Within the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we offer doctoral internship training with special emphasis on assessment of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

This rotation is within the Institute’s larger internship training program in Health Service Psychology. The internship program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The objective of the training experience is to provide advanced training in outpatient neuropsychological assessment of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, as well as children with a wide range of central nervous system disorders. Recommendations from evaluations seek to ameliorate the impact of brain impairment on cognitive, social, emotional and educational functioning. In addition, interns have opportunities for experiences with consultation to medical and school personnel, behavior and family therapy.

The philosophy of our internship program is to prepare students to function as psychologists in a variety of settings, both individually, as consultants, and as members of a multidisciplinary team. The internship is designed to provide supervised experiences in neuropsychological assessment in accordance with Houston Conference guidelines, and affords the intern 50% time in neuropsychology training.

The Deafness and Neuropsychology rotation offers training experience with a wide range of patient populations over a six month period.  Interns will obtain specialized training in outpatient neuropsychological assessment of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing as well as training in assessment of children with a wide range of central nervous system disorders. Specific training experiences are provided below: .

Deafness and Neuropsychology, with a focus on providing consultation and assessment services to children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing with additional concerns about their neurocognitive functioning. The intern will participate in 1 outpatient evaluation per week during their 6-month neuropsychology rotation in the Deafness Related Evaluations and More (DREAM) Clinic, a clinic designed to provide accessible evaluation services to children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and with additional disabilities or neurocognitive concerns. Communication modalities of the patients presenting for evaluation varies and may include American Sign Language (ASL), spoken language, cued speech or other communication systems. Children present for evaluation pre- and post-cochlear implant surgery and upon referral from a variety of medical and community providers. Interns will participate on multi-disciplinary teams, providing feedback and assessment results back to referral sources. Responsibilities will include conducting neuropsychological evaluations, providing education and recommendations to family and staff and providing consultation services to families and other providers.

Outpatient Neuropsychological Assessment, with a focus on evaluation of individuals (infancy through young adulthood) with a wide range of congenital and acquired brain disorders (e.g., cerebral palsy, spina bifida, epilepsy, brain injury). The intern will participate in 1 outpatient evaluation per week in the Congenital/Genetic Conditions Clinic, Oncology Clinic, or Epilepsy/Brain Injury Clinic. Consultation and feedback is provided to medical providers, schools and families. Interns are also exposed to relevant special education law and its application within the field of pediatric neuropsychology.

Candidates interested in the Deafness and Neuropsychology rotation must have completed at least three years of graduate study and be approved for internship by their doctoral training director. Students from APA/CPA-accredited doctoral programs are preferred. Candidates for the Deafness and Neuropsychology rotation should have graduate level coursework which includes:

  • Normal development of brain and behavior;
  • Child and adolescent psychopathology;
  • Assessment of intelligence, achievement and psychopathology;
  • Interventions with children and families;
  • Topics in child/pediatric neuropsychology;
  • Supervised practica in child assessment;
  • Supervised practica in pediatric neuropsychology;
  • Research methods in applied psychology