Clinical Activities & Supervision

The clinical environment at Hurley Medical Center provides for advanced learning experiences for those specializing in adult or pediatric rehabilitation psychology. As a Level 1 Trauma Center and a Children's Hospital, Hurley provides a wide case mix for learning. First-year fellows typically have 15-25 hours of patient contact per week, providing targeted assessments, interventions, and real-world practice. In many circumstances, fellows - with input from their supervisors - can select cases that will best enhance their knowledge base, providing a wide-ranging learning experience. Fellows learn evidence-based practice and how to develop and monitor appropriate treatment plans.

Main clinical activities include:

  • Inpatient consultations
  • Psychological Testing
  • Outpatient Neuropsychological and Cognitive Testing
  • Individual Supervision
  • Patient-Care Rounds
Two tracks: Adult & Pediatric

Adult Rehabilitation Psychology

Fellows in the Adult Rehabilitation Psychology track work collaboratively with outpatient and inpatient teams. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, Hurley provides a broad range of complex cases, where fellows can learn with ample 1-on-1 supervision.

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Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology

Hurley is a Children's Hospital, so fellows on the Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology track commonly see presentations of TI, sickle-cell disease, prematurity, genetic disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, and autism spectrum disorder.

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Didactic Training

The fellowship provides a robust rehabilitation psychology curriculum, along with many elective seminars and activities to deepen knowledge and skills, while preparing fellows for a long and successful career in rehabilitation psychology.

Sample Curriculum content

2021-2022 Curriculum for Rehab Psychology
Post-doctoral fellows in Rehabilitation Psychology have a robust year-round curriculum.
  • Weekly rehabilitation health psychology seminars*
  • Professional development, leadership, and management seminars*
  • Adult medical seminars (e.g., noon conferences, grand rounds; morbidity, mortality and improvement; tumor board)*
  • Graduate Medical Education Combined Lectures (e.g., professionalism, wellness, cultural sensitivity, corporate compliance, confidentiality, risk management, health disparities, population health, quality and patient safety)*
  • Trauma conference
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Hospital-wide committee participation (e.g., ethics, diversity and inclusion council)
  • Book chapter review and journal club

*Required educational experiences

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Scholarly Activities

The program provides a scholarly approach to rehabilitation psychology practice and provides a robust educational curriculum.

1 scholarly project required during the entire fellowship period

  • On-site 24/7 medical library
  • Dedicated research department
  • Faculty support mentorship
Types of scholarly activities available:
  • Collaborative research studies
  • Quality improvement projects
  • Program evaluation
  • Participation and eventual authorship of peer-reviewed works including posters, oral presentations, and journal articles

Teaching activitites

Medical education is a minor emphasis of the fellowship.

  • Teaching, instruction, and shadowing for medical residents and medical students
  • Formal didactic instruction to peers, medical residents and medical students on topics related to rehabilitation psychology, psychological testing, and neuropsychological and cognitive testing
  • Community outreach
  • Supervision of practicum students
  • Curriculum development
  • Eligible for faculty appointment from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine