Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging


Madison VA/University of Wisconsin-Madison


Madison, Wisconsin

Principal Investigator

Sterling Johnson


Interested applicants should send a CV, representative publications, a research statement, and two letters of recommendation by email to Professor Sterling Johnson, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, at the address below. Please see to get an idea of the multidisciplinary research team and recent publications.

Interested applicants please contact:

Sterling Johnson
Wisconsin ADRC
K6/466, Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI, 53792
(608) 262-9549


We have an open position starting in 2019 for a 2-3 year doctoral fellowship at the Madison VA and University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health. The position involves both clinical and research experiences and is ideally suited for candidates who envision a clinical-research oriented career in the field of aging and dementia.

The research focus is on presymptomatic AD utilizing data from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Participants in these longitudinal cohort studies undergo serial neuropsychological, biomarker (CSF), genetic and neuroimaging (e.g., amyloid and tau PET imaging, cerebral blood flow, diffusion tensor imaging) investigations in addition to detailed lifestyle and medical histories. The fellow should have sufficient background in experimental design, psychometric theory, and statistical analysis to contribute to the data analyses, interpretation and write-up of these rich datasets for publication. Some experience in neuroimaging analysis methods (e.g. SPM/Matlab, FSL, shell scripting etc.) is preferred, though training in imaging analysis will be a key component of the fellowship.

Supervised clinical neuropsychological experiences sufficient for psychology licensure are available within the VA Memory Disorders and Neuropsychology clinics and the VA Teleneuropsychology service. Clinical experiences are focused on geriatric cognitive disorders and will include primarily assessment experiences (clinical interview and neuropsychological testing) within an interdisciplinary team setting under the supervision of a geriatric neuropsychologist (Lindsay Clark). UW-Madison offers an outstanding research environment and this position provides an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative team science environment. Didactic experiences are plentiful and include the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center biweekly seminar, Neurology and Geriatrics grand rounds, Brain cutting, and Medical physics seminars.

Applications are accepted through January 2019. Interviews may be arranged for the annual International Neuropsychological Society meeting, in-person in Madison, or via internet or telephone. The starting fellowship salary is $45,000 and is funded by the VA Advanced Geriatrics Fellowship. Funding to attend and present at one to two conferences per year is also provided.


The fellow shall have completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with neuropsychology specialty training at the graduate school and/or internship level. The fellow should already have some experience in the neuropsychology of aging and dementia during graduate and/or internship training.