Center for Neuropsychological Services
The Center for Neuropsychological Services (CNS) in the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) at the UNM Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships in adult and pediatric clinical neuropsychology. UNM Hospital is the only Level One trauma facility and medical school in the state. CNS receives referrals for inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological evaluations from a variety of departments within UNM HSC, as well as from clinicians throughout the state. Our patient population is richly diverse, primarily including people of Hispanic/Latino, Anglo and Native American origin. Our center recently founded the Multicultural Excellence in Neuropsychology Training and Evaluation Program (MENTE), a clinical service that strives to serve the multilinguistic population of New Mexico by using appropriate assessment measures and removing the barriers that prevent access to quality care. We provide specialized neuropsychological assessments for monolingual Spanish, bilingual, Native American, and other non-English speaking individuals. Supervision by our bilingual neuropsychologists is provided and research opportunities are under development for this new program.
Adult Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship: Adult referrals typically come from Family Practice and Community Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Renal Transplant, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Psychiatry, and the Indian Health Service. A wide range of adult patients are seen including those with epilepsy, cerebrovascular disorders, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, dementia, TBI, Parkinson’s disease, adults with developmental disorders, and various psychiatric disorders. CNS provides pre- and postoperative neuropsychological evaluations and Wada testing for epilepsy surgery candidates, and pre-surgical evaluations for Parkinson and essential tremor patients undergoing placement of deep brain stimulators. Adult fellows attend weekly rounds/case conference in neurology, psychiatry, and neuroradiology. They also have the opportunity to “shadow” adult neurologists in clinic, and are expected to present cases and lectures on various neuropsychology topics (including ethics and cross-cultural issues) during weekly neuropsychology rounds.
Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pediatric referrals generally come from Pediatric Neurology, Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Oncology, and Carrie Tingley Hospital (pediatric rehabilitation center), as well as pediatricians and other clinicians across the state. Pediatric patients include those with a variety of disorders such as neurodevelopmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, learning disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, epilepsy, TBI, and psychiatric illness. Pediatric fellows attend pediatric neurology and neuroradiology rounds and present cases and lectures on various neuropsychology topics (including ethics and cross-cultural issues) at our weekly neuropsychology rounds. They also have the opportunity to attend and shadow pediatric neurologists or pediatric specialists in various clinics (e.g., General Pediatric Neurology, Cerebral Palsy, Movement Disorder, Genetics/Dysmorphology, Pediatric Oncology Late Effects).
Minimal requirements for both fellowships are a doctorate degree in psychology, graduate training in neuropsychological assessment, at least two years of supervised experience in administering and scoring neuropsychological tests and completion of an APA or CPA approved predoctoral internship with an emphasis in neuropsychology. All applicants must have completed their dissertation by the beginning of the fellowship. Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoctoral applicants are expected to have a majority of their neuropsychological assessment experience with children/adolescents. Job assignment/duties include performing clinical neuropsychological evaluations, including interview, test administration, scoring/interpretation, report writing and feedback to patients. Opportunities for supervision may be available. Neuropsychology fellows serve under the direct supervision of on-site licensed clinical neuropsychologists, three of whom are ABPP board certified clinical neuropsychologists. Supervision is an integral part of training and is tailored to the fellows’ needs for all clinical and research activities. Fellows spend approximately 80% of their time doing clinical work, 10% on research and 10% on educational enrichment/didactics.
Participation in ongoing research projects is also required and fellows are expected to complete their own independent project over the two years. CNS faculty are involved in various research collaborations. Past/ present research has included NIH funded projects in traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, ADHD, sports concussion, schizophrenia, juvenile myotonic dystrophy, low birth weight/premature infants, adolescent substance abuse, autism, dyslexia, and early onset psychosis. CNS research projects often include collaborations with researchers at the Mind Research Network (http://www.mrn.org/), which is a world-class facility with cutting edge neuroimaging and brain mapping tools.
Our training program is modeled on training guidelines set forth by the INS-APA Division 40 Task Force of Education, Accreditation and Credentialing, the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology, and the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Our goal is to train fellows to an advanced level of competence in neuropsychology in order to achieve board certification in neuropsychology.
The UNM HSC is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque is a medium-sized city (est. population 600,000) nestled between the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande Valley. It is rich with cultural diversity, history and breathtaking landscapes. Albuquerque’s temperate climate, over 300 sunny days a year, proximity to both mountains and rivers, and its central location in the state provide unparalleled outdoor recreation and travel opportunities.
We are members of APPCN and participate in the APPCN Match. Selection of a successful candidate will be in accord with the APPCN Match Policies. Candidates must register with the APPCN Resident Matching Program (www.natmatch.com).
To apply to our fellowship, in addition to registering with the APPCN Match, please send a CV, statement of interest and goals, complete graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a sample neuropsychological testing report, and any research papers or reprints to:
S. Laura Lundy, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
University of New Mexico Center for Neuropsychological Services
MSC 095030- 1 UNM
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
All application materials must be received by January 5, 2019. Interviews will be held at the INS conference in New York, NY, February 20-23, 2019. On-site interviews can be arranged, but funding is not available to support applicants travel costs. For further information, please contact our Director of Training: S. Laura Lundy, Ph.D., ABPP-CN at SLundy@salud.unm.edu or our Clinic Director: Andrea Sherwood, Ph.D., ABPP-CN at ASherwood@salud.unm.edu, or call us at 505-272-8833.