Dr. Moira Dux earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, in the program’s neuropsychology track. She completed her pre-doctoral training (neuropsychology track) at the VA Maryland Health Care System/ University of Maryland Medical Center. She then completed a research neuropsychology fellowship at the Baltimore VA. Dr. Dux is presently a staff neuropsychologist and the recipient of a VA Career Development Award examining the effects of high-intensity aerobic exercise on autonomic, cognitive, and affective function post-stroke. Other research interests include mechanisms of cognition and affect in healthy elderly, effects of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) on cognition in persons who are HIV+, and intraindividual variability in cognitive test performance. 19
Dr. Kristen Mordecai earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, in the program’s neuropsychology track. She completed her pre-doctoral training in clinical psychology focused in general and geriatric neuropsychology within the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System. Her two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology was completed at the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System within the Integrated Fellowship in Traumatic Brain Injury and Trauma Recovery in Returning Veterans program. Her research interests include cognitive aging, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stress and memory, and the effects of sex steroid hormones on cognition and brain function. 20
Perry Point VA Medical Center” l 28
Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center – Perry Point 33
Inpatient Unit –Ward 364A 35
COMMUNITY BASED VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC 40
Community-based Outpatient VA Clinics 40
Clinical Minors 43
Clinical Supervision 44
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CHILD OUTPATIENT PSYCHOLOGY TRACK 57
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH TRACK 59
CONSORTIUM ADMINISTRATION 64
ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPERVISORY PSYCHOLOGY STAFF 66
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY 74
APPLICATION PROCEDURES 75
COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT FORM 77
The Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS)/University of Maryland-Baltimore (UMB) Psychology Internship Training Consortium is composed of three divisions of the VAMHCS (the Baltimore VA Medical Center and Annex Building, Perry Point VA Medical Center, and the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center) and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland Baltimore. The Baltimore VA Medical Center, the Baltimore VAMC Annex Building, and the UMB campus are located in the west downtown area of Baltimore City, and the Perry Point VA Medical Center is located 45 miles north of the city in Perryville, MD. Prior to the formation of the Consortium, all three of these sites had APA-accredited training programs and offered psychology intern training.
The Baltimore VA Medical Center is the acute medical and surgical care facility of the VAMHCS and has one of the largest research and development programs in the VA system, including specific research programs in serious mental illness, diabetes, immunology, oncology, virology, cellular biology and infectious diseases. The Baltimore VA Medical Center offers a number of specialized programs and services including: primary care services through a team approach, a women veterans evaluation and treatment program, a comprehensive cancer program, inpatient and outpatient mental health care services, a residential trauma recovery program, and an outpatient substance abuse detoxification and treatment program. The Baltimore Annex Building offers outpatient programming in the following specialty areas: trauma recovery, neuropsychology, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery center, as well as the Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center (MIRECC). Located next to the University of Maryland Medical Center with a walkway connecting the two facilities, the medical center maintains an active affiliation with the University in the sharing of staff, resources and technology. The Perry Point VA Medical Center offers long- and short-term outpatient and residential mental health care, including a residential alcohol and substance abuse treatment program that is unique in the Mid-Atlantic region. A new inpatient mental health care facility offers specialized treatment programs, rehabilitation services and enhanced patient privacy for veterans in a comfortable, state-of-the-art setting. The Perry Point VA Medical Center also offers a full range of inpatient medical programs and intermediate- and long-term care programs, including a nursing home, a chronic ventilator unit, and a hospice care section. The Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center specializes in providing rehabilitation and post-acute care for patients in the VA Maryland Health Care System. The center coordinates the delivery of rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiotherapy and recreation therapy, to achieve the highest level of recovery and independence for Maryland’s veterans. The center also provides hospice and nursing home care to veterans requiring non-acute inpatient care, in addition to offering specialized treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Statistics for FY 2010 show that the Baltimore VA recorded 110,774 separate patient encounters with over 22,000 unique patients, with Perry Point recording 34,852 and over 7500 unique patients for the same time period. The sheer volume of patients seen in the variety of VA clinics ensures that our trainees are exposed to a wide breadth of diversity of patient demographics, encounter a spectrum of degrees of complexity in presenting mental health and medical problems and see certain problems and types of patients frequently enough to establish good baseline knowledge of a variety of psychological phenomena.
The University of Maryland School of Medicine is the oldest public school of medicine in the United States and recently celebrated its bicentennial year. Through its hospitals and clinics, the UM School of Medicine offers a large pool of patients with over a quarter of a million patient encounters per year. The school educates and trains more than half of Maryland’s practicing physicians, including approximately 700 post-graduate training residents per year, and ranks 3rd of all public medical schools in total research funding according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Consortium interns are exposed to clinical and research experience in their work within a number of centers at both the VAMHCS and University of Maryland School of Medicine. The VAMHCS has been awarded a variety of national centers by VA Central Office (VACO) that bring to bear the expertise of nationally recognized leaders in the field of clinical care and/or research in various clinical conditions or areas of specialty. These include: