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Psychology and Neuropsychology Training Programs

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers the following training programs in rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology:

The director of psychology training is William Stiers, Ph.D. Contact: wstiers1@jhmi.edu


Psychology Master’s Externship – Research Only

Students in terminal master’s degree programs in psychology may apply for one-year research externships. The availability of these externships varies each year, depending on faculty research activities.

In these externships, students: 

  • Learn about the behavioral, psychological and cognitive aspects of disability and chronic health conditions.
  • Learn psychological interventions in the context of ongoing research studies.
  • Learn and administer psychological or neuropsychological testing batteries in the context of ongoing research studies.
  • Learn clinical research skills, including research design and data analysis.
  • Collaborate on research presentations and publications.

Psychology Doctoral Externship – Clinical and Research

Students enrolled in doctoral training programs accredited by the American Psychological Association may apply for one-year clinical externships. These training programs involve assessment, treatment and consultation regarding adult patients with a wide range of injuries, illnesses, disabilities and acute and chronic health conditions in inpatient or outpatient settings.

Training experiences include:

  • Inpatient stroke and neurologic rehabilitation
  • Inpatient spinal cord and orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Inpatient complex medical rehabilitation
  • Outpatient rehabilitation / neuro rehabilitation

There also may be opportunities for research externships. The availability of these externships varies each year, depending on faculty research activities.

In these externships, students:

  • Learn about the behavioral, psychological and cognitive aspects of disability and chronic health conditions.
  • Learn psychological interventions in the context of ongoing research studies.
  • Learn and administer psychological or neuropsychological testing batteries in the context of ongoing research studies.
  • Learn clinical research skills, including research design and data analysis.
  • Collaborate on research presentations and publications.

Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Psychology Doctoral Research Externship

The Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research Program hosts a year-long clinical psychology research externship for two to three psychology doctoral-level students enrolled in programs accredited by the American Psychological Association. The externship program provides the opportunity for doctoral-level students to:

  • Learn about the behavioral, psychological and cognitive aspects of multiple sclerosis.  
  • Learn psychological interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), in the context of ongoing research studies.
  • Learn and administer neuropsychological testing batteries in the context of ongoing research studies.
  • Learn clinical research skills, including research design and data analysis.
  • Collaborate on research presentations and publications.

Externship coordinators: Meghan Beier, Ph.D. and Abbey Hughes, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Residencies in Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology

The postdoctoral residencies are full-time, two-year training programs open to individuals who have completed doctoral and internship training accredited by the American Psychological Association. The training programs are focused on the assessment, treatment and consultation regarding adult patients with a wide range of injuries, illnesses, disabilities and acute and chronic health conditions, as well as the development of skills in teaching/supervision, research and practice management.

The goals are to provide an organized sequence of didactic and experiential education and training activities with focused supervision and mentoring. Residents will develop advanced competencies in the specialty areas of rehabilitation psychology or neuropsychology sufficient for independent practice and eligibility for board certification, and leadership in patient care and research. Training experiences include:

  • Inpatient stroke and neurologic rehabilitation
  • Inpatient spinal cord and orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Inpatient complex medical rehabilitation
  • Outpatient rehabilitation / neuro rehabilitation
  • Weekly didactic series
  • Monthly seminar series

For more information, please view the flyers for Residency Training Program in Rehabilitation Psychology or the Residency Training Program in Neuropsychology.

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