Postdoctoral Positions in Neuropsychology

October 26, 2021
Memory and Aging Center
Full-time

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center (MAC) is offering four Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2022–2024. We are looking for candidates invested in a scientist-practitioner model and have the flexibility to design the fellowship around the individual fellow’s training needs and goals. The Neuropsychology Training Program is led by Joel H. Kramer, PsyD, ABPP-CN, with multiple neuropsychology faculty offering fellowship tracks in any given year. Additional mentoring from other neuropsychology and neurology faculty is available and encouraged. The amount of research versus clinical training can be tailored to the needs of individual Fellows, although Postdoctoral Fellows typically spend approximately 50–70% of their time engaged in research activities, 20–30% in clinical activities, and the rest of their time in training, supervision, supervising predoctoral trainees, and a wide variety of didactic opportunities. The fellowship is a full-time two-year commitment. See below for research opportunities.

The ideal candidate:

  • a) has clinical and research experience and has begun to develop his/her research training;
  • b) is interested in specializing in cognitive aging and neurodegenerative diseases;
  • c) is committed to clinical excellence, and
  • d) is eager to develop an independent scientist-practitioner academic career.

About the MAC

The MAC is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for individuals with cognitive problems, conducting research on causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases, and educating health professionals, patients and their families. Multidisciplinary research and clinical opportunities will range from age-associated brain changes to typical (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease) and atypical (e.g., frontotemporal dementia, primary progressive aphasias, corticobasal syndrome, prion disease) neurodegenerative syndromes. Research opportunities will be related to specific openings in the labs listed below, though fellows are encouraged to collaborate across labs and PIs.

Research Labs

Each of the following primary research mentors will be offering a position for 2022–24:

  • Joel H. Kramer, PsyD, ABBP-CN: The Kramer Lab leads the Longitudinal Brain Aging Program, which aims to understand the complex biological, genetic and lifestyle factors that underlie differential aging trajectories. We have large, deeply phenotyped research cohorts with an extensive research infrastructure that supports standard and experimental neuropsychological and neurological measures, structural and functional MRI, amyloid and tau PET and biofluid proteomics (e.g., inflammatory proteins, AD biomarkers). We have a particular interest in understanding and quantifying the impact of cerebrovascular changes on cognitive aging. The overarching goals are to gain a better understanding of what healthy aging is and identify the earliest changes associated with degenerative and vascular brain disease. Contact: [email protected].
  • Kate L. Possin, PhD: Dr. Possin’s lab focuses on improving the detection, diagnosis and care for people with cognitive impairment, including dementia. She directs TabCAT, a tablet-based set of cognitive assessments that are used in many research and clinical settings, and the Care Ecosystem, a supportive care program for people living with dementia and their caregivers. She is looking for a fellow who is interested in healthcare innovation, which could include doing research to develop, implement or study the effectiveness of care models that address major gaps in care, with a focus on underserved communities. Contact: [email protected].
  • Adam M. Staffaroni, PhD: Dr. Staffaroni’s lab focuses on developing and validating endpoints for clinical trials in neurodegenerative diseases and developing models of disease progression using neuropsychological tests, neuroimaging, and fluid biomarkers. We are interested in digital biomarkers and have developed a smartphone application that enables the remote assessment of cognition, language and motor functioning. This app is being deployed through >15 academic centers across North America to study neurodegenerative disorders and cognitive aging. We are also investigating a comprehensive platform of in-home sensor technologies that allow us to passively monitor the daily activities (e.g., sleep, movement, phone usage) of patients with neurodegenerative disease. Contact: [email protected].
  • Virginia Sturm, PhD: Dr. Sturm’s lab focuses on the neurobiological underpinnings of affective symptoms, which are a common and debilitating feature of many neurological and psychiatric disorders. We use multiple methods from affective science (e.g., psychophysiology, facial behavior and self-reported experience) to quantify emotion in neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric illnesses, neurodevelopmental disorders and healthy individuals. By combining laboratory-based autonomic and behavioral measures with magnetic resonance imaging, we examine how neural system integrity relates to alterations in emotion and social functioning. Contact: [email protected].

Applications

All applicants need to submit a cover letter, CV and three letters of recommendation to Joel Kramer, PsyD, at [email protected] and Adam Staffaroni, PhD, at [email protected]. Please indicate which lab(s) you are applying to in your cover letter. Please submit your materials by December 1, 2021.

More information

For more information, please review the MAC website and/or email Dr. Kramer at [email protected] and Dr. Staffaroni at [email protected] with any questions. Please reach out to the primary research supervisor of interest with any questions about their specific research programs.