About our department
The goal of the neuropsychology department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is to provide high-quality neuropsychological assessment and consultation for children while also generating empirically based neuropsychological research. The 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 our hospitals, including rehabilitation, sports medicine, neurosurgery and neurology. We also work 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 at Children’s, 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 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 like 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 experiences. 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 may choose to apply for the department’s additional learning opportunities to further their education and increase their competitiveness for postgraduate-level experiences.
Additional opportunities include:
What does the training schedule look like?
The training year for the Pediatric Neuropsychology Externship begins mid-August and ends mid-June, although some students choose to begin over the summer and conclude in December. Students are given vacation time for Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break and some additional major holidays. The externship schedule can be modified for each student and can include two full days, one full day or a half day. The day begins at 8 a.m. and ends between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Am I eligible?
Students must be enrolled in a graduate psychology program, with relevant programs being clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology, school or educational psychology, and counseling. Students must have already taken the basic assessment course offered in the training programs. If there are questions regarding eligibility for this program, students should contact the clinical director of their program.
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