Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience

The knowledge base in neuroscience that could inform the practice of psychiatry and the training of psychiatrists has been steadily growing for several decades. Yet neuroscience training is still poorly incorporated into general psychiatry training (Chung and Insel, 2014).  There are several approaches to addressing this educational gap, including expanding educational didactics focused applied neuroscience and creating special neuroscience "tracks" within general psychiatry residency programs. The proposed Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience will also address this educational gap by creating an extra year of special fellowship training in clinical neuroscience after completion of a general psychiatry training program. The goal of the fellowship will be to give the psychiatrist intensive exposure to new knowledge in translational neuroscience as well as an opportunity to apply that knowledge to clinical cases seen in both inpatient and outpatient settings. There is a growing number of patients who need the care of a specifically trained psychiatry because their behavioral and emotional issues arise in settings where specific brain-based mechanism of disease are known to be causal.

The fellowship will provide didactic instruction and "hands-on" training in five areas:

  1. Diagnosis and treatment of patients with behavioral or emotional symptoms associated with neurobiological disease (e.g. autoimmune conditions associated with antibodies that target brain receptors or enzymes, epilepsy, cerebral vascular accident, traumatic brain injury, etc.) 
  2. Interpretation of neurocognitive assessments
  3. Interpretation of neuroimaging, CSF and blood biomarkers of neurobiological disease
  4. Neuromodulation
  5. Advanced training in translational research methodologies

Michael Schrift, D.O., M.A.

Michael Schrift, D.O., M.A.

John Csernansky, MD

John G. Csernansky, M.D.
Gilman Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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