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Psychology and Neuropsychology

The Nebraska Medical Center offers comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological services provided by a devoted team of doctoral-level clinical psychologists, health psychologists and neuropsychologists. Our providers are fully integrated into the health care setting, and work closely with hospital and community physicians.

Psychology

Clinical psychology providers focus on improving quality of life for individuals with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar affective disorder, adjustment disorders, emotional trauma and other issues related to mental health. Evaluations and therapy are available for children, adolescents, and adults.

Health psychology services are directed toward addressing the mind-body aspects of many health issues including pain management, coping with chronic illnesses, weight management, adherence to treatment regimens and organ transplantation. The health psychologists use a number of approaches to enhance health and healing, including cognitive-behavioral methods, guided imagery, and relaxation strategies.

Psychology Staff
David Cates, PhD, Manager
Kelly Fairbanks, PsyD
Katherine Keim, PhD
Randy LaGrone, PhD

To make an appointment with a psychology specialist at The Nebraska Medical Center please call 800-922-0000.

Neuropsychology

Clinical neuropsychology services focus on the assessment of cognitive problems, such as memory, reasoning, language and attention problems associated with medical conditions, emotional conditions, neurological diseases and injuries affecting the brain. Specialty areas include epilepsy, neuro-oncology, Parkinson’s disease, head trauma, dementia, learning disability and attention-deficit disorder, and changes in thinking associated with liver and kidney disease. Our providers work with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.

Neuropsychological Evaluation
The clinical neuropsychologist evaluates memory and thinking abilities using paper and pencil and computerized tests that are sensitive to problems in the brain. The types of tests given depend upon the questions that patients and their doctors have. A typical neuropsychological evaluation will involve assessment of attention and concentration, learning and memory, language, visual and spatial abilities, reasoning and planning skills, motor and sensory abilities, intelligence and mood and personality. Some abilities may be measured in more detail than others, depending on the patient’s needs.

Evaluation Referrals
Neuropsychological evaluations are requested to help doctors and other professionals understand how the different areas and functions of the brain are working. Testing is usually recommended when there are symptoms or complaints involving memory and thinking. Symptoms may be due to any number of medical, neurological, psychological or developmental causes, and testing will be helpful in understanding specific situations. The results of testing can serve as a baseline prior to surgery or treatment, or may be used to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning.

Participating in Evaluation
A neuropsychological evaluation usually consists of an interview with the clinical neuropsychologist, and then testing, often by a specially-trained technician. During the interview, patients may be asked about their symptoms, medical history, medications and other information that is important in addressing any concerns. Testing involves taking standardized paper and pencil or computerized tests and answering questions. The length of the examination will depend on the problem being assessed. In general, evaluations last three to six hours. Some tests may seem easy while others may be more challenging. All patients are encouraged to try their best. Our staff encourages patients to bring glasses and hearing aides, and to try to get a good night’s sleep and eat well before an evaluation.

Evaluation Outcome
The neuropsychologist will write a report that will be sent to the physician who originally requested the evaluation and to any other professionals identified to receive the report. Results may occasionally be received the same day of testing. Generally, patients are invited to schedule a feedback session with the neuropsychologist on another day. The results will be explained and further recommendations may be made. Re-evaluation at a later date may be suggested to document changes in functioning after a procedure or modification in treatment, or after a length of time has passed.

Neuropsychology Staff

NADIA PARE, PhD, joined The Nebraska Medical Center in 2008 as a neuropsychologist.  Specialties include: memory and aging, mild cognitive impairment, dementias, cerebrovascular disease and traumatic brain injury.

ANGELA C. GLEASON, PhD, ABPP, joined The Nebraska Medical Center in 2006 as a neuropsychologist.  Specialties include: memory disorders, movement disorders, cerebrovascular disease, autoimmune conditions, candidates for solid organ transplantation and other medical disorders.

JAMES KAPPEN, EDD, ABPdN, FACPN joined the Nebraska Medical Center in 2010 as a neuropsychologist.  Specialties: pediatric neuropsychology, childhood psychiatric disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and candidates for solid organ transplantation.

AMELIA NELSON SHEESE, PHD joined the Nebraska Medical Center in 2013 as a Neuropsychologist. Specialties: Memory disorders, movement disorders, concussion, traumatic brain injury, and adult psychiatric disorders.

CYNTHIA TREMBLAY, PsyD joined the Nebraska Medical Center in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuropsychology. Specialties: Memory disorders and traumatic brain injury.

David Cates, PhD, Manager

To make an appointment with a neuropsychology specialist at The Nebraska Medical Center please call 800-922-0000.

Neuropsychology Two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Nebraska Medical Center offers a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology. This fellowship position is based in The Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Psychology which is located on the hospital’s main campus in midtown Omaha, Neb. The department staff includes five full-time neuropsychologists, five full-time clinical psychologists, five psychometrists and two administrative assistants. One adult-focused fellowship position is available beginning September 2013.

Start Date
September 3, 2013

Current Salary
$40,000 per year

Benefits
Comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance is available. Basic life and disability insurance is provided. Sixteen days paid vacation and six holidays are allowed each year.

Length of Program
24 months

Research Opportunities
The program emphasizes clinical training with opportunity for clinical research. Research activities will be accomplished within existing clinical research programs, with the expectation that the resident will co-author at least one paper or poster during their two year tenure. Data from our Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved data repository may be used for retrospective data analyses and publications. Additionally, opportunities for participation in neuroimaging research may be possible depending on grant funding.

Patient Population
Residents will receive substantial clinical training in general adult neuropsychology. The patient population is diverse and patients present with a broad range of medical conditions treated in a tertiary care hospital. Specific emphasis and specialty populations include:

  • Adult epilepsy
  • Memory disorders
  • Deep brain stimulation for movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Central Nervous System (CNS) tumor
  • Transplant evaluation
  • Neuro-rehabilitation

Clinical Training
Training is based on the Houston Conference guidelines for specialty training in clinical neuropsychology. Depending on the trainees’ interests and rotations, supervision opportunities exist with all department neuropsychology staff. In addition, the department clinical psychologists are available to supervise fellows’ therapy cases or other clinical cases as appropriate.

Didactic Training Opportunities
Fellows will be expected to attend and participate in a weekly neuropsychology seminar as well as additional educational programming offered by UNMC, including radiology, neurology and psychiatry rounds throughout their fellowship. Fellows will attend multidisciplinary team meetings and they will present once monthly at the weekly neuropsychology seminar on topics pertaining to the focus of their major rotation.

About The Nebraska Medical Center
The Nebraska Medical Center is the teaching hospital for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is the largest healthcare facility and only public academic health science center in the state. The 627-bed acute care facility is recognized as a Center of Excellence for neurological sciences, transplant, cancer, bariatric surgery, and women’s health. The medical center employs more than 5,100 employees and has on staff over 1,000 physicians in all major specialties and sub-specialties. The Nebraska Medical Center has more than 350 medical and surgical residents and assists in the training and education of one thousand students on campus each year. U.S. News and World Report named The Nebraska Medical Center as one of the nation’s best hospitals in five medical specialties including Neurology and Neurosurgery. Read more about the Best Hospitals rankings.

For more information about the medical center and hospital milestones please visit the About Us page or review hospital publications.

About Omaha
Omaha is a vibrant, attractive city that provides all the amenities of a much larger metropolitan area and yet, is family oriented and friendly. Omaha offers ample arts, entertainment, sports and leisure activities, including outstanding entertainment venues, parks, hiking and cycling trails, shopping and dining experiences. Forbes ranked Omaha #1 on the list of America’s Most Affordable Cities. For more information about where to live, eat and play visit our About Omaha page.

Application Procedure

The Nebraska Medical Center participates in the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) match as a non-member. To be considered for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology, the following materials are required to be submitted no later than Jan. 20, 2012.

  • A letter of application outlining specific training and eventual professional goals, as well as the status of your dissertation
  • Vitae or resume describing background training and experience, description of internship and other scholarly activities and research
  • Two sample de-identified neuropsychological evaluation reports
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from an internship supervisor
  • Official graduate transcripts

Please submit all materials through the U.S. mail or by email to:

Angela C Gleason, PhD, ABPP
Training Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship Program
Department of Psychology, The Nebraska Medical Center
Adjunct Professor of Neurological Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center
984185 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4185
Email agleason@nebraskamed.com