The North Valley Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency is a 2-year postdoctoral residency that meets the Houston Guidelines for Training in Neuropsychology. The focus of the training program is primarily clinical, with an emphasis in Adult Outpatient Neuropsychology and Sports Medicine -Concussion Management.
The program exists within a large metropolitan area and is organized into rotations at 2 training sites: Kaiser Roseville Medical Center & Kaiser Sacramento Medical Center. Residents train in advanced practice competencies in the specialty of clinical neuropsychology and will obtain supervised professional experience in excess of what is required by state licensing boards. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will be well-prepared for Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology.
The greater Sacramento area (city/county) is a rapidly growing and diverse area. The surrounding communities range from urban, suburban and rural. In the past few years, there has been remarkable growth, ranging from individuals and families moving from the Bay Area for a slower pace of life to retirees. Midtown Sacramento is host to many eclectic and top restaurants. Entertainment venues range from professional sports, Mondavi Center for Performing Arts, to local theater and art museums. Its central location makes it a compelling choice for adventurous individuals. Going east or west from Sacramento, a one to two-hour drive will take you to the cool California coast, “Everybody’s Favorite City” San Francisco, Napa Valley or the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and Lake Tahoe where you can enjoy the summers by the Lake or skiing during the winter. Sacramento is also home to nearby UC Davis and California State University at Sacramento, and several other local community colleges.
The Roseville and Sacramento training team consists of highly skilled clinicians that are also recognized as leaders within our medical system and the community.
Many of the Neuropsychologists hired within Kaiser Northern CA since the early 2000’s completed their Neuropsychology fellowship in the North Valley, some of whom remain directly involved in the training program at our site.
Kaiser Permanente is the Sacramento area’s largest not-for-profit health care provider, with more than 823,000 members; and insures 48% of the commercial market and 31% of the region’s total population. All of the hospitals in our service area have earned The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction as Primary Stroke Centers and have been named “Top Hospitals” by The Leapfrog Group for delivering some of the safest, highest quality care in the nation. Recently published demographic data on diversity in Sacramento County indicated approximately 24% of residents identify as Hispanic/Latino, 17% Asian, 10% African American, and 10% multiracial.
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.
Residents who thrive in the training program come in with a foundation of training in neuropsychology at the practicum and internship levels and show enthusiasm for further development in their work. The fast-paced nature of our setting provides a breadth of opportunity for residents who are skilled multi-taskers, self-initiators, and well-organized. The focus of training is clinical, so residents who are considering practice in clinical neuropsychology after completion of residency are encouraged to apply.
Clinical Service Opportunities
The Neuropsychology Service provides comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations. Referrals come from a variety of departments throughout the medical center for patients with a broad range of neurological, medical, and to a lesser extent, psychiatric disorders.
Based on a consultation model of practice, the team works with multidisciplinary teams and physicians from other departments.
The Sports Medicine Center is in Sacramento and co-located at the Golden One Center, home to the Sacramento Kings.
Concussion management is offered through a multidisciplinary team of physicians, neuropsychologists, and physical therapists.
- 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
We are recruiting 2 Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residents for the 2023-2025 training term
Interested candidates must file an application through the APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application Centralized Application Services (APPA CAS) system. Qualified applicants are identified and invited to an individual interview with a selection panel at the site to which they have applied. Interviews take place anytime from December through January for the term beginning in September.
Core Rotations are Adult Outpatient Neuropsychology & Sports Medicine: Concussion
Adult Outpatient (Supervised by Kimberly Lanni, PhD, ABPP-CN & May Kim, PhD)
- Wide range of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation referrals from within our medical center (1-2 per week)
- Presurgical Consultations for Movement Disorders and Epilepsy with Case Presentation to Multidisciplinary Team
- Genetic Movement Disorders – Multidisciplinary Clinic, brief neuropsychological screening and treatment with Dr. Lanni in Sacramento/Point West
- 3rd Monday of the month
Sports Medicine: Concussion (Supervised by Dawn Levine, PhD)
- Post-Concussion Assessment & Treatment in compliance with CA State Law Return to Play Protocol
- Year 1: 4 hours per week September through mid-December & mid-January through May – initially observe but then expected to carry caseload of 1-4 patients beginning in November
- Year 2: 8 month rotation of 8 hours per week with caseload and continued supervision – runs from October-June – with opportunities for more if desired
- Baseline ImPACT testing – administration and validation
- Dementia Clinic/Memory Care w/ Michel Medina, MD (Neuropsychiatry in Roseville)
- Neurosurgery / Language Mapping – Dr. Levine
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 hours
- Community Benefit Project: variable, 0-1 hour
- Neuroanatomy Series
- Clinical Syndromes
- DBS for Movement Disorders
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
- Cultural Diversity in Neuropsychology
- Wada Testing in Epilepsy
- PTSD and Neuropsychology
- Performance and Symptom Validity
- Sports Concussion Management
- Board Certification in Neuropsychology
“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.”