College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Selection Criteria for Internships in Clinical Neuropsychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Keywords

Adult, Curriculum, Internship and Residency, Neuropsychology, Personnel Selection, Practice Guidelines as Topic, Questionnaires, Medical Societies

Publication Title

The Clinical Neuropsychologist

ISSN

1385-4046

Volume

26

Issue/No.

8

Abstract

Criteria used in the evaluation and selection of applicants for clinical neuropsychology internships were identified by a survey of programs that met guidelines for specialty training. The number of internships that offer training with specialization in clinical neuropsychology has more than doubled during the past 10 years. Supervising neuropsychologists from 75 programs replied to the survey, yielding a 72.8% response rate. Clinical experience in neuropsychological assessment, specialization in clinical neuropsychology during graduate education, personal interview, and letters of recommendation were reported to be the most salient selection criteria. Practica that provide experience with flexible or functional systems assessment approaches at university-affiliated or VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) medical centers and doctoral curricula that follow International Neuropsychological Society/Division 40 course guidelines, with teaching and supervision provided by neuropsychologists, were preferred prerequisites to internship. These results are consistent with selection criteria reported over a decade ago and indicate continued endorsement of the vertically integrated model of education and training outlined by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology.

DOI

10.1080/13854046.2012.727871

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