Neuropsychology Track - Psychiatric Neuropsychology

Psychiatric Neuropsychology - Butler Hospital
Faculty Supervisor(s): Nicole McLaughlin, PhD, Karen Holler, PhD, ABPP-CN, Athene Lee, PhD, Stephen Correia, PhD, ABPP-CN, Brian Castelluccio, PhD

This rotation provides training in clinical neuropsychology in a psychiatric setting.  Founded in 1844, Butler Hospital is Rhode Island’s only private, non-profit psychiatric hospital for adolescents, adults, and seniors. Butler is affiliated with Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is the flagship for its Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Butler has specialty inpatient units in geriatrics, substance abuse, adolescents, and mood disorders, as well as partial hospital programs focusing on young adults, women and substance abuse. Butler houses a multidisciplinary Memory and Aging Program directed by Drs. Stephen Salloway and Stephen Correia, a Psychiatric Neurosurgery Program directed by Dr. Nicole McLaughlin, and a Movement Disorders clinic directed by Dr. Joseph Friedman.

Clinical psychology residents work as a member of a team that includes neuropsychology fellows, practicum students, and supervisors. Consultations range from differential diagnosis of primary psychiatric disorders to evaluation of dementia patients with and without behavioral disturbance. Consults also frequently involve substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, and mixed psychological/physical trauma. Clinical Psychology residents interact with attending psychiatrists and their teams on the inpatient and partial units to provide feedback on their consults. Computerized scoring programs are available to transform raw scores to standardized scores, and templates are available to facilitate report writing. Trainees gather background information and enter their consult reports via an electronic medical record.

Clinical psychology residents have the opportunity to participate in weekly Diagnosis Consensus Conference for the Memory Clinic, during which laboratory, neuroimaging, neurologic, and genetic findings are integrated in an interactive format. Residents also participate in biweekly case conferences with other neuropsychology trainees, using a “discovery” format to help prepare students for boards.