Patton State Hospital


Directors: Steve Nitch, PhD, ABPP-CN and Dominique Kinney, PhD

Patton State Hospital
3102 East Highland Ave.
Patton, CA 92369
Telephone #: (909) 425-7795 (Psychology Office); (909) 425-6573 (Training Programs)
Fax #: (909) 425-6573
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Patton State Hospital’s Postdoctoral Residency in Neuropsychology is a two-year training program in neuropsychology that provides advanced training in the specialized practice of psychiatric neuropsychology in a forensic setting. The neuropsychology residency program meets the requirements of the Houston Conference and is designed to prepare fellows for the board certification process in clinical neuropsychology through ABPP-CN.

Although Patton is one of the few training sites in the country that provides in-depth training in psychiatric neuropsychology, the fellowship also provides training in traditional medical neuropsychology issues, such as traumatic brain injury, dementias, and a wide array of other medical conditions. As a function of the Patton patient population, neuropsychology fellows will learn to consider the interplay of neuropsychology, psychiatry, and forensic mental health issues with each assessment or treatment case from within the hospital.

Program Highlights:

  • Emphasis on process model of neuropsychological assessment utilizing a hypothesis-testing approach.
  • Seminars in Advanced Neuropsychology, Neuropsychology Research and Theory, and Case Conferences.
  • Evaluations of patients with a diverse set of neuropsychological conditions and risk factors/issues:
    • Dementia and neurodegenerative conditions
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Chronic viral infection
    • Chronic mental illness
  • In-depth training in the assessment of feigned cognitive symptoms.
  • Training in cognitive-remediation treatment
  • Neurology clinic rotation
  • Active research program in clinical neuropsychology
  • Opportunity to supervise interns and practicum students under supervision

Program will do interviews at INS: Yes

Policy regarding on-site interviews: On-site interviews are preferred, but video-conferencing interviews can be arranged for applicants who are unable to travel to Patton.

Application deadline: December 16, 2019
Residency start date: September 1, 2020

Clinical neuropsychology residency openings: 1
Clinical neuropsychology residency positions: 2 (one first-year resident and one second-year resident)

Residency/fellowship positions in psychology: 4

Clinical neuropsychologists: 5 Full-time
With ABCN/ABPP: 2 Full-time
(see webpage for faculty)

Other psychologists: 72 Full-time; 3 part-time
With ABPP: 4 Full-time

Graduate training of residency applicants:

Preferred: Clinical Psychology
Accepted: Clinical Psychology
Not Accepted: Non APA/CPA approved graduate programs or internships

Primary emphasis: Neuropsychology service in an adult forensic psychiatric hospital

Emphases of training opportunities:

Strong: neuropsychological assessment, neuropsychological consultation, cognitive remediation, research, forensics
Weak: psychotherapy

Availability of patient populations:

Strong: Psychiatric Illness, Post-Acute Traumatic Brain Injury; Dementia; Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Groups
Moderate: Stroke/Cerebrovascular Diseases, Neurologic Disorders, Epilepsy
Weak: Children (not available) 

updated 09/27/2019