Growing research and understanding of the brain’s role in developmental, learning, and behavior disorders, along with advances in imaging technologies and assessment techniques, are helping to drive demand for neuropsychologists in the United States and elsewhere.
To meet the need, the Neuropsychology Concentration offered through the Adler School’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Chicago is providing intensive training for a growing number of students interested in the field, said Douglas Whiteside, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, Professor of Clinical Psychology and concentration coordinator.
“We’ve worked hard to make our program rigorous, as intensive as any neuropsychology training program in the country, with a strong faculty including three boardcertified neuropsychologists,” he said.
The Adler School’s comprehensive didactic and experiential neuropsychology training focuses heavily on research alongside practice.
“In neuropsychology, it’s very important to understand you need to integrate research and practice,” Whiteside said. “When students come their first year, we want them active in our neuropsychology student group and active in research. They’re doing research their second year while beginning the neuropsychology sequence. In their third year, we expect them to take leadership roles and present research in class.”
Coursework and training
Within the concentration’s didactic five-course sequence, Whiteside teaches three foundational courses on assessment. Linda Rice, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, Assistant Professor, teaches a course on neuropsychological interventions that prepares students for training experiences with patients coping with cognitive and behavioral problems, resulting from neurological disorders like stroke and traumatic brain injury. The fifth course, on pediatric neuropsychology, is taught by nationally recognized pediatric and rehabilitation neuropsychologist Linda Laatsch, Ph.D.
In addition to highly structured coursework, neuropsychology training requires additional time in specialized internships and post-doctoral work, more than is required for general clinical psychology practice. To provide the training, in addition to launching a Neuropsychology Clinic at Adler Community Health Services, Whiteside, Rice, and other faculty have established close relationships with board-certified neuropsychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago, Rush University, Jesse Brown VA, and Alexian Brothers medical centers serving as practicum, research, and training sites for Adler School students.
This story with additional photos appears in the summer 2014 issue of Gemeinschaftsgefühl, the Adler School's annual magazine for alumni and friends.
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