Ochsner Health Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Program
The Ochsner Health Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Program is a two-year full-time program designed to provide specialty training in clinical neuropsychology in accordance with Louisiana licensing guidelines and to prepare fellows for eventual board certification in clinical neuropsychology.
Ochsner Health is the largest and most well-regarded health care organization in Louisiana and much of the Gulf South. Ochsner’s mission is to serve, heal, lead, educate and innovate by living our values of putting patients first with compassion, integrity, excellence, and teamwork.
The program mission includes providing education and training for future neuropsychologists in accordance with Ochsner’s mission and standards for specialty training at the state and national level. Our goals include:
- Providing specialty training in neuropsychological assessment, consultation, and supervision.
- Engaging fellows in innovative approaches to individual and group patient care to address changing healthcare needs.
- Educating fellows in foundational and current topics in clinical neuropsychology and related fields.
- Preparing fellows to demonstrate the competencies necessary for the specialized practice of clinical neuropsychology via board certification.
- Encouraging fellows to engage in professional service.
Program Structure and Setting
The Neuropsychology section is housed within the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute in the Department of Neurology. Fellows will be supervised by the core neuropsychology faculty and have opportunities to interact with >30 neurologists, multiple Advance Practice Providers (e.g., Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants), and many more nurses, psychometrists, research coordinators, and medical assistants. The Ochsner Neuroscience Institute also includes Neurosurgery, Neurocritical Care, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and other specialties. The fellowship will also have administrative support and oversight from the Graduate Medical Education department (GME). Brian Mizuki, Psy.D., ABPP-CN, is the Neuropsychology Section Head; Beth C. Arredondo, Ph.D., ABPP-CN and Anneliese Boettcher, Ph.D., are co-directors of the postdoctoral program; Richard Zweifler, M.D., is the Chair of the Neurology Department, and Ronald Amedee, M.D., is the Designated Institutional Officer for GME.
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Fellows will provide services at several of Ochsner’s campuses:
Ochsner Medical Center is located on Jefferson Highway, near Uptown New Orleans and includes acute and sub-acute facilities and centers of excellence: Ochsner Cancer Institute, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Center and Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute. As a 767-bed acute care hospital, Ochsner Medical Center offers the opportunity to learn and provide patient care at a Magnet facility with three Centers of Excellence, all the while gaining exposure to complex medical cases. This campus is also one of six training sites in the world for robotic surgery and is nationally known for many skilled physicians. Relevant training experiences include:
Ochsner Neurology and Neuroscience Institute comprising the following:
- Cognitive Disorders and Brain Health Program with an interdisciplinary memory clinic and innovative care management program
- International Center for Epilepsy with a Level IV Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
- ALS Center of Excellence
- Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence
- Movement Disorders Clinic with DBS Program
- MS Center of Excellence
- Stroke Center and leading tele-stroke network regionally
- Neurocritical Care unit
- Neurosurgery program
- Concussion Management Program within Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital is situated on eight acres and boasts a 5-story, 130,000 square-foot building that offers a skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehabilitation and a long-term acute care unit in one place. It features 56 inpatient rehabilitation beds, including eight beds dedicated to brain injury patients. It will serve as a regional destination for patients recovering from stroke, neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, amputation and specific diagnosis associated with transplant, cardiac, cancer and orthopedic conditions.
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center is fully accredited and staffed by more than 600 trusted, skilled physicians and specialists – many practicing at Ochsner Baptist for decades. Featuring all private, inpatient rooms, an intensive care unit, state-of-the-art operating rooms and two cardiac catheterization labs, the hospital is located in the heart of New Orleans. Ochsner Baptist is home to a health center with physicians’ offices such as primary care, urology, orthopedics, back and spine services, pain management, and many more.
Ochsner Neuroscience Institute - Covington houses the neuropsychology, neurology, and neurosurgery departments on the Northshore. Highly-trained specialists uses the most advanced technologies available and treat general neurosurgery cases, cranial tumors, vascular disorders and much more. It is located down the road from Ochsner Health Center-Covington.