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Psychology Fellowships

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Cleveland Clinic's Department of Psychiatry & Psychology and its training programs.

The Department is one of four in Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute, including Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology. Coincidentally, the Department has its origins in the vision of Cleveland Clinic’s first chairman of Neurological Surgery, W. James Gardener, MD. At a 1943 meeting of Cleveland Clinic’s Administrative Board, he proposed adding a department of psychiatry to the growing Cleveland Clinic. Eventually, in 1946 the Department of Neuropsychiatry opened, and in 1960 split into separate departments with A. Dixon Weatherhead, MD, serving as Psychiatry’s first Chairman.

In July, 1961 the Department welcomed its first resident trainee, and by 1976 the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program had achieved full accreditation. Since then, the Department has achieved a perennial U.S. News & World Report top-ranking in Ohio, and its training programs have developed a similarly strong reputation.

The Department's academic mission has roots that are not only deep, but broadly based. In addition to its General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, it has competitive fellowships in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine and post-doctoral fellowships in Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, and Chronic Pain. Long involved in the training of medical students, the department played a vital role in the planning and development of Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM), which opened its doors in 2004. Department staff, residents and fellows continue to play key roles as mentors and in didactic, seminar, office-based and bedside teaching of CCLCM and Case Western Reserve University medical students.

Cleveland Clinic has always been committed to excellence in patient care and research in the diseases that affect our patients. We take special pride in training future psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists and look forward to meeting and visiting with you.

Karen Jacobs

Karen Jacobs, MD
Director, Pyschiatry Residency Program
Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute

Cleveland Clinic's Department of Psychiatry and Psychology offers four fellowship programs designed to deliver outstanding education and supervision combined with an array of clinical rotation experience.

Chronic Pain Fellowship

The Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship is in the Section of Pain Medicine with primary responsibilities to the comprehensive Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program (CPRP). There are two fellowship positions. Fellows carry out research projects, primarily using our IRB approved data registry, but also prospective studies of their own designs. Each fellow participates in the CPRP, doing biofeedback assisted psychotherapy, family therapy (couples sessions and groups), group cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as monthly aftercare groups. Psychodynamic group is a responsibility in which one fellow co-leads the group with a psychologist. Fellows also administer, score, interpret, and write reports for cognitive and personality assessments. Fellows are involved in group supervision twice a week and on a as needed basis. Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the wide variety of educational opportunities at Cleveland Clinic, including regular health psychology didactices and grand rounds on a number of diverse topics.

Program Description

The Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program designed to treat patients with chronic non-malignant chronic pain. It is dedicated to working in collaboration with people who have chronic pain, to help minimize their suffering and restore their ability to take joy from life while contributing to it. The program provides comprehensive specialized care to people experiencing chronic pain utilizing an interdisciplinary team approach. To these ends, the team works in a compassionate way to help people to exceed their perceived limitations, eliminate harmful behaviors and replace them with healthy living.

The CPRP is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to chronic pain rehabilitation. Services include: occupational therapy, physical therapy, group and individual psychotherapy, psychophysiological pain and stress management training, and medication management, including the elimination of habituating substances, when needed, and chemical dependency evaluation and treatment as needed. Treatment is tailored to the individual needs of the patient and administered in group and individual settings. Potential patients receive a comprehensive clinical evaluation and during admission, patients are clinically assessed by each member of the interdisciplinary team. The outcome of their clinical findings is integrated into the patient’s initial treatment plan of care.

Listed below is a detailed description of the program.

  • Behavior modification (operant conditioning):
    • The CPRP is based on behavior modification principles. During the evaluation and admission process, the program philosophy and behavioral techniques utilized in the daily operations are explained to patients and families. The professional team interacts with patients in a positive manner, encouraging patient’s efforts with individual attention and praise, rewarding patient’s improvement in ambulation, minimal use of assistive devices, decreasing expression of pain behavior and the ongoing performance of an exercise routine. Individual goal accomplishments are acknowledged and treatment goals are realistic and set to a level that guarantees successful completion with appropriate effort.
    • In order to avoid reinforcing sick role behavior, patients are encouraged to use the medical status sheet for any minor medical concern they may have. The resident MD and or attending physician will review it daily and will establish an appropriate plan of action.
    • Psychotherapy
      • Group therapy: Dynamic group and Cognitive Behavioral groups are held under the direction of the clinical psychologist.
      • Individual therapy is the responsibility of the psychology section and the case managers following the direction and input of the attending physician and psychologist.
      • Family/Couples' therapy is conducted by nursing and psychology staff.
      • Sexual dysfunction counseling and social service consultations are provided if needed
    • Psychophysiological pain and stress management is performed by trained therapists under the supervision of the licensed clinical psychologist.
    • Physical therapy/reconditioning
      • A comprehensive physical therapy assessment is completed in all patients within the first two days. Daily exercise sessions are scheduled five days a week.
    • Patient and family education
      • Patients and their families receive ongoing education in various topics such as the physical causes of chronic pain, program philosophy, and behavioral principles utilized in the daily operations. Other educational topics areas include: medication use and abuse, assertiveness training, coping strategies and “enabling” behaviors.
    • Substance Abuse and Medication Misuse
      • Habituating drugs are tapered and then eliminated when appropriate. The majority of patients have failed reasonable trials of opioid therapy, and opioids are eliminated in these people. Benzodiazepines, carisoprodol and barbiturates are almost invariably eliminated. Weaning is completed by the time of discharge. Some patients remain on low doses of opiates, if there is good evidence that they have helped them to improve their functional status and there is no history of medication abuse.
      • Patients receive education in the areas of addiction and addictive substances. Whenever a diagnosis of chemical dependency is entertained, the Chemical Dependency Counselor completes a substance abuse assessment and provides treatment recommendations. Treatment initiated during this program includes individual sessions with the substance abuse counselor, attendance at 12 step meetings and recovery work assignments. Patients requiring a more intensive level of care may be transferred to a Chemical Dependency Program for further treatment.
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
      • Patients of working age (18-65) receive a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultation when indicated. Referrals to local community agencies (e.g. Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Worker's Compensation - Rehabilitation Division) are initiated with consistent follow-up to ensure patient has received the services. Services offered within the program may include Vocational Counseling, interest and/or aptitude testing, job seeking skills training, and liaison/intervention with employers to facilitate smooth transition to work.
    • Family therapy
      • Family members or significant others are required to attend weekly education and family group meetings. Individualized family therapy is provided by the treatment team whenever indicated.
    • Occupational therapy
      • Occupational therapy is provided three times a week. The primary objective is to help patients to perform daily living tasks independently with appropriate body mechanics
      • Specific services (e.g. desensitization treatments) are provided for patients with complex regional pain syndrome (RSD), neuropathic hand conditions, etc.
      • ADL training is provided for patients who need assistance in dressing and bathing to function independently outside of the hospital, at home or in the community.
      • Leisure and Activity Groups focus on the value and need for leisure, time management, task management, self-esteem and social interaction. Patients learn through activity that they can function and normalize and enjoy life.
    • Work Reconditioning
      • This is provided to selected patients who need specific work to improve strength and endurance, to enable them to return to work
    • Medication management
      • The attending physician prescribes non-habituating agents for pain control and monitors patients on a daily basis for response.
      • The medication program includes medication education/knowledge assessment, and self administration
    • Medical/surgical consultations
      • Extensive medical evaluations are incompatible with the program goal of assisting patients to relinquish the sick role. Therefore, all necessary evaluations should be accomplished prior to admission whenever possible. Problems that arise or are identified during treatment will be evaluated by appropriate specialists, especially when they threaten the goal of maximal possible rehabilitation
    • Anesthesia Pain Therapy
      • Patients who have not received a trial of treatment by regional blockade or patients who may benefit with the use of temporary analgesia may be referred to anesthesia prior to initiating the CPRP. Services available include: diagnostic nerve blocks, therapeutic nerve blocks, trigger point infections, TENS, spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pumps.
    • Psychological testing
      • Patients receive a cognitive screen and computer scored Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2. Additional testing may include projective testing, cognitive assessments, and tests for specific learning disabilities.
    • Primary RN Case Manager Functions
      • The primary RN case manager coordinates the delivery of care provided to each patient throughout their stay in the program. The case manager ensures that all other disciplines have provided the appropriate services in a timely manner. In addition, the case manager obtains feedback from the team regarding patient’s progress and areas of learning
      • The primary case manager consults with patient and family to determine whether further clinical consultations are needed. At the time of discharge, the primary case manager will ensure that pertinent information is sent to referral sources (with patient permission) including discharge diagnoses, current medication regime and global indicators of patient’s progress
    • Nutritional counseling/dietary support
      • All patients are assessed for nutritional deficits. Special consultations are arranged for obese and underweight patient follow-up
      • The CPRP Aftercare groups are offered once a month at no cost to all former patients. The purpose is to provide a support system that continues to reinforce the principles learned while helping each other achieve stability in their lives.
      • Medication management is available at this time for a fee.

As part of its mission to treat patients in the most efficacious manner, and to be in compliance with the CARF regulatory agency, the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program maintains an IRB approved data registry that includes information on all patients evaluated and treated in the program, as well as it’s related clinics such as the Failed Back Clinic; Complex Patellofemoral Clinic and Chronic Pancreatitis Clinic. The database includes basic demographic information as well as an assessment of mood, pain, medication, medical and developmental history. Data are gleaned from the initial patient evaluation and patient completed questionnaires, as well as follow-up interviews.


Fellows participate in the CPRP Journal Club and Interdisciplinary Education Seminar both of which meet monthly. They are expected to present regularly. Fellows also attend the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology grand rounds and may attend any grand rounds or journal clubs of interest in the institution. Teaching opportunities in the Medical College are sometimes available in the second year.


Post-doc hours roughly include:

  • Standard psychological testing including WASI and MMPI-2 report summaries (about two hours a week)
  • Research-related activities including maintaining the data registry (six+ hours a week)
  • Out-Patient psychotherapy (~two hours a week)
  • Two-three Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program patients three times a week per patient
  • Group therapy (six-15 hours a week)
  • Family therapy including groups and couples or family (six hours a week)
  • Personality and Cognitive testing (five hours a week)
  • Miscellaneous duties including writing for posters and publication (five hours a week)
  • Team treatment planning and notes (five hours)
  • Supervision (two+ hours a week)
  • Journal club present on a regular basis and attend one time a month
  • Education seminar present once a quarter to the CPRP team
  • Attendance at regular CPRP team functions including Post-mortem and Steering Committee
Training and Education Contact

Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship

Program Description

The goal of this Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship is to provide individualized, clinical opportunities for psychological assessment and interventions with adult patients experiencing a wide range of medical and psychological problems. Our fellowship is primarily outpatient-based and includes psychological consultations and diagnostic interviews, short-term psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, group psychotherapy with medical patients, and special programs (e.g. psychological treatment of multiple sclerosis, cognitive behavioral treatment of insomnia, primary care, intensive day treatment of chronic headache, stress management, biofeedback with medical patients, and objective personality assessment). Opportunities are available to pursue special areas of interest (such as medical school teaching, marital and family therapy, chronic pain, program development, and bariatric evaluations). This is a one year certificate program in one major rotation area; fellows may apply for second year of fellowship in the same or different area of specialty based upon goodness of fit/mutual consent. To date, our graduates have been successful at obtaining a position in Clinical Health Psychology upon completion of the fellowship.

Our 3 Current Major Rotations in Behavioral Medicine include:

Minor rotations in these areas are assigned based on goodness of fit with major rotations:

  • Primary Care Outpatient Clinic/Family and Marital Therapy
  • Behavioral Sleep Medicine/Sleep Disorders Clinic
  • Research in Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Biofeedback, or Chronic Pain
  • Bariatrics Clinic (when available)
  • Medical School Teaching/Communication Skills Training (when available)

The fellowship is clinical in nature, but the fellow is expected to participate in ongoing research, poster presentations, didactics, and teaching.

The fellowship provides an annual stipend of approximately $51,020 with an increase in the second year of training, as determined annually by Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education Department and the Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship. Generous benefits include:

  • Individual supervision for licensure
  • Extensive didactics
  • Paid time away (15 vacation days, 5 personal days)
  • Individual/family medical benefits (available for a fee)
  • Dental insurance (available for a fee)
  • Vision insurance (available for a fee)
  • Flexible spending accounts for dependent care and healthcare expenses (contributions are pre-tax)
  • One stipend per fellow may be available for travel/conference attendance pending approval by the Department Administrator. The fellow must be the primary author and presenter at the conference, the research must be generated at Cleveland Clinic, and the research must be published during the fellowship.
Application Process

Applications are accepted from October through the first week of January of each calendar year. Applications should be submitted to the Program Director and are reviewed by the Program Director and supervisors of major/minor rotations. Qualified applicants will have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-approved program including their dissertation defense before the September start date of their first year of fellowship (no exceptions). In addition, they will have graduated from a pre-doctoral internship in adult clinical and/or health psychology (health psychology experience is essential) that is an APA accredited graduate program (preferred) or graduate program that meets the APPIC standards (required). Our fellowship is not currently APA accredited, but we are listed on the APPIC directory.

Interested applicants should email the following materials to Ms. Anne Pezdirc at CV and a letter of interest/intent specifying preferences for major rotation(s). Please specify all major rotations for which you would like to be considered. There is no penalty for naming more than one rotation of interest. Also include a clinical work sample and three letters of recommendation (sent by their authors). If you have not yet received your doctorate, a letter from your program director attesting to your status as a doctoral candidate, and anticipated date of dissertation defense as well as anticipated graduation date are also required. Any questions should be directed to: Ms. Anne Pezdirc at or 216.445.1319.

Interview Process

Interviews for invited applicants are held in a group format in late January/early February of each calendar year. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted via email in mid to late January. All active supervisors will be present and participate during interviews to provide an opportunity to interact with all candidates.

Hiring Decision

Preference is given to applicants at APA accredited pre-doctoral internships in health psychology; however, applicants meeting APPIC internship standards will be considered. Prior to beginning the first year of fellowship, fellows are required (no exceptions) to have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-approved program including their dissertation defense.

Hiring decisions are typically made in late February early March of every calendar year. Actual appointments begin in late August/early September. In years where there is an APPIC Uniform Notification Date (UND) for postdoctoral fellowships we adhere to their hiring policies.

Fellowship Supervisors

Neuropsychology Fellowship

Program Description

The Cleveland Clinic's postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology is under the aegis of the Section of Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. It is designed for individuals who have completed a doctorate degree in clinical psychology, and have a strong academic and clinical training background in the fundamentals of neuroscience and neuropsychological assessment.

Cleveland Clinic's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Neuropsychology is a founding member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN; The program operates in accordance to the INS-Division 40 guidelines (The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1987, 1, 29-34) and the goals espoused by the Houston conference (Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 1998, 2, 203-240). Our postdoctoral positions are designed to provide fellows with didactics and experiences necessary for developing professional-level clinical interpretative and consultation skills while under the supervision of experienced neuropsychologists. In addition, specific training opportunities include active involvement in clinical research and education within the context of a nationally known tertiary medical center.

Program Description

Our fellowship begins on or about Sept. 1. The two-year experience will be divided into time periods that allow for general clinical neuropsychological training with particular age groups (children/adolescents and/or younger and older adults) with the opportunity for specialization with a particular population such as epilepsy patients, research, teaching, and participation in didactics. During the first weeks of each rotation, training concentrates on skill building and refinement in the areas of test administration, test interpretation, and report writing. For the first 12 months, two four-month rotations will be completed with the fellow’s primary age group (e.g., adult or pediatric neuropsychology) and one four-month rotation with the other age group. A fellow with “lifespan” interests will alternate between adult and child rotations for the first 16 months. The last 8 to 12 months consist of rotations tailored as much as possible to meet the fellow’s specific interests and training needs; the ultimate goal is preparation for the initial professional position.

First “year” (12 to 16 months):

Clinical Fundamentals

  • Child Focus: Pediatric rotation, adult rotation, pediatric rotation (four months each)
  • Adult Focus: Adult rotation, pediatric rotation, adult rotation (four months each)
  • Lifespan: Adult rotation, pediatric rotation, adult rotation, pediatric rotation (four months each)
Second “year” (8 to 12 months):

Advanced Specialization and Special Projects

Examples: A fellow with interests in adult neuropsychology, particularly dementia, had rotations in general adult neuropsychology and movement disorders including deep brain stimulation. The clinical demands were adjusted to accommodate a year-long experience evaluating patients for dementia syndromes at the Center for Brain Health.

A fellow with interests in pediatric neuropsychology completed rotations in pediatric neuropsychology emphasizing epilepsy and oncology populations and rehabilitation neuropsychology. The clinical demands were adjusted to accommodate year-long experiences evaluating adult patients in the Burkhardt Brain Tumor Center and providing group therapy for children with epilepsy and, separately, their parents with supervision by a pediatric health psychologist.

A fellow with interests in adult neuropsychology, particularly epilepsy, had rotations in adult epilepsy, general adult neuropsychology, and movement disorders including deep brain stimulation. The clinical demands were adjusted to accommodate a year-long clinical research project for which the fellow sought and received grant funding (Epilepsy Foundation) in the first year.

A fellow with interests in lifespan neuropsychology completed a rotation in general pediatric neuropsychology (the last in the first “year” sequence). This was followed by rotations in Center for Brain Health (evaluating patients for dementia syndromes) and lifespan assessment with adjusted clinical demands to accommodate a simultaneous 8-month experience in movement disorders including deep brain stimulation.

Clinical Activities

Our clinical evaluations strive to integrate medical, neurological, and behavioral data with neuropsychological test findings to answer any of a number of referral questions. Our referrals often consist of, but are not limited to, questions concerning:

  • Differential diagnoses (e.g., depression versus dementia, dementia of the Alzheimer’s type versus Primary Progressive Aphasia)
  • Delineation of spared and impaired cognitive functions secondary to known central nervous system dysfunction
  • Establishment of a neuropsychological baseline against which to monitor recovery or progression of central nervous system dysfunction
  • Comparison of neuropsychological functioning prior to and following a variety of pharmacological, surgical, and behavioral interventions as part of ongoing treatment outcome evaluations and standard clinical care
  • Assessment of cognitive/behavioral functions to assist with rehabilitation, management strategies and/or educational or employment placement
  • Evaluation of cognitive status for the purpose of disability determination

The Section of Neuropsychology provides primarily outpatient consultation and evaluation services for the staff of Cleveland Clinic and community referral sources. Currently, the Section of Neuropsychology receives the majority of its referrals from Adult and Pediatric Neurology, Burkhardt Brain Tumor Center, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, the Mellen Center (Multiple Sclerosis), Neurosurgery, the Center for Neurological Restoration (DBS), Adult and Child Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Internal and Geriatric Medicine, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Pediatric Oncology/Hematology.

A flexible battery approach is adopted by most Cleveland Clinic Staff Neuropsychologists. The Section uses a number of specialized test batteries for specific patient populations. For example, a formal pre- and post-surgery protocol is in place for epilepsy surgery candidates, and standard protocols are in place for evaluating candidates for deep brain stimulation for treatment of psychiatric or movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia) and surgery for coronary artery disease.

The combination of a rich clinical referral base at Cleveland Clinic and an innovative service delivery model has created a strong trajectory of growth for the Section of Neuropsychology. More than 2,100 patients are referred for evaluation annually, making the Section of Neuropsychology one of the most clinically active neuropsychological services in the country for its size.

Clinical Component

On average, a minimum of 60% of fellows’ time will be devoted to direct clinical service. A portion of this commitment can be focused on services directed at specific patient populations (e.g., epilepsy, pediatric, geriatric, or movement disorder patients). In addition, fellows are afforded the opportunity to work with culturally diverse populations including international patients who seek specialized health care at Cleveland Clinic. Although the Section is largely a psychometrist-based service, we recognize the importance of direct patient contact in developing a strong clinical understanding of process variables and patient behaviors that underlie test performance. Consequently, the fellows will be responsible for testing some patients each week throughout the two-year fellowship. Fellows will have the opportunity to supervise psychometrists (and potentially undergraduate students), generally more often in the second year. It is anticipated that this assessment experience will provide the fellows with the opportunity to enhance their existing knowledge and experience with a variety of neuropsychological assessment procedures.

Assessment is only one component of the fellows’ clinical duties. The primary goal of the fellows’ clinical activities is to expand their expertise in clinical interpretation and reporting of neuropsychological data. Report writing and consultation with patients and other health-care professionals are, therefore, central to this postdoctoral experience. The fellows will also be expected to participate actively with members of the Section in one or more clinical team meetings (e.g., Epilepsy Surgery, Brain Tumor and DBS Patient Management) on an ongoing basis.

Formal clinical supervision is provided on an individual basis, typically two to three hours weekly, to review cases. Informal supervision is also available on a daily basis. Group supervision in the form of weekly postdoctoral conference meetings to review topics of interest, deposition transcripts and videotapes, ethical issues, noteworthy cases, research data, etc. generally accounts for approximately one hour weekly. Practice management issues, such as scheduling patients, managing technical support services, and billing and coding practices are discussed.

Formal written evaluations of the postdoctoral fellows’ progress are prepared by the supervising Staff Neuropsychologist(s) at the conclusion of each rotation. Information is forwarded to the Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education (GME) office. In the course of these regularly scheduled evaluations, fellows are asked to evaluate the program Performance is also assessed via a clinical fact-finding exercise modeled after that portion of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN)’s Oral Exam. This is conducted at the beginning of the first and second training years, and may be repeated more frequently if needed to monitor fellows’ clinical skills. Fellows whose performance is not at an expected level of competence will be advised regarding the problem areas, and a specific plan to remediate those weaknesses will be developed per GME policies.

Research Activities

In keeping with the scientific basis of clinical neuropsychology, Cleveland Clinic's Section of Neuropsychology is actively involved in ongoing clinical research (e.g., epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation for treatment of movement disorders, brain tumor and imaging). In addition, the Section has been committed to advancing scientific inquiry via collaborative projects with other institutions. These collaborations extend our research activities and collegial relationships with other professionals in the neuropsychological community.

Research Component

Research will be an integral component of the postdoctoral experience. The Section maintains a number of IRB-approved patient registries and is involved in a number of ongoing collaborative research projects both within and outside the institution. Cleveland Clinic is highly supportive of research activities, and provides excellent statistical, computer, graphic art, photography and editorial support services. It is expected that the fellows will become involved in one or more of the existing research projects within the Section, with the goal of preparing at least one paper for publication and/or presentation at a national meeting. Independent and/or new collaborative research projects will be encouraged, and grant activity is highly supported. Travel time is provided to make presentations at professional meetings, and some financial support for travel is available in the second year, especially for first-authored papers based on work accomplished at Cleveland Clinic.

Terms & Conditions

Fellows must have completed all of the formal requirements for the doctorate before beginning postdoctoral training; appointments begin in September. Although the Cleveland Clinic's Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship is designed as a two-year program, contracts are made on a year-to-year basis, with renewal for the second year being made by mutual consent. Note: Cleveland Clinic employees must be tobacco-free.

The fellowship currently carries a 12-month, first year salary of $51,020, which typically increases prior to the second year (current second year salary is $52,665). Fifteen days of vacation and five personal days of paid time away of provided each academic year. Comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance (fellow and immediate family) at minimal cost to the fellow are among the benefits provided. Salary determination, grievance process, allotment of vacation and meeting time, and other institutional procedures occur in accordance with the General Policies for Graduate Medical Education. Please see GME for additional details.

Neuropsychology Staff

The Neuropsychology Section was organized in 1985 and officially established as a formal patient care center within the department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Cleveland Clinic in 1986. As neuropsychologists, we are members of the Professional Staff Several staff members have academic appointments or pending appointments with Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM).

Application Process

The Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency Program participates in the APPCN Resident Matching Program operated by National Matching Services (NMS; The deadline for receipt of all application materials is Dec. 21 (or the next business day if the 21st falls on a weekend).

Applicants are encouraged to call or write for information or clarification of the program’s description or opportunities. Applicants’ rights to make a free choice among residencies are recognized and Cleveland Clinic complies fully with the stipulations of the Match.

Application materials should be directed to:

Please provide:

  • A letter of interest describing relevant academic and training experiences, desired postdoctoral training objectives, perceived “fit” with this program, and future professional goals
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference, including at least two from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and clinical training in neuropsychology
  • A statement from the applicant's graduate school clinical training director indicating the applicant's status in the program and probability of completing the requirements for the doctorate prior to the fellowship year (waived for those already holding the doctorate). APPCN’s Verification of Doctoral Training Form (APPCN Doctorate Verification) is acceptable for this purpose.
  • An official copy of the applicant's graduate transcripts

Electronic submission of the above items by email in a Word or PDF file is acceptable. Please send email to:

2015-2016 Clinical Fellows

Chronic Pain Medicine
Year 2
Sarah Rispinto, MD
Sarah Rispinto, PhD, MA

Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Graduate School: Master of Arts in Community Counseling, John Carroll University
Doctorate: Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, Cleveland State University

Year 1
Kelly Martincin, MD
Kelly Martincin, PhD, MA

Undergraduate: Ohio Dominican University
Graduate School: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Cleveland State University
Doctorate: Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, Cleveland State University

Clinical Neuropsychology/Neurocognitive
Year 1
Denise LaBelle, PhD, MA

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Temple University
Doctorate: Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Temple University

Health Psychology
Year 1
Jenna Buth-Croes, PsyD, MA
Jenna Buth-Croes, PsyD, MA

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota-Duluth
Graduate School: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
Doctorate: Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

Samantha Domingo, MD
Samantha Domingo, PsyD

Undergraduate: Nova Southeastern University
Graduate School: Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University
Doctorate: Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University

Carolyn Fisher, MD
Carolyn Fisher, PhD, MA

Undergraduate: University of Dayton
Graduate School: Master of Arts in Clinical Health Psychology, University of Cincinnati
Doctorate: Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Psychology, University of Cincinnati

Year 2
Audrina Mullane, MD
Audrina Mullane, PhD

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina Beaufort
Graduate School: Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University - California School of Professional Psychology
Doctorate: Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University - California School of Professional Psychology

Year 1
Sally Vogel, MD
Sally Vogel, PhD, MA

Undergraduate: University of Nevada
Graduate School: Master of Arts, University of Nevada
Doctorate: Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada