Resident Life: Tracks & Rotations
Adult  |   Autism & Developmental Disabilities  |   Behavioral Medicine  |   Child   |   Rehabilitation Neuropsychology

This section provides more detailed descriptions of the tracks and rotations during the training year. Please scroll down to see content for each track. Please note that the Internship Program reserves the right to change rotations due to unforeseen circumstances. The Internship Program will make every attempt to notify applicants of any substantial changes regarding tracks prior to the required applicant rank order match date submissions. For additional information about a particular rotation, please contact the person whose last name appears in parentheses.

You can download PDF versions of the Tracks and their Rotations here

General Adult Psychology Track

(APPIC/NMS program code = 161913)

Track Coordinator: Adam Carmel, PhD, adultpip@uw.edu

Current General Adult Track Psychology Residents

UWMC Outpatient Psychiatry/Psychology Clinics


Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD | Kristin Lindgren, PhD | Ty Lostutter, PhD | Joan Romano, PhD | Kate Comtois, PhD

HMC Outpatient Psychiatry/Psychology Clinic (5 East Clinic)


Barbara McCann, PhD | Adam Carmel, PhD | Doyanne Darnell, PhD | Sarah Kopelovich, PhD

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Psychiatry/Psychology Service


Ty Lostutter, PhD | Jesse Fann, MD, MPH | Nicole Bates, MD

Rotation Description & Patient Demographics

The University of Washington Outpatient Psychiatry Center (OPC) is a standard outpatient specialty care clinic staffed by faculty and residents in psychology and psychiatry. The OPC is located approximately 5 blocks west of the main campus of the University of Washington and approximately 10 blocks from the University of Washington Medical Center. The OPC serves a predominantly middle and lower-middle class population. Patients come from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations. Patients present with a broad range of clinical problems, including mood, anxiety, substance use, adjustment and personality disorders. Portable digital recording equipment is available for faculty and resident use, as well as a room for live observation of sessions. Computers are available in each clinic room, providing access to the scheduling and computerized medical chart systems, e-mail and the Internet.

The Harborview Outpatient Psychiatry/Psychology Clinic (5 East Clinic) is a standard outpatient specialty care clinic staffed by faculty and residents in psychology and psychiatry. The 5 East Clinic is located at 325 Ninth Avenue, between Jefferson and Alder streets in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Harborview Medical Center is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to providing specialized care for a broad spectrum of patients, including the most vulnerable residents of King County. Harborview serves as the regional trauma and burn referral center for Alaska, Montana and Idaho and the disaster preparedness and disaster control hospital for Seattle and King County. Patients given priority for care include the non-English speaking poor; the uninsured or underinsured, victims of domestic violence or sexual assault; people incarcerated in King County's jails; people with mental illness or substance abuse problems, particularly those treated involuntarily; people with sexually transmitted diseases; and those who require specialized emergency, trauma or burn care. 5 East Clinic is able to receive referral patients from other specialty mental health clinics located at HMC including patients from the Harborview Medical Center, Mental Health and Addictions Services (HMHAS), Early Psychosis Clinic, and the Sleep Center at Harborview to enrich the outpatient training available.

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) outpatient clinic is located in Southeast Lake Union and is accessible by a 15-minute shuttle from UWMC, which runs regularly throughout the day. Residents will work at the interface of psychology and oncology and become an integral member of a large multidisciplinary collaborative care team that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, advanced practice practitioners, clinical social workers and patient navigators. The SCCA, the comprehensive outpatient cancer clinic of the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Seattle Children’s Hospital, provides care for patients with a wide variety of malignancies in various stages of treatment. Residents will provide direct consultation to the SCCA clinics under supervision and will evaluate and treat a range of psychosocial issues that arise in the context of medical illness. They will also participate in a collaborative care model reviewing and managing patient cases using a multidisciplinary team. Examples of presenting problems with which residents will gain experience are: depression, anxiety, demoralization, confusion and cognitive problems, behavioral and compliance issues, issues surrounding grief and end of life, family issues in medical illness, and systems issues unique to working within a multidisciplinary medical setting. With all patient visits lasting a full hour, residents will have the unique opportunity to integrate a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities in the short- and long-term care of medical outpatients. Pertinent directed readings, webinars, and other educational materials are provided on our dedicated Psycho-Oncology training website.

Training Experiences & Treatment Modalities

The educational model of the OPC, 5 East Clinic, and SCCA emphasizes an empirically supported scientist-practitioner approach to psychological assessment and treatment. The psychology faculty at OPC have specialized training in evidence based cognitive-behavioral therapy, including expertise with cognitive processing therapy and exposure therapies for PTSD and other anxiety disorders. The primary modality is individual treatment although group treatments are also provided. There is also a multidisciplinary DBT training clinic that is run out of this clinic. DBT Workshops and seminars are offered as part of this comprehensive DBT training for residents. The faculty at 5 East Clinic has expertise in sleep disorders including insomnia (CBT-I), hypnosis in psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P). The faculty at SCCA have expertise in psycho-oncology, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy interventions, adjustment disorder, grief, end-of-life issues, and motivational interviewing strategies to increase medication adherence. Computers are available in each clinic room, providing access to the scheduling and computerized medical chart systems, e-mail and the Internet.

The Adult Track offers generalist training model where residents are integrated into collaborative, multidisciplinary teams at the three sites noted above. All residents are present at all three sites throughout the year, and each resident is assigned to a primary site for two days a week. All residents will have a small caseload of DBT patients and attend weekly OPC DBT consultation team meetings throughout the year.

Resident Expectations

The training objectives of the OPC/5 East Clinic/SCCA are designed to foster the acquisition of a broad generalist experience from among the following activities

  1. Treatment: Individual psychotherapy comprises the majority of the clinical caseload. In coordination with the OPC/5East Clinic/SCCA Triage Team, we balance residents' preferences for particular training experiences with the needs of the clinic. For example, residents may elect to have the majority of their caseload devoted to specific related disorders, such as anxiety, substance use. However, they are also expected to carry a diverse caseload and be willing to take on cases that need care or that expand their existing skill set.

    Considerations of differential diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning continuously evolve over the course of care. Clinic supervisors are predominantly, but not exclusively, cognitive-behaviorally oriented. Training books, manuals, video and audio tapes, and validated measures of therapist adherence and competence in specific treatments may be used to facilitate feedback and learning by the psychology resident. A typical caseload for each day will involve approximately 4-5 hours of direct clinical contact.

    Even though a resident is providing individual therapy, many patients receive medication management services from psychiatry residents and faculty in tandem with psychotherapy services provided by the psychology resident. Thus, the resident is part of a treatment team and must coordinate care with other providers across multiple disciplines.
  2. Assessment: Psychology residents can administer a range of self-report indices in the outpatient clinic or refer/consult with the UWMC/HMC for more comprehensive assessment batteries (e.g., neuro-psychological assessment). The decision to obtain testing and, if so, which tests, is made in consultation with the supervisor on a case-by-case basis. In this way, residents learn the indications for testing and the clinical utility of testing results in treatment planning. There is also an option for the psychology resident to conduct full intake assessments for the clinic, often alongside a psychology or psychiatry attending.

Supervision

OPC/5 East CLinic

Psychology residents will receive individual supervision with two of the attending psychologists. They will also participate in a 1 hour per week combined psychology and psychiatry resident group supervision, moderated by the OPC/5 East Clinic training faculty (one attending psychologist and one attending psychiatrist). Group supervision is a combination of didactic presentations, readings and faculty/peer consultations. Supervisors are also available on an as needed basis. DBT supervision is provided in the form of one-on-one individual supervision with a clinical psychologist and participation in a multi-disciplinary consult team (psychiatry, psychology, social work).

SCCA

Psychology residents will receive individual supervision from one attending psychologist at this time 3 hours per week. [Please note, we are looking to hire a second psychologist at this site, so we have 2 supervisors by the start of internship year.] They will also participate in 1-2 hours per week attending our SCCA collaborative care group meetings, which consist of psychiatrist and social workers case review. The social workers have been trained in behavioral activation as the primary intervention to help their clients and the psychology resident can assist with psychological interventions supervision during these team meeting.

Autism and Developmental Disabilities Track

(APPIC/NMS program code = 161916)

Track Coordinator: Jennifer Gerdts, PhD, jvarley@uw.edu

We are excited expand our Autism and Developmental Disabilities clinical psychology predoctoral internship track at the University of Washington to welcome two residents focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental disabilities (DD). Each resident will rotate through a variety of outpatient and inpatient clinical experiences structured in two 6-month rotations at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) at UW. Residents will receive superior clinical training in outpatient assessment and treatment of ASD and DD at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center (SCAC) and CHDD at UW. Residents will also provide specialized consultation for inpatients on the Seattle Children’s Pediatric and Behavioral Medicine Unit referred for concerns regarding ASD/DD. We have continued to offer a full range of training opportunities during the pandemic. All of our clinics are open, with both telehealth and in-person services.

Outpatient Clinical Training Opportunities at SCAC and UW CHDD

UW and SCAC boast a large number of interdisciplinary specialty clinics that offer excellent outpatient training opportunities in both assessment and treatment. Residents will receive in-depth training at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) in interdisciplinary assessment of children who are identified with or at-risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities through a variety of clinics within the Clinical Training Unit at CHDD. Residents will choose from an array of training experiences at SCAC in individual and group therapy, intensive treatment programming, and assessment of children with ASD.

CHDD

Jennifer Gerdts, PhD
Megan Goldenshteyn, PhD
Kathleen Lehman, PhD

The Clinical Training Unit (CTU) is housed within the CHDD and is an interdisciplinary program that provides training, research, and exemplary services in the assessment and treatment of children with or at risk for developmental disabilities, using a person-centered, community-based, culturally and linguistically responsive approach. CTU includes different training clinics allowing the residents to work within a clinical team composed of a variety of disciplines, including audiology, developmental pediatrics, nutrition, occupational therapy, family advocates, physical therapy, social work, and speech language pathology.

UW is one of 60 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs that are federally funded under the Autism CARES Act and administered by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. LEND is an interdisciplinary training program intended to prepare a workforce and train future leaders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. As part of the internship experience, residents will be enrolled for the academic year as LEND trainees in a cohort of 35+ other graduate level trainees from a variety of disciplines, including both professionals and family/self-advocates. As part of LEND, residents will attend seminars and leadership workshops during the academic year, complete advocacy learning experiences, and present a leadership project at the end of the training year—in addition to clinical training experiences at CHDD.

Autism and Developmental Disabilities Residents will spend 1 or 2 days/week in the following clinics/programs at CHDD, depending on the rotation.

UW CHDD

Clinic Description Length of Rotation
Child Development Clinic (CDC) Interdisciplinary team evaluations for neurodevelopmental disorders. 12 months, Mondays
Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic (DSSC) Interdisciplinary team evaluation of complex Down Syndrome patients 12 months, Mondays
LEND Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities core seminars/activities. 9 months, Mondays
Infant Development Follow-Up Clinic (IDFC) Assessment and monitoring over time of high-risk babies born prematurely and/or with extensive NICU stays. 3 months, Wednesdays
Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic (CNC) Assessment and monitoring over time of young children with open-heart surgeries in infancy 3 months, Tuesdays

SCAC

Karen Bearss, PhD
Eric Boelter, PhD
Heather Carmichael-Olson, PhD
Rachel Earl, PhD
Jennifer Gerdts, PhD
Mendy Minjarez, PhD
Emily Neuhaus, PhD
Felice Orlich, PhD

The Seattle Children’s Autism Center is the region’s largest interdisciplinary clinical service center focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). SCAC provides a wide variety of services specific to individuals with ASD, including diagnostic evaluations, comprehensive clinical programs (e.g., ABA Early Intervention, Feeding, Biobehavior), individual and group therapy in various clinics, psychiatric medication management, medical appointments, parent education classes, speech and language therapy, and family resource support. SCAC averages approximately 17,000 outpatient visits (~4,300 unique patients) each year.

Autism and Developmental Disabilities Residents will spend 6 months at SCAC providing outpatient care for 3 days/week. Residents can select from a variety of assessment and treatment clinics and specialty programs. Each resident will decide on rotations based on goals and preferences (and schedule to some extent).

Seattle Children’s Autism Center

Clinic Description
ASD Diagnostic Evaluation Clinic Interdisciplinary team evaluations for ASD. First Steps Classes for families of newly diagnosed children with ASD.
Gender Clinic Assessment and treatment of children with ASD questioning their gender identity. Clinic operates in collaboration with the Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic.
Mood and Anxiety Clinic CBT-based intervention clinic for children with ASD, including individual and group therapy. Group experience includes the Facing Your Fears curriculum.
RUBI Clinic Parent-training program for disruptive behaviors in ASD.
PEERS Clinic Evidence-based, social skills group for teens with ASD.
SNACS – Families Moving Forward Evaluation and potential intervention for children with confirmed prenatal alcohol exposure.
Clinical Program Description
Bio-Behavior Program Interdisciplinary behavior assessment/treatment program for very challenging behaviors within IDD/ASD populations.
Early Intervention Program Center-based intervention program using an Applied Behavior Analysis approach for children with ASD under age 5.
Feeding Program Interdisciplinary feeding assessment/treatment program, often serving children with DD/ASD.

Inpatient Training on the PBMU

Autism and Developmental Disability residents will each rotate for 6 months, 2 days/week on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The PBMU is a 41-bed acute care psychiatric unit that provides multidisciplinary assessment, crisis intervention and stabilization, and long-term treatment planning for children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 18. The children and adolescents seen on this unit present with a variety of severe psychological/psychiatric problems, including psychotic, mood, disruptive, anxiety, eating, and developmental disorders, as well as chronic medical problems with concomitant behavioral difficulties. In addition, many youth struggle with significant psychosocial stressors related to child abuse and neglect, and other types of trauma.

Under close supervision from SCAC faculty and providers, residents will provide diagnostic evaluation and assessment consultation for pediatric inpatients with concerns for DD/ASD, as well as treatment/milieu planning for patients with confirmed DD/ASD diagnoses. Residents will also have the opportunity to develop ongoing ASD programming for the unit. Working in the inpatient setting will provide in-depth training in psychiatric comorbidity in the DD population. Residents will overlap with the Child Track residents who each spend a full 3 months on the PBMU.

Rotation Structure

The training year is divided into two 6-month rotations. One 6-month rotation will include inpatient care on the PBMU for 2 days/week and assessment at CHDD/LEND for 2 days/week. The other 6-month rotation will include the resident’s choice of outpatient treatment and assessment clinics at SCAC for 3 days/week and assessment at CHDD/LEND for 1 day/week. Research and didactics comprise the final 1 day/week.

Of note, residents will not be able to participate in every outpatient clinic offered at our training sites- there is just not enough time in the year! We will work with each resident prior to the training year to finalize rotation order and plan for the year, depending on background and interests.

EXAMPLE OF DD/ASD INTERN ROTATION SCHEDULE
July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar April May June
Mon AM LEND/CDC/DSSC
Mon PM LEND/CDC
Tues AM ABA EI Program PBMU CNC
Tues PM Research PBMU CNC
Wed AM RUBI IDFC PBMU
Wed PM PEERS IDFC PBMU
Thurs AM Mood and Anxiety Research
Thurs PM Didactics
Fri AM Gender PBMU
Fri PM Gender PBMU

Supervisors and Mentors

Track Coordinator: Jennifer Gerdts, PhD

Washington. She received her doctoral degree at the Child Clinical Psychology program at UW, with a focus on autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Gerdts is the Director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) interdisciplinary training program at the Center on Human Development and Disability at UW. She also is an attending psychologist at the SCAC in which she serves as the Diagnostic Services Lead, conducts diagnostic evaluations, and supervises trainees. She is the Autism and Developmental Disabilities track coordinator and will serve as the primary supervisor in the SCAC Diagnostic Evaluation Clinic.

Karen Bearss, PhD
Eric Boelter, PhD
Heather Carmichael-Olson, PhD
Rachel Earl, PhD
Jennifer Gerdts, PhD
Megan Goldenshteyn, PhD
Kathleen Lehman, PhD
Mendy Minjarez, PhD
Emily Neuhaus, PhD
Felice Orlich, PhD

Behavioral Medicine Track

(APPIC/NMS program code = 161914)

Track Coordinators: Ivan Molton, PhD, imolton@uw.edu | Jeffrey Sherman, PhD, jeffreys@uw.edu

Current Behavioral Medicine Track Psychology Residents

For 2021-2022 the behavioral medicine track will accept six residents. All residents will receive extensive training in behavioral medicine within medical/surgical and medical rehabilitation settings. In addition, all residents in the Behavioral Medicine track will have at least some exposure to basic neuropsychological principles and assessment. Previous neuropsychology experience is not required for the Behavioral Medicine track.

Please note that while Behavioral Medicine residents receive some limited exposure to neuropsychological screening and assessment, those wishing for a more intensive neuropsychology training experience should consider the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology track.

Track Map

Current Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology Residents

Rotations and Training Sites

All psychology residents complete three, 4-month rotations during the training year. Some of these 4-month rotations may include multiple training sites or clinical services. A description of Behavioral Medicine clinical service sites is below.

University of Washington Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Medicine


Training faculty

Rotation Description

The Behavioral Medicine rotation at UWMC provides an array of clinical experiences to train clinical psychologists within a multidisciplinary team framework in a medical setting. Psychology residents will have opportunities to work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, vocational counselors, therapeutic recreation therapists, and social workers, from within the medical center as well as from the community in developing and implementing treatment plans. Psychology is an integral part of the medical team. Our patients are diverse in terms of medical conditions and problems, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages. Psychology residents will have an opportunity to evaluate and treat patients with a variety of presenting medical conditions, including: spinal cord injury; brain injury due to trauma stroke, tumor, aneurysm, hemorrhage, hypoxia, etc.; multiple sclerosis; muscular dystrophy; post-polio syndrome; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; cancer; and large organ transplant (heart, lung, and liver). The rotation provides a mix of inpatient and outpatient psychological assessment and treatment opportunities.

Training Experiences

The training model emphasizes empirically supported scientist-practitioner approach to assessment and treatment. Psychology residents learn to function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team. Psychology residents cover 2 teams on the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit and follow up to 8 outpatients in the rehabilitation clinic. Occasionally residents will have an opportunity to assist with the inpatient consultation-liaison service. Typical patients present with need for assessment of psychological and/or neuropsychological functioning, identification of patient and family concerns, development and implementation of appropriate treatment programs, and mobilization of resources to integrate the patient into the community. Psychology residents are involved in a range of clinical activities, including psychological assessment; utilization of assessment findings in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation treatment planning; development of behavioral programs; consultation to team members and community agencies; case management of patients; and provision of individual and family therapy. All residents will receive training in conducting and utilizing findings from brief inpatient neuropsychological evaluations.

Participation in weekly rounds and team/family conferences is an important part of the psychology residents' experience. There is also the opportunity to observe or participate in outpatient treatment groups. Psychology residents who are involved in the behavioral medicine rotation participate in a monthly rehabilitation psychology journal club. Psychology residents also have opportunities to attend the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine's Grand Rounds which occurs twice per month and covers various rehabilitation topics, many of which are of interest to residents.

Expectations of Psychology Residents

Behavioral Medicine residents participate in all aspects of the training experiences listed above and can typically expect to follow 4 to 8 inpatient cases, and 6 to 8 outpatient cases weekly. By the end of the rotation, psychology residents are expected to:

  1. have an understanding of a psychologist's role on an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team
  2. demonstrate an increased awareness of and ability to assess the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive sequelae of various traumatic and chronic medical conditions
  3. have a fundamental understanding of the functional implications of neurocognitive screens
  4. recommend and implement basic therapeutic interventions with patients and their families
  5. apply ethical and legal principles to practice
  6. have an awareness of personal strengths and limitations as they relate to providing psychological services to this population.

Training Methods

Psychology residents will have an orientation session with tours of the facility. Residents will then have an opportunity to accompany and observe the supervising psychologist(s) performing clinical work. Residents will then have opportunities to see patients with direct observation and supervision provided. The eventual goal is for psychology residents to work fairly independently with patients and to move towards a co-treatment model. Psychology residents are provided with examples of psychological /neuropsychological evaluation reports, progress notes, and other written communications as models. Residents have access to a training manual and numerous articles and books to supplement their learning experiences. Psychology residents participate in weekly scheduled individual supervision as well as weekly group supervision. Residents have additional opportunities for contact and supervision with the supervisors during weekly rounds and conferences. Residents are encouraged to drop by or page the supervisors with day-to-day questions concerning patients. Supervision is provided by the attending psychologists, and additional supervision may be provided by the post-doctoral fellow.

Evaluation of Psychology Residents

Supervisors provide frequent, ongoing feedback on the psychology resident's performance throughout the rotation. Residents and supervisors discuss the resident's progress and training needs at the mid-rotation point. Psychology residents participate in standard evaluation practices that are part of the overall internship which includes self-evaluation, evaluations by their supervisors, resident evaluation of their supervisors and resident evaluation of the rotation site.

Harborview Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Medicine


Training Faculty

General Rotation Description & Patient Demographics

Behavioral Medicine rotations provide training in medical psychology and rehabilitation psychology and operate within several areas of the medical center and related clinics: Inpatient Rehabilitation (Bombardier, Starosta, Wright), Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program (Formea, Ehde and multiple faculty), Inpatient Consultation Service (Sherman, Wright), Burn Unit (Wiechman), Pediatric and Burn Clinics (Wiechman) and Madison Clinic (Wright). These rotations are described in greater detail below, after the rotations have been described more generally. An important aspect of these rotations is understanding the role of clinical psychologists within an interdisciplinary team framework and within a health care delivery system. Psychology residents work with multidisciplinary teams that include physicians, nurses, speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and vocational counselors. This site provides abundant opportunities to apply psychological principles in a medical setting with patients experiencing a variety of acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions.

Patients are commonly admitted to HMC due to trauma or acute illness. Psychology residents typically work with patients who have sustained traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accidents, spinal cord injuries, severe burn injuries, and multiple traumas. Patients come from diverse backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographical location. The Burn Unit provides residents with extensive experience in pediatric consultation and liaison. Psychology residents have a shared, on-site office space with computers, printers, phones and voice mail provided.

Training Experiences & Treatment Modalities

The mission of the psychologists at the Harborview Medical Center (HMC) rotation is to provide primary psychological care for inpatients on the Rehabilitation Medicine and Burn Units as well as patients followed by the Outpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Service. Also, consultations are provided for inpatients on Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurology, General Medicine, General Surgery, and all Intensive Care Units at HMC. Psychology residents on the HMC Behavioral Medicine rotation therefore are exposed to a wide variety of consultation and liaison experiences and learn to work on interdisciplinary medical teams in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Harborview Medical Center is a Regional Level I Trauma Center serving five states with a highly diverse patient mix. Psychologists play a prominent role in the care of these patients. This site provides a unique opportunity to work with a multiethnic patient population and to obtain training from psychologists who regularly integrate clinical and research activities. It also gives the experience of providing psychological services in a fast-paced, intense, but extremely collegial environment.

Psychology residents work closely with a variety of medical and adjunctive medical disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, nursing, social work, rehabilitation counseling, and therapeutic recreation. Surgery and rehabilitation medicine physicians are our two most prominent medical colleagues. HMC rehabilitation psychologists must rely on treatment modalities that fit well into the trauma setting. As such, there is a heavy emphasis on consultation/liaison, brief psychotherapy, and focused assessment. Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral frameworks are used frequently. More traditional psychotherapy is practiced through the outpatient rehabilitation and burn clinics as well. Training in hypnosis for pain control and motivational interviewing for substance abuse and treatment adherence is available. The psychologists often rely on a systems approach in which the patient is evaluated and treated within the context of the interdisciplinary health care team and family. Assessing and treating team behaviors is often essential to assisting the patient.

Behavioral Medicine residents at HMC rehabilitation first undergo a group orientation session with tours of the facility. Residents then accompany and observe an attending psychologist doing clinical work. Based on the residents' level of comfort they are then provided with the opportunity to see patients under visual supervision. As the comfort level of residents' further progresses, supervision increasingly takes the form of co-treatment or face-to-face review of cases. Residents meet with attending psychologists for individual supervision on a weekly basis. Group supervision meetings are held on a weekly basis as well. All residents attend the weekly neuropsychology case-based seminar. Generally, there is a minimum of two hours of individual supervision a week, and in addition psychology residents are encouraged to page the supervisors with time-urgent questions about patient management. A psychology resident handbook is provided that contains extensive reading materials pertaining to the patient populations served and resident clinical responsibilities. Model reports, structured evaluation formats and practical clinical care guidelines are also included. Psychology residents typically attend multidisciplinary Rehabilitation and Burn Unit rounds, thereby becoming familiar with the work of other professionals. They continue to attend the regular internship didactics through this rotation as well as specialized seminars on topics of specific importance to residents (e.g., acute pain/stress management techniques, hypnosis for pain and stress, introductions to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and burn injury as well as sessions on working with interpreters, with multi-ethnic populations, and with medical teams).

Rotations at Harboview Medical Center

  1. Inpatient Consultation Liaison Service, Burn Unit and Pediatrics Service.

    Behavioral Medicine residents on this service are actively involved in a thriving psychology consultation service that provides treatment for the majority of the services in a regional, level 1 trauma center. About one third of consultation referrals are to the Burn Unit, which is world famous and provides interdisciplinary care on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Frequent clinical issues include facilitating adjustment to burn injuries, managing acute pain, assessing for reactions to trauma, and behavioral management. One third of the patient population on the Burn Unit is pediatric and residents are given the opportunity to work with children. Training with hypnosis and other acute pain and stress management techniques is available and often emphasized on this service. The other two thirds of consultation referrals are to nearly every unit in the hospital including Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, Medicine, Surgery units and every ICU in the hospital. Clinical work with such patients often involves assessment and treatment after multiple traumas. This service differs from Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison in that the emphasis is on adjustment to physical trauma and brief psychotherapy as opposed to Psychiatry's emphasis on suicide assessment, treatment of psychosis, and pharmacologic treatments.

    The Inpatient C&L service and Burn/Pediatric services differ enough so that residents can rotate through both and receive different types of training.

  2. HMC Inpatient Rehabilitation

    For the inpatient rehabilitation aspect of the rotation residents are the first line consultants to the medical, nursing and therapy team members regarding the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse disorders, adherence to treatment issues, and overall adjustment to loss, injury or disease. Residents learn about common cognitive, behavioral, and psychological conditions associated with traumatic injuries such as brain injury and spinal cord injury as well as neurological conditions such as stroke and aneurysms. They learn how to help patients, their loved ones, and rehabilitation team members cope more effectively with the rehabilitation process. Residents will also learn to interpret and report on results from a brief neuropsychological testing battery administered by a dedicated psychometrist and supervised by Dr. Goldberg, Dasher or Bombardier.

  3. The Madison Clinic

    The Madison Clinic is an outpatient clinic located near Harborview Medical Center that provides medical care and social services for persons living with HIV/AIDS regardless of sexual orientation, race, or ability to pay. Each patient has a primary care provider who organizes services required. Care at the Madison Clinic is interdisciplinary. Mental health services are provided by psychologists and psychiatrists. Other providers include nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers and other specialists. Psychology residents will function as part of this interdisciplinary team to provide assessment and treatment for a broad range of disorders found in patients living with HIV/AIDS such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and neurocognitive impairments as well as issues related to adjustment to chronic illness and adherence to medical recommendations.

  4. HMC Outpatient Burn Clinic

    Patients who are discharged from our inpatient burn unit continue to get care from our outpatient burn clinic often for at least two years after discharge. Much like the inpatient burn unit, it serves the surrounding five state region as the only verified burn center in the region. The clinic also accepts referrals for patients not treated on the inpatient burn unit. The Outpatient burn clinic served 2457 patients (both adults and children) this past fiscal year. Given the multitude of issues that burn survivors face, including ongoing pain, high rates of depression, PTSD and body image concerns, the psychologist is a valued member of the multidisciplinary team. The psychologist screens every patient during their clinic appointment, in conjunction with the medical team. Longer interventions are conducted on those patients who screen positive for psychological issues. Training opportunities include the opportunity to conduct brief screens and consult with the larger medical team, as well as providing evidence-based interventions targeted at managing distress (PTSD, depression, sleep disturbance) and adjustment to injury. Finally, trainees get to see the full spectrum of recovery from a serious injury when they can follow a patient from the ICU, to the acute floor, and on to the outpatient burn clinic.

  5. HMC Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program (CORP)

    The CORP program does not represent a stand-alone rotation. Rather, all Behavioral Medicine residents at HMC treat CORP patients. The resident case load of CORP patients depends on their other clinical responsibilities. Within CORP, residents will similarly function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary outpatient rehabilitation medical team that serves outpatients with neurological conditions (brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury), chronic pain, and other medical/surgical conditions such as amputations. Residents provide a range of psychological services including psychological assessment, consultation, and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is typically short-term (4-12 sessions) and problem-focused. Residents work with the family as well as the patient, consult to team members and community agencies, and utilize neuropsychological test results in treatment planning. Interested residents also have the opportunity to receive training in comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological assessment.

  6. HMC Acute Pain Service

    This is a specialty consultation and liaison service to HMC inpatients across all units in the hospital who meet criteria for “complex pain” management. This could include comorbid substance use disorders as well as trauma- or surgical-related pain. This service promotes interdisciplinary collaboration with multiple physician (Anesthesiology, Addiction Medicine), nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, chemical dependency counselors, acupuncturists, and spiritual care disciplines, in addition to multidisciplinary collaboration with referring physician, nursing, and therapy disciplines. Emphasis is placed on management of pain and substance use disorders to promote overall health and engagement of patients during hospitalization.

  7. HMC Rotations

    Within each 4 month rotation, residents are typically assigned to two clinical services simultaneously in order to provide a diverse training experience that includes both inpatient and outpatient training throughout the year. The table below presents rotation combinations that are illustrative. The exact combinations and percent commitment may vary by year. Rotations are arbitrarily labeled A-E.


  8. Rotation A

    Rotation B

    Rotation C

    Rotation D

    Rotation E

    Inpatient Rehab (80%) C&L Service (80%) Burn Unit C&L (80%) C&L Service (20%) C&L Service (10%)
    CORP (20%) CORP (20%) Peds & Burns Clinics (20%) CORP
    (& optional NP) (80%)

    Madison Clinic (70%)
    CORP (20%)



General Resident Expectations & Supervision

HMC rehabilitation psychologists seek to train residents in a scientist/practitioner model. In addition, psychology residents learn to provide assessments and treatment within a primarily medical/surgical context. Thus, our objective is that residents are comfortable in acute medical settings in general, as well as rehabilitation and burn unit placements specifically. General skills that are taught during these rotations include clinical assessment of people with acquired physical and cognitive disabilities, DSM-5 diagnosis, behavioral management, hypnosis for pain control, brief interventions for psychological distress related to medical conditions/grief, brief interventions for substance abuse problems, working with adult and pediatric patients with burns, and working with families of people who have had trauma or disability.

What follows are some general expectations. The activities described below are dependent on the HMC rotation assigned. Psychology residents are generally expected to be responsible for eight to 14 inpatients and see about 6-8 outpatients per week. Residents provide an initial comprehensive psychological evaluation on each of their rehabilitation patients. Clinical responsibilities with such patients include seeing the patients once a week and combining their input with those of a multidisciplinary team during weekly rounds. Psychology residents are also expected to attend the burn unit psychosocial rounds each Monday morning and to respond to whatever consults are generated during those rounds. After evaluating patients with burns, residents then report to the general medical team rounds held once or twice weekly on the burn unit.

Psychology residents also provide consults on several different floors throughout the hospital. Residents generally carry a caseload of 8-12 outpatients and see about six outpatients per week, attend outpatient team rounds, collaborate with multidisciplinary team and participate in groups. Psychology residents participate in standard evaluation practices that are part of the overall internship which includes self-evaluation, evaluations by their supervisors, resident evaluation of their supervisors and resident evaluation of the rotation site. Residents and supervisors exchange verbal feedback at the mid-rotation point. Written and verbal feedback is exchanged at the end of the rotation. In addition, residents are provided with feedback throughout the rotation based on observations of treatment, as well as participation in multidisciplinary team rounds. Training is provided by attending psychologists (faculty within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine) and, frequently, one or two postdoctoral fellows. At least two hours of individual supervision per week is provided by psychology faculty, with additional supervision offered on an as-needed basis. One hour per week of group supervision is required. The neuropsychology faculty holds a weekly neuropsychology/rehab psychology seminar for all residents.


General Child Psychology Track

(APPIC/NMS program code = 161912)

Track Coordinator: Eileen Twohy, PhD, Eileen.Twohy@seattlechildrens.org

Current General Child Track Psychology Residents

Track Map

Current General Child Track Psychology Residents

Seattle Children's Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences-Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH) is a private, nonprofit, University-affiliated, 407-bed hospital with numerous outpatient clinics. It is the primary pediatric training site for the University of Washington School of Medicine and is the major regional children's medical center. SCH is also the major training site for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences' Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at SCH provides a variety of services for children with acute and chronic medical problems that are associated with developmental and psychological consequences as well as for children with primary psychiatric disorders. The psychology resident has an excellent opportunity to engage in a wide range of clinical activities and to become skillful with a variety of assessment methods and treatment modalities. Along with patient contacts and consultation to multidisciplinary teams, residents are expected to become familiar with the literature pertinent to their clinical activities and to attend didactic sessions and conferences on the services assigned. Psychology residents have opportunities to participate in research projects during their rotations at SCH. In the following section, a brief overview of each service is given.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU)

Alysha Thompson, PhD

Rotation Description & Patient Demographics

The Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) is a 41-bed acute care psychiatric unit that provides multidisciplinary assessment, crisis intervention and stabilization, and long-term treatment planning for children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 18. The children and adolescents seen on this unit present with a variety of severe psychological/psychiatric problems, including psychotic, mood, disruptive, , anxiety, eating, and developmental disorders, as well as chronic medical problems with concomitant behavioral difficulties. In addition, many youth experience significant psychosocial stressors related to child abuse, neglect, and other types of trauma.

Training Experiences & Treatment Modalities

The PBMU is a multidisciplinary unit with routine contributions made by nursing, education, parent-support, nutrition, speech and language pathology, adolescent medicine, pediatrics, art therapy, recreational therapy, and occupational and physical therapy. The PBMU provides children, adolescents and their families with acute crisis stabilization through solution focused intervention and works to facilitate connections to community resources. Components of the PBMU Program include: 1) intensive skill building of a behavior management, 2) individual and family crisis management and stabilization centered on skill building through the use of evidence informed clinical pathways, 3) medication evaluation, 4) crisis prevention planning and 5) disposition assessment and planning, with connection to appropriate community resources.

Resident Expectations & Supervision

Residents are expected to:

  1. participate in team care and to function as a team clinician (individual and family intervention) for a range of patients with support and direction from psychiatry and psychology attendings
  2. participate in clinical activities related to diagnostic evaluation/formulation, teaching emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills (including diagnostic specific skills outlined in clinical pathways and group therapy), crisis prevention planning, and disposition planning; residents review and integrate information from outside sources (school, caseworker, previously involved mental health professionals, current providers, etc.), write reports (daily chart notes, case formulations, support letters, Crisis Prevention Plans, CPS Reports, etc.) and participate in multidisciplinary treatment planning for patients assigned to their team; psychology residents receive individual supervision from a psychologist and a psychiatrist on a weekly basis, and group supervision through daily clinical huddles and weekly patient reviews.

Evaluation of Psychology Residents

Psychology residents participate in standard evaluation practices that are part of the overall internship which includes self-evaluation, evaluations by their supervisors, resident evaluation of their supervisors, and resident evaluation of the rotation site.

Neuropsychological Consultation Service

David Breiger, PhD

Rotation Description & Patient Demographics

The Neuropsychological Consultation Service provides evaluations to most clinics in the hospital, including Psychiatry, Neuro-oncology, Hematology, Genetics, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Neurodevelopmental and Neurology. Neurodevelopmental disorders frequently seen include autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. In addition, children are seen before neurosurgical intervention and during treatment and follow-up of brain tumors.

Training Experiences & Treatment Modalities

Psychology residents are primarily affiliated with the Neuropsychological Consultation Service. In addition, residents participate in the School Contract Evaluations which provides an independent evaluation of children and adolescents with learning problems. The resident is involved in the neuropsychological assessment of a wide age range of children and becomes familiar with a number of commonly used neuropsychological assessment instruments. The psychology resident will become competent in using a structured interview to gather developmental and diagnostic information from parents. The resident is involved in consultation with schools and in reporting results to parents, referral sources, and treatment teams.

Resident Expectations & Supervision

Interdisciplinary consultation, information gathering from a variety of sources, and integration of psychosocial, medical, neuropsychological data requires that the psychology resident be well-organized and adaptable. Through supervision and directed readings, the resident is exposed to different theoretical approaches to pediatric neuropsychology.

Evaluation of Psychology Residents

Psychology residents participate in standard evaluation practices that are part of the overall internship which includes self-evaluation, evaluations by their supervisors, resident evaluation of their supervisors and resident evaluation of the rotation site.

Consultation/Liaison (C/L)

Cynthia Flynn, PhD

Rotation Description & Patient Demographics

The Consultation/Liaison Service provides clinical consultations to the inpatient pediatric units, emergency room, and outpatient clinics at SCH as well as to community care providers. Primary consultations include safety/risk assessment, eating disorders, medically ill children presenting with needs for behavioral management of pain, somatoform symptoms, psychological distress related to medical conditions, and disruptive or non-adherent behavior.

Training Experiences & Treatment Modalities

The psychology resident will learn how to conduct consultations with patients in tertiary and primary care settings. Opportunities for limited-term interventions are available. The C/L conferences are open to all C/L team members including Nursing, Social Work, Psychiatry, Psychology, and students.

Resident Expectations & Supervision

All consultations are supervised by the attending psychiatrist and attending psychologist on service (Ian Kodish, MD, Brent Collett, PhD, Cynthia Flynn, PhD, Elizabeth McCauley, PhD, ABPP, and Eileen Twohy, PhD). A weekly teaching conference is held to conduct case discussions or didactic presentations on topics relevant to C/L services. The resident will receive weekly individual supervision in addition to informal supervision provided during rounds conducted on each new patient.

Evaluation of Psychology Residents

Psychology residents participate in standard evaluation practices that are part of the overall internship which includes self-evaluation, evaluations by their supervisors, resident evaluation of their supervisors and resident evaluation of the rotation site.

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Program

Molly Adrian, PhD
Erin Gonzalez, PhD

Rotation Description & Patient Demographics

This rotation provides a mix of assessment and treatment opportunities, within a clinic team that consists of psychologists, child psychiatrists, nurses, and case managers. New and ongoing cases are discussed during twice weekly team meetings. Psychology residents will work with a variety of presenting problems including ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression, as well as less common psychiatry conditions (OCD, suspected early onset bipolar disorder, autistic spectrum, eating disorders) and rare medical disorders with associated psychopathology (e.g., craniofacial disorders and other genetic syndromes). The rotation includes opportunities to work with younger children as well as adolescents.

Training Experiences & Treatment Modalities

The psychology resident learns to work collaboratively with other disciplines; e.g., some cases are treated by a combination of medication and psychological interventions. Assessments of children typically include observation and videotaping of parent-child or family interaction. School visits and developmental testing of the child are often done. Primary treatment strategies include parent-child interaction training, brief family therapy, school consultations, and cognitive-behavioral treatment for the child. Interventions are formulated within the context of a developmental model. There are opportunities for training in psychopharmacology, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and cognitive-behavioral treatments for OCD.

Resident Expectations & Supervision

Supervision consists of direct observation, review of recordings, case conferences, and weekly individual and group supervision.

Evaluation of Psychology Residents

Psychology residents participate in standard evaluation practices that are part of the overall internship which includes self-evaluation, evaluations by their supervisors, resident evaluation of their supervisors and resident evaluation of the rotation site.

Rehabilitation Neuropsychology Track

(APPIC/NMS program code = 161915)

Track Coordinators: Ivan Molton, PhD, imolton@uw.edu | Jeffrey Sherman, PhD, jeffreys@uw.edu

Track Description

The Rehabilitation Neuropsychology track was created in order to provide residents with an opportunity to receive more focused training in neuropsychological assessment and neurorehabilitation. Importantly, this track does not consist solely of neuropsychological testing and interpretation. Rather, residents in this track will receive specific education and training in neuropsychological aspects of typical rehabilitation populations, diagnostic interviewing skills, test selection, test interpretation, report writing, conducting testing feedback sessions and using neuropsychological test results and knowledge about brain-behavior relationships to inform multidisciplinary rehabilitation programming. Residents in the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology track will also receive general training in rehabilitation psychology analogous to those in the Behavioral Medicine Track. The training experiences in this track are designed to be consistent with the Division 40 Houston Guidelines, and to prepare trainees for further postdoctoral study in Clinical Neuropsychology. Prior experience in a medical rehabilitation setting is helpful but not necessary to have a rewarding training experience. Prior experience in neuropsychology is expected for the resident in the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology track. We plan to accept one Rehabilitation Neuropsychology resident per training year.

Training Experiences & Treatment Modalities (Model)

All psychology residents at the University of Washington complete a total of three, 4-month rotations during the residency year. For the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology resident, two of these rotations will include more focus on neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation within the medical setting. These will include experiences at Harborview Medical Center or affiliated clinics, and at the University of Washington Medical Center. All of these sites afford the resident ample training experiences in evaluating adults with a range of cognitive, central nervous system, and medical disorders, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor and systemic forms cancer, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative disease, and organ transplant.

The third rotation will not have a neuropsychology focus. This rotation may include training in consult/liaison psychology, in the HMC Burns or Pediatric Clinic, at the Madison Clinic, or in another hospital affiliated clinical service. This rotation structure is designed to give the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology resident a training experience that includes both in-depth work in neuropsychology and exposure to more general behavioral medicine content.

The training model emphasizes empirically supported scientist-practitioner approach to assessment and treatment. The Rehabilitation Neuropsychology resident will function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, which includes psychology, medicine, speech-language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and vocational rehabilitation. For inpatient services, the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology resident will cover 1-2 teams on an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit, which will include psychological and neuropsychological assessment and utilization of the assessment findings for rehabilitation treatment planning and development of behavioral programs. Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents will also be involved in intensive outpatient evaluation experiences, including comprehensive interview, integrative report writing, and feedback. Psychotherapy training is an important component of the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology track and all residents in this track will follow outpatients to aid in psychological adjustment. Participation in weekly rounds and team/family conferences will also be important part of the neuropsychology residents' experience.

Resident Expectations

During their Neuropsychology focused rotations, the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology resident is expected to complete one comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluation per week, and on as needed basis, brief inpatient neuropsychological screens (typically 1-3 per month). Outpatient neuropsychological testing is completed by psychometry but the resident will be required to administer the inpatient battery. The resident will be involved extensively in the interview, integrative report writing, providing feedback to patients and family, and communicating evaluation results to and coordinating care with care providers, including those in our multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation care teams.

In regard to psychotherapy, expectations of case load of first rotation will vary slightly depending on site (UWMC or HMC) but will typically include 5-6 outpatients per week. Inpatient psychotherapy and consultation expectations typically include 8-12 patients per week. The Rehabilitation Neuropsychology resident will provide the initial inpatient comprehensive psychological evaluation on each of their rehabilitation patients, with the clinical responsibilities being to see the patients once a week and combine their input with those of a multidisciplinary team during weekly rounds. Throughout the internship year, the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology resident will also participate in regularly held neuropsychological journal club and fact-finding exercises. The resident will also join the Behavioral Medicine residents in a weekly neuropsychology seminar and the monthly rehabilitation psychology journal club.

Supervision Experience

The faculty neuropsychologists will provide at least two hours per week of individual supervision for each assessment case, but the resident will also be involved in weekly group supervision that can be utilized to discuss neuropsychological cases. Outpatient neuropsychological assessment and report writing is supervised by ABPP board certified clinical neuropsychologists.

Rehabilitation Neuropsychology Rotations

As described above, Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents will complete a total of three rotations during their training year. Two of these rotations will include a focus in Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation, while the third will not.

We list these rotation sites separately, below:

Rotations Including A Neuropsychology Focus

University of Washington Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Training faculty

Rotation Description

The UWMC Rehabilitation Neuropsychology rotation provides an array of clinical experiences to train clinical psychologists within a multidisciplinary team framework in a medical setting. Residents will have opportunities to work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, vocational counselors, therapeutic recreation therapists, and social workers, from within the medical center as well as from the community in developing and implementing treatment plans. Psychology is an integral part of the medical team. Our patients are diverse in terms of medical conditions and problems, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages.

Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents will have an opportunity to evaluate and treat patients with a variety of presenting medical conditions, including: spinal cord injury; brain injury due to trauma stroke, tumor, aneurysm, hemorrhage, hypoxia, etc.; multiple sclerosis; muscular dystrophy; post-polio syndrome; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; cancer; and large organ transplant (heart, lung, and liver). The rotation provides a mix of inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment opportunities.

Training Experiences

Like their counterparts in the Behavioral Medicine track, Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents learn to function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team. Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents cover 2 teams on the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit and follow outpatients weekly in the rehabilitation clinic. Typical patients present with need for assessment of psychological and/or neuropsychological functioning, identification of patient and family concerns, development and implementation of appropriate treatment programs, and mobilization of resources to integrate the patient into the community. Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents will also participate in both brief inpatient neurocognitive screens and more intensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluation experiences, including interviewing, test selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation, results integration, differential diagnosis, and report writing, as well as feedback to patients, family, and referral sources.

There is also the opportunity to observe or participate in outpatient treatment groups focused on neurorehabilitation. Participation in weekly rounds and team/family conferences is an important part of the psychology residents' experience.

Psychology residents in this track participate in a monthly rehabilitation psychology journal club. All Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents attend a weekly neuropsychology seminar that involves relevant topic presentations and case reviews. Residents also have opportunities to attend the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine's Grand Rounds which occurs twice per month and covers various rehabilitation topics, many of which are of interest to residents.

Expectations of Psychology Residents

Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents participate in all aspects of the training experiences listed above. Residents in this track can typically expect to follow 4 to 8 inpatient cases, and 5-6 outpatient cases. Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents will also be expected to be involved in at least one outpatient neuropsychology evaluation case per week.

By the end of the rotation, Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents are expected to:

  1. have an understanding of a psychologist's role on an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team
  2. demonstrate an increased awareness of and ability to assess the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive sequelae of various traumatic and chronic medical conditions
  3. have a strong understanding of the functional implications of neuropsychological test results in rehabilitation
  4. develop the knowledge and skills necessary for basic competence in the neuropsychological evaluation of patients with known or suspected organic brain dysfunction
  5. recommend and implement basic therapeutic interventions with patients and their families
  6. apply ethical and legal principles to practice
  7. have an awareness of personal strengths and limitations as they relate to providing psychological services to this population

Training Methods

All psychology residents will have an orientation session with tours of the facility. Residents will then have an opportunity to accompany and observe the supervising psychologist(s) performing clinical work. Residents will then have opportunities to see patients with direct observation and supervision provided. The eventual goal is for psychology residents to work fairly independently with patients and to move towards a co-treatment model. Psychology residents are provided with examples of psychological /neuropsychological evaluation reports, progress notes, and other written communications as models. All residents have access to a training manual and numerous articles and books to supplement their learning experiences. Residents participate in weekly scheduled individual supervision as well as weekly group supervision. They have additional opportunities for contact and supervision with the supervisors during weekly rounds and conferences. Residents are encouraged to drop by or page the supervisors with day-to-day questions concerning patients. Supervision is provided by the attending psychologists, and additional supervision may be provided by the post-doctoral fellow.

Evaluation of Psychology Residents

Supervisors provide frequent, ongoing feedback on the psychology resident's performance throughout the rotation. Residents and supervisors discuss the resident's progress and training needs at the mid-rotation point. Psychology residents participate in standard evaluation practices that are part of the overall internship which includes self-evaluation, evaluations by their supervisors, resident evaluation of their supervisors and resident evaluation of the rotation site.

Harborview Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Training Faculty

General Rotation Description & Patient Demographics

HMC provides training in medical psychology and neuropsychology and operates primarily within two areas of the medical center: the Inpatient Rehabilitation unit (Bombardier) and the Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program (Formea, Ehde and other faculty).

Patients are commonly admitted to HMC due to trauma or acute illness. Psychology residents typically work with patients who have sustained traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accidents, spinal cord injuries, and multiple traumas. Patients come from diverse backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographical location. An important aspect of HMC rotations is understanding the role of clinical psychologists within an interdisciplinary team framework and within a health care delivery system. All psychology residents work with multidisciplinary teams that include physicians, nurses, speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and vocational counselors. This site provides abundant opportunities to apply psychological and neuropsychological principles in a medical setting with patients experiencing a variety of acute medical and surgical conditions.

Training Experiences & Treatment Modalities

The mission of the psychologists at the Harborview Medical Center (HMC) rotation is to provide primary psychological care for inpatients on the Rehabilitation Medicine unit as well as patients followed by the Outpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Service. Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents completing the HMC rehabilitation psychology rotation gain experience with a wide variety of acute medical and surgical conditions and learn to work on interdisciplinary medical teams in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Harborview Medical Center is a Regional Level I Trauma Center serving five states with a highly diverse patient mix. Psychologists play a prominent role in the care of these patients. This site provides a unique opportunity to work with a multiethnic patient population and to obtain training from psychologists who regularly integrate clinical and research activities. It also gives the experience of providing psychological and neuropsychological services in a fast-paced, intense, but extremely collegial environment.

Like their counterparts in the Behavioral Medicine track, Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents work closely with a variety of medical and adjunctive medical disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, nursing, social work, rehabilitation counseling, and therapeutic recreation. HMC rehabilitation psychologists must rely on treatment modalities that fit well into the trauma setting. As such, there is a heavy emphasis on consultation/liaison, brief psychotherapy, and focused assessment. Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral frameworks are used frequently. Training in hypnosis for pain control and motivational enhancement therapy for substance abuse is available. The psychologists often rely on a systems approach in which the patient is evaluated and treated within the context of the interdisciplinary health care team and family. Assessing and treating team behaviors is often essential to assisting the patient.

Psychology residents at HMC rehabilitation first undergo a group orientation session with tours of the facility. Residents then accompany and observe an attending psychologist doing clinical work. Based on the residents' level of comfort they are then provided with the opportunity to see patients under visual supervision. As the comfort level of residents' further progresses, supervision increasingly takes the form of CO-treatment or face-to-face review of cases. Residents meet with attending psychologists for individual supervision on a weekly basis. Group supervision meetings are held on a weekly basis as well. All residents are invited to attend the weekly neuropsychology case-based seminar. Generally, there is a minimum of two hours of individual supervision a week, although psychology residents are encouraged to page the supervisors with day-to-day questions about the patients.

A psychology resident handbook is provided that contains extensive reading materials pertaining to the patient populations served and resident clinical responsibilities. Model reports, structured evaluation formats and practical clinical care guidelines are also included. Psychology residents typically attend multidisciplinary Rehabilitation and Burn Unit rounds, thereby becoming familiar with the work of other professionals. They continue to attend the regular internship didactics through this rotation as well as specialized seminars on topics of specific importance to residents (e.g., acute pain/stress management techniques, hypnosis for pain and stress, introductions to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and burn injury as well as sessions on working with interpreters, with multi-ethnic populations, and with medical teams).

HMC Rotations

HMC Inpatient Rehabilitation

For the inpatient rehabilitation aspect of the rotation residents are the first line consultants to the medical, nursing and therapy team members regarding the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders, functional implications of neurocognitive impairment, substance abuse disorders, adherence to treatment issues, and overall adjustment to injury or disease. Residents learn about common cognitive, behavioral, and psychological conditions associated with traumatic injuries such as brain injury and spinal cord injury as well as neurological conditions such as stroke and aneurysms. They learn how to help patients, their loved ones, and rehabilitation team members cope more effectively with the rehabilitation process. Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents will also select, interpret and report on results from a brief neuropsychological testing battery administered by a dedicated psychometrist and supervised by Dr. Bombardier.

HMC Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program (CORP)

The CORP program does not represent a stand-alone rotation. Rather, all residents at HMC treat CORP patients. The resident case load of CORP patients depends on their other clinical responsibilities. Within CORP, residents will similarly function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary outpatient rehabilitation medical team that serves outpatients with neurological conditions (brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury), chronic pain, and other medical/surgical conditions such as amputations. Residents provide a range of psychological services including psychological and neuropsychological assessment, consultation, and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is typically short-term (4-12 sessions) and problem-focused. Residents work with the family as well as the patient, consult to team members and community agencies, and utilize neuropsychological test results in treatment planning.

Within CORP, Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents receive training in comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological assessment. These residents receive specific education and training in neuropsychological aspects of typical rehabilitation populations (see above), diagnostic interviewing skills, test selection, test interpretation, report writing, conducting testing feedback sessions and using neuropsychological test results and knowledge about brain-behavior relationships to inform multidisciplinary rehabilitation programming.

General Resident Expectations & Supervision

HMC rehabilitation psychologists seek to train residents in a scientist/practitioner model. In addition, psychology residents learn to provide assessments and treatment within a primarily medical/surgical context. Thus, our objective is that residents are comfortable in acute medical settings in general, as well as rehabilitation unit placements specifically. General skills that are taught during these rotations include clinical and neuropsychological assessment of people with acquired physical and cognitive disabilities, integration of neuropsychological findings into multidisciplinary rehabilitation planning, DSM V diagnosis, behavioral management, non-pharmacological approaches to pain control, brief interventions for psychological distress related to medical conditions/grief, brief interventions for substance abuse problems, and working with families of people who have had trauma or disability. Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents are generally expected to be responsible for eight to 14 inpatients and see about 5-6 outpatients per week. Residents provide an initial comprehensive psychological evaluation on each of their inpatient rehabilitation patients. Clinical responsibilities with such patients include seeing the patients once a week and combining their input with those of a multidisciplinary team during weekly rounds.

Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents will also complete one comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluation per week under the supervision of an HMC neuropsychologist through the CORP program. All psychology residents at HMC attend outpatient team rounds, collaborate with multidisciplinary team and participate in groups. Psychology residents participate in standard evaluation practices that are part of the overall internship which includes self-evaluation, evaluations by their supervisors, resident evaluation of their supervisors and resident evaluation of the rotation site. Residents and supervisors exchange verbal feedback at the mid-rotation point. Written and verbal feedback is exchanged at the end of the rotation. In addition, residents are provided with feedback throughout the rotation based on observations of treatment, as well as participation in multidisciplinary team rounds. Training is provided by attending psychologists (faculty within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine) and, frequently, one or two postdoctoral fellows. At least two hours of individual supervision per week is provided by psychology faculty, with additional supervision offered on an as-needed basis. One hour per week of group supervision is required. Rehabilitation Neuropsychology residents will also attend a weekly neuropsychology/rehab psychology seminar.

Rotations Without A Specific Neuropsychology Focus

Harborview Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Training Faculty

  1. Harborview Medical Center Inpatient Consultation Liaison Service, Burn Unit and Pediatrics Service.
    Consultation Liaison Residents on this service are actively involved in a thriving psychology consultation service that provides treatment for the majority of the services in a regional, level 1 trauma center. About one third of consultation referrals are to the Burn Unit, which is world famous and provides interdisciplinary care on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Frequent clinical issues include facilitating adjustment to burn injuries, managing acute pain, assessing for reactions to trauma, and behavioral management. One third of the patient population on the Burn Unit is pediatric and residents are given the opportunity to work with children. Training with hypnosis and other acute pain and stress management techniques is available and often emphasized on this service. The other two thirds of consultation referrals are to nearly every unit in the hospital including Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, Medicine, Surgery units and every ICU in the hospital. Clinical work with such patients often involves assessment and treatment after multiple traumas. This service differs from Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison in that the emphasis is on adjustment to physical trauma and brief psychotherapy as opposed to Psychiatry's emphasis on suicide assessment, treatment of psychosis, and pharmacologic treatments.

    The Inpatient C&L service and Burn/Pediatric services differ enough so that residents can rotate through both and receive different types of training.
  2. The Madison Clinic.
    The Madison Clinic is an outpatient clinic located near Harborview Medical Center that provides medical care and social services for persons living with HIV/AIDS regardless of sexual orientation, race, or ability to pay. Each patient has a primary care provider who organizes services required. Care at the Madison Clinic is interdisciplinary. Mental health services are provided by psychologists and psychiatrists. Other providers include nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers and other specialists. Psychology residents will function as part of this interdisciplinary team to provide assessment and treatment for a broad range of disorders found in patients living with HIV/AIDS such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and neurocognitive impairments as well as issues related to adjustment to chronic illness and adherence to medical recommendations.
  3. Harborview Medical Center Outpatient Burn Clinic
    Patients who are discharged from our inpatient burn unit continue to get care from our outpatient burn clinic often for at least two years after discharge. Much like the inpatient burn unit, it serves the surrounding five state region as the only verified burn center in the region. The clinic also accepts referrals for patients not treated on the inpatient burn unit. The Outpatient burn clinic served 2457 patients (both adults and children) this past fiscal year. Given the multitude of issues that burn survivors face, including ongoing pain, high rates of depression, PTSD and body image concerns, the psychologist is a valued member of the multidisciplinary team. The psychologist screens every patient during their clinic appointment, in conjunction with the medical team. Longer interventions are conducted on those patients who screen positive for psychological issues. Training opportunities include the opportunity to conduct brief screens and consult with the larger medical team, as well as providing evidence-based interventions targeted at managing distress (PTSD, depression, sleep disturbance) and adjustment to injury. Finally, trainees get to see the full spectrum of recovery from a serious injury when they can follow a patient from the ICU, to the acute floor, and on to the outpatient burn clinic.
  4. Harborview Medical Center Outpatient Pediatrics Clinic
    The Pediatric Clinic provides primary care services to children and teenagers, with a mission of serving patients from underserved populations. Approximately 3200 children receive care from this clinic as their medical home. Most patients (>90%) are not Caucasian. Recent immigrants are prevalent: 68% of the parents of children seen in the clinic were born outside the U.S. Fewer than 30% of the families speak English at home. These families rely on the clinic's accessibility, interpreter services and outreach to specific ethnic and linguistic communities. The clinic is staffed by pediatric residents, attending physicians and mid-level practitioners. A broad range of consultants are housed in this clinic and include psychiatrists, adolescent specialists, social workers, psychologist, lactation consultants, and nutritionists. Psychology residents on this rotation get experience working with medical staff in a pediatric primary care setting. Common referral questions include assessment, treatment, and recommendations for a broad range of childhood internalizing and externalizing disorders such as ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, learning problems, eating disorders, enuresis/encopresis, and disorders along the autism spectrum. Additionally, residents receive training in delivering interventions for behavior change and treatment adherence with common medical problems (obesity, substance abuse, asthma, and diabetes). Treatment planning for children and adolescents with behavior problems such as oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder, as well as culturally sensitive parent training strategies, are also common referral questions.


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