Psychiatry and Psychological Services: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology

Program Overview

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (CMCD) is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology and adheres to the Houston Conference standards and model for specialty training in clinical neuropsychology.  The objective of the Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship is to provide training in neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents with a wide range of developmental disorders and medical conditions that impact the central nervous system.  The fellowship is designed to provide trainees with the experience required for state licensure and to meet American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) certification eligibility requirements for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology.
Fellowship training is divided between clinical, didactic, and research activities. To enhance diversity of training experiences, year one of fellowship is completed at the CMC Dallas campus, while year two is completed at the CMC Legacy campus in nearby Plano, Texas. At both sites, the training emphasis is clinical, comprising approximately 70% of the resident’s time, with the remainder of time focused on didactic and research activities. The fellow will conduct approximately two evaluations per week and is provided opportunities for supervision of research and clinical work with various faculty members. Evaluations are completed with a wide range of patient populations including epilepsy, cancer, neurofibromatosis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, sickle cell disease, demyelinating diseases, and developmental disabilities. During year one, fellows provide weekly consultative services in the CMCD Neuro-Oncology and Neurofibromatosis Clinics. During year two, fellows participate in Concussion and Cochlear Implant Clinics, and have opportunity for consultation on the medical floor.  Additional clinical experiences are available including those in the CMCD Concussion, Cochlear Implant, Epilepsy Surgery, Demyelinating Diseases, and Pediatric Stroke clinics. Clinical opportunities in therapeutic intervention, cognitive rehabilitation, parent training, and social skills groups are also available. Didactic opportunities are offered across CMCD and University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical School. Training experiences include weekly neuropsychology didactics as well as weekly postdoctoral seminars, group supervision, and didactics on various topics offered through the broader CMCD Postdoctoral Program in Child Clinical Psychology. Fellows will also participate in research with opportunities to develop original research projects and/or participate in ongoing projects.

Application and Selection Process

Applications for the 2014-2016 training year will be due by January 15, 2014. Please see our Application Process page for detailed instructions.

For more information about the neuropsychology fellowship, please contact:

Lana Harder, Ph.D., ABPP

Clinical Neuropsychology Program Faculty

Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Stavinoha is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center and manages the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center.  He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology.  Dr. Stavinoha’s clinical interests include cognitive and educational implications for a variety of pediatric neurocognitive disorders and neuropathological processes including traumatic brain injury and concussion, central nervous system cancers, epilepsy, and stroke.  Dr. Stavinoha currently participates in a variety of research including projects investigating outcomes from TBI, stroke, childhood brain tumor, and neurofibromatosis.

Christine L. Castillo, PhD, ABPP, LSSP
Dr. Castillo is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology, holds the National Certification in School Psychology, and is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, with related interests in facilitating successful school transitions and experiences for children with complex medical issues. Her areas of clinical interest include head injuries, central nervous system cancers, epilepsy, stroke, and complex psychiatric presentations. Dr. Castillo participates in a broad range of clinical activities, including neuropsychological evaluation, consultation/liaison services to inpatient medical floors and clinics, outpatient psychotherapy, family therapy, and parent training. Research interests include cognitive outcomes for children with concussion, psychosocial outcomes for children with hearing loss, and developmental outcomes for premature and term infants.

Paul C. Glasier, PhD
Dr. Glasier is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. As a provider in the CMCD Neuropsychology Service, he conducts neuropsychological evaluations of pediatric patients with a variety of medical disorders affecting the central nervous system. Specific clinical interests include inpatient and outpatient evaluation of epilepsy, cardiac disease, and traumatic brain injury. He regularly provides pre- and post-surgical evaluative and consultative services to families and physicians through the CMCD Epilepsy Surgery Program. Research activities include diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) correlates of neuropsychological functioning in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Lana Harder, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Harder is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics and currently serves as the Neuropsychology Training Director at CMCD.  She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of pediatric patients, from infancy to young adults, with disorders of the central nervous system.  Dr. Harder serves as the neuropsychologist for the CMCD Pediatric Demyelinating Diseases Clinic.  Research interests include cognitive and psychosocial outcomes for pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis (TM), acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), and neuromyelitis optica (NMO).  Dr. Harder also participates in a multi-site longitudinal investigation on the impact of cancer and its treatment on early development in infants and toddlers. 

Alison Wilkinson-Smith, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Wilkinson-Smith is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.  She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and provides neuropsychological evaluations of pediatric patients of all ages through the Neuropsychology Service at CMCD and also through the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.  Her clinical interests include therapeutic and collaborative assessment techniques, autism spectrum and other social competence disorders, and neuropsychological assessment in the context of complex psychosocial issues.  Research interests include the effects of neuropsychological evaluation on parenting stress, the differential diagnosis of autism spectrum and emotional disorders, and the effectiveness of social skills groups for children with autism spectrum and related disorders.