Clinical Neuropsychology Internship

This internship is structured to provide generalized training in clinical psychology while preparing trainees to obtain a two-year neuropsychology postdoctoral residency focusing on adult and geriatric practice and eventual board certification in neuropsychology.

    • Neuropsychological evaluations across the lifespan, from infants to geriatric populations
    • Consultation/Liaison services at area hospitals
    • Inpatient evaluations on a geriatric psychiatric unit
    • Competency/Capacity evaluations
    • Medico-legal and forensic neuropsychology
    • Psychotherapy available on switch day to other WCPIP training sites

Additional experiences that may be available depending on patient need and funding availability include:

    • Inpatient evaluations on a video EEG unit
    • Cognitive rehabilitation
    • Language mapping, Wada procedures and awake craniotomies for lobectomy and tumor removal
    • Return to Work and Fitness for Duty evaluations
    • Program development and organization of new population-specific clinics

An important part of the training experience for the intern is the day of placement at another of the WCPIP sites with a primary focus on psychotherapy. These sites include Prairie View, South Central Mental Health Center, and Wichita State University Counseling & Testing Center. During the first week of internship, trainees tour these sites and chose their switch rotation with collaboration from their supervisor, based on their training needs. Within the neuropsychology clinic interns are also able to participate in feedback and therapy with patient and families incorporating assessment findings and consultation with area schools to implement behaviorally-based interventions with children experiencing cognitive impairment.

Multidisciplinary communication is an integral part of the practice of neuropsychology in a medical environment. A strength of this training program is its collaboration and opportunities for consultation with trainees from multiple disciplines. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences provides training for many disciplines including:

    • Doctoral internship in clinical psychology: Neuropsychology emphasis
    • Doctoral internship in clinical psychology: Child psychology emphasis
    • Two-year neuropsychology residency
    • Graduate training in neuropsychology and child and adolescent psychology for a local PhD program
    • Four-year general psychiatry residency
    • Psychiatry training for KUSM medical students
    • Practicum training for Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner

The aim of this internship is to provide clinical experiences and didactic educational opportunities that promote the development of competencies and prepare interns for neuropsychology residency and eventual practice in clinical neuropsychology.

Faculty and intern offices are located at the KU Wichita Center for Health Care
Our intern shares an office with the Clinical Child Psychology intern, as well as our current postdoctoral fellows

Neuropsychology Clinical Experience

Training in neuropsychology occurs in several venues under the direction of faculty adult neuropsychologists (Lyle Baade, Ph.D., ABPP CN, Robin Heinrichs, Ph.D., ABPP CN, Phillip Martin, Ph.D., and Ryan Schroeder, Psy.D., ABPP CN) and faculty pediatric neuropsychologist (Kelli Netson, Ph.D., ABPP CN). Geriatric neuropsychology training is provided in collaboration with Connie Marsh, M.D. and Susan Carr, M.D., KUSM-W faculty members and co-directors of the Senior Behavioral Health unit at Via Christi Medical Center. Consultation neuropsychology training is provided in collaboration with Rachna Kalia, M.D., KUSM-W faculty member and consultation liaison psychiatrist. Clinical services include:

Outpatient: KUSM-W Neuropsychology Clinic

Outpatient evaluations are conducted for patients with a broader-than-typical variety of neuropsychological insults including traumatic brain injury, vascular disease, encephalopathy, epilepsy, HIV, neurologic disease, anoxic injury, seizure disorder, brain tumor, normal pressure hydrocephalus, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and conversion disorder.

Pediatric evaluations are conducted for genetic, developmental, neurologic, behavioral, and emotional disorders. Referrals include autism-spectrum disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, 22p Deletion (i.e., velo-cardio-facial syndrome), spina bifida, OCD, depression, ADHD, and specific learning disorders. Interactions with developmental pediatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, teachers, and special educators are frequent. There is significant diversity with regard to race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, urban vs. rural dwelling, and educational background of patients and parents.

Interns have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of legal cases including interview, test selection, and report writing. When available, interns are invited to sit in on deposition of neuropsychology faculty members. Cases generally include forensic referrals involving civil litigation, Independent Medical Evaluations for insurance companies, independent Educational Evaluations for due process in the school district, and some criminal litigation.

Referrals to the neuropsychology clinic at KUSM-W come from general physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, pediatricians, psychiatrists, attorneys, insurance companies, business concerns, schools and rehabilitations hospitals.

Inpatient: Via Christi Hospitals

Consultations are conducted with patients admitted to local hospitals on neurocritical care, geriatric, general medical, ICU and rehabilitation units and on the video EEG monitoring unit as needed.

These consultations frequently involve opinions regarding the patient’s ability to make reasoned decision regarding finances, healthcare and\or management of one’s estate. Interns are trained in legal issues related to capacity and they are taught how to make decisions that will meet the burden necessary in a court of law.

Consultations also frequently involve providing recommendations regarding the level of care needed by the patient secondary to cognitive impairment, to assist with placement of the patient after dismissal from the hospital. Special care is given to ensure the patient’s safety while providing the greatest degree of independence in functioning.

Many of these inpatients are subsequently seen for follow up evaluations in the outpatient clinic as well.

Training Expectations

It is expected that the intern will enter internship with prior training in test administration. Although the intern will conduct some testing, the focus for the internship is on the interviewing, interpretation of testing and other data, report-writing and feedback and therapy with patients and families. Primary competencies will be developed in:

    • Determination of focus and components for each evaluation given the referral questions (e.g. differential diagnosis and treatment planning, independent neuropsychological examination for workers’ compensation, civil litigation).
    • Hands-on assessment experience involving administration and interpretation of a wide range of adult and child measures.
    • Utilization of neuropsychological technician services to obtain test data.
    • Integration of all available data including medical, employment and school records.
    • Detection of symptom magnification, fabrication and malingering and evaluation of the nature and quality of test responses.
    • Report writing targeted for the referral sources (e.g. physician, attorney, licensing board).

Didactics and Supervision

The neuropsychology intern is a member of the neuropsychology team that consists of three neuropsychology faculty, two neuropsychology fellows, one neuropsychology intern and numerous psychometricians. Supervision is provided by the neuropsychology faculty and both fellows, and as needed and requested, by other clinical psychology faculty members. The neuropsychology intern participates in five main neuropsychology and clinical psychology-related seminars:

Clinical Neuropsychology Seminar

This weekly didactic training experience focuses on preparation for board certification in neuropsychology. A rotating schedule of topical discussions led by faculty and trainees, review of written board exam preparation materials, mock oral board examinations, and guest speakers round out the experience.

Clinical Psychology WCPIP Seminar

This two hour weekly seminar features guest speakers presenting on a variety of clinical psychology topics in keeping with the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for training doctoral level psychologists. These seminars are attended by all WCPIP Interns.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

The Department of Psychiatry conducts these bi-weekly didactics on topics related to mental health issues in accordance with the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for training doctoral and post-graduate clinicians. Invited local and national speakers offer expertise on a range of mental health, medication, and medical topics.

Geriatric/Consultation Seminar

This interdisciplinary seminar meets weekly and includes psychiatry residents, residents from other disciplines, medical students and pharmacology doctoral students along with Drs. Baade and Schroeder from Neuropsychology, Drs. Marsh and Carr from Geriatric Psychiatry, Dr. D’Empaire from Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Dr. Meg Damen from Pharmacology.

Neuroscience Conference

The Neuroscience Conference is a biweekly interdisciplinary meeting for all practitioners in neuro-related practice that is attended by neurologists, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, radiologists, residents, medical students and the neuropsychology team. Presentations are made by participants from the various fields of medical practice and typically include a clinical case. Recent topics include neuropsychological findings in bi-thalamic infarct, aneurysm coiling/clipping procedures, and differential diagnosis of suprasellar lesions.

Journal Club

This monthly meeting includes an article presentation by psychiatry residents with opportunities for neuropsychology trainees to collaborate and share their research expertise. It is attended by neuropsychology trainees, medical students, psychiatry residents, and faculty members.

Psychiatry Case Conference

Psychiatry residents present unique cases for discussion during this monthly meeting attended by residents, medical students, neuropsychology trainees, and faculty members.

Other Experiences

Additional didactics include annual conferences in Neurology, Stroke and Geriatrics. These meetings provide the intern with multiple opportunities to present clinical cases and research projects to a variety of audiences.

Research

While the primary focus of the internship program is training in clinical psychology and neuropsychological evaluation, research is ongoing in the neuropsychology team and opportunities for opportunities for short-term projects are available. The neuropsychology intern is encouraged to participate in one of the ongoing research projects with the goal of a poster at one or more national conventions, and/or a publication submission during their internship year. The typical intern obtains a neuropsychology residency (postdoctoral fellowship) and is interested in participation in ongoing research.

Internship Stipend and Benefits

The stipend at KUSM-W for the Neuropsychology Intern is projected to be $24,000 for the year. Liability insurance is provided and paid for by KUSM. Individual health insurance is provided with a three-month waiting period. FICA and income tax will be withheld; sick leave and administrative leave are provided. Standard MS Office, PASW (formerly SPSS), and Dragon dictation programs are available to fellows. Administrative support staff manage all billing, insurance, and scheduling. Employment after the match is contingent on the incoming intern passing background checks conducted by KU School of Medicine.

Neuropsychology Faculty

Lyle E. Baade, Ph.D., ABPP Cn

Interim Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

Florida State University, 1973

Primary Interests:

    • Clinical Neuropsychology
    • Forensic Neuropsychology
    • Geriatric Neuropsychology

Robin J. Heinrichs, Ph.D., ABPP CN

Director of Neuropsychology Training & Laboratory

Assistant Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

Wichita State University, 2007

Primary Interests:

    • Clinical Neuropsychology
    • Forensic Neuropsychology
    • Geriatric Neuropsychology
    • Rehabilitation Neuropsychology

Phillip K. Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

Nova Southeastern University, 2014

Primary Interests:

    • Adult Clinical Neuropsychology
    • Geriatric Clinical Neuropsychology

Kelli L. Netson, Ph.D., ABPP CN

Director of Psychology Clinic

Assistant Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2008

Primary Interests:

    • Pediatric Neuropsychology
    • Clinical Neuropsychology
    • Medical Psychology

Ryan Schroeder, Psy.D., ABPP CN

Assistant Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

Argosy University - Twin Cities, 2010

Primary Interests:

    • Clinical Neuropsychology
    • Forensic Neuropsychology
    • Geriatric Neuropsychology

Clinical Psychology Faculty

Nicole Klaus, Ph.D., ABPP

Assistant Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

The Ohio State University, 2006

Primary Interests:

    • Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • Coping with Suicidal Thoughts
    • Tele-therapeutic Interventions

C. Don Morgan, Ph.D., ABAP

Associate Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

University of New Mexico, 1989

Primary Interests:

    • Psychological Evaluation
    • Marital and Sex Therapy

Glenn Veenstra, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Michigan State University, 1978

Primary Interests:

    • Emotional Neuroscience
    • Cognitive-emotional Therapy
    • Adult Interpersonal Therapy
    • Marital and Family Therapy
    • Forgiveness

Contact Us

Robin Heinrichs, Ph.D. ABPP CN | Kansas University School of Medicine - Wichita | 8533 E 32nd St N | Wichita, KS | 67226 | 316-293-3850 | rheinrichs@kumc.edu