This track, which has a research emphasis, is designed to prepare fellows to pursue academic careers in University and medical school settings. Three positions of two years duration, supported by a training grant from the NIMH, are offered with a primary focus on the neuropsychological sequelae of HIV infection. The primary objective of the HIV/AIDS track is to offer state-of-the-art training in clinical research for highly qualified psychologists with strong scientist-practitioner interests in the neuropsychology of HIV/AIDS. We seek to provide Fellows with systematic didactic, experiential and research training in the neuropsychology of HIV-1 infection. This training includes a core knowledge base in neuroscience, neuropsychiatry and clinical neuropsychological practice, especially in relation to HIV-1 infection. Fellows have the unique opportunity to link convergent scientific methodologies by investigating the relationships between neurocognitive dysfunction, structural and functional neuroimaging, neuropsychiatry, psychosocial issues, and medication adherence.
Special emphasis is placed on developing skills in grant preparation. In addition to engaging in HIV related research, fellows have the option of also undertaking research on other topics. A series of specialized didactic offerings is mandatory for Fellows in this track, supplementing the core curriculum. Approximately 20% time is devoted to providing clinical neuropsychological evaluation.