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Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship

NYU Grossman School of Medicine offers a two-year Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship within the Neuropsychology and Learning Service at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

The postdoctoral fellowship, offered through the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is intended for psychologists who have successfully completed an American Psychological Association (APA) or a Canadian Psychology Association (CPA) accredited doctoral program and pre-doctoral internship. Qualified candidates with comparable experience in neuropsychology are encouraged to apply and may also be considered.

The fellowship aims to broaden clinical skills in providing comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to children, adolescents, and young adults with neurodevelopmental issues, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, learning disabilities, and those related to neonatal complications such as prematurity, low birth weight, and other medically-related conditions. A limited permit is required at start of fellowship. Fellows report to the following faculty:

Daniela Montalto, PhD
Clinical Director, Neuropsychology and Learning Service
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Lauren Fiedler, PsyD
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Sarah Powell, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Robert I. Grossman and Elisabeth J. Cohen Pediatric Diabetes Center

Upon completion of the fellowship, you gain the clinical and research skills for independent practice in pediatric neuropsychology, as well as the knowledge base to pursue board certification in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP-CN).

Fellowship Training

Postdoctoral fellows conduct outpatient neuropsychological assessments, consultations, and interventions for pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders, including learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. They gain broad-based training through exposure to children and adolescents with a history of medically-related conditions, such as diabetes, prematurity, epilepsy, acquired brain injury, and neonatal complications constitute the clinical experience. These populations present with a wide range of neurological dysfunction (e.g., seizures, stroke) and cognitive difficulties that are related to their diagnosis and/or treatment, including problems in the areas of attention, executive functioning, memory, visuospatial reasoning, sensory/motor functioning, and adjustment.

Fellows also engage in a twice-weekly, one-year rotation through the Robert I. Grossman and Elizabeth J. Cohen Pediatric Diabetes Center under the supervision of Sarah Powell, PhD. During this rotation, they participate in direct intervention, consultation, and research opportunities. The two primary roles available are conduct ing neuropsychological evaluations of patients with diabetes or engaging in regular consultation and liaison work with the goal of improving patient medication and treatment adherence. Based on trainee experience and level of expertise, evaluations are conducted at the rate of approximately two evaluations per month. Fellows may also have the option to participate or engage in various ongoing research projects at the center or to conduct group trainings for families and/or medical fellows.

Fellowship training focuses on a developmental model of assessment. Experiences include clinical work, didactics, and research. Upon completion of the fellowship, trainees gain the necessary clinical and research skills for independent practice in pediatric neuropsychology, as well as the knowledge base to pursue board certification in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP-CN).

Formal didactics and professional development opportunities include attendance at weekly Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds and case conferences at the Child Study Center (CSC), as well as child and adolescent psychology and NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center seminars. Fellows also have the opportunity to receive formal training in autism spectrum assessment tools, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2). Fellows also have opportunities to provide supervision to predoctoral trainees and consultations to psychiatry residents with the support of a faculty supervisor and options to engage in other clinical experiences during their second year, including organizational skills training and remediation, parent­–child interaction therapy, and family therapy.

Clinical Research

Neuropsychology postdoctoral fellows engage in clinical research projects within the department and through collaborations across the medical center with our team at the Pediatric Diabetes Center. Recent research conducted by the team on the Neuropsychology and Learning Service has been focused on the perceived utility of neuropsychological evaluations, validity of targeted measurement tools and subscales, and on executive functioning and its impact on diabetes medication adherence.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fellows conduct outpatient neuropsychological and educational assessments with children, adolescents, and young adults. All aspects of the assessment process are supervised by licensed staff neuropsychologists.

Opportunities for follow-up care with patients also exists, with the goal of evaluating neuropsychological status and providing recommendations for interventions, treatment and further assessment. Responsibilities also include school consultation and advocacy. Fellows are expected to give presentations at schools and local community organizations. In addition, they serve as consultants to treatment and education services at the Child Study Center.

Opportunities for scholarly activity are promoted. The Child Study Center is a comprehensive child and adolescent mental health center that conducts treatment, research, outreach, and education in the academic Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health.

We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and are taking steps to protect the safety of our providers and patients. Currently, the experiences of this postdoctoral fellowship are available virtually, but some in-person work may be required.

How to Apply

We accept postdoctoral fellowship applications up until December 15, 2022. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and a de-identified neuropsychological evaluation report you completed on a child or adolescent to csc-psychtraining@nyulangone.org. The salary for this position is $58,000-$61,000 and is commensurate with experience. Fellows are also eligible to participate in additional work opportunities at NYU Langone.

All submissions should receive receipt of confirmation within three to five business days. If you do not receive a confirmation, kindly resubmit your application. NYU Langone Health is an equal opportunity and affirmative action Employer. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. We encourage submission at the earliest possible date. Interviews are offered virtually, with the possibility of an in-person option, and will be scheduled for January through early February.