Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

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Welcome to the Fellowship Training Program in Behavioral Neurology And Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program.


  • Two- to three-year training program
  • Results in eligibility for United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) certification in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry
  • Salary consistent with PGY level
  • Application: Preferred by June 1, accepted until November 1, year prior to fellowship

Our Program

We have developed a comprehensive program in Aging and Dementia that combines both training in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of neurocognitive disorders, observational studies, and clinical research. Fellows may also choose to spend time in the laboratory.

We see over 1000 new patients and 3,000 follow-up visits per year in the division of Aging and Dementia including Alzheimer's disease, MCI, FTD, Lewy body disorders including DLB and PDD, Huntington's disease, CBD, PSP, CJD and concussion. Fellows gain extensive experience in the evaluation and management of a broad array of patients with neurodegenerative disease. Fellows receive real-time feedback on their assessment and management of these patients in the faculty practice, and Huntington's Disease Center.

There are extensive research opportunities in both clinical and laboratory-based research. Fellows see research participants in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Other opportunities include observational studies in Frontotemporal Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Body and participation i in clinical trials. Many fellows have completed the T32 Neuroepidemiology Training Program.

We have a joint monthly journal club with the Movement Disorders Division and many fellows have completed a six-month rotation in Movement Disorders. Given our emphasis on behavioral disorders that involve both cognition and movement (e.g., Huntington's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, PSP and MSA), this has been a natural evolution. Fellows run a Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Rounds where they interview and examine a patient and discuss findings at a monthly conference. Other conferences include a weekly clinical consensus conference through the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, a monthly clinicopathologic correlation conference (CPC), weekly review of neuropsychological testing results, and monthly journal club. We have been designated a New York State Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEAD), a Lewy Body Research Center of Excellence (LBRCOE), and a Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence and most recently a CurePSP Center of Care with our colleagues in Movement Disorders. We also have programs in Concussion, Frontotemporal Dementia and Women’s Health, all providing a rich clinical experience.

Requirements and Eligibility

Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program requires completion of neurology or psychiatry residency.


  • To apply for the fellowship, the applicant must possess a New York State Medical License on the start date of the fellowship. Columbia University takes affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity. Applications are reviewed by a diverse committee.
  • All documents must be sent to Terri Rivera at and must include:
    • Personal Statement
    • Three Letters of Reference
    • Current Curriculum Vitae


Fellowship Faculty