Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service
One doctoral psychology fellow will be selected for a 12-month primary placement within the Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service. Approximately 90% of the assessment experience will occur at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) with 10% at the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders, which is a research facility.
Primary Placement: 1
The CMHC Inpatient Division accepts both voluntary and involuntary adult psychiatric admissions. The CMHC Outpatient and related divisions of CMHC treat large numbers of adult psychiatric patients annually. The Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders is a private research facility that primarily conducts movement disorder research. Experiences in each of these settings provide the fellow with comprehensive training in neuropsychological and psychological assessment and related consultation.
The major focus is on the development of neuropsychological assessment and consultation skills. This involves liaison with multidisciplinary teams, integration of diverse clinical data (patient history, medical, interview, and test results), and the communication of findings/recommendations. Consultations involve both inpatient and outpatient cases. Fellows may also participate in the neuropsychological components of research studies within CMHC, the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and neighboring research institutions.
After completion of the year at Yale, fellows have typically gone on to neuropsychological postdoctoral placements in either neurological or neuropsychiatric settings. Some have remained as research postdoctoral fellows at Yale. Several now hold faculty appointments in neuropsychology at various universities (e.g., Harvard, Brown, and Dartmouth, among numerous others).
A wide variety of evidence-based assessment instruments are used within this placement. Fellow exposure to and experience with these instruments is influenced by the clinical cases that present for evaluation. The instruments available within the placement are listed in this document that can also be downloaded from the right-hand column of this page.
The nature of scholarly activity varies according to funded research at the time of the internship, but typically includes the opportunity to analyze existing datasets and participate in the publication of findings. Collaborations on literature reviews or meta-analyses on topics of mutual interest to the fellow and supervisor are an additional possibility.
Intensive supervision of all neuropsychological and psychological assessment activity is provided. Fellows receive ongoing feedback during the internship from their advisor and supervisors.
In addition to the core seminar series, Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service fellows participate in a neuropsychological seminar throughout the year at a neighboring institution. Fellows also typically attend elective seminars within the School of Medicine (e.g., on dementia, neuroimaging, or in neuropsychiatry and psychopathology more broadly), and may attend human brain dissection sessions with Yale neuropathologists.
Applicants should have a strong (preferably primary) interest in psychiatric conditions.
For Further Information
If you have a specific question regarding the Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service training option, please contact Dr. Keith Hawkins preferably by telephone at (203) 974-7831, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.