VA Maine Health Care System

APPCN Member Since 2016

 

VA Maine Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Director: Joshua E. Caron, PhD, ABPP-CN

VA Maine Healthcare System
15 Challenger Dr. (116B) Lewiston, ME 04240
Ph: 207-623-8411 e.2840
Fax: 207-330-2791
Email: joshua.caron@va.gov

For a detailed program description click on this link: http://www.maine.va.gov/psychtrain/

Program will do interviews at INS: Yes

Policy regarding on-site interviews: Optional

Application deadline: January 6, 2020
Residency start date
: The start date usually begins the first week of September each year, but there is some flexibility based on individual circumstances.

Clinical neuropsychology residency openings: 1
Clinical neuropsychology residency positions: There are currently 3 clinical neuropsychology residents, but in most years there are only 2 positions (a first-year and a second-year postdoctoral resident).

Residency/fellowship positions in psychology: VA Maine has a separately accredited clinical psychology postdoctoral training program with 6 clinical psychology postdoctoral positions.

Clinical neuropsychologists: 3 Full-time; 0 Part-time; 0 Consultants
With ABCN/ABPP
: 1 Full-time; 0 Part-time; 0 Consultants
(see webpage for faculty)

Other psychologists: 15 Full-time; 0 Part-time; 0 Consultants
With ABPP
: 2 Full-time; 0 Part-time; 0 Consultants

Graduate training of residency applicants:

Preferred: Clinical psychology, neuropsychology
Accepted: Counseling psychology
Not Accepted: School psychology, non APA/CPA approved graduate programs or internships (except VA internship programs going through the accreditation process).

Primary emphasis: Adult

Emphases of training opportunities:

Strong: Outpatient neuropsychological assessment, teleneuropsychology, consultation, neuropsychological intervention, preparation for board certification, rural health and military culture
Moderate: Inpatient neuropsychological assessment, research, supervision of other trainees, teaching/presenting, program development
Weak: It is possible to do one "minor" rotation in one of the following: pediatric neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation, forensic psychology, geropsychology, or therapy. These are very time-limited experiences through a community partner or our clinical psychology training program; however, postdocs should not expect to develop advanced competencies in these fields based on training offered here at VA Maine.

Availability of patient populations:

Strong: Patients are mostly rural and low income veterans. There is extensive opportunity to see patients with dementias (Alzheimer's, vascular, LBD, FTLD, substance-induced, etc.), TBI, comorbid psychiatric disorders (especially PTSD, depression, anxiety), and adult ADHD.
Moderate: While not extensive, there is some exposure to patients wtih progressive or secondary-progressive MS (and other inflammatory conditions), ALS, seizure disorders, CNS metastases/primary neoplasms, immunocompromise, and severe mental illness (schizophrenia and bipolar).
Weak: Limited number of patients from racial/ethnically diverse backgrounds.

updated 09/13/2019