Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Clinical Specialization: Health and Neuropsychological

The Health/Neuropsychology specialization is designed to provide an opportunity for clinical students to develop a more intensive academic focus and clinical experience in Health/Neuropsychology without sacrificing the integrity of a general clinical training. While fulfilling the requirements of the Health/Neuropsychology specialization does not correspond to "expertise" in Health/Neuropsychology, this curriculum is sufficient to provide a student with exposure to a range of topics within Health/Neuropsychology.

Students specializing in Health/Neuropsychology are encouraged to join the academic organizations most relevant to their interests (see below), attend national and international conferences (to present their research findings, learn about current developments in the field, and network with graduate students from other Health/Neuropsychology programs), and participate in Health/Neuropsychology internet list-serves.

Unlike other "Health/Neuropsychology" training programs, the Health/Neuropsychology specialization does not sacrifice any of the requirements of the general clinical training program. Instead, the specialization enables students to focus their elective coursework, externship placements, and research projects in order to develop a higher level of competency in Health/Neuropsychology. Students completing this specialization will be able to compete for highly selective Health/Neuropsychology internships and post-doctoral fellowships, as well as entry-level Health/Neuropsychology clinical positions.

The Health/Neuropsychology specialization is directed by Dr. Kathleen M. Schiaffino.


The requirements of the Health/Neuropsychology specialization are the following:

(at least 3 out of 6)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology, with Lab
  • Developmental Neuropsychology, with Lab
  • Behavioral Medicine (Annunziato)
  • Health Psychology (Schiaffino)
  • Health Disparities
  • Psychopharmacology
Introduction to Neuroscience (with Lab), Neuroanatomy (through graduate school consortium), and Psychopharmacology are also available courses.


At least one year of clinical externship in a Health/Neuropsychology facility (including, but not limited to the following sites):

  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • New York Hospital (Cornell)
  • NYU Medical Center
  • Burke Rehabilitation Center
  • LIJ Medical Center
  • New York Hospital (Cornell) Westchester
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Calvary
  • Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • St. Mary's Hospital for Children
  • North Shore University Hospital

Research Project
  • The predoctoral research project or dissertation must be conducted on a topic within Health/Neuropsychology under the guidance of any of the Specialization Faculty.
Note that the Health/Neuropsychology specialization, like the other specializations within the Clinical Psychology program (Forensic and Child/Family) does not accept applications per se. These specializations are available to ANY interested doctoral student within the Clinical Psychology program. Interested applicants must apply to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. Those students seeking additional information are encouraged to contact one of the faculty members directly (preferably via email).

Program Faculty

Dr. Rachel Annunziato received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Drexel University training in behavioral medicine and in pediatric psychology. She completed her post-doctoral work at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Annunziato’s research focuses on medically-ill patients and her work is based primarily at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she has an adjunct faculty and hospital appointment. Specifically, she studies the transition to adulthood in pediatric transplant recipients focusing on both transitioning health care management from caregiver(s) to patients as well as the shift in care location from pediatrics to adult oriented facilities. Currently, this work centers on prospective studies of transition from the medical and psychosocial perspective as well as intervention development targeting improving self-management while patients are still in pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Annunziato is prospectively investigating psychosocial outcomes among pediatric patients diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which is liver disease that results from obesity. She and her colleagues are aiming to determine whether patients experience poorer outcomes than healthy controls, whether weight loss (which improves disease status) leads to improved psychosocial outcomes, as well as intervention development targeting weight loss. Most recently, Dr. Annunziato has initiated a protocol examining quality of life and family functioning among patients beginning newly FDA approved treatment for Hepatitis C in pediatric patients. Previously, this treatment, which involves regular injections and potential psychological side effects such as depressive symptoms, was only approved for adults, but now is expected to be widely offered by Hepatology teams. Dr. Annunziato also studies adult cardiac patients at Mount Sinai’s affiliate hospital, Elmhurst Hospital Center, which services largely patients from outside of the United States. Here, she has developed a mental health screening program for ethnically diverse cardiology patients assessing symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress. Over 1000 patients have been screened and currently this data are being used to examine interactions between mental and physical health among this population. Additionally, Dr, Annunziato and colleagues continue to study brief exposure treatment for medically traumatized patients. Her work appears in both medical and psychology journals.

Dr. Monica Rivera-Mindt is an Assistant Professor at Fordham University. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Neuropsychology, from the University of Nebraska in 2000. She completed a Clinical Psychology residency (Neuropsychology Track) at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2000. She was awarded an NIMH Minority Supplement in 2000, in order to conduct a pilot study project on neurobehavioral outcomes among HIV-infected Latinos for her postdoctoral research fellowship at the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, which she completed in 2002. Dr. Rivera Mindt's research has focused on investigating the neuropsychological aspects of chronic mental illness and neurologic disorders. Her research is devoted to advancing our knowledge on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV-related diseases as they affect the central nervous system, and result in impairment of everyday functioning, and issues of race and ethnicity. She has authored papers on the neuropsychological and functional impact of HIV/AIDS among English- and Spanish-speakers and elderly HIV/AIDS patients, as well as papers on schizophrenia and assessment of premorbid intellectual functioning. Dr. Rivera-Mindt has an adjunct faculty appointment in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuropathology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Barry Rosenfeld is a forensic clinical psychologist by training, but much of his research interests focus on the intersection of psychology and health care policy. Dr. Rosenfeld has published extensively on issues related to decision making competence and informed consent, including both theoretical and empirical reports. In addition, he is actively engaged in studies addressing end-of-life care, including patient interest in physician assisted suicide or the desire for hastened death, and the factors that influence end-of-life decision making. Dr. Rosenfeld holds an appointment in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he consults on a wide range of psycho-oncology research including studies of fatigue, delirium, depression and spiritual well-being. He is currently engaged in several studies in conjunction with colleagues at MSKCC, many of which include Fordham University doctoral students as an integral component.

Dr. Amy Roy is an Associate Professor of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University and completed her post-doctoral work at the NYU Child Study Center at the NYU School of Medicine where she received training in functional magnetic resonance imaging. Her research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying emotion regulation in children with and without psychiatric illnesses. She primarily uses a novel technique, resting state fMRI to examine the functional connectivity of corticolimbic circuits involved in the generation and control of emotion. Dr. Roy recently received funding to conduct a large-scale study of young children with severe temper outbursts. Resting state fMRI data, along with structural and diffusion tensor imaging data, will be acquired from a group of children with severe outbursts, a group of children with ADHD without outbursts, and a group of non-ill comparisons. Outside of the scanner, numerous measures of emotion regulation, including a novel behavioral paradigm, will be obtained to allow for better characterization of this heterogeneous group. Dr. Roy is also interested in cognitive models of anxiety disorders and specifically, the intolerance of uncertainty model of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). She recently completed data collection on a study of adolescents with GAD and hopes to continue this line of work- using fMRI as well as behavioral paradigms in the lab. Dr. Roy is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Neuroscience.

Dr. Kathleen M. Schiaffino received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1989. Her research has been in health psychology applications, in particular in the area of adjustment to chronic illness. She has numerous publications in journals such as Health Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Social Science and Medicine. Specific areas of attention include illness appraisals as the relate to coping with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, impact of juvenile arthritis on sibling pairs, and on adolescents, treatment compliance and independence in adolescents with diabetes, and the impact of illness intrusiveness on identity and quality of life in multiple sclerosis patients. She has been actively involved in patient education for the National Arthritis Foundation. She is on the board of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology.


Health and Neuropsychology Journals

Social Science and Medicine

Health Psychology




Journal of International Neuropsychology Society

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology

Brain and Cognition

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Health and Neuropsychology Psychologists Organizations
American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology

American Board of Professional Neuropsychology

Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology

American Psycho-Oncology Society
Association for Internship Training in ClinicalNeuropsychology
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

New York Academy of Traumatic Brain Injury

New York Neuropsychology Group

Society for Behavioral Medicine

Health/Neuropsychology Information
Brain-Behavior: Neural Realms

CPT Codes for Neuropsychologists
Training Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology
Report - Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology Development of a professional psychologist, program accreditation and individual credentialing
Division 40 Document Archives at LSU

Health/Neuropsychology Literature Sources
American Medical Association Publications
American Psychological Association PsychInfo

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society - Cambridge University Press


National Library of Medicine

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