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Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellow: Assesses Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellow: Assesses Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Carly Alexander
2016 Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
2011 Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Argosy University, Twin Cities
Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellow at the University of Minnesota Medical School

“Argosy University, Twin Cities allowed me the opportunity to initially explore the [master’s degree] path, and then to continue on with the doctoral path. [The school also] had relationships with community providers that facilitated practicum opportunities.”

Dr. Carly Alexander is a pediatric neuropsychology fellow at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She conducts neuropsychological assessments for infants, children, and adolescents who have complex learning and behavioral disorders that are neurological, neurodevelopment, and medical in nature. Dr. Alexander also provides school and community consultation as well as participates in didactic seminars and training experiences.

She was excited to present research at the 2017 International Neuropsychology Society Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana—a proud moment after years of working in the field.

Dr. Alexander began her path with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of Saint Benedict. Following graduation, she supervised group homes, became a regional behavior specialist, and was a certified brain injury specialist through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists.

Dr. Alexander continued her education by earning a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Twin Cities, in 2011. Her thesis focused on “Theory, Assessment, and Intervention Relative to Conduct Disorder.” After clinical training at the Neighborhood Involvement Program, she started working toward a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She graduated in 2016.

She chose to further her education at Argosy University, Twin Cities and the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University because the university allowed her to continue working in social services and exploring the different ways that she could contribute to the greater good. “Working with children and adolescents has been a passion of mine for years. Argosy University, Twin Cities allowed me the opportunity to initially explore the [master’s degree] path, and then to continue with the doctoral path. [The school also] had relationships with community providers that facilitated practicum opportunities.” Dr. Alexander adds that the clinical training experiences were the most beneficial parts of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program.

“[The program] provided the foundational skills that I use on a daily basis in my current position. The program also fostered a sense of endless curiosity and stressed the importance of continued education and learning throughout your lifetime.” She adds that her instructors provided the education, experience, and support that she needed to succeed. “I had several faculty that acted as mentors and supporters. They pushed me to think big and have goals that were just outside of my comfort zone. I’m proud to have them as colleagues now.”

“[I completed my] assessment practicum at the Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory (CALM) and my therapy practicum at Headway Emotional Health as a therapist in the day treatment program,” she says. Dr. Alexander’s advanced practicum took place at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic, where she conducted neuropsychological assessments. As part of her pre-doctoral APA-approved internship at Canvas Health, she provide outpatient individual and group therapy, in-home family family, and received additional training in early childhood and parent child interaction therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

While in school, Dr. Alexander worked as a psychometrist at the Lorenz Clinic of Family Psychology and at Minnesota Clinical & Neuropsychological Associates. “I [also] had a fellowship working for the department chair of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program and I was a research assistant at the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota.” She began her two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience in August 2016.

Dr. Alexander’s long list of accomplishments is the result of finding a balance between school, life and work. She states that without balance, the hectic pace of life can take a toll on relationships. Dr. Alexander recommends that current students think long-term and structure training experiences to best prepare them for a desired career. “Have fun. Enjoy the process. Ask questions. Be challenged. Grow professionally and personally. Take time for yourself and your loved ones.” She also states that balance and patience is needed during the process of completing internship applications, interviews, studying for and taking exams, and waiting for Match Day.

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