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Curriculum / Rotations

We offer two tracks (one position each):

  • Adult/ Behavioral Medicine (APPIC Code #163913)
  • Neuropsychology (APPIC Code #163914)

Each track is organized around training experiences through the Major Rotations. Minor rotations are also required and are designed to complement the skills learned in the major rotations and to round out the trainee’s clinical experiences. We offer the ability to create an individual training plan based on selection of Minor Experiences. Interns will not complete minor experiences that duplicate experiences in their major area.

See links for descriptions:

Behavioral Medicine Major Rotations

Neuropsychology Major Rotations

Minor Rotations (Available for Either Track)

Behavioral Medicine Major Rotations

Throughout the 12 months, the intern spends approximately 3 days per week participating in the experiences below. Interns complete four 6-month rotations (2 rotations are concurrent, 1.5 days each).

Behavioral Medicine Adult/ Young Adult Outpatient Psychology

Supervisors: Cassie Brode, PhD; Stephanie Cox, PhD, ABPP; Colleen Lillard, PhD; or Richard Gross, PhD, ABPP

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

Interns provide assessment and evidence-based treatment to patients across the life-span with a wide range of presenting problems including those with co-morbid medical and psychiatric concerns. Interns will have regularly scheduled intakes and new patient evaluations throughout the rotation. Interns are encouraged to have a mixture of both short-term and long-term therapy cases. Interns receive supervision primarily from a Cognitive- Behavioral orientation, although interns may also receive training in other evidence-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. We are able to select specific patient populations or disorders of interest in order to advance an intern’s training in a specific area or to address any gaps in training.

Pediatric and AYA (adolescent/young adult) Behavioral Medicine/ Psychology Clinic:

Supervisors: Jennifer Ludrosky, PhD

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

Interns will have the option to participate in fully integrated pediatric clinic(s), child/adolescent psychiatric consultation and liaison.  Options include:

Pediatric GI Clinic:  Interns will attend a half-day pediatric GI clinic (ages 0-18) in order to provide assessment, team consultation, and brief intervention for children and adolescents who present to Gastroenterology. Intervention areas frequently include anxiety, functional abdominal pain, adherence, adjustment to diagnosis, dietary change, encopresis. 

 Pediatric Nephrology Clinic: Interns will attend a half-day pediatric Nephrology clinic (ages 0-21) in order to provide assessment, team consultation, and brief intervention to children and adolescents who present to Nephrology.  Intervention areas include adjustment to diagnosis, complex dietary change, adherence. Interns will practice using MI and stages of change with complex medical patients.  Interns will also have the opportunity to join research projects, including examining the link between hypertension and anger in children, and the impact of COVID-19 on blood pressure in children and adolescents.

Pediatric Cleft Palate Clinic: Interns will attend a half-day pediatric Cleft Palate clinic (ages 0- 21) in order to provide psychology assessment and intervention to every clinic patient.  Interns will become familiar with important concepts in the treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate and will work closely with large multidisciplinary team to provide high level care for children.  Interns will also have the opportunity to gain skills in procedure management, as patients frequently have to undergo in-office procedures.  

 Outpatient Pediatric Clinic: The intern will receive training in the provision of outpatient psychological treatment with children, adolescents, and parents. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy techniques, and family systems and biopsychosocial theories will be utilized with patients with a variety of ages and presenting problems. Clinic can be focused on specific populations. 

 AYA (adolescent/young adult) Coping with Chronic Illness Clinic: The intern will participate in outpatient psychotherapy with adolescents and young adults who are living with a variety of chronic illness (e.g. diabetes).  Interns will provide CBT focused therapy to help address issues common to this population, including treatment adherence, identity development, and transfer of care.  

Bariatric Surgery

Supervisors: Stephanie Cox, PhD, ABPP, or Cassie Brode, PhD

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center/ Department of Surgery

WVU Bariatrics offers a comprehensive surgical weight loss program including bariatric- trained surgeons, mid-level providers, dieticians, and psychologists. The intern has the opportunity to work as part of this multidisciplinary team in both assessment and intervention capacities. Interns receive training in pre-surgical psychological evaluations to determine a patient’s appropriateness for surgery. Additionally, interns can provide treatment to patients both pre and post surgically. Concerns commonly addressed include engagement in behavioral changes, treatment of disordered eating behavior, stabilization of psychiatric symptoms, etc. The intern also has the opportunity to attend team case review meetings and observe surgical procedures. The intern will also have the opportunity to lead and/or co-lead a monthly support group for pre- and postoperative patients.

Primary Care Behavioral Health

Supervisors: Barbara Cubic, PhD

Location: Clark K. Sleeth Family Medicine

The goal of this rotation is to increase the intern’s proficiency within the primary-care model; this includes the provision of population-based goal-oriented short-term treatment. The intern will participate in a variety of integrated primary care experiences including:

Integrated Outpatient Clinic:Behavioral health care is integrated into our primary care clinics within the patient-centered medical home model. Common presenting problems in this setting may include comorbid medical/ psychological concerns, insomnia, medication compliance, adjustment disorders, insomnia, relationship stressors, depression/ anxiety.  

Family Medicine Inpatient Rounds/ Consultation: Family Medicine patients can continue to receive care by their primary care providers when they are admitted to Ruby Memorial Hospital. The intern has the opportunity to participate as a member of this multidisciplinary inpatient team (alongside residents, medical students, pharmacy, social work, etc.), providing consultation regarding psychological concerns and/or delivering brief psychological interventions in an inpatient setting.

Family Medicine Specialty Clinics: The Department of Family Medicine offers several clinics to provide patients with specialty care to address their specific need. These clinics include the Medical Weight Management Clinic, Diabetes Clinic, and COPD clinic (depending on availability/scheduling). The intern, as a member of these multidisciplinary teams, provides education and treatment of patients’ conditions, including management of psychosocial issues that often co-occur with chronic illnesses. The goal of this team approach is to improve patient outcomes and increase adherence to prescribed treatment regimens. The intern provides consultation and brief assessment or intervention as needed.

Supervision: Interns will meet with each of their supervisors for a total of 2 or more hours per week of individual supervision. Additionally, interns receive informal supervision in the course of observing therapy or conducting co-therapy with the supervisor, staffing after intake evaluations, and in multidisciplinary meetings. Supervision totals 4 or more hours per week.

Sample Schedule:

The above chart lines out a sample schedule for interns.
The above chart lines out a sample schedule for interns.

Neuropsychology Major Rotations

In accordance with the Houston Conference Guidelines Policy Statement on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology, the clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at the West Virginia University School of Medicine is a two-year, full-time training program designed “to provide the clinical, didactic and academic training to produce an advanced level of competence in the specialty of clinical neuropsychology and to complete the education and training necessary for independent practice in the specialty.”

Throughout the 12 months, the intern will complete three, 4-month rotations, working directly with one faculty supervisor for each of the four-month periods. Interns conduct two neuropsychological evaluations per week and participate in feedbacks, psychotherapy, and at times cognitive rehabilitation. If a pediatric neuropsychology rotation is not available for the training year, the intern will complete their third rotation in adult neuropsychology.

Rotation 1, 2, and 3

The intern will work with three out of the four adult supervisors

Supervisors:

  1. James J. Mahoney, Ph.
  2. Liv E. Miller, PsyD, ABPP-CN
  3. Cierra M. Keith, Ph.D.
  4. David Scarisbrick, PhD

Rotation 3: Pediatric Neuropsychology (dependent on supervisor availability)

Supervisor: TBD

The pediatric neuropsychology rotation includes evaluation of children ages 6 to 18 with neurologic, genetic, and psychiatric presentations. Referrals include but are not limited to brain injury, epilepsy, prenatal substance exposure, and neurodevelopmental. Exposure to assessment of younger children (Birth to 6) is also available on a more limited basis. Available pediatric didactics include monthly craniofacial team conference and pediatric grand rounds.

All three rotations will focus on the evaluation of primarily outpatients, across the age span, with neurological, medical and psychiatric disease(s). Some evaluations are also

performed with inpatients in the psychiatric hospital and occasionally in consultation to various services in Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Our clinic offers experience with a rich and diverse patient population, including, but not limited to, individuals with various neurodegenerative conditions, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, strokes, movement disorders, cardiovascular disease, learning and attention disorders, and patients diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance abuse. Exposure to neuroimaging is an integral part of the rotation, and patients' MRI, CT, and/or PET scan images are routinely reviewed during evaluations and in didactics. Experiences are also available to interns through the epilepsy surgery program including performing pre- and post-surgical neuropsychological evaluations, attending multidisciplinary treatment team meetings, and on occasion participating in intracarotid amobarbital (Wada) evaluations. Pre- and post-surgical DBS evaluations of patients with Parkinson's disease and essential tremor are also frequently performed. In addition, interns may have the opportunity to observe patient rounds, bedside evaluations, neurobehavioral evaluations in multidisciplinary clinics, and provide cognitive rehabilitation with select patients. Finally, the breadth and depth of clinical experiences is enhanced by weekly didactics including Neuropsychology Case Conference including boards preparation, Neurology Grand Rounds, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Neuromodulation Team meetings, Epilepsy Boards, Brain Tumor Boards, and infrequent observation of brain dissections.

Chestnut Ridge Intensive Care Unit Orientation Group (CRIC): Interns also conduct group therapy on the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or Geriatric Unit one time per week.

This is a weekly group therapy meeting conducted on the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. The goal of the group is patient-centered and solution-focused; to provide a forum for communication, contribute to behavioral activation, and improve coping skills. The group treatment experience provides interns with a chance to interact with individuals suffering from severe mental illness and a valuable service for the patients and the operations of the unit. Training in conducting the group will occur during the first month of the internship, conducted by the faculty supervisor and neuropsychology fellow. During the training period, new interns co-lead the group once per week with faculty or a postdoctoral resident. Once independent, each intern will be responsible for the group one hour per week. Weekly group supervision meetings are conducted.

 

Supervision: Interns will meet with each of their supervisors for a total of 2 or more hours per week of individual supervision. Additionally, interns receive informal supervision in the course of observing therapy or conducting co-therapy with the supervisor, staffing after intake evaluations, and in multidisciplinary meetings. Supervision occurs prior to the arrival of a patient, during which time records are reviewed and an assessment strategy is planned. Supervision also occurs during the assessment day to address problems or questions as they are encountered and adjust to the assessment accordingly. Supervision totals 4 or more hours per week.

Sample Schedule:

The above chart lists out a sample schedule for interns.
The above chart lists out a sample schedule for interns.

Minor Rotations (Available for Either Track)

Chronic Pain

Supervisor: Richard Gross, PhD, ABPP

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center/ Pain Management Center

The goal of the rotation is to increase intern’s knowledge of various chronic pain disorders often encountered in behavioral medicine settings including low back pain/ disk disease, radicular pain, neuropathic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and pain associated with malignancy, etc. Assessment is a primary focus of this rotation including evaluations to determine risk for opioid abuse/ misuse and pre-surgical psychological evaluations prior to implantable devices for pain management.

The intern will also participate in treatment for chronic pain patients including both individual and group treatment, including a CBT for chronic pain group.. Opportunities to work across disciplines with various medical sub-specialties and to work within an interdisciplinary pain center also exist.

 

Child and Families Multidisciplinary Training Clinic

Supervisor: Jennifer Ludrosky, PhD

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

The intern will participate in the MDT clinic, which is a team-based, observational and experiential treatment clinic for treating complex children and families. The MDT clinic offers opportunities to work in a team setting with psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists and practicum students from all three disciplines. MDT trainees work under direct observation through the one-way mirror and have the opportunity to observe faculty and other trainees conducting individual and family therapy as well. MDT clinic services highly complex, multi-problem families from CBT and family systems frameworks. The MDT clinic also partners with the WVU Medical Legal clinic, offering interns the opportunity to observe and consult with law students and professors regarding the intersection between medical needs and legal issues. 

Forensic Psychology

Supervisor: Colleen Lillard, Ph.D.

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

The goal of this rotation is to provide interns with an introduction to forensic psychology.  At WVU, the forensic section primarily conducts court-ordered evaluations in the following areas: competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility (NGRI), dangerousness, sex offender risk assessment, and fitness for duty.  Interns will also be provided didactics in many areas of forensic psychology. This experience is an excellent opportunity for interns from both tracks to learn more about the role a psychologist conducting forensic evaluations and strengthen assessment skills. Additionally, this rotation exposes interns to the state hospital system and strengthens diagnostic and assessment skills working with individuals who have severe mental illnesses.

Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Supervisors: Amy Fiske, PhD

Location: Quinn Curtis Center

This 12-month rotation offers the opportunity for the intern to become proficient in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Additionally, this team is organized as a vertical model of training, in which the intern provides supervision/ oversight for WVU Clinical Psychology graduate students, and also receives training regarding their own supervision skills (“supervision of supervision”).

Hospital-Based Psychiatry Consultation and Liaison (General Clinical Team)

Supervisors: Psychiatry attending

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center/Ruby Memorial Hospital

The Psychiatry consultation and liaison team assists in diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in medically ill patients, who are currently admitted to the hospital. This rotation is an excellent opportunity to increase the intern’s knowledge of psychosomatic medicine and assist in the management of psychiatric disorders within the hospital setting.

Hospital-Based Psychiatry Consultation and Liaison (Substance Use Disorder Team)

Supervisors: Psychiatry attending

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center/Ruby Memorial Hospital

The Psychiatry Consultation and Liaison/ Substance Use Disorder team assists in diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders in medically ill patients, who are currently admitted to the hospital. More specifically, the intern functions as a member of the multidisciplinary team in providing substance use treatment programing to patients hospitalized with injection drug use-associated infective endocarditis along with other medical conditions.

Outpatient Substance Use Disorders- COAT Program/ MAT Program

Supervisors: Psychiatry Attending

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

The intern participates in an our intensive outpatient treatment program for Opioid Use Disorders including our Comprehensive Opioid Addiction Treatment (COAT) Program and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program. These treatment programs include the provision of group medical visits/ medical management for substance use disorders in combination with group therapy sessions. This program is an innovative and successful approach to recovery which has been nationally recognized. The intern participates in observation of group medical visits and can assist in co-leading/ leading groups related to life enrichment skills, relapse prevention, communication skills, and self-esteem skills help individuals get back on track to a healthy, fulfilling life. Groups include Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced recovery group as well as a group for expecting mothers addressing the special clinical needs of women who are pregnant.

Inpatient Substance Use Disorders- Dual Diagnosis Unit

Supervisors: Psychiatry Attending

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

The intern participates in treatment team rounds on the Dual Diagnosis Unit, a 12-bed inpatient unit for patients who require inpatient detoxification from drugs or alcohol. Interns also have the opportunity to provide psychoeducation and brief treatments to patients while they are hospitalized, which may include teaching relaxation/stress management techniques, relapse prevention skills, and providing assistance with discharge/outpatient treatment planning.

VA Medical Center-Home-Based Primary Care

Supervisor: Angelo Giolzetti, PsyD

Location: Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg WV

Interns will have the opportunity to observe home visits with older adult veterans, increase knowledge related to geropsychology, attend interdisciplinary team meetings, and learn more about the role of a psychologist within the Home-Based Primary Care team. This experience is provided at an exposure/ shadowing level for one month or the intern can participate in experiences as they come available.

 

VA Medical Center-Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program

Supervisors: Amanda Charlton-Fryer, PsyD; Emma Cogar, PsyD

Location: Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg WV

Programs: Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP)

Interns have the opportunity to gain experience in residential treatment of PTSD, substance use disorders, or depression.  Interns will provide individual and group psychotherapy, consultation, assessment, treatment planning, and crisis evaluations.  Interns will have the opportunity to co-lead and lead groups on topics such as coping skills and cognitive restructuring. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn various evidence-based psychotherapies. In addition, interns will be involved in interdisciplinary morning rounds.

Expanded Research Minor

Supervisors: Research Mentor or Psychology Faculty Member

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

In addition to the longitudinal research minor (1/2 day per week throughout the year), interns may have the option to devote additional time to research in the 3rd or 4th quarter in order to expand their development in this area. Interns may be allocated an additional ½ day for 3 months in order to expand upon an existing project or develop additional skills. Participation in an expanded research minor is contingent upon the intern demonstrating intermediate to advanced competency in other domains (as evidenced by the Clinical Competency Evaluation and Quarterly Evaluations) and completion of dissertation prior to January 1 of the training year.

Additional Minors for the Adult/ Behavioral Medicine Intern:

Neuropsychology

Supervisors: Liv Miller, PsyD, ABPP; James Mahoney, PhD; David Scarisbrick, PhD

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

Interns can receive training in neuropsychological assessment of adult patients with a wide variety of neurological and psychological disorders. The rotation is available at either an introductory or advanced level depending on the intern’s level of experience. The intern can also participate in didactics/ seminars specific to neuropsychology.

Additional Minors for the Neuropsychology Intern:

Pediatric Assessment/ Supervision Training

Supervisor: Jenna Wallace, PhD

Location: Neurodevelopment Center

Interns have the opportunity to provide supervision of Clinical Ph.D. graduate students in psychological assessment (IQ, Achievement, executive functioning, and language, with exposure to Autism Spectrum Disorder) in pediatric population (ages 5-12). Interns will gain exposure to various neurodevelopmental disabilities and have the opportunity to interact with various providers involved in assessment cases, such as pediatric neurology, speech language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy.

The Neuropsychology intern has the option to participate in any of the Adult Rotations as a Minor experience. See descriptions above in the Behavioral Medicine Track:

Behavioral Medicine Adult/ Young Adult Outpatient Psychology

Supervisors: Stephanie Cox, PhD, ABPP; Colleen Lillard, PhD; Jennifer Ludrosky, PhD; or Richard Gross, PhD, ABPP

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

Interns provide assessment and evidence-based treatment to patients across the life-span with a wide range of presenting problems including those with co-morbid medical and psychiatric concerns. Interns will have regularly scheduled intakes and new patient evaluations throughout the rotation. Interns are encouraged to have a mixture of both short-term and long-term therapy cases. Interns receive supervision primarily from a Cognitive- Behavioral orientation, although interns may also receive training in other evidence-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. We are able to select specific patient populations or disorders of interest in order to advance an intern’s training in a specific area or to address any gaps in training.

Pediatric and AYA (adolescent/young adult) Behavioral Medicine/ Psychology Clinic:

 Supervisors: Jennifer Ludrosky, PhD

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center

Interns will have the option to participate in fully integrated pediatric clinic(s), child/adolescent psychiatric consultation and liaison.  Options include:

 Pediatric GI Clinic: Interns will attend a half-day pediatric GI clinic (ages 0-18) in order to provide assessment, team consultation, and brief intervention for children and adolescents who present to Gastroenterology. Intervention areas frequently include anxiety, functional abdominal pain, adherence, adjustment to diagnosis, dietary change, encopresis. 

 Pediatric Nephrology Clinic: Interns will attend a half-day pediatric Nephrology clinic (ages 0-21) in order to provide assessment, team consultation, and brief intervention to children and adolescents who present to Nephrology.  Intervention areas include adjustment to diagnosis, complex dietary change, adherence. Interns will practice using MI and stages of change with complex medical patients.  Interns will also have the opportunity to join research projects, including examining the link between hypertension and anger in children, and the impact of COVID-19 on blood pressure in children and adolescents.

 Pediatric Cleft Palate Clinic: Interns will attend a half-day pediatric Cleft Palate clinic (ages 0- 21) in order to provide psychology assessment and intervention to every clinic patient.  Interns will become familiar with important concepts in the treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate and will work closely with large multidisciplinary team to provide high level care for children.  Interns will also have the opportunity to gain skills in procedure management, as patients frequently have to undergo in-office procedures.   

Outpatient Pediatric Clinic: The intern will receive training in the provision of outpatient psychological treatment with children, adolescents, and parents. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy techniques, and family systems and biopsychosocial theories will be utilized with patients with a variety of ages and presenting problems. Clinic can be focused on specific populations. 

AYA (adolescent/young adult) Coping with Chronic Illness Clinic: The intern will participate in outpatient psychotherapy with adolescents and young adults who are living with a variety of chronic illness (e.g. diabetes).  Interns will provide CBT focused therapy to help address issues common to this population, including treatment adherence, identity development, and transfer of care.  

Chronic Pain

Supervisor: Richard Gross, PhD, ABPP

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center/ Pain Management Center

The goal of the rotation is to increase intern’s knowledge of various chronic pain disorders often encountered in behavioral medicine settings including low back pain/ disk disease, radicular pain, neuropathic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and pain associated with malignancy, etc. Assessment is a primary focus of this rotation including evaluations to determine risk for opioid abuse/ misuse. The intern will also participate in treatment for chronic pain patients including both individual and group treatment, including a CBT for chronic pain group. Opportunities to work across disciplines with various medical sub-specialties and to work within an interdisciplinary pain center also exist.

Bariatric Surgery

Supervisor: Stephanie Cox, PhD, ABPP

Location: Chestnut Ridge Center/ Department of Surgery

WVU Bariatrics offers a comprehensive surgical weight loss program including bariatric- trained surgeons, mid-level providers, dieticians, and psychologists. The intern has the opportunity to work as part of this multidisciplinary team in both assessment and intervention capacities. Interns receive training in pre-surgical psychological evaluations to determine a patient’s appropriateness for surgery. Additionally, interns can provide treatment to patients both pre and post surgically. Concerns commonly addressed include engagement in behavioral changes, treatment of disordered eating behavior, stabilization of psychiatric symptoms, etc. The intern also has the opportunity to attend team case review meetings and observe surgical procedures. The intern will also have the opportunity to lead and/or co-lead a monthly support group for pre- and postoperative patients.

Primary Care Behavioral Health

Supervisors: Barbara Cubic, PhD

Location: Clark K. Sleeth Family Medicine

The goal of this rotation is to increase the intern’s proficiency within the primary-care model; this includes the provision of population-based goal-oriented short-term treatment. The intern will participate in a variety of integrated primary care experiences including:

Integrated Outpatient Clinic:Behavioral health care is integrated into our primary care clinics within the patient-centered medical home model. Common presenting problems in this setting may include comorbid medical/ psychological concerns, insomnia, medication compliance, adjustment disorders, insomnia, relationship stressors, depression/ anxiety.  

Family Medicine Inpatient Rounds/ Consultation: Family Medicine patients can continue to receive care by their primary care providers when they are admitted to Ruby Memorial Hospital. The intern has the opportunity to participate as a member of this multidisciplinary inpatient team (alongside residents, medical students, pharmacy, social work, etc.), providing consultation regarding psychological concerns and/or delivering brief psychological interventions in an inpatient setting.

Family Medicine Specialty Clinics: The Department of Family Medicine offers several clinics to provide patients with specialty care to address their specific need. These clinics include the Medical Weight Management Clinic, Diabetes Clinic, and COPD clinic (depending on availability/scheduling). The intern, as a member of these multidisciplinary teams, provides education and treatment of patients’ conditions, including management of psychosocial issues that often co-occur with chronic illnesses. The goal of this team approach is to improve patient outcomes and increase adherence to prescribed treatment regimens. The intern provides consultation and brief assessment or intervention as needed.