• Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
  • 617-667-4074

The Cognitive Neurology Unit (CNU) at BIDMC welcomes advanced doctoral students in psychology seeking experience in clinical neuropsychology.  The CNU is an outpatient clinic staffed by an interdisciplinary team of neuropsychologists, neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, social workers, and trainees from all disciplines.  Specialty clinics include: Concussion and TBI Clinic, Clinic for Executive Function, Attention and Related Disorders, Brain Fit Club, Academic Skills Assessment Program, Memory A2Z Program, and Latino Mental Health Program.  Neuropsychological evaluation is an integral part of all treatment teams.   Therapeutically focused evaluations are provided to adult patients with a variety of neurological problems including learning and attention disorders, head injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and neurodegenerative disorders. The CNU practicum is designed to promote mastery of skills in all areas of neuropsychological evaluation, including interviewing, testing, scoring, report writing, and providing patient feedback.  The practicum trainee is involved in assessment of two to three patients per week.  Additional clinical activities include cognitive remediation and therapy groups coordinated through the Brain Fit Club.  Academic expectations include presenting patients at weekly rounds and participation in didactic seminars.  Up to two hours of weekly supervision and didactics is provided.  Although the practicum is designed with a clinical emphasis, research opportunities are available for interested students able to commit additional time on site.  Experience with personality and projective testing is also available to interested students.  The practicum is unpaid and is a 12 month training program (July 1st – June 30th); a twelve month commitment is required.  Preference is given to students with prior experience and/or a strong interest in neuropsychology.

Expectations for practicum students:

  • Mastery of test administration and scoring during the early months of the practicum
  • Complete scoring/data sheet and behavioral observations on each case
  • Report writing responsibilities (two reports/month)
  • Attend and present at CNU/CNBS Grand Rounds (Wed 3-5)
  • Attend and present at weekly neuropsychology seminar (Wed 2-3)
  • Attend weekly supervisory sessions with primary supervisor
  • Co-lead at least one cognitive remediation group

Optional experiences (and participation is strongly encouraged):

  • Weekly BIDMC Neurology Grand Rounds (Wed 9:30-10:30)
  • Weekly Neuropsychology Seminar through MMHC/BIDMC postdoctoral program in neuropsychology (available depending on number of students) (Thurs 9-10:30)
  • Weekly Neuroscience Seminar (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Thurs 12-1)

For further information about the program, contact Dr. Margaret O’Connor, ABPP/ABCN, Director of Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neurology Unit, at 617-667-8968.