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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN PEDIATRIC NEUROPSYCHOLOGY Children's Specialized Hospital, an affiliate member of the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Health System, is the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the United States and provides medical, developmental, educational and rehabilitative services for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation program at Children's Specialized Hospital was developed as a service program for children with an emphasis on the assessment and treatment aspects of rehabilitative processes. The Neuropsychology portion of the program focuses specifically on assessment and development of intervention for children with neurodevelopmental issues. Fellowship: At present, the Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation Program offers a two-year full-time pediatric neuropsychology fellowship, developed using the Houston Conference guidelines as an aspirational model. Fellowship training focuses on a developmental model of assessment, with experiences including clinical work, didactics, and research. Clinical: Postdoctoral fellows participate in clinical activities for approximately 50% of their time. Primary clinical experiences include outpatient neuropsychological assessments, generally completed in one to two sessions, with children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of neurodevelopmental issues, including acquired brain injury, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, autism, epilepsy, learning disabilities, brain tumors, sickle cell disease, and other medically-related conditions. The fellow also conducts neuropsychological screenings and cognitive monitoring of children on the Inpatient Unit. Potential opportunities for consultation with medical patients and their families as part of their follow-up care also exist, with the goal of evaluating neuropsychological status and assessing the need for a comprehensive, formal assessment. All aspects of the assessment process are supervised by licensed staff neuropsychologists. In addition to assessment experience, fellows participate in formal neurorehabilitation training, within the context of a holistic rehabilitation model. Fellows are expected to lead group rehabilitation sessions and/or conduct individual neurorehabilitation and neuropsychotherapy.

Didactics: As a component of the training experience, 10% of the fellows' time is devoted to didactic activities. Specifically, fellows are required to attend weekly neuropsychology/neurorehabilitation seminars, as well as clinical neuropsychology meetings. Additional didactic opportunities include attendance at multidisciplinary patient conferences (ARENA evaluations), medical seminars within CSH, and lectures at other medical facilities. Research: Fellows are required to participate in a research project during their fellowship, with the expectation that they will present data related to this project during the second year of fellowship. At present, the fellow is assigned to projects via the Department's research collaborations with RWJ. However, he/she can choose to formulate an independent project as well. Ten percent (10%) of the fellow's overall time is dedicated to research. Faculty: The Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation staff includes neuropsychologists, psychologists, an occupational therapist, a recreational therapist, a speech pathologist, a special education teacher, and a case manager. Listed below are the staff members involved directly in the Neuropsychology program and/or supervision of the fellows: Lori Catania, Ph.D. (Director of Training and Staff Neuropsychologist) Dr. Catania received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, with a specialty in Neuropsychology from Drexel University. She completed her internship training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/ Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and did her postdoctoral residency at Children's Hospital Boston/ Harvard Medical School. Her research interests include assessing neuropsychological functioning of children with chronic medical conditions. She also has interest in teaching and in assessment of children with behavioral difficulties. Celina Kravic, Ph.D. (CSH Inpatient Staff Psychologist) Dr. Kravic received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her internship training at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine. Her current areas of interest include psychotherapy with children and adolescents with acquired brain injury, neuropsychological assessment of brain injury and learning disabilities, neurorehabilitation, and the transition of students back to school. Joseph Marcantuono, Ph.D. (Director of Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation) Dr. Marcantuono received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and completed his internship and training in neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine/NYU Medical Center. He was a NIMH Fellowship recipient in pediatric neuropsychology and rehabilitation. He served as the senior neuropsychologist for the brain injury program at NYU Medical Center, founded and directed by Dr. Yehuda Ben-Yishay, and has worked in the field of pediatric

psychology for 18 years. He has developed multiple programs for individuals with neurological disorders. Dr. Marcantuono's current areas of interest include holistic neuropsychological rehabilitation, neuropsychotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation, therapeutic use of neuropsychological assessment, and program development. Aubree Okun Alexander, Ph.D. (CSH Staff Neuropsychologist) Dr. Alexander received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her internship training at the NYU/Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation and her postdoctoral training at Children's Specialized Hospital. Her current areas of interest include neuropsychological evaluation, pediatric neurorehabilitation, and identity development following brain injury. Vincenza Piscitelli, Psy.D. (Staff Neuropsychologist) Dr. Piscitelli received her doctoral degree in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University, and completed her internship training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Her postdoctoral fellowship was completed at Children's Specialized Hospital. Her current areas of interest include psychotherapy with children and adolescents with acquired brain injury, use of a holistic model of neurorehabilitation with children and adolescents, school reintegration of students with acquired brain injury, school neuropsychology, and psychotherapy with children with spinal cord injury. Brad Ross, Ph.D. (Coordinator of Neuropsychology; Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson/ UMDNJ Medical School; Staff Neuropsychologist) Dr. Ross received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois ­ Urbana Champaign, and completed his postdoctoral training at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He has worked in the field of pediatric acquired brain injury for 16 years, and is the co-author of articles and book chapters on acquired brain injury. His current clinical interests include traumatic brain injury and efficacy of neurorehabilitation. Melissa Vaccari, Ph.D. (Staff Neuropsychologist) Dr. Vaccari received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. John's University. She completed a psychology internship at the NYU/Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation, and did her postdoctoral training at Children's Specialized Hospital. Her current areas of interest include child oncology/brain tumors and learning disabilities. Dr. Vaccari enjoys practicing in the areas of psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment. Vanessa Walsh, Ph.D. (Coordinator of Neurorehabilitation) Dr. Walsh received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. She completed her internship training at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation, and has worked on clinical and research teams in brain injury rehabilitation at NYU Medical Center/Rusk Institute and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine. Her current area of interest includes pediatric neurorehabilitation.

Application Procedures: Applicants should have completed all doctoral requirements prior to beginning the fellowship. Only graduates of APA- or CPA-accredited doctoral programs and predoctoral internships will be considered. Applicants should have an established foundation in areas related to fellowship experiences, including coursework in developmental/child psychology, coursework in neuroscience/ neuroanatomy/neuropsychology, and clinically relevant neuropsychological experiences. The salary for the first year is $34,000 and $36,000 for the second year, and includes four weeks (20 days) vacation, seven hospital holidays, and conference time. A conference stipend of $500 is provided. Health insurance is also available. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, three letters of reference and two sample reports to: Lori Catania, Ph.D., Director of Training, Department of Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation, Children's Specialized Hospital, 330 South Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Interviews will take place mid-February. Inquiries related to the information can be directed to Dr. Lori Catania at [email protected] or (908) 301.2506. (Children's Specialized Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer)


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