James Madison University
PHOTO: Gerald H. Burgess

Gerald H. Burgess

  • Years Attended: 2001-2004
  • Advisor: Craig Shealy

Areas of Interest

The generalist C-I in an international/global training and practice context

Craig Shealy was my supervisor, which was the best thing that could have happened. I entered the program knowing I would not be staying in the USA for the duration, as I am an American, but wife British, and she was ready to go home. Craig and the course were able to organise for me that I did my final 18 months dissertation and internship in London. My dissertation was on the generalist C-I in an international/global training and practice context, and my dissertation was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology special issues.


I went on to work in the NHS for seven years in clinical neuropsychology, and developed, normed, studied validity of, and published the Short Parallel Assessments of Neuropsychological Status (SPANS - published by PAR), and have continued to publish mainly in topics related to cognition and neuropsychology. For the last five years I have been a trainer of clinical psychologists, for the British DClinPsy, at the University of Leicester, UK. In fact, my links with the JMU C-I program continue, as we are in our second year of annual exchanges of trainees between our two universities.

Program Reflections

It was great to be published, and I learned so much about professional psychological, protection of title, training models, and so much more via my dissertation – and it was personal as I moved country to work professionally in the process. The course also offered me, different from my master's, a wonderful exposure to psychometrics, wide-thinking formulation/conceptualisation skills, and particularly neuropsychology and London-based placements.