The city of Roseville is firmly rooted in the Northern Sacramento Valley and was named for the wild roses that grow in the area. It is the most populous city in Placer County with over 140,000 residents and lies 16 miles northeast of Sacramento. Roseville’s scenic natural areas, extensive park system and bike trails, excellent schools and job opportunities attract individuals, families and retirees to the area. Within an hour’s drive there are Gold Rush towns to explore, water sports in nearby lakes and rivers, and skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Given its proximity to Sacramento, Roseville offers easy access to a large city, while still providing the best of suburban living, including renowned dining, arts, and retail shopping. Roseville is an easy day trip to the coast, San Francisco, Napa, Lake Tahoe or Sonoma County. The cost of living is moderate compared to other California communities and more affordable than the SF Bay Area.
Sacramento, “The City of Trees,” is the heart of California’s Central Valley and the state’s capitol. The city has experienced significant growth and development in recent years and combined with its suburbs, has a population of approximately 500,000. It is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse urban regions in the country. Midtown Sacramento is host to many eclectic and top restaurants. Entertainment venues range from professional sports (Sacramento Kings of the NBA), Mondavi Center for Performing Arts, to local theater and museums. Sacramento is also home to nearby UC Davis and California State University at Sacramento, and several other local community colleges. The city’s economy has historically been dominated by state and federal government employment.
Kaiser Permanente has three medical centers and 10 medical offices in the four-county greater Sacramento region. The North Valley Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Program is housed in two distinct training sites: Kaiser Roseville Medical Center and the Kaiser Sports Medicine Center, located at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Equity, Inclusion & Diversity
We are committed to nurturing and integrating diversity training into all aspects of our neuropsychology postdoctoral residency program by:
- Providing residents with opportunities to work with patients who represent various aspects of diversity, including age, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, values, lifestyle and disability status.
- Placing a high value on residents’ willingness to engage in self-reflection and learning and supporting the exploration of attitudes, beliefs and therapeutic postures that could impact clinical interactions.
- The Regional Mental Health Training Program’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee also organizes advanced trainings that promote cultural competency and cultural sensitivity and coordinates a voluntary Mentorship Program in which interested residents are matched with licensed clinicians.
Our program partners with the UC Davis Medical Center, Department of Neurology, for monthly neuropsychology didactics, Clinical Pathological Conference and Neurology Grand Rounds.
Didactic topics include:
- Neuroanatomy Series
- Clinical Syndromes
- DBS for Movement Disorders
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
- Cultural Diversity in Neuropsychology
- PTSD and Neuropsychology
- Performance and Symptom Validity
- Sports Concussion Management
- Board Certification in Neuropsychology
In addition to Neuropsychology Didactics, residents can access a wide variety of regional training seminars. The current seminar schedule with a list of speakers and topics can be found on the Regional Mental Health Training Program website.
Seminars and Meetings
- Movement Disorders Neuroscience Team Conference
- Sports Medicine Case Conference
- Genetic Movement Disorders Case Conference
- Multidisciplinary Dementia Case Consultation
- Epilepsy Case Conference
- Assessment Case Consultation
The Roseville and Sacramento training team consists of highly skilled clinicians who are also recognized as leaders within our medical system and the community.
Training follows an apprenticeship model and residents receive a minimum of 4 hours of supervision per week, which can include individual & group supervision. The training team is committed to providing high-quality, rigorous, and well-rounded training to residents. Therefore, there is a strong emphasis on knowledge building, skills acquisition, and ethical and cultural competency. We also value work-life balance and self-care as being essential to
effective clinical practice.
Community Partnership Program
Reflecting Kaiser Permanente’s core commitment to mental health and wellness in our communities, each trainee will spend at least 32 hours during their training year on a Community Partnership Project that focuses on improving health and/or mental health in the local community beyond our Kaiser Permanente patient members.
The goal of this project is to provide outreach to underserved populations. Anchors for the project include developing alliances with individuals and/or systems to improve the lives of those served; providing education and training based on the empirical literature; and presenting relevant outcomes data to partnership stakeholders.
Projects are developed in conjunction with the site training director and can take a wide range of forms. Many Community Partnership Projects entail psychoeducational programs at local high schools or community centers (e.g., support groups).
The focus of this residency is clinical with an emphasis in Adult Neuropsychological Evaluation. Residents complete a minimum of 50% clinical time in Neuropsychology across the two-year residency.
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity is central to every aspect of training, supervision, and neuropsychology practice. This includes how we approach assessment interviewing, provision of meaningful feedback, selection of measures and normative samples, diagnostic formulation, and report preparation. Through seminar topics, supervision, and clinical practice, residents build the foundation to engage in lifelong learning to provide competent neuropsychological evaluation and intervention services.
Tracks and Rotations
The focus of the training program is primarily clinical, with an emphasis in Adult Outpatient Neuropsychology and Sports Medicine Concussion Management. The program is comprised of rotations that are coordinated simultaneously at two training sites: Kaiser Roseville Medical Center & Kaiser Sports Medicine Center, located at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
The Neuropsychology Service in Roseville provides comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations. Patients with a wide range of presenting problems are referred through the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Based on a consultative model of practice, our Neuropsychologists work within multidisciplinary teams throughout the medical center.
The Sports Medicine Center is in Sacramento and co-located at the Golden One Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. Concussion management is offered through a multidisciplinary team of physicians, neuropsychologists, and physical therapists.
Training Opportunities Include:
- Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation with a wide range of patients referred by the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and PM&R
- Presurgical evaluations for Movement Disorders and Epilepsy with case presentation to a multidisciplinary team
- Genetic Movement Disorders-Multidisciplinary Clinic, brief neuropsychological screening and treatment (3rd Monday of the month).
- Sports Medicine: Post-concussion assessment and treatment in compliance with CA State Law Return to Play Protocol
- Dementia Clinic/Memory Care
- Neurosurgery/Language Mapping/Wada
Typical week of a Resident:
Monday: Neuropsychological Evaluation
Tuesday: Report Writing & Program Evaluation Project
Wednesday: Neuropsychological Evaluation
Thursday: Didactics & Sports Medicine – Concussion
Friday: Report Writing & Clinical Case Conference
Typical 40-hour week:
- Direct Patient Care, including Report Writing: 32 hours
- Supervision: 4 hours
- Didactic Training: 2 hours
- Case Conference: variable, 0-2 hours
- Program Development/Evaluation Project: variable, 0-2
- Community Benefit Project: variable, 0-1 hour
“Completing a residency through Kaiser North Valley established my roots in productive neuropsychological evaluations across a community-based population. I was able to evaluate individuals with a wide array of mental health and neurological deficits. In addition, the collaboration with colleagues from Kaiser and the Veterans Administration throughout Northern California as well as UC Davis enhanced my professional development and provided a base for future job opportunities and enduring professional relationships that has sustained even 15 years later!”
“I really enjoyed my Neuropsychology postdoctoral training program at Kaiser Permanente, Roseville. I felt that the wide depth of disorders that I was exposed to in my training is hard to come by. The program allowed me to meet the requirements for board certification, which is something I was strongly looking for when applying to programs. I also enjoyed the chance of working within a multidisciplinary team. Last but not least, the supervision I received was supportive and constructive, helping me become a much stronger clinician.”
“If you are interested in completing your formal training as a neuropsychologist, the post-doctoral program at Kaiser Permanente, Roseville is ideal. As a former resident, not only I benefited from a well-developed scientist-practitioner training model that met the guidelines set forth by the Houston Conference but also, I grew professionally under the mentorship of highly skilled supervisors and wonderful people. It was the launching ramp for my career and the foundation of long-lasting professional bond.“
“Completing my postdoctoral residency in Neuropsychology at Kaiser Permanente was a formative experience, both clinically and professionally. The strong supervision, training, and support further developed and refined the clinical skills upon which I have built my career as a neuropsychologist over the past decade-plus. Furthermore, I have maintained relationships with many of my former supervisors and colleagues, which has been a valuable resource in my ongoing clinical and professional development. I strongly recommend Kaiser's postdoctoral residency in Neuropsychology.”
“My fellowship within the Center for Neuropsychological Services at Kaiser Permanente Roseville provided a solid foundation for my career. A significant proportion of the referrals were for patients with medical and neurological conditions. There was also a notable neurosurgery component. I felt well-prepared to transition into a clinical role serving neurology, neurosurgery, or neuroscience within any healthcare system. The training followed Houston Conference and ABPP guidelines to prepare me for board certification. An added bonus was involvement in the didactic training consortium with UC Davis and the VA Healthcare System. To anyone looking into this fellowship option, I would say it provides a supportive environment to develop your clinical skills while learning from supervisors who have an excellent training lineage of their own. You’ll not only learn how to assess and diagnose, you’ll learn how to effectively collaborate with referring providers and neurosurgical teams.”
“Kaiser Roseville’s Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship gave me the opportunity to improve my skills in the assessment of older adults with a variety of medical and neurological disorders. I also had the opportunity to gain experience in the evaluation of children and adolescents with learning differences as well medical conditions. The didactics were not only very interesting and informative to practice of neuropsychology but also met requirements for board certification. My supervisors were very supportive and provided opportunities to further develop cognitive assessment and report writing skills but also created space for professional development. Overall, this experience was very valuable because it made a more well rounded neuropsychologist and influenced my career trajectory in Lifespan Neuropsychology.”