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Houston VA Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

May 17, 2012

Thomas Kent, M.D.
The Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Program at the MEDVAMC is a rigorous two-year fellowship program which prepares fellows for specialty practice in clinical neuropsychology and subsequent board certification. Pictured (back row from left): Neuropsychologist Nicholas Pastorek, Ph.D., ABPP; Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Director Robert L. Collins, Ph.D., ABPP; Neuropsychologist Brian Miller, Ph.D.; (front row from left): Psychology Extern Katie McCulloch; Psychology Extern Jenny Stinson; and Postdoctoral Fellow Nick Wisdom, Ph.D.
Photo: Bobbi Gruner
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The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) was recently awarded specialty accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation for its Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Program.  The MEDVAMC Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship is one of only 18 APA specialty, accredited Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowships.

 

Founded more than 100 years ago, the APA is a scientific and professional organization with more than 150,000 members, making it the largest association of psychologists worldwide. Its stated mission is to “advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.”

 

Accreditation by the APA is a process that assures the educational community and the general public that an institution has clearly defined and appropriate objectives and maintains conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected. It encourages improvement through continuous self-study and review. It fosters excellence in postsecondary education through the development of principles and guidelines for assessing educational effectiveness.

 

“Accreditation by the American Psychological Association shows that the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center demonstrates outcomes for its educational process that are consistent with its goals and objectives,” said Thomas Kent, M.D., Neurology Care Line Executive. “In other words, there is 'truth in advertising.’”

 

The Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Program at the MEDVAMC is a rigorous two-year fellowship program which prepares fellows for specialty practice in clinical neuropsychology and subsequent board certification. Under the supervision of Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Director Robert L. Collins, Ph.D., ABPP; Neuropsychologist Nicholas Pastorek, Ph.D., ABPP; Neuropsychologist Jane Booth, Ph.D., ABPP; Neuropsychologist Brian Miller, Ph.D.; Neuropsychologist Andrea Cohen, Ph.D.; and Neuropsychologist Michele York, Ph.D., neuropsychology fellows are involved in direct Veteran care occurring across the Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Mental Health Care Lines. In addition to these clinical services, neuropsychology fellows are expected to engage in interdisciplinary research activities. 

 

"Over the past four years, we have had four fellows publish 17 peer reviewed articles and countless conference presentations in collaboration with neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other medical staff working at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center," said Collins who is also an assistant professor of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. "In many ways, the level of support from senior management and Care Line executives like Dr. Thomas Kent, Dr. Helene Henson, and Dr. Laura Marsh is unmatched by other programs – and allows us to bring in top tier recruits."

 

“Following Dr. DeBakey’s life-long pursuit of excellence and commitment to education in order to make a worldwide impact on health care and improving lives, I am very proud the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center has received such important recognition,” said Bryan T. Bayley, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., acting MEDVAMC director. “We are very fortunate to have staff members like Dr. Robert Collins and Dr. Thomas Kent whose level of passion and expertise advances medical care for our Nation’s heroes.”

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Awarded re-designation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2008, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 130,000 Veterans in southeast Texas and provides some of the most complex care within the VA Health Care System. The DeBakey VA employs nearly 3,600 staff and is one of 49 institutions within the prestigious Texas Medical Center, one of the largest health and research centers in the world. The DeBakey VA is home to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; Network Polytrauma Center; award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; Liver Transplant Center; Epilepsy and Cancer Centers of Excellence; Substance Abuse Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence; Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; $26.8 million Research and Development Program; and Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center. The hospital offers sophisticated, cutting-edge technology such as PET/CT imaging, the Evident™ microwave ablation system, a CyberKnife®, a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator, a Philips Wide Bore Computed Tomography Simulator, the ORControl System, the Abiomed Impella 2.5 catheter-based heart pump, and the Sapien heart valve. For more than 60 years, the DeBakey VA has served as the primary teaching facility for our major affiliate, Baylor College of Medicine and operates one of the largest VA residency programs in the nation. Each academic year, more than 2,179 students are trained through 194 affiliation agreements with institutions of higher learning. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Lufkin, Richmond, and Texas City, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged almost 1.3 million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2011.

For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit www.houston.va.gov