The Neuropsychology of Medical Illness (NMI) laboratory uses multi-method approaches (i.e., neuroimaging, neuropsychological and functional assessment) to study the neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric sequelae of medical conditions affecting the central nervous system (i.e., HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular, renal, and liver disease). The NMI practica offers specialized training for pre-doctoral clinical students who are interested in receiving training in administering and scoring of comprehensive behavioral and neurocognitive assessments. Trainees will be required to write brief research reports on the results of neurocognitive assessments. The NMI track offers special opportunities to observe neuromedical exams conducted by neurology. The NMI offers a 12-month training rotation for graduate students enrolled in an APA approved Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
Preference is given to applicants who can work in the lab one full day for assessment (i.e., 9am-5pm) and one half day (e.g., 11-4pm) that will equal two days per week (in addition to Thursday group supervision).
Current position openings: We can accommodate 1 practicum trainee each year, although we may accommodate 2 trainees provided that the second trainee has already completed another practicum rotation at UCLA.
Resource Allocation: The practicum trainees share space with staff in the laboratory which is on the C-level of the Semel Institute. Appropriate office equipment, including desk, phone, computer, office supplies, and all assessment instruments, is provided.
Supervision:Weekly supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist (April Thames, Ph.D.) and/or other members of our research team. In addition, all practicum trainees are required to attend weekly group supervision for 1.5 hours on Thursdays with Dr. Karen Miller and rotating faculty. A variety of optional neuropsychologically-oriented didactic seminars may also be attended by the trainee on Thursdays. NMI practicum students will be required to participate in the Neuropsychology of HIV/AIDS seminar that takes place between 11:00 am-12:00 pm on Thursdays, and is part of the post-doctoral fellowship program in neuropsychology. In addition, informal supervision (phone calls, emails, etc.) is available when necessary, and all supervisors are available for consultation if an urgent situation arises. Practicum student evaluations will be completed by the direct clinical supervisor. Informal supervision (phone calls, emails, etc.) is available when necessary, and all supervisors are available for consultation if an urgent situation arises. Practicum trainee evaluations will be completed by the direct supervisor.
Supervisor: April Thames, Ph.D. Athames@mednet.ucla.edu
Please note: This track covers parking for one day per week for all trainees.