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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuroimaging

A Two-Year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Clinical Neuroimaging focuses on both clinical brain mapping and primary cognitive neuroscience investigations. The emphasis in our neuroimaging program is on cognitive and behavioral effects of seizures on brain networks, with particular interest in delineating the reorganization/plasticity effects that emerge following brain interventions. Other neurologic conditions, however, are also studied (tumor). Presurgical brain mapping studies are undertaken (MRI volumetrics, task-fMRI, resting state, diffusion imaging, electrocortical stimulation, neuropsychological assessment) as well as post-surgical neuroimaging studies investigating clinical, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes. The pre-surgical brain mapping studies are conducted on a regular basis, utilized in image-guided brain surgery, and then made available for research. Studies in brain recovery and the cognitive reorganization of language and memory functions are emphasized, along with projects in electrophysiology and brain stimulation, yielding rich multi-modal datasets for the investigation of both cognitive and seizure networks.

Research Assistants in Neuroimaging

Research position as part of team investigating changes in the network characteristics of seizures, and neural organization of cognitive functions in epilepsy patients. Projects utilize multimodal imaging techniques such as resting state functional connectivity, structural connectivity, depth electrode recordings, and functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the reorganization of cognitive functions in pre- and post-surgery epilepsy patients. Positions require administering neuropsychological tests, preparing structural and functional imaging experiments, processing brain images, conducting statistical analyses using software such as Matlab, SPM, and FSL, and helping to prepare manuscripts for publication.

Neuropsychology Practicum/Externships

Training in the conduct of Comprehensive Neuropsychological assessments with a diverse set of neurological disorders. Emphasis on work with epilepsy but also good exposure to patients with concussion, memory disorders, Parkinson’s, attention-deficit disorder, dementia, stroke, closed head injury, metabolic disorders, and other neurological problems. Aid in administering WADA procedure. Conduct pre- and post-epilepsy surgery assessments, and evaluations that aid in differential diagnosis of true versus psychogenic epilepsy. Attend weekly grand rounds, case conferences, and didactic lectures. Opportunities for research available in the neuropsychology of epilepsy as well as topics in cognitive neuroscience.

Neuropsychology Psychometrician

Position involves the administration and scoring of neuropsychological and psychological tests. Gain experience working with a variety of neurologically-impaired patients, participate in departmental neuropsychology and brain imaging research programs, and benefit from intensive training within the neurology department and the medical college at large.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology

A two-year postdoctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology. The program is designed to meet Division 40 Guidelines for training in neuropsychological assessment. The program uses a scientist practitioner model that has clinical, didactic, and research opportunities. Clinical experience with a wide range of neurologic disorders is available. The clinical practice has an emphasis on epilepsy through the Division’s strong ties to the Thomas Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Conducting pre- and post-surgical neuropsychological evaluations, or assessments focusing on the differential diagnosis of psychogenic versus true epilepsy are common. Placement is also available at our Memory Clinic or Concussion Center. Didactic opportunities include participation in neurosurgery and neurology grounds, and a neuropsychology seminar. Participation in research is required involving collaboration with ongoing projects and development of an independent research project in the second year.