Memphis VA Medical Center


APPCN Member Since 2000


Brad L. Roper, PhD
Psychology Section, Mental Health Service (116A4)
Memphis VA Medical Center
1030 Jefferson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Telephone: 901-523-8990 ext. 5783
FAX: 901-577-7371

Training Website: 

Program will do interviews at INS: Yes

Policy regarding on-site interviews: On-site interviews are not required and typically are not done. Applicants who are invited to interview with the program at INS but who are unable to attend the INS meeting have the option of either an on-site or telephone interview.

Application deadline: January 2, 2020
Residency start date: August 10, 2020

Clinical neuropsychology residency openings: 2

Clinical neuropsychology residency positions: 3

Residency/fellowship positions in psychology: 6 other fellows, 7 interns

Clinical neuropsychologists: 5 Full-time; 4 Part-time
With ABCN/ABPP: 2 Full-time; 3 Part-time

Other psychologists: 40 Full-time; 0 Part-time; 0 Consultants
With ABPP: 1 Full-time; 1 Part-time; 0 Consultants

Graduate training of residency applicants:

Preferred: clinical psychology, counseling psychology
Not accepted: school psychology, programs not accredited by the APA or CPA

Primary emphasis: Adult

Emphases of training opportunities:

Strong: Adult neuropsychological assessment and consultation, inpatient consultation (e.g., medicine, spinal cord injury, psychiatry, other), interprofessional geriatric memory clinic, didactics in preparation for board certification, and teaching opportunities (other psychology trainees, UT psychiatry residents). Rotations also available outside of the Memphis VA at the Semmes-Murphey Clinic (SMC) and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH).

Moderate: Research (including a data repository of 5,000 neuropsychological assessments), feedback sessions, group cognitive rehabilitation using either CogSmart (mild or no impairments) or AgeSmart (MCI or mild dementia and family members), individual cognitive rehabilitation, child/peds assessment through SJCRH, forensic psychology assessments regarding competency to stand trial are available through the University of Tennessee Psychology Training Consortium, supervision of neuropsychology interns and/or other interns via the Neuropsychology Program and/or Geriatric Memory Clinic.

Weak: Traditional psychotherapy, forensic neuropsychological evaluations (although limited workers comp and NFL cases through SMC).

Availability of patient populations:

Strong: Returning vets with mild TBI and/or psychiatric conditions, stroke and cerebrovascular disease, dementia, geriatric medical conditions, psychiatric disorders, neuropsychology in general medical illness, racial/ethnic minorities (African-American)

Moderate: Multiple sclerosis and related conditions,Parkinson's and related conditions, ADHD/learning disabilities

Weak: HIV/AIDS, organ transplant, epilepsy

To apply to the neuropsychology program:

Applicants submit materials using the APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application). After entering basic information, select the Memphis VAMC Clinical Neuropsychology Program. Letters of recommendations, referred to as “Evaluations” are requested electronically within the APPA CAS system and uploaded by letter-writers. Please refer to information within the APPA CAS for more information. Submit the following required information through APPA CAS:

  1. Cover letter regarding current/past training and training/career goals. Please include the following:
    • Clinical training experiences during the doctoral program and internship.
    • Expected date of internship completion.
    • Current progress of completing all degree requirements, including dissertation research (if applicable).
    • Research/scholarly experience.
    • Career goals and how our fellowship program contributes to meeting those goals.
  2. Curriculum Vita. Please be sure to include any employment, internship experiences, teaching, and presentations/publications relevant to clinical neuropsychology.
  3. Copies of graduate transcripts.
  4. Verification of Completion of Doctorate (to be completed by Dissertation Chair or Director of Clinical Training). The form may be downloaded from:
  5. Letters of Reference:
    • Three letters of recommendation from current or former clinical supervisors, preferably from supervisors who are clinical neuropsychologists.
    • Applicants who are currently on internship should include an additional letter from their Director of Internship Training verifying their standing in the internship program and the expected date of completion.
    • If you have not defended your dissertation, letter from the chairperson of your dissertation indicating the status of your research project (e.g., completed data collection) and the anticipated date of completion. Note: If your dissertation chairperson is also writing a letter as a clinical supervisor, information regarding dissertation status can be included in that letter.

updated 09/13/2019