Neuropsychology Training Program

The UCSF Neuropsychology Training Program in the Department of Neurology provides both postdoctoral and pre-doctoral training in neuropsychology.

Training occurs primarily through the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC), a multidisciplinary group dedicated to improving diagnosis and treatment of cognitive and behavioral disorders resulting from neurological disease, in particular, neurodegenerative disorders. In addition to a large clinical service, we have research programs that focus on healthy aging, mild cognitive impairment, frontotemporal lobar disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the UCSF Department of Neurology, which has over 80 faculty members, the MAC maintains strong collaborative relationships with other clinical programs and with basic scientists in areas ranging from molecular biology to cognitive neuroscience at UCSF and other Bay Area institutions. The Neuropsychology Training Program shares resources with the Behavioral Neurology Training Program, a certified program designed to prepare neurologists for research careers in behavioral neurology.

Postdoctoral Training

The Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Training Program is a two-year program designed to provide research and clinical training in neuropsychology in a behavioral neurology setting.

Most postdoctoral fellows divide their time evenly between research and clinical activities, although the program is flexible enough to adapt to each individual trainee’s needs. Research conducted through the MAC utilizes comprehensive clinical assessments, experimental paradigms gleaned from neuroscience and psychology, functional and structural neuroimaging, gene expression studies, and proteomics. This stimulating, diverse clinical and research environment gives trainees a broad exposure to current research relevant to academic and clinical neuropsychology. An extensive research infrastructure provides statistical and database support and considerable access to well-characterized patient populations. Trainees have the opportunity to work collaboratively within established research studies or carry out individually-initiated research. Additional information regarding potential research topics can be found in the research section.

The MAC sees over 1000 new patients per year and follows 2000 patients annually through clinic and an NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Postdoctoral fellows receive extensive clinical training carrying out brief neuropsychological evaluations in a multidisciplinary setting and are exposed to a broad spectrum of adult behavioral neurology disorders. Cases are reviewed in detail at the multidisciplinary clinical case conferences. An optional rotation in a general neuropsychological assessment clinic in the Department of Psychiatry is also available for additional clinical training.

Didactic training includes a weekly neuropsychology seminar, weekly MAC journal club, weekly MAC research seminar, weekly cognitive neuroscience seminar, and periodic Huntington’s and frontotemporal dementia teaching cases, clinical-pathological case conferences, neurology grand rounds and several other UCSF seminars of potential interest. Postdoctoral fellows are also invited to provide supervision for pre-doctoral neuropsychology trainees rotating through the MAC.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to provide a CV, a one-page description of their research interests and three letters of support prior to being considered for an interview. After review of the application, suitable candidates will be invited to interview with members of the training program and learn more about the clinical and research environment at UCSF. Materials can be sent by email to Joel.Kramer@ucsf.edu or regular mail to:

Joel Kramer, PsyD
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Memory and Aging Center MC: 1207
675 Nelson Rising Lane, Suite 190
San Francisco, CA 94143
Dr. Kramer can be reached by email or phone at 415.476.7561.

Pre-Doctoral Training

The UCSF Department of Neurology offers a part-time pre-doctoral practicum placement for clinical psychology graduate students. The practicum typically involves 16 hours per week of clinical training, although additional hours are available. An additional eight hours per week as a paid research assistant can also be negotiated.

The pre-doctoral training can be divided evenly between two rotations, with 5-6 months at the Memory and Aging Center (Supervisor: Joel Kramer, PsyD, ABPP) and 5–6 months at the UCSF Epilepsy Center (Supervisor: Deborah Cahn-Weiner, PhD, ABPP-CN). Clinical training opportunities and didactics at the Memory and Aging Center are the same as those offered in the Postdoctoral Training Program. In the Epilepsy Center, students gain experience carrying out in-depth neuropsychological evaluations with a broad range of patients with seizure disorders, including pre- and post-surgery assessments, Wada procedures and intra-operative brain mapping.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to provide a CV, a brief description of their professional goals and interests, and three letters of support prior to being considered for an interview. After review of the application, suitable candidates will be invited to interview with Drs. Cahn-Weiner and Kramer. Materials should be sent by email to Joel.Kramer@ucsf.edu or regular mail to:

Joel Kramer, PsyD
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Memory and Aging Center MC: 1207
675 Nelson Rising Lane, Suite 190
San Francisco, CA 94143