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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

The Division of Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health is an integral part of the interdisciplinary Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Emory University Medical School. Housed in the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine on the Emory Medical School campus, the Division provides neuropsychological services to a 56-bed inpatient adult rehabilitation hospital with dedicated stroke, brain injury, spinal cord, orthopedic, day hospital, and outpatient programs. Consults are also received from various departments within the Medical School including Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurology, the Emory Epilepsy Center, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, and Cardiac Surgery. Services include neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, individual psychotherapy, behavioral health interventions, and amobarbital testing and cortical mapping in seizure surgery candidates. Faculty provide consultation to interdisciplinary teams on cognitive and behavioral disorders and play a vital role in developing rehabilitation programs for persons recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumor surgery, and other conditions affecting the central nervous system. Neuropsychology faculty also maintain an active research program and serve as project directors or consultants on a number of federal grants.

Adult Neuropsychology Residency.  The postdoctoral residency in adult neuropsychology meets International Neuropsychological Society/American Psychological Association Division 40 training guidelines. The program has been approved for affiliation by APPCN. Neuropsychology residents only participate in the Emory University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology during the second year of their residency.

The residency provides two years of intensive training and supervised clinical experience in neuropsychological diagnosis, cognitive rehabilitation, and team consultation. Neuropsychological assessments incorporate both quantitative and qualitative approaches to testing and are focused on the diagnosis of cognitive syndromes, the specification of functional strengths and weaknesses, and the development of detailed and practical recommendations for patient rehabilitation. The approach to cognitive rehabilitation emphasizes the enhancement of real world performance using compensatory aids and strategies. Residents conduct neuropsychological examinations (including Wada testing and corticol mapping assessments), provide feedback to patients and family members, provide consultation to rehabilitation teams, develop and carry out cognitive rehabilitation programs, and acquire supervisory skills as they work with practicum students and technicians. Optional supervised psychotherapy experiences also are available.

In addition to receiving individual supervision, residents participate in a variety of conferences and seminars including Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry Grand Rounds, as well as Neuropsychology Case Seminar, Epilepsy Case Conference, and Neuropathology Rounds.  Residents are involved in research and are expected to develop a research idea by the end of the first year and to conduct a study during the second year. Residents are provided with supervised grant writing experience.