OF THE CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY TRACK
Clinical Neuropsychology Track is a one-year
program designed to provide extensive clinical
training and lay the foundation for academic
careers in neuropsychology. The goal is to provide
interns with supervised training experiences that
enhance their professional development in
assessment, psychiatric and neurologic diagnosis,
neuropsychology research, and general competency in
clinical psychology. This track is
developmentally-oriented and trainees will gain
experience with both child and adult
Clinical training takes place in outpatient settings at MGH. The core of clinical
training takes place in the Psychology Assessment
Center (PAC) at MGH. Interns will gain experiences
in outpatient neuropsychological assessment of
children and adults. Interns will spend
approximately 18 hours per week in the PAC,
including supervised neuropsychological assessments
and report writing.
One goal of this internship is to further the
intern's general training in clinical psychology,
especially in relation to the ability to diagnose
mental disorders and make referrals for appropriate
treatment. With this goal in mind, interns are
provided with supervised experiences in emergency
consultation and psychiatric diagnosis. Trainees
will spend 4 hours per week evaluating and
assessing emergency walk-in patients in the MGH
Acute Psychiatry Service (APS). Interns will be
supervised by attending psychiatrists and will work
closely with psychiatry residents and other
psychology interns. In addition, interns will spend
approximately 4 hours per week conducting
supervised clinical psychology diagnostic
evaluations of inpatients in the Blake-11 Inpatient
Psychiatric Unit and outpatients in the PAC.
1) APS-Experience Meeting This seminar
provides an opportunity for interns to review and
discuss their training experience and clinical work
in the APS. Meetings are held weekly throughout the
summer and then follow a biweekly schedule for the
remainder of the academic year (Drs. Mark Blais and
2) Proseminar This year-long weekly
seminar serves several functions. It provides a
format for the presentation and discussion of
numerous professional issues relevant to interns in
all four tracks. In addition to a wide range of
content areas (e.g. the diagnosis and treatment of
substance abuse, HIV, sleep disorders, managed
care, etc.), special topics such as ethics,
confidentiality laws and transition to practice are
also covered. Presentations from speakers within
the hospital and the greater Boston area who are
involved in "cutting edge" work in psychological
practice and research are an integral component of
this seminar. Also, monthly meetings are set aside
for discussions with the Training Director (Dr.
3) Research Lab Meetings The intern may
attend lab meetings of his/her primary research
mentor. The frequency of meetings varies by
4. Child Psychology Seminar: This weekly seminar provides an opportunity to discuss relevant issues in child psychology. The course includes a wide range of content areas (e.g., diagnosis, treatment, normal child development, the role of allied health professionals, current research) and provides the opportunity for child interns and fellows to present and discuss cases. (Dr. Braaten)
Numerous elective seminars and experiences are
available. Some examples include:
1) Dissertation Seminar This seminar
provides a forum for interns to receive support and
consultation in completing their dissertations. The
goal is to provide an integration of clinical and
research activities, and to help produce Boulder
Model clinicians capable of conducting clinical
research. This seminar is strongly recommended for
interns who have not yet completed their
dissertations as well as trainees interested in
obtaining assistance with publishing their
dissertations and/or other research projects. This
seminar has scheduled meetings twice per month with
the option of individualized meetings with the
instructor as needed throughout the year (Dr. Lee
2) Psychopharmacology Conference This
conference involves psychopharmacologists from the
Outpatient Psychiatry Department presenting on the
latest in medication treatments for psychiatric
disorders. Biological and medical models for
specific disorders, the treatment outcome
literature and relevant dosages and side effects in
the treatment of various disorders are presented.
This conference helps assure that the intern is
aware of the range of available drug treatments,
the effectiveness of these treatments, common side
effects, and common dosages that will be
encountered in professional and research practice.
(MGH Psychiatry Staff).
3) Human Nervous System and Behavior Interns may attend lectures from this course, which
is the core neuroscience course for second year
medical students at Harvard Medical School (HMS).
It is held at the main HMS campus (connected via
4) fMRI Brain Mapping Seminar This seminar
meets weekly during the academic year. Faculty,
from inside and outside MGH, present functional
imaging research and describe recent advances in
technology. This meeting is held in the MGH
research facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard
(connected via shuttle bus).
5) Other Neuropsychology Electives There
are numerous other elective experiences available
through the Departments of Psychiatry and
Neurology. Examples include: Clinical neuroimaging
conference, brain cuttings, WADA testing (in
children and adults), opportunities to observe
neurosurgery, behavioral neurology conference, and
Psychiatry and Neurology Grand Rounds.
6) MGH Psychology Internship Electives There are also elective experiences available
through the core internship program.
MGH Neuropsychology Faculty:
- Cathy Leveroni , Ph.D. Track Director, Neuropsychology; epilepsy;funtional neuroimaging
Ellen Braaten, Ph.D. Pediatric neuropsychology; learning disabilities.
Mark Blais, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, personality assessment.
Gretchen Felopulos, Ph.D. Pediatric neuropsychology.
Amy Morgan, Ph.D. Pediatric Epilepsy
Dennis Norman, Ed.D., ABPP-Cl. Developmental/Clinical Psychology, personality assessment.
Lauren Pollak, Ph.D. Neuropsychology; movement disorders.
Margaret Pulsifer, Ph.D. Tuberous Sclerosis, Pediatric Oncology.
Janet Sherman, Ph.D. Pediatric neuropsychology; developmental language and learning disabilities.
Gretchen Timmel, M.Ed. School Consultation
Postdoctoral Training Opportunities:
The internship year is a first step in professional training in clinical neuropsychology. Additional postdoctoral training will be required to complete specialization as a clinical neuropsychologist. Interns will be encouraged to apply to the two-year joint program in clinical neuropsychology offered by MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital. This program is accredited by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN). Interns can also apply to other programs of their choosing and entry into the MGH/Brigham fellowship is neither mandatory nor guaranteed. One goal of the internship is to produce trainees who will be competitive for any postdoctoral program.
Track Summary and Approximate Hours:
1) Clinical Experience (approx. 28-32 hours/week)
a) Outpatient Neuropsychological Assessment: MGH Psychology Assessment Center (15-20hrs/week)
b) Clinical CBT Psychotherapy: WACC Outpatient Dept. ( 2hrs/week)
c) Emergency Psychiatric Service: MGH Acute Psychiatry Service (APS; 4hrs/week)
2) Research (approx. 4 hours/week)
a) Mentored research experiences: Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (4 hrs/week)
3) Seminars ( 3-5 hours/week)
a) APS-Experience Meeting (Weekly in summer, then biweekly)
b) Proseminar (Weekly)
c) Research Lab Meetings (Frequency varies by group)
d) Child Psychology Seminar (weekly)
- 4) Electives
a) Dissertation Seminar (Biweekly)
b) Psychopharmacology Conference (Weekly)
c) Harvard Medical School Clinical Case Conference (Weekly)
d) Human Nervous System and Behavior (Core neuroscience course at Harvard Medical School)
e) fMRI Brain Mapping Seminar (Weekly)
f) Other Neuropsychology Electives (Individually determined)
g) MGH Psychology Internship Core Electives (Individually determined)