Practicum students will be placed with either Dr. Miller at the UCLA Longevity Center or with Drs. Ercoli, Reinlieb, and Van Dyk at the Gero-psychology Service, both of which are part of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at the UCLA Medical School & Semel Institute. Trainees will typically perform one comprehensive neuro-psychological evaluation each week. Referrals are from psychiatrists and neurologists at UCLA, or from the community at large. These patients present with a broad variety of clinical presentations, including mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, etc), mild head injury, psychiatric disorders, and other neuro-degenerative or neurological disorders. Each trainee is trained to achieve proficiency in standardized test administration, and will independently score, interpret, and write up a comprehensive neuropsychological report each week. In addition, trainees may participate in a second day of clinical work focused on cognitive rehabilitation. This includes elective rotations for Memory Care and Brain Boot Camp, which are programs for seniors with memory challenges. If students wish to also participate in research, there is the possibility of contributing to abstracts, posters, and papers; this is an elective that is in addition to the clinical commitment of neuropsychological testing and cog rehab programs.
Current position openings: We currently have 6-8 positions each year; the commitment is 12-months, and typical start dates include July 1 or August 15.
Resource Allocation: The trainees under the supervision of Dr. Miller have access to a testing room and office space in the Ueberroth Building on the UCLA Campus (PVUB, suite 3119, room D). The trainees supervised by Dr. Linda Ercoli and team will have office space in Semel 38-148 and access to a testing room in Semel 38-256. Appropriate office equipment, including desk, phone, computer, and office supplies, is provided.
Supervision: All trainees will receive at least 1 hour of supervision per week from their supervisors regarding their neuropsychological cases. For example, Dr. Miller meets with her students at 8am on Thursday or Friday (their clinical days). Dr. Ercoli and team will provide regular weekly supervision scheduled in accordance with each student’s schedule. In addition, all trainees participating in Brain Boot Camp and Memory Care will receive an additional 1-2 hours of group supervision, focused on learning about cognitive training and reviewing the implementation of these programs with specific patients. Note: Drs. Miller and Ercoli are both licensed clinical psychologists and hold faculty positions (e.g., Associate Clinical Professor) at UCLA. Also, all trainees have the option of attending select classes with the current MPAC interns and post-doctoral fellows on Thursdays for fall, winter, and spring quarters. Their attendance of these classes is considered optional. Finally, informal supervision (phone calls, emails, etc.) is available when necessary, and all supervisors are available for consultation if an urgent situation arises. The evaluations for trainees will be completed by the direct clinical supervisor. Orientation for each trainee is handled individually in July or August; all essential materials, including psychological assessment instruments, are available and provided to the externs. Note: one day of parking per week is provided to each trainee.
Supervisors: Karen Miller, Ph.D., Linda Ercoli, Ph.D., Michelle Reinlieb, Ph.D., Kathleen Van Dyk, Ph.D.
Please note: This track covers parking for one day per week for all trainees.