Rehabilitation Psychology

Hurley Medical Center (HMC) offers two two-year postdoctoral fellowship positions in rehabilitation psychology; each has a start date of Sept. 1, 2021:

Apply by Jan. 4, 2021, for 2021-2023 fellowships in:
  • Adult Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology

This APA-accredited program in Rehabilitation Psychology also provides heavy emphasis on clinical neuropsychology practice in diverse practice settings. In accordance with the Baltimore Conference Guidelines, fellows receive intensive training and obtain experience in the delivery of rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The program aspires to prepare the trainee for a career in hospital practice with a special emphasis on being part of an interdisciplinary team. Upon completion, fellows are prepared for board-certification, leadership, and supervisory roles in a variety of practice settings. Training also prioritizes prerequisites for board-certification as a rehabilitation psychologist.

Most graduates of the program obtain employment in a medical center and remain active in medical education, hospital practice, rehabilitation, and/or clinical neuropsychology practice. More than 90% report that the training they received was very closely related to their current employment.


Adult Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship Position

TBI, inpatient, outpatient, neuropsych & rehab experiences

Fellows in the adult rehab psych fellowship participate in inpatient / outpatient neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology services, with patients from across the adult lifespan and with a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions. Common presentations: Traumatic brain injury (mild to severe), stroke, spinal cord injury, burn injury, delirium, and complex medical/neurological conditions. Differential diagnosis of dementia also can be arranged. Outpatient referrals for neuropsychological assessment are generated from Hurley inpatient services as part of a continuum of care, as well as from community providers such as neurology, neurosurgery and primary care. Some fellows opt to develop an outpatient caseload of individual, family, and / or couple psychotherapy with patients requiring rehabilitation psychology specialty services.

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Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship Position

Child and adolescent treatment

Pediatric rehab psych fellows develop competencies in rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychological assessment, and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of acquired neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. Fellows work in inpatient and outpatient settings, such as ICU, acute care, and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Common medical and neurodevelopmental presentations include: TBI (mild to severe), stroke, sickle cell disease, encephalitis and meningitis, epilepsy, in utero drug/alcohol exposure, late effects of cancer, prematurity, genetic disorders, ADHD, learning disorders and autism spectrum disorder. Referrals come from: trauma/surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, hematology/oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pediatrics. Outpatient referrals are generated from inpatient services as part of a continuum of care, as well as community pediatricians, psychiatrists, nurse-case managers, and other community sources.

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Exceptional experience

✔ Accredited. ✔ Diverse workforce. ✔ Diverse community. ✔ Wide variety of cases. ✔ Interdisciplinary patient care. ✔ High curricular standards. ✔ Hidden gem for lifestyle quality.

Hurley's Rehabilitation Psychology fellowship checks all the boxes for an exceptional educational / life experience.

Program Strengths

Diverse training environment

Hurley has been caring for the Flint community and surrounding areas for over 100 years. Its multicultural workforce reflects the community it serves. It is the area’s only Level I Trauma Center and serves as a teaching hospital for Michigan State University. HMC also maintains collaborative relationships with the University of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital. HMC is the region’s only Children’s Hospital, Level III NICU, PICU, and Burn Unit. Hurley is known as a regional leader in neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, pediatrics, subspecialty care, trauma, and education. Fellows care for individuals and families with a wide range of conditions

APA-CoA-accredited

The Hurley Postdoctoral Fellowship is accredited in rehabilitation psychology from the APA Commission on Accreditation (apaaccred@apa.org, 202-336-5979). Its long history of excellence in training began in 1994, when Hurley's existing medical psychology fellowship first offered training in rehabilitation settings. Hurley's program previously was part of the Flint, Mich., Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training (CAPT), which was the first in the country to receive specialty accreditation in Clinical Health Psychology through the American Psychological Association. In 2012, CAPT was APA-accredited as a multiple-practice program in Rehabilitation Psychology and Clinical Health Psychology.

Interdisciplinary patient care

The Hurley Fellowship's service model is designed so that clinicians follow patients from initial admission (e.g., ICU), inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient care, so they see all aspects of continuing care for those with challenging life events. Interdisciplinary care means that psychologists are part of trauma and rehab teams; attend rounds, team, and family conferences; and consult on med-surg units, neuro ICU, or inpatient rehab units. Fellows may perform capacity evaluations, assist in differential diagnoses, and plan for disposition. They also provide outpatient treatment and neuropsychological assessment and may pursue specialized interest in specific outpatient populations.

Curriculum: Formal didactics & hands on

Formal fellowship didactics include topics such as psychopharmacology, functional neuroanatomy, rehabilitation seminar series, neuropsychological practice, and evidence-based treatment in acute and long-term care environments. Since Hurley is a teaching hospital, it houses a variety of physician residencies, which offer a rich spectrum of educational and academic activities. During the fellowship, educating medical students and resident physicians is often integrated into the training experience, and fellows may apply for faculty appointments from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Broad caseload

Fellows see a wide range of cases, such as:

  • Brain tumor/Cancer
  • Burn injury
  • Developmental disorders
  • Delirium/dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Movement disorders
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic amputation
  • Traumatic brain injury
About Hurley Medical Center

Teaching hospital, highest level of care in region

Hurley Medical Center is a nonprofit urban teaching hospital that hosts Hurley Children’s Hospital, NICU, PICU, Regional Burn Unit, general and brain injury rehabilitation program, Level One Trauma Center and Level Two Pediatric Trauma Center. HMC is the primary provider of subspecialty care in the region. Additionally, HMC has a variety of physician residencies, which offer a rich spectrum of educational and academic activities. Fellows receive faculty appointments through the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Pediatric fellows participate in teaching medical residents from the Pediatric and Internal Medicine/Pediatric residencies through lectures and shadowing experiences.

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Quality of life

Beautiful outdoors, rich cultural life

Located in Flint, Mich., Hurley is about an hour's drive from Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Lansing. Flint is centrally placed between the vibrant urban centers of southeastern Michigan and the natural wonders of the Great Lakes and northern Michigan. The region is a microcosm of the country, reflecting opportunities and challenges facing 21st century America. While these factors make the Flint area an exceptional community to obtain training, they also make it an exceptional place to live. Flint itself has a renewed downtown, filled with students from area universities (including two Big Ten satellite campuses), plentiful housing, a bustling farmers’ market, a restored historical theater, art galleries, and clubs. Just a few blocks away is a rich cultural center with a theater, art museum, observatory, library, and other historical and science-based museums. Within 15-20 minutes are several popular suburban areas, with local and state parks and nature centers, excellent schools, dog parks, bakeries, cider mills, ski hills, kayak rentals, bike trails, shopping, restaurants, and quiet neighborhoods and apartment communities. No matter where you are in mid-Michigan, you are within minutes of an inland lake and within hours from one of the Great Lakes – so you can be sure to have great weekend fun at affordable prices.

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Dr Kirk Stucky talks about concussions on a local TV station's Medical Minute segment. 2015 file photo
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What to consider when concussion symptoms are still present

Fellowship Program Director Kirk Stucky PsyD talks about sports-related head injuries in "Medical Minute," a segment that aired on ABC-TV Flint affiliate station WJRT-TV Sept. 25, 2015.

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