, fellows, and faculty. We believe that an environment of inclusiveness and respect promotes excellence and that a setting where diversity is valued leads to the training of physicians who are prepared to practice culturally effective medicine and meet the needs of the various populations we serve. Visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage for more....
|Well-Being / Resilience|
By embracing wellness and improving personal resiliency, physicians can reconnect with the meaning of their work and fend off stress. Reducing or eliminating burnout also has practical implications for the entire department such as improving patient safety, student advancement, and the overall campus environment.
Visit our Pediatric Well-Being and Resilience website for more.
The fellow will spend a total of one year in the Neurology Department and a total of one year in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department. The two-year fellowship offers general pediatric neuropsychological training with a variety of patient populations and will prepare the fellow for board certification and career in pediatric-neuropsychology.
This rotation provides general training in pediatric neuropsychology with a focus on neurologic populations. The fellows will participate in 4 (3 month) specialty rotations during their year in Neurology. Under supervision, the fellow will complete two outpatient evaluations per week, as well as attend interdisciplinary clinics appropriate to her/his rotations. While the fellow will see a wide range of referrals over the course of the year, the program is structured to provide more focused experiences during specific rotations. During each rotation, the fellow will receive more referrals with children with those specific diagnoses and will be supervised by faculty with expertise in that area. Rotations and descriptions are as follows.
Example of fellow's weekly Neurology schedule. Actual schedule may vary.
|Didactics/Admin time (e.g., writing, prep, supervision)||Outpatient Clinic Evaluation|
(e.g., writing, prep, supervision)
|Adult Neuropsych Seminar||Admin time (e.g., writing, prep, supervision)||Outpatient Clinic Evaluation||Pediatric Neuropsych Seminar||Didactics/ Admin time (e.g., writing, prep, supervision)|
|Multidisciplinary Clinic||Telehealth Intakes||Outpatient Clinic Evaluation||Telehealth Feedbacks||Admin time (e.g., writing, prep, supervision)|
This rotation provides general training in pediatric neuropsychology with an emphasis on rehabilitation-relevant populations and conditions, including mild to severe TBI, anoxic/hypoxic injuries, encephalitis, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy. Under supervision, the fellow will complete 2-4 comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations per month, while also rotating through several different rotations. During each rotation, the fellow will receive more referrals with children with those specific diagnoses and will be supervised by faculty with particular expertise in that area. Rotations and descriptions are as follows:
Example of fellow’s weekly Rehabilitation schedule. Actual schedule may vary.
|Comprehensive Outpatient Evaluation||Inpatient rehab unit||Inpatient rehab unit||Outpatient Multi-disc clinic||Research|
|Adult Neuropsych Seminar||Pediatric Neuropsych Seminar||Admin time (e.g., writing, prep, supervision)|
|Comprehensive Outpatient Evaluation||Admin time (e.g., writing, prep, supervision)||Telehealth Feedbacks||Telehealth Feedbacks|
|Epilepsy||The fellow’s focus will be on assessing children with epilepsy. This includes pre- and post-surgical evaluations, evaluations of children with epilepsy who are not surgical candidates, and possible participation in fMRI preparation, Wada testing, and language mapping. The fellow will attend weekly epilepsy clinics and participate in neurobehavioral assessment of children and families on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Fellows will attend Epilepsy Conference to gain experience in providing physicians information to assist with their treatment decisions and exposure to the various modalities and issues that are considered during surgical decision making. The use of focused, specific assessment to answer discrete clinical questions is emphasized.|
|Neuro-Oncology||The fellow will have the opportunity to assess children with hematologic/oncologic disorders, including brain tumors and leukemia. The fellow will also conduct pre- and post-bone marrow transplant evaluations. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary clinics for newly diagnosed and long-term survivors.|
|Cardiology||Fellows will have the opportunity to complete neuropsychological evaluations with children with various complex congenital heart conditions and/or heart transplantation. In addition, multidisciplinary clinic experience may be provided, including consultation with families of children with single ventricle post-Fontan, and/or developmental assessment of infants and toddlers with complex heart conditions.|
During this rotation, the fellow will complete outpatient evaluations through the Division of Neurology with children with a variety of genetic (e.g., neurofibromatosis, 22q deletion syndrome, and XY chromosome variations), neurological (e.g., stroke), and metabolic disorders. The fellow will also participate in interdisciplinary clinics for children with a variety of medical disorders (e.g., tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, Turner syndrome, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and neuroimmunological disorders) and provide consultation to medical teams.
|Mild TBI / Concussion Clinic||The fellow will participate in a comprehensive multidisciplinary concussion clinic providing neuropsychological consultation to children and teenagers with mild TBI, ranging from sport-related concussion to complicated mild TBI. The program sees over 1,000 new patients each year. The fellow will learn and utilize an abbreviated assessment model to evaluate post concussive difficulties and guide treatment planning, as well as work with physicians and community providers regarding return to play decisions and school management. The fellow will become expert in pediatric mild TBI and sport-related concussion by learning the natural clinical course of mild TBI, its risks, the various factors that can complicate recovery, the role of performance/symptom validity testing in mild TBI evaluations, and empirically sensible management strategies. Concussion-relevant didactics and experiences include monthly complex concussion case study meetings and bi-monthly concussion seminars, as well as co-presentation opportunities to schools and community providers.|
|Developmental Specialty Clinics||The fellow will participate in two specialty clinics that focus on younger patient populations (i.e., under 5 years) to allow for the acquisition or refinement of knowledge and skills particularly relevant to preschool and infant/toddler assessment. The International Adoption Clinic (IAC) is a multidisciplinary clinic focused on the medical, developmental, and emotional/behavioral assessment of children recently adopted internationally. Children range in age from birth to 18 years of age but are primarily preschool-age or younger. The fellow will perform formal cognitive assessment, informal assessment of language development, and consultation around emotional and behavioral challenges often faced by these children. The Non-Accidental Brain Injury Care Clinic (NABICC) is a large, multidisciplinary, outpatient clinic focused on the care of young children after non-accidental brain trauma. Children are followed in the clinic on a regular basis for two years after sustaining injury. The fellow will perform cognitive assessment and provide consultation around psychosocial concerns.|
|Inpatient Neurotrauma/ Rehabilitation Unit||The fellow will participate in the hospital’s multidisciplinary inpatient neurotrauma/rehabilitation unit for children recovering from a variety of acquired injuries and illnesses including moderate/severe TBI, spinal cord injury, anoxic/hypoxic brain injuries, encephalitis, cardiac conditions, stroke, tumor resections, epilepsy surgery, and other neurological and neuromuscular disorders. Fellow responsibilities on the inpatient unit would include acute and serial assessment of cognitive status, abbreviated neuropsychological evaluations, psychoeducation to patients and families, and treatment planning, as well as follow-up consultation with service providers, families, and school teams. The fellow also would be regularly involved in the multidisciplinary team meetings, cognitive-focused groups, and family treatment meetings.|
*Not currently recruiting for the 2022 application season. We will accept application for this track in the fall of 2023.
At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we are uniquely equipped to provide specialized training opportunities in Spanish bilingual assessment given our diverse faculty and growing multicultural populations. This track will provide training in broad‐based pediatric neuropsychology, with additional training opportunities in Spanish/English bilingual assessment. The goal is to provide the trainee with the background and clinical experiences sufficient to conduct competent and ethical evaluations with Spanish bilingual children and adolescents.
The fellow matched to the bilingual track will spend the majority of their training within the Division of Neurology, with one 6 month rotation in The Department of Rehabilitation. Clinical expectations for this track include completion of two outpatient evaluations and participation in one multidisciplinary clinic per week. During two of the rotations (one the first year and one the second year), one to two of the outpatient evaluations each week will be conducted with Spanish bilingual and multicultural populations. Additional opportunities for Spanish/multicultural evaluations may also be available. The fellow will become familiar with appropriate Spanish assessment measures, as well as conduct interviews and feedbacks with families in Spanish. In addition to considering the medical diagnosis/etiology, referral questions often include diagnosing language disorders and learning disabilities in children learning English as a second language, and evaluations will involve providing recommendations regarding language of instruction and level of support needed for special education/ intervention in the educational environment. Throughout training, the fellow will be expected to have an understanding for and incorporate knowledge of bilingual language development and impact of cultural influences into their interpretation and formulation of diagnostic impressions. Four neuropsychologists (Drs. Berrios‐Siervo, Boada, Martin, and Connery) complete bilingual (Spanish/English) evaluations and fellows will have the opportunity to work with multiple supervisors in this area.
The fellow is expected to be fluent in Spanish and pass an oral exam as part of their onboarding at Children’s Hospital Colorado in order to be cleared to work with Spanish speaking patients and their families. Applicants are not expected to have had extensive experience administering tests in Spanish prior to the start of their fellowship and will be allowed time to gain extra experience in this area. Fellows will be expected to be able to complete Spanish test administration, clinical interviews and parent feedback sessions in Spanish with minimal support from their supervisor by the end of their first 6 month rotation.
While the fellow will see a wide range of referrals over the course of the year, the program is structured to provide more focused experiences during specific rotations. During each rotation, the fellow will receive more referrals with children with those specific diagnoses and will be supervised by faculty with expertise in that area. Anticipated rotations and descriptions are as follows:
|The fellow will conduct one to two bilingual neuropsychological evaluations per week with the focus on learning Spanish assessment measures and general multicultural issues during the first 6 months. During the second year, the fellow will again complete one to two bilingual neuropsychological evaluations, with greater emphasis on clinical integration and interpretation in preparing the fellow for independent practice as a bilingual neuropsychologist. Evaluations will be with children with a variety of neurologic disorders.|
The fellow’s focus will be on assessing children with epilepsy. This includes pre- and post-surgical evaluations, general epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and possible participation in fMRI preparation, Wada testing, and language mapping. The fellow will attend weekly epilepsy clinics and participate in neurobehavioral assessment of children and families on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Fellows will attend Epilepsy Conference to gain experience in providing physicians information to assist with their treatment decisions and exposure to the various modalities and issues that are considered during surgical decision making. The use of focused, specific assessment to answer discrete clinical questions is emphasized.
|Neuro-Oncology||The fellow will have the opportunity to assess children with hematologic/oncologic disorders, including brain tumors and leukemia. The fellow will also conduct pre- and post-bone marrow transplant evaluations. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary clinics for newly diagnosed and long-term survivors. |
|Cardiology||Fellows will have the opportunity to complete neuropsychological evaluations with children with various complex congenital heart conditions and/or heart transplantation. In addition, multidisciplinary clinic experience may be provided, including consultation with families of children with single ventricle post-Fontan, and/or developmental assessment of infants and toddlers with complex heart conditions. |
|General Neurology Clinic|
|During this rotation, the fellow will complete outpatient evaluations through the Division of Neurology with children with a variety of genetic (e.g., neurofibromatosis, 22q deletion syndrome, and XY chromosome variations), neurological (e.g., stroke), and metabolic disorders. |
During the 6‐month rehabilitation rotation, the fellow will have the opportunity to work with a bilingual neuropsychologist. The rotation will include comprehensive evaluations for a variety of rehabilitation conditions (e.g., moderate/severe TBI, anoxic/hypoxic injuries, encephalitis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy), as well as neuropsychological consultation for children and teenagers with mild TBI through the multidisciplinary concussion clinic. The fellow will be involved in completing abbreviated, developmentally‐focused assessments in the multi‐disciplinary International Adoption Clinic. There may also be an opportunity to work on the hospital’s Neurotrauma/Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit and be involved in the Non‐Accidental Brain Injury Care Clinic (NABICC).
Throughout the two-year program, the fellow will also have opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary clinics for children with a variety of medical disorders (e.g., tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, Turner syndrome, neuro-oncology, new onset epilepsy, and neuroimmunological disorders). Fellows will be involved in consultation with families and medical teams and opportunities for conducting targeted neuropsychological evaluations.
The fellow will participate in clinical research under the supervision of a faculty member. At the beginning of fellowship, we will discuss with the fellow ongoing research projects, and the fellow will choose the one in which they would like to participate.
A research mentor will be assigned.
Ongoing projects include:
Research expectations will vary by trainee, but by the end of fellowship the minimum expectation is that the fellow will have contributed to at least two different scholarly products (e.g., poster presentation at national conference, talk at a regional/national conference, authorship on a manuscript, involvement in a quality improvement project, pilot grant submission, etc...).
Didactic experiences are geared toward preparing the fellow for board certification in clinical neuropsychology. The fellow is required to take the APPCN Fellow Exam at the end of the first year. The fellow is strongly encouraged to complete the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) exam during the first year. A wide variety of didactic experiences are available including:
Division of NeurologyGretchen M. Berrios-Siervo, Psy.D., ABPP/CN is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and serves as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist in the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Berrios-Siervo is bilingual and has interests in the assessment of Spanish speaking children and adolescents. She is also the Director of Multicultural and Bilingual Training and has interests in assessment and training of diverse populations. Additional areas of clinical interest include epilepsy and epilepsy surgery (pre/post evaluations). She runs the New Onset Epilepsy (NOE) Clinic and provides consultation to the Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic in Neurology. Dr. Berrios-Siervo received her bachelor’s degree (psychology) from Miami University and her doctoral degree from Carlos Albizu University in Clinical Psychology. She completed an internship in pediatric psychology/neuropsychology at Miami Children’s Hospital and a two-year fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center. Dr. Berrios-Siervo is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology. firstname.lastname@example.org; https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/228865
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:David Baker, Psy.D., ABPP/CN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and is a board certified Pediatric Neuropsychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. His clinical interests include concussion/mild TBI, moderate/severe TBI, as well as cerebral palsy and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Dr. Baker received his bachelor’s degrees (English Literature and Journalism) from University of Colorado at Boulder and his doctoral degree from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. He completed an internship in pediatric psychology/neuropsychology at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT and a two-year fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Baker became board certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2015.