Neuropsychology of Epilepsy

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Welcome to the Fellowship Training Program in the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy.

The Division of Epilepsy and Sleep at Columbia University Medical Center is located at the Neurological Institute at 710 West 168th Street in New York, NY. We are a major referral center, with patients from southeastern New York, southwesternConnecticut, and northern New Jersey.. We additionally maintain an 8 bed adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (Milstein Pavilion)and a 10 bed pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital) with installed video EEG equipment, andregistered EEG technologists with 24 hour coverage, specially trained nursing staff, and 1:1 monitoring for intracraniallyimplanted patients.

During the 2-year postdoctoral fellowship, fellow will gain expertise in  the neuropsychology of epilepsy, including neuropsychological evaluation and specialized invasive procedures such as Wada testing and intra and extra-operative direct stimulation mapping.  The population includes primarily patients with epilepsy, but also those with movement disorders, brain tumors, vascular anomalies, dementia, and other neurological disorders, with an age range from very young children through older adults.  Fellow will attend and present at epilepsy case conferences, with opportunity to attend neurology and neuropsychology lectures, and neurology, neuroradiology, and neurosurgery rounds. Fellow will also participate in NIH funded research in language and epilepsy and epilepsy surgery. There as an academic requirement of at least one abstract  submitted to national professional conference; topic to be decided by fellow and supervisors. We work closely with, and are invested in the success of each fellow, whether that future is in clinical, administrative, or academic leadership roles in the field of neuropsychology. 

Our Program

The Neuropsychology of Epilepsy Fellowship at Columbia is a two-year training program. Fellow will conduct three neuropsychological evaluations per week and assist with supervision of predoctoral clinical externs.  Fellow will participate in Wada and mapping procedures as scheduled. Fellow will participate in an organized collection of lectures, teaching conferences, and journal clubs. Upon completion, fellows will be proficient in conducting neuropsychological procedures specific to epilepsy and other neurosurgical patients (e.g., CNS tumor, Parkinson’s Disease), and in interpreting neuropsychological results in patients with a range of complex, epilespy syndromes.   Development of independent research projects is strongly encouraged, and fellow will benefit from broad exposure to database management and biostatistics.  Two weeks of vacation time are allotted per year. Stipend is competitive and includes full benefits.

Requirements and Eligibility

Applicant must have had both coursework and clinical training in neuropsychology and must be eligible for and possess a New York State Limited Permit.  Preference is given to applicants who have completed internship with extensive neuropsychology experience. Interviews will be mandatory. 

Apply

Application includes cover letter, CV, 3 letters of recommendation (emailed directly from reference), and 2 sample neuropsychological reports to Dr. Marla Hamberger at mh61@cumc.columbia.edu.

Contact

Dr. Marla Hamberger
Professor of Neuropsychology, CUMC
mh61@cumc.columbia.edu

Our Fellowship Faculty

  • Marla Hamberger, PhD Professor of Neuropsychology, CUMC
  • Jeffrey Cole, PhD, ABPP-CN – Assistant Professor, CUIMC
  • Lindsay, Plunkett, PhD, Assistant Professor, CUIMC; Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Our Fellows


Current Fellow

  • Sloane Sheldon, PhD
    • Graduate Program: Yeshiva University
    • Clinical Internship: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 

Our Recent Alumni

  • Fellow 2016-18
    • Lindsay Plunkett, PhD – Columbia University Medical Center , New York
  • Fellow  2014-16
    • Amanda Gooding, PhD – UCSD, San Diego
  • Fellow 2012-14
    • Kirsty Bortnik, PhD – Previously at North East Regional Epilepsy Group (currently on maternity leave)