Neuropsychology Consortium (Vallejo and San Francisco)
The Northern California Neuropsychology Resident Training Consortium offers two-year benefited Postdoctoral Residencies that meet the Houston Guidelines for Clinical Practice in Neuropsychology. Successful residents will be eligible for Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology or Rehabilitation Psychology.
In addition, Residents obtain an excess of supervised professional experience that is required by state licensing boards (obtain 4000 hours when most states require 1500 to 2000). Residents are expected to obtain licensure prior to completing their postdoctoral fellowship and pre-requisite courses and exams are encouraged as part of the fellowship training.
The Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center is located in the North Bay Area. The Center is a 30-minute drive away from Napa Valley and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville is a Level Two Trauma Center located near UC Davis and an hour drive to Sacramento and the Sierra-Nevada mountains.
Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center is a 48-bed, Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) – accredited, regional neurorehabilitation center for all of Kaiser Permanente Northern California. The Center services patients ages 14 and older. As a regional center, Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center services a diverse patient population that represents the diversity of the greater Bay Area.
KFRC maintains high standards of maximizing recovery potential by accepting most patients directly from acute care and discharging them to the community. Residents are pivotal in improving patient participation in therapy classes while also helping with post-discharge community re-integration. Many providers in the department has worked at KFRC for over a decade, demonstrating a solid commitment to the community, as well as the department and its mission statement
Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center’s Neuropsychology department conducts neuropsychological evaluations for both inpatients and outpatients. Other services provided include brief-treatment psychotherapy (adjustment to disability), behavior management, pain management, psychoeducation and consultation.
The training program seeks individuals who are eager to learn and enjoy working in a fast-paced work environment. Successful individuals get along well with other staff and appreciate cultural difference.
The Vacaville Kaiser Permanente Sports Concussion program uses a multidisciplinary approach to managing adolescent patients with protracted sports-related head injuries. Residents have the unique opportunity to work alongside sports medicine physicians and physical therapists trained in vestibular therapy. Residents learn how to interpret IMPACT test results and compare performance to baseline functioning, when available.
Evaluations help inform decisions about an athlete’s readiness to return to school or play. Interventions and evaluations are focused on the athlete but psychoeducation and advocacy with the patient’s parents/guardians, schools, and community, are also a large facet of the neuropsychological work.
Residents will become CIC trained IMPACT providers.
Residents have an opportunity to present to local schools, and administrators. At this time, the Vacaville Kaiser Permanente Sports Concussion program is the only Sports Concussion program that has Postdoctoral Resident training opportunities.
Clinical Service Opportunities
- Vallejo Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation
- Vacaville Outpatient Neuropsychology Rotation
The goal of the training programs is for Residents to be the primary contact on a treatment team that is comprised of a physiatrist, case manager, nurse, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech and language pathologist. Team assignments are based on clinical interests and professional strengths. These are, however opportunities to develop expertise with stroke, spinal cord injury and brain injury.
Daily job assignments include neuropsychological assessments (inpatient and outpatient), brief treatment psychotherapy, behavior management, consultation, psychoeducation, and occasional bedside hospital consultations for medical decision-making capacity. Residents will also have the opportunity to provide direct supervision to advanced practicum students.
As part of the Neuropsychology team, residents will present clinical cases throughout the year; and develop and present at least two, power-point presentations on any neuropsychology topic of interest to help develop expertise in the area.
Residents will spend two days per week in Vacaville during the second year of their 2-year neurorehabilitation postdoctoral residency.
Mornings at the clinic will include being an active participant in the multidisciplinary treatment team evaluations. As a team member, the Resident will be instrumental in providing patients and their families with psychoeducation, recommendations, and resources.
Afternoons at the clinic will be spent conducting outpatient neuropsychological evaluations that are referred from the neurology and sports medicine clinics.
Populations served include adults, geriatrics, and adolescents (age 14 and older). The resident receives training in all aspects of neuropsychological evaluation, behavioral consultation, psychological evaluation, and individual psychotherapy as part of a rehabilitation interdisciplinary team.
Vallejo Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency in Neurorehabilitation and Sports Concussion: Two- year program at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center (KFRC) with integrated rotation in Sports Concussion at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville
Monday through Friday (8am to 5pm, 40 hours per week)
- Direct patient care: 27 hours
- Non-patient care: 4 hours
- Individual clinical supervision: 1 hour
- Individual delegated supervision: 1 hour
- Group supervision: (2+ hours)
- Didactic Training: 4 hours
- Community Benefit Project: 20 hours per year
- Research Project: 20 hours per year
16 hours per week (approximately)
General training in Neuropsychology follows the Houston Guidelines:
- Neuropsychological interviewing, report writing, and feedback
- Validity testing
- Capacity evaluations
- Memory: anatomy and assessment
- General Neuroanatomy
- Neuropsychology of mild and severe traumatic brain injuries
KFRC boasts all the critical elements one looks for in a training site, including access to resources (including a wide range of tests), a diverse patient population but goes well beyond these pragmatic check-boxes by providing a unique setting with exceptionally supportive supervision and mentorship. It offers an opportunity to work with inpatient rehabilitation patients and outpatient evaluations that would appeal to those who see themselves as primarily neuropsychologists but are also interested in integrated medicine/rehabilitation and developing a range of interventions including motivational interviewing, pain management, supportive psychotherapy, and family/caregiver education and support. KFRC gives trainees the opportunity to learn about the mind/body interaction, develop interest and expertise with particularly sub-populations, and improve the spectrum of clinical skills. I left KFRC feeling confident in my ability to conduct neuropsychological assessments and provide meaningful feedback to patients and their families, and with ongoing mentorship and support, I was able to complete ABPP Board Certification in Rehabilitation. Without hesitation, the training I received has been the foundational of my professional identify and would highly recommend to anyone who is a motivated self-starter with an interest in neuropsychology, medical psychology, and/or rehabilitation psychology. I count myself lucky!
Former Neuropsychologist Postdoctoral Resident
Member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPPIC)
Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center
975 Sereno Drive, 3rd Floor
Vallejo, CA 94589
Vacaville Outpatient Neuropsychology
1 Quality Drive
Vacaville, CA 95688
Anna K. Morita, PsyD
Consortium Director and Training Program Director