167: Becoming a Neuropsychologist w/ Dr. Ryan Van Patten and Dr. John Bellone from Navigating Neuropsychology

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I’m honored to have Dr. Ryan Van Patten and Dr. John Bellone, co-hosts of the Navigating Neuropsychology podcast, on the show with me today. Ryan and John are definitely in the top five most requested guests, so this is a real treat to spend some time with them. We mainly focus on the content of their upcoming book, Becoming a Neuropsychologist: Advice and Guidance for Students and Trainees. Here are just a few things that we cover during our discussion:

  • What led Ryan and John to pursue neuropsychology
  • Definitions of neuropsychology, neuropsychologist, and clinical neuropsychologist 
  • Differences between clinical neuropsychologists and testing psychologists
  • A path to respecialization in neuropsychology for later-career psychologists

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About Dr. Ryan Van Patten

Ryan earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, MO.  He completed a psychology internship at Brown University in Providence, RI and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of California San Diego.  He is currently a neuropsychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

Ryan’s career goals include working as a clinical scientist, writing grants and carrying out large-scale research projects in a variety of topic areas related to neuropsychology and geriatrics.  He also plans to spend a significant portion of his time teaching and completing clinical neuropsychological evaluations.

About Dr. John Bellone

John graduated with his Ph.D. from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA.  He completed his Psychology Internship at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University in Providence, RI.  He is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).  He currently works in a group practice in Southern CA, working in both outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation settings.  Additionally, he is the backup neuropsychology consultant for the Anaheim Ducks NHL team.

John’s career goals are to provide excellent neuropsychological services to adults and older adults with a variety of conditions and concerns.  Although his clinical interests are broad, he is particularly passionate about reducing risk for cognitive decline and improving overall health through lifestyle modification.  He has lectured extensively on the power that exercise, healthy diet, quality sleep, psychological well-being, and staying cognitively and socially active have on maintaining/improving cognitive functioning both now and as we age.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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