About Our Program
Kaiser Permanente’s Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Neuropsychology are comprised of training sites located in Roseville, Vallejo and Redwood City. The residency is a two-year, full time (40 hours per week), temporary position with benefits. Training begins at the end of August, and residents accrue 2,000 supervised professional hours each training year. The total number of hours accrued (4000) is more than the minimum required for subspecialty training in neuropsychology (3600 hours).
Kaiser Permanente’s Neuropsychology Residency Programs are not accredited by the American Psychological Association but do follow criteria set forth in the policy statement of The Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (1998). Residents are expected to obtain licensure prior to completing their training term and will be eligible for Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology, and residents training in Vallejo and Redwood City may also be eligible to apply for Rehabilitation Psychology.
The Vallejo, Redwood City and Sacramento/Roseville programs are members of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and adhere to its policies. This includes not soliciting, accepting, or using any ranking-related information from any resident applicant.
Training Program Start/End Dates
September 13, 2021 – September 8, 2023
September 12, 2022 – September 6, 2024
September 11, 2023 – September 5, 2025
September 9, 2024 – September 4, 2026
Program Mission and Curriculum
The mission of the program is to provide residents with advanced training in clinical neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation within an integrated and multidisciplinary system to prepare them for dynamic roles as licensed practicing clinicians in the health care system of the future.
Our approach to training is an apprenticeship model with a commitment to training residents to function as independent practitioners by the end of their residency. Training consists of the provision of neuropsychological, psychological, and behavioral consultation services to a broad range of inpatients and outpatients within a larger medical system. Diagnoses include traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular disease, dementia syndromes, brain tumor, spinal cord injury, movement disorders, sports concussion, and other neurological conditions.
Residents are provided with opportunities to evaluate and treat culturally diverse patients diagnosed with a variety of complex neurological and medical conditions. They may also supervise advanced neuropsychology practicum students. In addition, residents participate in a variety of scholarly activities that may include research, outcomes assessments, community outreach, professional presentations, training non-psychologist professionals and attending regional neuropsychology case conferences.
Professional Competencies, Supervision and Evaluation
To accomplish the goals of personal and professional development for each resident, an individual learning plan is developed by the resident and their primary supervisor at the beginning of the training year. The emphasis of the plan is to organize training in a sequential, cumulative, and graded manner. The resident and supervisor review the learning plan quarterly to ensure that training is meeting the needs of the resident and that the resident is sufficiently guided through the professional development process. Particular emphasis is placed on the following APA Profession-Wide Competencies:
- Integration of the Scientific Foundations of Psychology and Neuropsychology into Professional Practice
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Ethical and Legal Standards/Policy
- Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Consultation and Interdisciplinary Skills
- Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessment
- Intervention in Neurobehavioral Disorders
- Management and Service Administration
Resident supervisors, who are all licensed psychologists with a specialization in neuropsychology, use a competency-based supervision model to ensure that all training goals are met. Efforts are made to provide ongoing feedback to residents throughout their training year in addition to the quarterly evaluations. Residents also have an opportunity to evaluate the training program twice a year.