Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (www.appcn.org) and adheres to the Houston Conference standards and model for specialty training in clinical neuropsychology. The objective of the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology is to provide training in neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents with a wide range of 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 the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) certification eligibility requirements for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology as well as the ABPP Subspecialty Diploma in Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology.
The training emphasis is clinical, comprising most of the fellow’s time, with the remainder of time focused on didactic and research activities. The fellow will conduct approximately two evaluations per week supervised by rotating faculty. Evaluations are completed with a wide range of patient populations including, but not limited to, epilepsy, cancer, hydrocephalus, neurofibromatosis, acquired brain injury (e.g., stroke, TBI, etc.), solid organ transplant, and genetic syndromes. The majority of clinical experiences are provided in outpatient settings, with inpatient evaluation experiences available as well. The fellow will also provide consultative services in the Children’s Neuro-Oncology and Neurofibromatosis clinics. Additional clinical training experiences are available in multi-disciplinary programs dedicated to concussion, epilepsy surgery, cardiology, demyelinating diseases, autoimmune encephalitis, rehabilitation, and functional neurological disorders. Children’s offers a unique training opportunity in the neuropsychological assessment of bilingual (Spanish-English) pediatric patients for bilingual and monolingual fellows.
Educational training experiences include weekly neuropsychology didactics (e.g., Neuropsychology Seminar and 2-year ABPP/ABCN Written Exam preparation course) as well as weekly seminars focused on professional development, group supervision, and didactics on various topics offered through the broader Children’s Postdoctoral Program in Child Clinical Psychology. Supplemental didactic opportunities are also offered across Children’s and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (e.g., brain cutting). Additionally, fellows will participate in a research and/or program development project, with opportunities to develop original projects or participate in ongoing projects with faculty members.
Application and Selection Procedures
Qualified applicants will have completed a doctoral degree in an APA/CPA-accredited clinical, school, or counseling psychology program. Completion of an APA/CPA-accredited pre-doctoral internship is also required. Candidates should have extensive experience working with children and adolescents and experience in neuropsychological assessment. Successful dissertation defense is required prior to commencement of postdoctoral training.
Applicants for the postdoctoral fellowship are asked to submit the following:
- Letter of interest describing relevant training, work experience, and goals for postdoctoral development. This letter should be no more than two pages single-spaced.
- One copy of a current CV.
- Official doctoral degree graduate school transcript, which may be sent electronically or by mail from the academic institution.
- Two sample neuropsychological evaluation reports with all identifying patient information removed. It is preferred that both reports are pediatric cases.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Doctoral training verification form from APPCN website for candidates who have not completed the doctoral degree at the time of application.
Deadline for receipt of all materials is December 15th. Please send application materials and/or any questions by email to Lana Harder, PhD, ABPP at email@example.com
Interviews are arranged following review of applications and will be held during the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) in February.
The Children’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a participant in the APPCN Resident Matching Program conducted by National Matching Services, Inc. Details regarding the matching process can be obtained at the APPCN website.
Clinical Neuropsychology Program Faculty
Angela Canas, Ph.D.
Dr. Canas is a clinical faculty member in the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Canas conducts neuropsychological evaluations of pediatric patients with an array of complex medical, developmental, and neurological conditions, with an emphasis on bilingual (Spanish/English) patients and those with Neurofibromatosis, Type I (NF1). Her clinical interests include increasing the quality of care provided to Spanish-speaking families and establishing a method by which to determine the need for consultation versus comprehensive evaluation in patients with NF1. Her research interests primarily involve the cognitive, academic, and psychosocial outcomes associated with NF1. Dr. Canas is actively involved in various professional organizations and participates in the education and clinical supervision of trainees.
Jordan Constance, Ph.D.
Dr. Constance is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Health. She completed her Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at Michigan Medicine. She works primarily within the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on the pediatric inpatient rehabilitation unit at Our Children’s House to treat and assess children and adolescents with acquired brain injuries and other neurological conditions. She has a special interest in early childhood development and neurodevelopmental assessment. Dr. Constance is involved in various professional organizations and participates in the education and clinical supervision of trainees.
Lana Harder, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Harder is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics and is the Neuropsychology Training Director at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and is a board certified Specialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Research interests include pediatric teleneuropsychological assessment, brain imaging correlates of neuropsychological functioning in transverse myelitis, and longitudinal cognitive and psychosocial outcomes for pediatric multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, and neuromyelitis optica. She also participates in a multi-site longitudinal investigation on the impact of cancer and its treatment on early development in infants and toddlers. Dr. Harder serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and participates in the clinical and research supervision of doctoral students and fellows.
Alice Ann Holland, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Holland is a Board Certified Neuropsychologist and the Research Director for the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center Dallas (CMCD). She also is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) and is credentialed with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Dr. Holland heads an active clinical research program investigating genetic and intrapersonal factors influencing neurocognitive outcomes in medically complex children, adolescents, and young adults, with a particular focus on pediatric oncology and rare brain diseases. Dr. Holland is the neuropsychologist for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) at CMCD, and her clinical interests also include rare conditions such as empyema, opsoclonus-myoclonus, and infrequent genetic disorders. Through her leadership roles in the Texas Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the Inter-Organizational Practice Committee, Dr. Holland also provides education and training to students and fellows interested in legislative advocacy—an activity essential to protecting the profession of psychology. Dr. Holland has been the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Texas Psychological Association, and Dallas Psychological Association.
Daniel Horton, Ph.D.
Dr. Horton is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Health and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Horton conducts outpatient neuropsychological evaluations of medically complex children and adolescents and serves as one of the primary providers of neuropsychological services for concussion patients at Children’s Health. He also conducts inpatient neuropsychological evaluations through the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) as part of the interdisciplinary workup to determine candidacy for epilepsy surgery. Research interests include neuropsychological outcomes in pediatric epilepsy and other neurological disorders. Dr. Horton is involved in supervision of pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows.
Mark Lott, Ph.D.
Dr. Lott is a clinical faculty member in the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Health Medical Center in Dallas. He completed his Ph.D. at Brigham Young University and his two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He primarily works in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, specializing in evaluating and treating patients with acquired brain injuries (e.g., Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Encephalitis) and other neurologic conditions. He has a special clinical interest in cognitive rehabilitation and his research focuses on evaluating the impact of everyday lifestyle factors (e.g., physical activity, sleep, diet) on the neurocognitive development of children and adolescents. Dr. Lott is involved in various professional organizations and participates in the education and clinical supervision of trainees.
Joy Neumann, Psy.D.
Dr. Neumann is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. As a bilingual provider in the Children’s Medical Center Dallas Neuropsychology Service, she evaluates the neurocognitive and psychosocial functioning of English and/or Spanish-speaking children with developmental, neurological, and medical conditions. To help better serve the Spanish-speaking pediatric populations, she also facilitates their participation in studies researching the neurocognitive outcomes of acquired or developmental neurological injuries/conditions, and helps to disseminate psychoeducational information to families.
Marsha Siebenmorgen, Ph.D.
Dr. Siebenmorgen conducts neuropsychological evaluations of pediatric patients with an array of complex medical, developmental, and neurological conditions, with an emphasis on mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)/concussion. Her research interests include pediatric concussion symptom and recovery as well as treatment adherence among children with complex medical conditions. Her clinical interests include establishing a method to determine the need for consultation versus comprehensive evaluations in patients. Her approach includes working with children and families to develop an understanding of the multiple levels of individual and psychosocial factors that may contribute to an individual child’s functioning in order to provide intervention recommendations to support optimal developmental outcomes.
Andrea Wahlberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Wahlberg is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is the pediatric neuropsychologist for Children’s Health, Children’s Medical Center in Plano. She is credentialed with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Wahlberg provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of pediatric patients with a wide variety of medical and developmental conditions which affect neurocognitive and psychosocial functioning. Her clinical and research interests include pediatric concussion and the development and implementation of a brief neuropsychological screening battery for this population. Dr. Wahlberg also participates in the clinical and research supervision of doctoral students, interns, and post-doctoral fellows.
Alison Wilkinson-Smith, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Wilkinson-Smith is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and is a board certified Specialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. Wilkinson-Smith provides neuropsychological evaluations of pediatric patients of all ages through the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and also through the outpatient psychiatry clinic. She provides consultation to the Pediatric Neuroimmunology 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 effectiveness of therapeutic and collaborative assessment techniques and neuropsychological sequelae of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.