Two-Year Postdoctoral Training in Pediatric Neuropsychology
The Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center (PNC), a private practice in Portsmouth, NH, is seeking trainees for a two-year Postdoctoral Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship. Portsmouth, which is located in the beautiful Seacoast region of New Hampshire one hour north of Boston, is well-known for its rich history, outdoor recreational opportunities, restaurants, strong schools, and cultural offerings. The Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center has earned the reputation of providing the highest quality evaluation and treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults. We have a highly collaborative team-based approach and collegial work environment. Our primary training goal is to provide evidence-based training in neuropsychology assessment. We prepare fellows for a career as a scientist-practitioner in pediatric neuropsychology.
The training program provides extensive supervised experience in conducting neuropsychological evaluations in an outpatient private practice setting. The fellow’s clinical service will primarily focus on the evaluation of children, adolescents, and young adults. There is also the opportunity to provide evaluations to older adults as well as provide psychotherapeutic services across the life span. Our program provides two years of full-time formal training in pediatric neuropsychology. During that time, fellows spend approximately 75% of their time engaged in the delivery of clinical neuropsychology services, 10% in didactics and educational opportunities, 10% in clinical research activities, and 5% in professional development/preparation. Our patient population is diverse and the fellow will be exposed to a range of neurodevelopmental and acquired disorders, including Learning Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, TBI, and other psychiatric and neuromedical disorders. Patients are generally referred from psychiatrists, neurologists, pediatricians, psychologists, and school professionals. Fellows are expected to conduct 2-3 evaluations per week and to participate fully in all aspects of the evaluation, including intake, case review/preparation, assessment procedures, report writing, feedback, and consultation to collaterals. Additionally, fellows participate in educational team meetings and conduct school observations when needed. There will be opportunities for the fellow to participate in community outreach.
PNC fellows will participate in a variety of didactic experiences that include training on specific tests/instruments/procedures, psychotherapy techniques, case conceptualization, and ethics. In-house didactics and seminars include clinical staff meetings, case conferences, journal clubs, ethics and professional development, and formal presentations on neuropsychology/
psychotherapy topics. PNC also coordinates training with webinars facilitated by experts in the field and supports trainees attending conferences. Didactic experiences are augmented with directed readings and can be tailored to the training needs and interests of the fellow.
At a minimum, the fellow will receive 2 hours of direct supervision weekly. There will also be informal supervision and peer mentorship available on a daily basis. Fellows also participate in monthly staff meetings. Supervision will focus on the process of neuropsychological evaluations, report-writing skills, providing effective feedback, special education law, and evidence-based psychotherapy. Professional development is a focus of training and mentoring will be provided regarding private practice competency including models of private practice, business and marketing procedures, and billing issues.
Laura Rubin, Ph.D.
Founder of the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center
Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist
Dr. Laura Rubin received her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology at Loyola University of Chicago. She subsequently completed her predoctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Following this, she attended a post-doctoral fellowship at the New York University Medical Center.
Dr. Rubin has extensive experience providing neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. She has expertise in evaluating individuals with ASD, ADHD, learning disorders, medical concerns, and psychiatric challenges. She is a regular consultant to a residential treatment center as well as local private schools. She has also performed forensic evaluations and Independent Medical Evaluations. Additionally, she provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults, using cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems treatment modalities in her work with clients. She enjoys supervising interns and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Rubin has given presentations about neuropsychological assessment, psychopathology, neurological conditions, child development, parenting issues, and psychotherapeutic treatment at medical centers, universities, elementary schools, and community organizations. She is also a frequent media contributor and former adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire.
Candidates for the PNC postdoctoral residency must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to beginning the residency. Applicants must have completed a pre-doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Candidates should have experience in pediatric neuropsychological evaluations.
The training start date is September 3, 2024 (this is flexible).
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary: $60,000 first year; $63,000 second year (upon satisfactory completion of the first year)
Professional Development Stipend: $1,000 per training year
401K: Eligibility to contribute to our PNC 401k retirement plan during the second year with an employer matching contribution of up to 4%, depending on the amount the fellow chooses to contribute.
The Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center offers excellent technology support including individual laptop access, administrative support (e.g., office manager), and psychometrist support.
Fellows are provided with 2 weeks paid vacation plus national holidays.
Eligibility Criteria and Application Process:
Candidates are invited to apply who will have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to beginning the fellowship. Applicants should have completed a pre-doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Candidates should have experience in pediatric neuropsychological assessment.
Applicants must submit the following (via email or mail):
Application materials, as well as any questions about the program or application process, should be directed to:
Laura Rubin, Ph.D.
Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center, LLC
501 Islington Street, Suite 1F
Portsmouth, NH 03801
The deadline for submission of materials is January 12, 2024. We will be conducting interviews via Zoom the last two weeks in January. Our program participates in the Match administered on behalf of APPCN by the National Matching Services (NMS). Information on registering for the match is available on the APPCN match website. Applicants must register for the match by January 15, 2024. In order to be matched to our training program, applicants must commit to participating in the match by the rank order deadline of February 14, 2024.
Additional information about the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center can be found on our website at: www.portsmouthneuro.com.