Training Director Hour Programs

Site NameCleveland Clinic
Site Location (City, State/Province)Cleveland, OH
Training Level
  • Fellowship
Population of InterestAdult
Training Director's Name and DegreePamela M. Dean, Ph.D., ABPP
Program RepresentativePamela Dean, PhD
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Brief Program Description

The Cleveland Clinic's postdoctoral fellowship in adult Clinical Neuropsychology is a founding member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN; The Cleveland Clinic is an internationally known tertiary medical center and is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The fellowship operates under the Section of Neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology. The Neuropsychology Section consists of 14 neuropsychologists (eight board-certified through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology), 13 psychometrists, two post-doctoral fellows, and practicum students. Throughout all aspects of clinical care, research, teaching, education, professionalism, and interactions, the division promotes racial and cultural equity and inclusion.

The Cleveland Clinic offers a two-year, full-time postdoctoral fellowship for advanced training in Clinical Neuropsychology that is individually tailored to the training needs and interests of the fellow. Fellowship begins on or around September 1st. The program offers a Major Area of Study in Clinical Neuropsychology and operates in accordance to the Division 40/Houston Conference Guidelines (The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1987, 1, 29-34; Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 1998, 2, 203-240), which will be updated as information from the Minnesota Conference is released. The fellowship is designed for trainees who have completed an APA/CPA accredited doctoral program in clinical/counseling psychology and who have a strong academic, clinical, and research background in the fundamentals of neuroscience and neuropsychological assessment. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare trainees for successful completion of the board certification process through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and for careers in interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary hospital-based and academic medical settings.

Fellows rotate through three 4-month rotations each academic year that include a combination of general and specialty clinics with the option to specialize in the second year. Education is a core mission of the fellowship; therefore, in addition to clinical and research experiences, fellows have a variety of didactic and education training opportunities. In order to maximize the trainee’s experiences, fellows enter with 20% protected research time in their first year with the opportunity to increase this to 30% (based on approval from the training committee, scholarly history, and future goals.) The section maintains a number of IRB-approved patient registries and is involved in many ongoing collaborative research projects both within and outside the institution. Fellows are expected to submit at least one manuscript for publication and one presentation at a national conference during the course of the two-year fellowship. This fellowship utilizes a mentorship model. In addition to support from the training director and rotation supervisors, at the start of the fellowship, trainees will select a (1) preceptor (a faculty member without an evaluative role) and (2) a research mentor.

There is no shortage of cases to choose from with roughly 85 patients seen through the different clinics each week between all of the faculty. Fellows learn how to write efficient and succinct reports in a fast paced environment where multidisciplinary teams and providers rely on timely feedback from our evaluations.

Clinical rotations include the following options:
General Adult Neuropsychology Service, Epilepsy Service, Center for Neurological Restoration (movement disorders), Center for Brain Health (memory disorders), Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Pediatric Neuropsychology Service, and the Brain Tumor/Neuro-oncology Center.
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