Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and Brain Imaging Research

Training Director: Laura A. Flashman, PhD, ABPP-CN


The Neuropsychology Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth provides advanced training in clinical neuropsychology. The training model and objectives conform to the Houston Conference guidelines for specialty training in clinical neuropsychology, the APA Division 40 guidelines for postdoctoral training in neuropsychology, and the APPCN domains and standards. The program is an accredited member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPIC).

The overarching goal of the fellowship program is preparation for advanced practice in clinical neuropsychology. It is our intention to produce outstanding scientist-practitioners who are rigorously trained with a broad-based foundation in assessment, intervention, consultation, and research. To achieve these ends, the fellowship involves:

The fellowship provides continuous evaluation and feedback. Periodic meetings with the individual's supervisors and the program director offer more structured, mutual evaluation and opportunities to discuss professional development issues.


There are two primary fellowship tracks available, an adult fellowship track that has two sub-tracks, and a pediatric fellowship track. Both fellowship tracks provide the opportunity to work with a wide array of patient populations and considerable resources within which the fellow can advance his or her specific interests while gaining a broad spectrum of experience. Supervised direct service delivery responsibilities include interviewing, test administration, report writing, consultation with various departments and medical personnel, and provision of feedback to patients, families, and referral sources.

Adult Fellowship

Sub-Tracks and Rotation Sites

The adult fellowship has two sub-tracks, each involving two primary rotation sites:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon NH
The Neuropsychology Service at DHMC serves as the primary training site for all fellows. Outpatients make up the bulk of referrals, though inpatients are also seen occasionally. Referrals come from a wide variety of sources including the clinical services of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Internal Medicine, as well as other medical units at DHMC. In addition, referrals come from sources in the regional communities including school systems, health care providers, community mental health centers, and medical-legal practices. Fellows also gain experience with the intracarotid sodium amobarbital evaluation (Wada Test) for presurgical planning.

Second year fellows rotate for six months in the Healthy Aging and Brain Care (HABC) clinic, a collaborative service involving neuropsychology, geropsychiatry and neurology; and the TBI Clinic, a collaboration between neuropsychology, neurology and neurosurgery. Fellows conduct brief cognitive assessments, may sit in on patient interviews with the physicians, and provide feedback to the multidisciplinary team. Second year fellows also have the opportunity to participate in the Dartmouth Interdisciplinary Developmental Disability Clinic (DIDD) involving psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine, occupational therapy and neuropsychology, in the evaluation of adults with developmental disability and/or autism with challenging behaviors.

New Hampshire Hospital (NHH) in Concord NH
NHH is the state's primary psychiatric inpatient facility, and is a teaching hospital is staffed by the Psychiatry Faculty of Dartmouth. As such, it represents a unique example of public sector-academic liaison. The Neuropsychology Laboratory is housed in the Acute Psychiatric Services facility. Neuropsychological consultation is provided on referral to patients from admissions and longer-term units, including Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric units.

Hanover Psychiatry in Hanover NH
Hanover Psychiatry is a psychiatric and psychological practice of the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth. The Neuropsychology Service at Hanover Psychiatry offers comprehensive evaluations for individuals 16 years of age and older with a wide range of clinical issues, as well as team-based evaluations with psychologists and psychiatrists. Fellows attend weekly staff meetings which address issues related to working in a clinical practice, as well as discuss clinical cases and scientific topics.

Typical Caseload

The typical caseload of adult fellows is 2-3 cases per week, depending on the sub-track. All fellows, regardless of sub-track, provide consultation to referral sources, feedback with patients and families, and where appropriate, participate in intervention planning and monitoring as part of their duties. Furthermore, adult fellows, mainly in their second year, take turns participating in the intracarotid sodium amobarbital procedure (Wada tests) with a faculty member, although allowance is made for fellows who have greater or lesser interest in the procedure and population (mainly epilepsy). Clinical cases are typically seen from Monday to Thursday, while required didactics take place on Fridays.

Adult DHMC-NHH sub-track fellows' typical neuropsychological evaluation caseload includes three cases per week:

Adult DHMC-Hanover Psychiatry sub-track fellows' typical weekly neuropsychological evaluation caseload in both years involves 2 cases without psychometrist support, the majority of cases being seen at DHMC and a smaller subset at Hanover Psychiatry. Opportunities to work with psychometrists are also available, though to a much more limited extent than for DHMC-NHH sub-track fellows. Fellows in this track can also have opportunities to participate in the HABC and TBI clinics if they are interested.

Pediatric Fellowship

The pediatric neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship program at Dartmouth involves numerous activities designed to provide a well-rounded learning experience.

In addition to the DHMC clinical outpatient service that evaluates children with neurological, metabolic, developmental and learning problems, we participate in 4 interdisciplinary clinics with developmental pediatrics, neurology, and psychiatry:

Sports neuropsychology experiences are also extensive, including participation in a school-based concussion management intervention program, as well as consultation to many regional schools and programs on sports-related TBI cases.

Participation in intracarotid sodium amobarbital (WADA) procedures and epilepsy surgery planning conferences are also available.

Rotation at New Hampshire Hospital's Anna Philbrook Center (Concord, NH) provides neuropsychological testing and team-based consultation experiences within an inpatient psychiatric population. Pediatric fellows also evaluate adults to round out their experience.

Typical Caseload

The typical caseload of pediatric fellows is 2-3 cases per week, depending on their mix of clinical activities. Effort is made to keep caseload equivalent across years, although it may vary slightly. All fellows provide consultation to referral sources, feedback with patients and families, and where appropriate, participate in intervention planning and monitoring as part of their duties. The mix of activities is somewhat flexible and can be tailored to fellows' interest when possible. Dedicated writing days are provided across both years of training. Clinical cases are typically seen from Monday to Thursday, while required didactics take place on Fridays. Below are reference samples, but may vary:


Neuropsychology Faculty Research

Our research primarily uses neuropsychological and/or neuroimaging approaches. This includes studies using clinical and experimental neuropsychological measures, fMRI studies (cognition, reward, pain, and motor skills), pharmacologic fMRI (e.g., medications, cannabis), and morphological studies (volume, shape and thickness). An interest in genetic contributions to variability in cognitive and other outcomes in select patient populations is also present among faculty. In addition, we are beginning to develop research using EEG, near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in collaboration with Dartmouth faculty in psychiatry, neurology and engineering.

Current active funded projects include studies of co-occurring schizophrenia and cannabis use, treatment-resistant depression, and multiple sclerosis. Faculty also have a variety of research interests such as adult ADHD, addictions, traumatic brain injury and sports concussion, brain tumor, epilepsy, and executive functions (see below for specific faculty interests). Neuroimaging research is conducted through the Brain Imaging Laboratory (BIL), directed by a member of the neuropsychology faculty, and the Advanced Imaging Center at DHMC, which houses a research dedicated 3T Philips MRI system.

Neuropsychology Fellow Involvement in Research

All fellows are required to participate in research during their fellowship. Though the degree of involvement in research is tailored to each fellow's interests and career goals, within the timeframe of a two-year fellowship all fellows are expected at minimum to be involved in the development and preparation of at least one report suitable for publication based on their involvement in a research project under the guidance of one of the faculty.

Fellow involvement in research may take several forms, depending on the interests of the fellow and faculty, available projects and data sets, as well as projects in development. Some examples of projects in which current and past fellows have been involved and that reflect the diversity of opportunities include:

Selected Neuropsychology Faculty Publications

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Please visit our website for additional details about our research and staff.


Instruction occurs through conferences, seminars, course work, individual and group supervision, and day-to-day collaboration with senior staff members. Opportunities for developing supervisory skills are also available.

Required seminars include:

Professional Development seminar (1 hour): This monthly seminar focuses on clinical research, techniques to facilitate application for grant funding, preparation and practice for a job search, and other topics of interest to the interns and fellows.

Neuropsychology Seminar (1-1.5 hour): Meets weekly to discuss difficult or interesting patients or clinical syndromes, do ABPP fact finding practice, as well as discuss clinical and research issues in neuropsychology, neuroimaging and other issues related to specific illnesses. Faculty, fellows, and visiting speakers present.

Lab Meetings (1 hour): The research groups within our lab meet weekly or bi-monthly to discuss ongoing research projects, research methods, outcomes, and propose new studies.

Multidisciplinary Epilepsy Surgery Case Conference (1.5 hours): Neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurses, residents and fellows meet weekly to discuss pre-surgical findings and surgical planning.

Other available didactics include Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds, Neurology Grand Rounds and Case Conference, Brain Cutting, Radiology Grand Rounds, Cognitive Neuroscience lecture series, Summer Neuroscience Institute lectures, etc.

Electives (Seminars Available):

Fellows may elect to participate in any of the seminars in the psychiatric residency program including: Basic Psychopathology; Phenomenology; Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders; Neuropsychiatry; Psychopharmacology; Neurology; Sexual Dysfunction; Organic Mental Disorders; Substance Abuse; Psychosomatic Medicine and Principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Fellows also attend regular departmental continuing education programs and medical center conferences in such areas as neurology, consultation and clinical research.


Laura A. Flashman, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Neuropsychology Program and Training Program; Director, Psychology Training Program; Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical interests: Neuropsychology of adults and elderly with neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders; epilepsy; dementias.
Research interests: Unawareness of illness and neurobiological correlates of unawareness of illness in neuropsychiatric disorders; functional/structural MRI of memory and attention in psychiatric illness, traumatic brain injury, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's disease.

Jonathan D. Lichtenstein, Psy.D., MBA Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Pediatric Neuropsychological Services
Clinical interests: Neuropsychology of children and adolescents; sports neuropsychology; concussion management consulting; interdisciplinary medicine.
Research interests: Test administration of computerized instruments; issues of administration and interpretation in baseline and post-concussion assessment; factors of recovery in sport-related concussion; cost effectiveness of consulting programs; genetic disorders and cognitive functioning; the construct of effort in pediatrics; pediatric performance validity tests.

Robert M. Roth, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, DHMC Adult Neuropsychology Services
Director, Neuropsychology Service at Hanover Psychiatry
Clinical interests: Neuropsychology of psychiatric and complex neuropsychiatric disorders; executive functions; adult ADHD; OCD; movement disorders; DBS outcomes.
Research interests: Assessment, etiology and treatment of executive dysfunction and motivational systems abnormality (e.g., reward, apathy) in psychiatric and neurological disorders (e.g., ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, movement disorders); neurobiological and other risk factors for alcohol and substance use disorders in psychiatric populations; test development.

Heather A. Wishart, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Brain Imaging Laboratory
Clinical interests: multiple sclerosis; neuro-oncology
Research interests: Multiple Sclerosis: Imaging-genetics; cognitive genetics; pain imaging; pharmacologic fMRI; cognition/cognitive rehabilitation; neuro-oncology: tumor segmentation; cognition.


Our program is housed in the department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Each fellow has an office with a computer, as well as access to shared spaces such as testing rooms and the Brain Imaging Laboratory (with several workstations). The computer services at Dartmouth allow the fellows to connect, from any desktop computer to programs (e.g., statistical packages) on the mainframe, e-mail, and the internet. There is also a broad array of assessment instruments available in the department and the fellows have access to libraries at DHMC, New Hampshire Hospital, and Dartmouth College (including electronic access to a large array of journals).


Postdoctoral Fellow I - approximately $ 43,600 stipend
Postdoctoral Fellow II - approximately $ 45,400 stipend

Stipends are based on NIH training guidelines. The benefits package includes health insurance, sick leave, vacation time, time for professional development, and $125 for professional development (e.g., conference registration, books, etc.)


Questions pertaining to general information about the postdoctoral program and specific questions about the fellowship may be directed to:

Adult Fellowship:

Laura Flashman, Ph.D, ABPP
Director, Neuropsychology Training Program
Department of Psychiatry
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Pediatric Fellowship:

Jonathan Lichtenstein, Psy.D., MBA
Director, Pediatric Neuropsychological Services
Department of Psychiatry
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


We anticipate 2 adult openings and 1 pediatric opening for a 2 year fellowship consistent with Houston Conference guidelines.

Education/training qualifications
Requirements include prior neuroscience courses, internship in neuropsychology, commitment to clinical research, and completion of doctoral requirements. Prior to appointment as a postdoctoral fellow, individuals must provide evidence of completion of all requirements for the doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university or professional school program, including completion of internship training which meets APPIC standards; official transcript, copy of diploma or official letter from the Department Chair or Graduate Advisor will be acceptable. Postdoctoral fellows are appointed to full time positions for one year, renewable for an additional year. A total of 2000 hours of training are provided in each year, exceeding the postgraduate hours required for licensure in New Hampshire.

Qualified candidates should submit their application (adult and pediatric fellowships) via mail or electronically by 1/4/2017:

By mail
Laura A. Flashman, PhD, ABPP-CN
Director, Neuropsychology Training Program
Department of Psychiatry (HB 7750)
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH 03756-0001

By E-Mail

Application must include the following:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Statement of experience, goals, and interests: Please provide a one page maximum typewritten letter describing your clinical and research interests, fellowship objectives, and career goals.
  3. Complete, current curriculum vitae outlining your educational, clinical, and research experience and qualifications. Please include a list of the neuropsychological and psychological (e.g., PAI, MMPI, CBCL) measures with which you have experience.
  4. Official graduate transcripts (please have institutions send these directly to us).
  5. Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from your current supervisor/internship director (please have letters forwarded separately).
  6. Three sample reports with identifying information eliminated. These should reflect a breadth of clinical experience.
  7. Up to three recently published articles, abstracts, or preprints if available.