Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service
Two predoctoral psychology interns are selected for a 12-month primary placement within the Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service of the Connecticut Mental Health Center and the Department of Psychiatry. Neuropsychological assessment experience is additionally acquired within clinical research settings.
Primary placement full year: Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessment Service, Connecticut Mental Health Center.
Secondary placements: Interns are placed within the following settings. There is not a choice of a secondary placement per se; rather, both fellows spend time on a weekly basis in the following facilities:
- A Parkinson’s disease and dementia (primarily Alzheimer’s Disease) clinical research facility (one day per week for 6 months).
- Yale Department of Psychiatry Neuropsychological Assessment Service - handling of referrals from the broader community (year long).
- Assessments in various research protocols and settings (year long).
Number of Interns
Primary Placement: 2
The CMHC Inpatient Division accepts both voluntary and involuntary adult psychiatric admissions. The Outpatient and related divisions of CMHC treat large numbers of adult psychiatric patients annually. The Yale Department of Psychiatry Neuropsychological Assessment Service offers services to diverse settings via clinical and research contracts, and handles adult clinical and forensic referrals from the broader community.
The major focus is on the development of neuropsychological assessment and consultation skills. This involves liaison with multidisciplinary teams, integration of diverse clinical data (patient history, medical, interview, and test results), and the communication of findings/recommendations. Consultations involve both inpatient and outpatient cases. Interns participate in the neuropsychological components of research studies within CMHC, the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and neighboring research institutions.
The nature of scholarly activity engaged in varies according to funded research at the time of the internship, but typically includes the opportunity to analyze existing datasets and participate in the publication of findings. Collaborations on literature reviews or meta-analyses on topics of mutual interest to the intern and supervisor are an additional possibility.
Intensive supervision of all neuropsychological assessment activity is provided. Interns receive ongoing feedback during the internship from their advisor and supervisors. After completion of the year at Yale, interns have typically gone on to neuropsychological postdoctoral placements in either neurological or neuropsychiatric settings. Several now hold faculty appointments in neuropsychology at various universities (e.g., Harvard, Brown, and Dartmouth).
In addition to the core seminars offered to all interns, Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service interns participate in a neuropsychological seminar throughout the year covering procedures, interpretation, brain-behavior relations and neuropsychological theory, neuropsychiatric conditions, psychometric issues, and ongoing research projects. Interns also typically attend elective seminars within the School of Medicine (e.g., on dementia, imaging, etc, or in neuropsychiatry and psychopathology more broadly).
For Further Information
If you have a specific question regarding the Neuropsychological & Psychological Assessment Service training option, please contact Dr. Keith Hawkins preferably by telephone at (203) 974-7831, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.