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Division of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology

Division of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology is an integral part of the interdisciplinary Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Based largely in the Emory Rehabilitation Hospital (ERH), it is part of Emory Healthcare, which is the largest most-comprehensive health system in Georgia with more than seven hospitals and 1,800 hospital beds. As an academically based medical treatment center and a division of the world-renowned Emory University School of Medicine, we have access to state-of-the-art technologies and the collaborative resources of a full range of specialty and sub-specialty physicians. As the ERH is located on campus of Emory University, the resident has access to exciting opportunities at both Emory University Hospital and Emory University. It includes a 56-bed adult inpatient facility that offers comprehensive inpatient services for Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury, Neurological Disorders, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, and other orthopedic conditions. Additionally, ERH offers comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services for individuals following inpatient rehabilitation. Consults are received from various departments within the Medical School including Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurology, the Emory Epilepsy Center, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurosurgery, and Cardiac Surgery. Services include neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, individual psychotherapy, and behavioral health interventions. 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. Rehabilitation neuropsychology faculty also maintain an active research program and serve as project directors or consultants on federal grants.

The postdoctoral residency in adult neuropsychology meets International Neuropsychological Society/APA Division 40 training guidelines. The program has been approved for affiliation by APPCN. Please refer to http://www.rehabmed.emory.edu/education.training/neuropsychology.training/fellowship.html for more detailed information regarding our program.

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, 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 and inpatient neurorehabilitation rotations 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.