Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Brant VanOrman, Program Director
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Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Neuropsychology Fellowship at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is designed to prepare Fellows for specialty practice in clinical neuropsychology.

Conforms to Houston Conference Guidelines

The program prepares residents in accordance with the guidelines of the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology.  The fellowship meets the training and preparation requirements for fellows to become eligible for ABPP Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology.  Specifically:

  • The faculty includes 4 neuropsychologists, 1 of whom is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through ABPP.
  • Training is provided at Pine Rest, a fixed site, founded in 1910. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has:
    • 198 inpatient psychiatric beds
    • 18 outpatient clinics in Michigan and 1 in Iowa
    • A research department that includes collaborative work with universities and institute/freestanding research facilities
    • Over 1,800 employees
    • A psychological assessment center providing outpatient, residential, and inpatient psychological and neuropsychological consultations. This center is staffed by 15 fully licensed psychologists, including 4 neuropsychologists. Most fellowship services and supervision are provided through this center.
  • Fellows work with and consult with staff psychiatrists, general physicians, licensed psychologists, and social workers within Pine Rest and the community.
  • Fellows at Pine Rest collaborate with other medical learners, including Pine Rest’s psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as predoctoral psychology interns in Pine Rest’s APA-accredited internship program.
  • Residents spend significant portions of time in the provision of clinical services, as well as educational activities and clinical research.

Fellows are Trained to Meet the Competencies of Clinical Neuropsychology

Upon completion of the program, fellows will demonstrate the following core competencies and objectives:

  1. Skills in Neuropsychological Assessment—including chart review, interview and history, behavioral observations, test administration and scoring, feedback to patient/family, report preparation, consultation with referral sources, and follow-up.
  2. Knowledge of Basic Neurosciences—including competent working knowledge of functional neuroanatomy and psychopharmacology.
  3. Knowledge of Neurobehavioral Syndromes—including competent working knowledge of neurobehavioral syndromes and their correlates.
  4. Ability to interpret and integrate Neuroimaging and ancillary diagnostic procedures.
  5. Appreciation of issues pertaining to Lifespan Development.
  1. Ability to establish and maintain a Therapeutic Working Alliance.
  2. Ability to utilize evidence-based practice in the selection of appropriate therapeutic interventions.
  3. Competence in the delivery of Appropriate Therapeutic Techniques for specific clinical concerns.
  1. Timeliness and Availability to treatment teams.
  2. Provision of Relevant Information in a concise and effective manner.
  3. Helpfulness in Consultation with Multidisciplinary Teams.
  1. Evaluates and Utilizes Current Literature and Research in the selection of assessment and intervention techniques.
  2. Completes an Applied Clinical Research project to present to professional audience.
  1. Effective in Teaching psychology trainees (predoctoral interns) and other, non-psychology trainees.
  2. Proficient in the Supervision of psychology trainees.
  1. Knowledge and adherence to psychological standards of Ethical Practice and relevant regulations and law.
  2. Awareness of culturally best practices and value of Individual Differences and Cultural Humility.
  3. Effective Participation in Teams consisting of other clinical professionals and non-clinical staff.

Located in Beautiful Grand Rapids and West Michigan

All internship rotations are located in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, one of the hottest locations for new medical development. Over two billion dollars has been spent since 2005 to enhance the Grand Rapids Medical Mile which is home to the Van Andel Institute (a world-class primary research facility), Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids Community College’s Calkins Science Center, Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital complex and Grand Valley State University’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

The city of Grand Rapids features a bustling downtown with many restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, museums and sports venues in a renewed and thriving downtown. Grand Rapids has a burgeoning art scene including ArtPrize (a three week, three square mile art competition), symphony, theater, opera, live music and much more. Housing is very affordable in Grand Rapids and surrounding neighborhoods, and there are excellent school districts in the immediate area.

West Michigan puts you close to miles of sugar sand beaches along Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore – recently named the Most Beautiful Place in America by Good Morning America. Recreational opportunities for water sports, beach going and sports fishing abound at hundreds of inland lakes as well as over 3,000 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes. The state also has hundreds of miles of bike trails, championship golf courses, camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing and more.

downtown Grand Rapids riverfront