Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship at BWH

Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship at BWH

Division of Neuropsychiatry, Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology,
Center for Brain/Mind Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kirk Daffner
Program Director:
Dr. Kirk Daffner

The Center for Brain/Mind Medicine (CBMM) offers a two-year fellowship program accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) that provides intensive training in both classical and newly developing approaches to cognitive/ behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. Fellows learn how to comprehensively evaluate and treat patients with complex neurobehavioral problems associated with a range of disorders. They are trained in the functional neurocircuitry of affective, behavioral and cognitive processing, and the cognitive and neuropsychiatric syndromes that arise from disruptions of these systems. Fellows learn the neurobiological bases and treatment of cognitive, behavioral, and neuropsychiatric manifestations of neurodegenerative diseases, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, inflammatory and infectious diseases of central nervous system, functional neurological disorders, developmental disorders, and traumatic brain injury.

Fellows are closely supervised by senior behavioral neurologists and neuropsychiatrists. They participate in multi-disciplinary clinical teaching rounds, journal club, behavioral neuroscience seminars, numerous didactic sessions, one-on-one tutorials, and laboratory meetings. They are expected to become engaged in research with members of the CBMM. Major areas of on-going investigations include aging and dementia, executive functions, attention, memory, functional neurological disorders and depression, using the tools of basic neurobiology, fMRI, PET, electrophysiology, neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Our Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment (CART), directed by Dr. Reisa Sperling, offers cognitively impaired or at-risk patients the opportunity to participate in promising new treatment protocols for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or observational imaging studies of aging and AD. Although all fellows will receive training in the neuropsychological and biological aspects of dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease, we have recently created additional fellowship positions for individuals interested in a joint training program between CBMM and CART, which emphasizes the development of expertise in both clinical care and clinical translational research. Fellows will also have the opportunity to train in the Brigham’s newly created Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics, directed by Dr. Michael Fox.

At the CBMM, in addition to our fellowship program in behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry, we have fellows training in neuropsychology, and interns training in social work. Mass General Brigham neurology, BWH psychiatry residents, Mass General Brigham geriatric psychiatry fellows, and BWH consultation-liaison psychiatry fellows rotate through our Center. We also offer a clinical rotation in behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry for Harvard medical students and for medical students and residents from other institutions.

Other Resources

Core Faculty


Kirk Daffner, MD
Diler Acar, MD
Brendon Boot, MD
Michael Fox, MD, PhD
Seth Gale, MD
Keith Johnson, MD
Isaiah Kletenik, MD
Gad Marshall, MD
Scott McGinnis, MD
Jeremiah Scharf, MD, PhD
Dennis Selkoe, MD
Reisa Sperling, MD
Hyun-Sik Yang, MD

Neuropsychiatrists/Geriatric Psychiatrists:
Gaston Baslet, MD
Nancy Donovan, MD
Barry Fogel, MD
Jessica Harder, MD
Aaron Hauptman, MD
Stanley Lyndon, MD
Geoffrey Raynor, MD
Barbara Schildkrout, MD
David Silbersweig, MD
Shan Siddiqi, MD
Joseph Taylor, MD, PhD
Juan Carlos Urizar, MD

Mary-Ellen Meadows, PhD
Rebecca Amariglio, PhD
Lindsey Barker, PhD
Pamela Friedman, PsyD
Margaret O’Connor, PhD
Kathryn Papp, PhD
Deepti Putcha, PhD
Dorene Rentz, PsyD
Gretchen Reynolds, PhD
Kim Willment, PhD

Social Workers:
Margaret Latawiec, LICSW
Laura Morrissey, LICSW
Jeffrey Robbins, LICSW
Karin Wannamaker, LICSW

Social Workers:
Ginger Polich, MD

Eligibility/Application Process

Candidates must have an MD with residency training in neurology or psychiatry. U.S. license and board eligibility/board certification are required.

Please send CV, a personal statement, and 3 letters of reference to the director of the fellowship program. The application can be mailed or emailed to:

Kirk R. Daffner, MD (
Center for Brain/Mind Medicine
Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology
Department of Neurology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
60 Fenwood Road
Boston, MA 02115

Applications are due by April 1st for the following fellowship year. Fellows will be selected by September 30th for a start date on July 1st the following year.

Program Coordinator

Brittany McFeeley
(617) 525-6752

Visit the Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship website for further information.