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Didactic and Professional Development Experiences

Externs will receive approximately two hours of individual supervision weekly with their primary supervisor. Externs can attend any and all didactics within the Division of Neuropsychology, the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) or within Children’s National Hospital. We offer a weekly neuropsychology seminar that consists of talks by faculty and guest lecturers on topics including structural and functional anatomy, diseases/disorders, psychometrics, legal/ethical issues, case discussions and journal clubs.

CASD also offers a seminar series focused on topics and issues specific to autism spectrum disorders. Additional opportunities through the larger medical center include hospital Grand Rounds, Behavioral Medicine Grand Rounds, Neuroscience Seminar, Neuroradiology Rounds, Epilepsy team meeting, brain cutting, observing brain surgery, shadowing a neurologist, etc. Many of these meetings are available over video teleconference in the Rockville office.

Although the externship focuses on clinical activities, there are also many opportunities to participate in research.

Sample Neuropsychology Seminar Topics

  • Functional Neuroanatomy 
  • Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Executive Function Intervention
  • Neurocognitive Issues in Brain Tumors and Leukemia
  • Introduction to Forensic Neuropsychology