Supervisor Primary: Katherine Bangen, PhD, ABPP; Lisa Delano-Wood, PhD; Emily Edmonds, PhD;
Secondary: Sarah Banks, PhD, ABPP; Karen Hanson-Bondi, PhD
Facility UC San Diego Center for Brain Health and Memory Disorders
Address 9444 Medical Center Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone 858-657-8540

Placement Type Outpatient Clinic
Patient Type

Students would work with middle-aged and older adults who have complaints/concerns of cognitive difficulties. We see patients with a variety of conditions, including stroke, mild cognitive impairment, dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, lewy body dementia, frontotemporal, posterior cortical atrophy), and delirium. We work within a team-based model with several specialists (geropsychiatry, geriatric internal medicine, social work, neurology, radiology, and neuropsychology) in order to determine etiology of cognitive impairment and appropriately tailor treatment recommendations for each patient and family. Patients are either self-referred or referred by physicians and psychologists in the greater San Diego area. All patients initially see one of our gero-neurologists before being referred to neuropsychology.

Experience Type

Practicum students will gain exposure to varied clinical experiences while working within this state-of-the-art aging center. Specifically, students will garner valuable experience interfacing with patients in the following capacities: medical neuropsychological assessment, provision of feedback to patients and their families, and helping to facilitate cognitive rehabilitation (individual and group), if interested. Students have the opportunity to gain experience in clinical trials work, if interested.

Consultation: Students will also interface with other aging specialists including geriatric psychiatrics, neuropsychologists, geriatricians, neurologists, radiologists, and social workers.

Number Of Students N/A
Experience Necessary Some basic testing experience is helpful but not mandatory. Also, ability to conduct intakes and clinical interviews also helpful but not mandatory/necessary.
Time Commitment

Flexible per student schedules. Primary practicum students tend to see 2-3 cases monthly; Secondary practicum trainees typically see roughly 1 patient per month. We do our best to rotate trainees through all neuropsychologists so students can gain exposure to different assessment styles and approaches. We are open 5 days per week and are flexible with trainee’s schedules as they change.

Practicum Length  1 year
Start Date 07/01/2021
Limiting Factors During COVID-19, we have been conducting primarily teleneuropsychology evaluations in order to protect our vulnerable older adult population. As this type of model increases access and convenience for many older adults, we will continue to offer such services until the pandemic ceases. We expect that in-person evaluations will slowly be phased in beginning in the middle-late summer 2021 for those patients who are vaccinated, and for trainees who are comfortable with this format.
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