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The University of Colorado School of Medicine / Children’s Hospital Colorado is offering two postdoctoral fellowship positions in Pediatric Neuropsychology beginning September 2022. One position focusing on general pediatric neuropsychology training and one focusing on Bilingual Spanish Pediatric Neuropsychology training.
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 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
|David Baker, Psy.D., ABPP-CN|
Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Training in Rehabilitation
|Gretchen Berrios-Siervo, Psy.D., ABPP-CN|
Director, Bilingual/Multicultural Training
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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 in PEM page for more.
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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.
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|
|Mild TBI / Concussion Clinic|
|Developmental Specialty Clinics|
|Inpatient Neurotrauma/ Rehabilitation Unit|
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: involve children with complex congenital heart conditions (Wolfe), epilepsy (Berrios-Siervo, Wilkening, Boada), sex chromosome aneuploidy (Janusz, Boada, Hutaff-Lee), spinal muscular atrophy (Miele), cancer (Wilkening, Hutaff-Lee), neuroimmunological disorders (Hutaff-Lee); perinatal stroke (Boada, Peterson), moderate/severe TBI (Kirkwood, Tlustos-Carter, Peterson, Petranovich), nonaccidental brain injury (Connery), concussion/mild TBI (Kirkwood, Connery, Baker, and Peterson), spina bifida/hydrocephalus (Peterson), and performance/symptom validity testing (Kirkwood, Connery, Baker, and Peterson). 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 Neurology
Gretchen Berrios-Siervo, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn: Dr. Berrios-Siervo 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 is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology (gretchen.berrios email@example.com). https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/228865
Richard Boada, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn:
Dr. Boada is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology in the division of neurology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Clinical areas of specialty include pediatric stroke, epilepsy, and sex chromosome aneuploidy. Dr. Boada is a bilingual (Spanish) neuropsychologist, and conducts evaluations with monolingual/bilingual children. Research interests include investigating the cognitive sequalae of medical conditions affecting central nervous system function (e.g., stroke, epilepsy), as well studying the etiological and cognitive factors underlying the comorbidity among language, reading and attentional disorders. (firstname.lastname@example.org). https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/224704
Christa Hutaff-Lee, Ph.D. ABPP-Cn:
Dr. Hutaff-Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Pediatrics and Neurology Departments at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She serves as the Training Director for the Neuropsychology Training Program in the Division of Neurology. Her clinical interests include the neurocognitive profiles of children with pediatric demyelinating and autoimmune disorders, pediatric brain tumor and other pediatric cancers, and genetic disorders (e.g., Turner syndrome). (christa.hutaff email@example.com). https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/228235
Jennifer Janusz, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn:
Dr. Janusz is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology through the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her clinical interests include the neurocognitive profile of children with genetic disorders. She is the Program Director of the Neurofibromatosis Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado and provides consultation to the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Clinic and the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic. (firstname.lastname@example.org). https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/230240
Greta Wilkening, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn:
Dr. Wilkening is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition to directing the Pediatric Neuropsychology service (within Neurology), she developed and directs the Neurodevelopmental Research Core, a component of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her primary clinical interests are the evaluation and follow-up of children with epilepsy and brain neoplasms. She is the lead neuropsychologist for the Urea Cycle Disorder Consortium Longitudinal Study. (email@example.com). https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/229981
Kelly R. Wolfe, Ph.D. ABPP-Cn:
Dr. Wolfe is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and the Director of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Program. She collaborates with multidisciplinary teams on outpatient and inpatient clinical and quality improvement initiatives to better understand and improve neurodevelopmental outcomes in children and young adults with cardiac disease. Her research has included examining predictors of neuropsychological outcomes in single ventricle heart disease and heart transplantation. Dr. Wolfe also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology and is a Co-Vice Chair of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative. (Kelly.Wolfe@childrenscolorado.org). https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/12028364
David Baker, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn: Dr. Baker is an Assistant Clinical 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 neuromuscular disorders. He is also the training director for neuropsychology in rehabilitation. (firstname.lastname@example.org) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=%28Baker%2C+DA%5BAuthor%5D%29+AND+%28University+of+Colorado%5BAffiliation%5D%29&sort=
Alison Colbert, Ph.D.: Dr. Colbert is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She works as a neuropsychologist and rehabilitation psychologist on the inpatient Neurotrauma/Rehabilitation unit and conducts outpatient neuropsychological evaluations. Her research interests focus on neurocognitive outcomes following central nervous system disruption, developmental or acquired. She is interested in identifying factors that predict risk and resilience, enhance diagnosis and treatment, and influence neurocognitive and psychological outcomes. (email@example.com) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=%28Colbert%2C+AM+%5BAuthor%5D%29+AND+%28University+of+Colorado%5BAffiliation%5D%29
Amy Connery, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn: Dr. Connery is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She provides clinical services in Concussion Clinic, International Adoption Clinic (IAC), and the Non-Accidental Brain Injury Care Clinic (NABICC). Her research interests include the effects of early adversity and neurologic insult on developmental outcomes. She provides bilingual Spanish assessments. (firstname.lastname@example.org) https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/21098427
Michael Kirkwood, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn: Dr. Kirkwood is Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is the Director of the Rehabilitation Psychology/ Neuropsychology Program, as well as the Co-Director of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Concussion Program. His clinical and research interests focus on acquired brain injury in children, particularly mild TBI, as well as the value of validity testing in pediatric assessment. He also has a primary interest in promoting and supporting board certification in clinical neuropsychology. (email@example.com) https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/21098422
Robin Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn: Dr. Peterson is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Concussion Program and Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her clinical and research interests include understanding developmental outcomes in children with traumatic brain injury, language and learning disorders, and spina bifida. (firstname.lastname@example.org) https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/21098429
Christine Petranovich, Ph.D.: Dr. Petranovich is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Clinically, Dr. Petranovich is primarily interested in acute and long-term neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. From a research perspective, she is interested in identifying predictors of cognitive functioning, social competence, and behavior after traumatic brain injury, particularly in early childhood. (email@example.com) https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/21098450
Sarah Tlustos-Carter, Ph.D, ABPP-Cn.: Dr. Tlustos-Carter is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Clinically, Dr. Tlustos-Carter is involved in the inpatient Neurotrauma/Rehabilitation unit and also conducts multidisciplinary outpatient evaluations through the M.O.R.E (Multidisciplinary Outpatient Rehabilitation Evaluation) clinic. Her interests include the cognitive and social-emotional outcomes after moderate/severe TBI and other acquired brain injuries. (firstname.lastname@example.org) https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/226952