The postdoctoral training experience is divided into 60 percent clinical service and 40 percent research and didactics throughout the course of the two-year Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship.
Clinical service activities are devoted exclusively to neuropsychological assessment and evaluation for the first six months of the fellowship. After the first six months, clinical training beyond neuropsychological assessment is available through elective rotations.
Fellows are supervised directly by faculty on each clinical case.
Patients in the clinical neuropsychology service present with a variety of adult neurocognitive disorders, including:
- Degenerative brain diseases
- Cerebrovascular disorders
- Infectious diseases
- Autoimmune and rheumatologic conditions
- Epileptic and nonepileptic seizure disorders
- Psychiatric conditions
- Hepatic encephalopathy
- Neoplastic disorders
- Neurosurgical conditions
- General medical conditions affecting behavior and cognition
- Learning disabilities and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
There are many opportunities to learn about the cognitive, behavioral and emotional symptoms of neurological and complex medical illnesses, and to become involved in treatment formulation, recommendations, and patient and family education. Training in the Wada test for presurgical epilepsy patients also is available.
The Division of Psychology is staffed by a team of psychometrists who are available to assist fellows who have demonstrated competence in test administration and scoring. All cases are supervised by a licensed psychologist. Consultation is also readily available with specialists in neurology, psychiatry, sleep disorders, neuroradiology, neurosurgery and neuropathology.
Clinical opportunities in personality assessment, outpatient cognitive-behavioral therapy, rehabilitation psychology and behavioral medicine also are available particularly as they relate to adjustment to medical illness, cancer, chronic pain and weight management.
Our fellows have participated in caregiver education and support groups, as well as elective rotations in behavioral neurology, movement disorders, epilepsy, neuro-oncology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, neurological rehabilitation and sleep medicine.
Off-site rotations (optional)
Clinical neuropsychology fellows have the opportunity to spend one month training with the neuropsychology faculty at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, or campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. This off-site rotation is available to provide additional training opportunities commensurate with the individual training goals of the fellow.
Mayo Clinic funds the authorized costs of travel, housing and auto rental fees associated with this rotation.
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, research center meetings and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship.
In addition, Mayo Clinic neuropsychologists from all three campuses (Florida, Minnesota and Arizona) meet twice monthly via videoconferencing satellite for didactic and case study presentations.
After your first year of training, you complete a mid-program evaluation, modeled after the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology exam, including a written exam, practice sample review and fact-finding exercise. Results of this evaluation are used to identify specific goals for your second year of training.
Other organized didactic experiences available to neuropsychology fellows include:
- Behavioral Neurology Seminar Series
- Neuroscience Lecture Series
- Neurology and Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
- Neurosurgery Case Conference
- Sleep Disorders Case Conference
- Brain cutting
- Neuropathology Conference
- Medical Grand Rounds
- A formal neuroanatomy course that is telecast via satellite from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
There are also opportunities to join neuropsychology faculty in a variety of clinical care conferences and team meetings, which include the Epilepsy Case Conference, Mayo Clinic in Florida Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic, and Mayo's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Case Conference.
Fellows meet with program faculty regularly throughout the Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship to review individualized training goals and identify and prioritize the didactic experiences that best facilitate those goals.
As a neuropsychology fellow, you organize and carry out at least one independent neuropsychological research project during the two-year fellowship. It is expected that research activity will culminate in presentation at a national conference and publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Research opportunities are available through Mayo Clinic's National Institute on Aging-funded Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease centers, state-funded Memory Disorder Clinic, and a variety of Mayo clinical programs such as the Sleep Disorders Center, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Organ Transplant Program and Epilepsy Surgery Program.
You are encouraged to collaborate with others on additional research projects as time permits.
Fellows receive ongoing informal feedback regarding progress in achieving and demonstrating competence in professional practice, research and ethical standards. Formal progress reports during fellowship are reviewed with fellows quarterly.