Teaching & Training

Coursework

Classes taught by Drs. Gunstad & Spitznagel include:

  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Functional Neuroanatomy
  • Introduction to Psychological Assessment
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment
  • Psychology of Adjustment
  • Psychology of Exercise

Advanced Training

Graduate students have the opportunity to work with clinical patients in settings including:

Neuropsychology Practicum:

Most students complete their first evaluations as part of the neurpsychology practicum in the KSU Psychology Clinic. Students learn how to administer and score tests, conduct a neuropsychological intake interview, write clinical reports, and provide feedback to patients.

Community Memory Screenings:

Graduate students also have the opportunity to evaluate possible memory loss in older adults through community memory screenings. Several times per year, we provide free memory screenings for older adults at local community centers.

KSU Athletics Concussion Program:

Our lab also assists the KSU Athletics Department through a concussion screening and evaluation program. Student athletes complete computerized cognitive testing at the beginning of the season and re-evaluation following any suspected concussion. We are working with more >250 KSU athletes during this current season.

Center for Senior Health:

An outpatient neuropsychology experience is housed in the Summa Health System Center for Senior Health. Students are part of a multidisciplinary treatment team involving geriatricians, nurses, and social workers, providing full neuropsychological evaluations for differential diagnosis and treatment recommendations in a geriatric population.

Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit:

An inpatient neuropsychology experience provides neuropsychological consultation to the inpatient psychiatry services of Summa Health System. Students conduct brief neuropsychological exams to assist with discharge planning and treatment recommendations for the geriatric psychiatry unit.

Neuropsychology Assistant Director:

This is an advanced placement position based in the KSU Psychology Clinic. A student is considered for this position only after extensive previous neuropsychological assessment experience. The Assistant Director has administrative and training responsibilities including coordination of neuropsychology referrals, training and preliminary supervision of lower level graduate students in the administration and scoring of tests, as well as providing one outpatient evaluation per week.