Toronto Western Hospital Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in DBS & Movement Disorders

November 12, 2021 9:23 AM | Diane LaChapelle (Administrator)

Position: A two-year post-doctoral fellowship is available within the Neuropsychology Clinic of the Krembil Brain Institute at University Health Network (UHN).

Training Setting: The Krembil Brain Institute is one of the largest centres in CNS dysfunction in Canada and a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. The Neuropsychology Clinic includes 4 neuropsychologists, 3 psychometrists, and various trainees at all levels of training. Although our program is not a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN), it is designed to conform to the Houston Conference training guidelines and follows guidelines for board certification.

Patient Population: The fellow will be affiliated with the Movement Disorders Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) program, which is one of the largest interdisciplinary academic programs of its kind in North America. The first 16 months of the fellowship are focused primarily on clinical neuropsychological assessment working towards autonomous practice with adults and seniors and licensure with the College of Psychologist of Ontario (CPO). As part of a dynamic interprofessional team, the fellow will be involved in clinical neuropsychological assessment and consultation both prior to and after DBS intervention. Supervision is primarily provided by two staff neuropsychologists, with the opportunity to also work with other neuropsychologists in the clinic. For breadth of training, fellows are exposed to a wider array of adult and senior patients with varied referral questions from other neurological and neurosurgical programs within UHN. This may include: Epilepsy, Stroke, Concussion, Memory disorders, Psychiatric disorders, Neuro-oncology.

Didactic Experiences: Fellows are introduced to specific topic areas by clinical and research seminars. Attendance is mandatory for weekly Neuropsychology Rounds and Group Supervision, as well as monthly DBS Surgical Rounds. Fellows may supplement with elective didactics including Movement Disorders Clinic (MDC) Research Rounds, MDC Faculty Rounds, International Behavioural Neurology Rounds, Joint Neurodegenerative Radiology Rounds, Clinical Neuropathology Lecture Series, Clinicopathology Conference, Krembil Neuroimaging Rounds, Epilepsy Surgical Rounds, Epilepsy Research Rounds, and Rotman Research Rounds.

Research Opportunities: In addition to the clinical training, there are many opportunities for research activities. Once fully licensed (typically by January of the second year), fellows have the option to dedicate more of their time to primary research activities. This may include collaborating with faculty on new or ongoing research projects (www.twhneuropsych.com/research).
COVID-19 Considerations: A hybrid model of care (virtual and in-person) is currently being offered and trainees are actively involved in all aspects of neuropsychology assessment and consultation, following the hospital's infection control practices.

Start Date: flexible and negotiable, ranging from July to September 2022
Current Salary and Benefits: The stipend will be $42,000 CND in the first year, and increase to $44,000 CND in the second year. Fellows are eligible for health and disability insurance, 15 days vacation, 12 days statutory holidays, professional days to attend examinations, conferences, job interviews, etc., University of Toronto library privileges.

Eligibility: The successful applicant will have completed all requirements for a PhD in Psychology, including dissertation defense, within the past 2 years and by the start date. Training must have included an emphasis on cognitive neuroscience/neuropsychology in research and clinical neuropsychology via practica/externships and internship. The applicant should be eligible for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). To learn more about the CPO registration process please see https://cpo.on.ca/

Application: The deadline for applications is January 4, 2022. Invited interviews will be conducted virtually in January/February 2022 and offers will be made on February 22, 2022

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