About our department:
Our neuropsychology department’s goal is to provide high-quality neuropsychological assessment and consultation for children while generating empirically based neuropsychological research. The neuropsychology department consists of 11 neuropsychologists, two psychometrists and two postdoctoral fellows, as well as rotating predoctoral interns from the Emory University School of Medicine Doctoral Internship Program. The department supports other programs in both hospitals, including rehabilitation, sports medicine, neurosurgery and neurology. It also works with outside physicians and various clinics, such as the Genetics, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurofibromatosis Clinics, to coordinate an optimal care plan for each patient.
About the externship:
As an extern in the neuropsychology department, you will rotate throughout the training year with two different supervisors, spending one to two days a week in the department. Along with your supervisor, you may participate in initial parent interviews, and you will spend much of your time administering and scoring psychological tests. Your supervisor will meet with you to review evaluation results, and help you develop a neuropsychological report. You and your supervisor may also meet with parents to review test results in detail and help address parent questions and concerns.
In addition to acquiring clinical externship hours and gaining exposure to many neurological conditions, students are also encouraged to attend a weekly neuropsychology student meeting. This meeting is coordinated by neuropsychology fellows and designed to meet the interests and needs of externs, with relevant topics such as testing, learning more about common diagnoses and having a better understanding of test data and factors that impact testing. During the last part of the student seminar, students will present a case from their externship experience. Students might also have the opportunity to work with their supervisors to gather research or clinical case information in an area of neuropsychological interest and present at a national conference.
After completion of the one-year diagnostic externship, students can choose to apply for the department’s additional learning opportunities to further their education and increase their competitiveness for post graduate level experiences. Additional opportunities include: