Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service

APPIC #118317

Note: This placement will not be offered during the 2014-15 training year due to the academic leave of the primary faculty advisor.

Overview

One doctoral psychology fellow selected for a 12-month primary placement within the Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service of the Connecticut Mental Health Center and the Department of Psychiatry. Neuropsychological assessment experience is additionally acquired within clinical research settings.

Placement Options

Primary placement full year: Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessment Service. The majority of the supervised experience occurs in the Connecticut Mental Health Center. In addition, fellows gain experience in additional settings that include:

  • A Parkinson’s disease and dementia (primarily Alzheimer’s Disease) clinical research facility (one half day per week).
  • Yale Department of Psychiatry Neuropsychological Assessment Service - handling of referrals from the broader community (year long).
  • Assessments in various research protocols and settings (year long).

Number of Interns

Primary Placement: 1

The Settings

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 Yale Department of Psychiatry Neuropsychological Assessment Service offers services to diverse settings via clinical and research contracts, and handles adult clinical and forensic referrals from the broader community.

The Internship

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. Interns participate in the neuropsychological components of research studies within CMHC, the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and neighboring research institutions.

Evidence-Based Practices

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.

Scholarly Activity

The nature of scholarly activity engaged in 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 intern and supervisor are an additional possibility.

Faculty

Keith Hawkins Psy.D. Primary Supervisor
Anna Resnick Ph.D. Supervisor

Supervision

Intensive supervision of all neuropsychological and psychological assessment activity is provided. Fellows receive ongoing feedback during the internship from their advisor and supervisors. After completion of the year at Yale, fellows have typically gone on to neuropsychological postdoctoral placements in either neurological or neuropsychiatric settings. Several now hold faculty appointments in neuropsychology at various universities (e.g., Harvard, Brown, and Dartmouth among numerous others).

Seminars

In addition to the core seminars offered to all fellows, Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service fellows participate in a neuropsychological seminar throughout the year covering procedures, interpretation, brain-behavior relations, neuropsychological theory, neuropsychiatric conditions, and psychometric issues. Fellows also typically attend elective seminars within the School of Medicine (e.g., on dementia, imaging, etc, or in neuropsychiatry and psychopathology more broadly).

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 keith.hawkins@yale.edu.