Thursday, October 9, 2014

APA Convention 2015

Join SCN/Division 40 and be part of the APA 2015 Convention

Confirmed Invited Speakers

It's not too early to start planning for APA 2015! Whether you're a seasoned professional, early career psychologist, or trainee, the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology is designing programming with YOU in mind. Speakers already confirmed:

Donald Stuss, PhD, ABPP-CN
Ontario Brain Institute

Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, PhD
Duke University School of Medicine

George Prigatano, PhD, ABPP-CN
Barrow Neurological Institute

Morris Moscovitch, PhD
University of Toronto

Angela Troyer, PhD
Baycrest Health Sciences

August 6-9, 2015 -- Toronto, ON |

Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA Division 40) Early Career Award

The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA Division 40) is accepting applications for the Robert A. and Phyllis Levitt Early Career Award in Neuropsychology. Eligible candidates are APA member psychologists not more than ten years postdoctoral degree, who have made a distinguished contribution to neuropsychology in research, scholarship, and/or clinical work. 

Application requirements:  A letter of nomination and one supporting letter (from a nationally-known neuropsychologist who is familiar with the candidate’s work and its impact on the field) should be included.  The nominee should also send a (1) a CV, (2) three supporting documents that provide evidence of national/international recognition (e.g., major publications, research grants, assessment, clinical, or teaching techniques, treatment protocols), and (3) a 500-word statement describing professional accomplishments, personal long-term goals, and future challenges and directions in the field of neuropsychology that they wish to address.  

Application procedure:  All materials provided by applicant are to be submitted electronically to Michael Basso, Chair, SCN Awards Committee, at Please submit all application materials in a single .pdf file. The letter of nomination and supporting letters may be included in the application file, or e-mailed directly to Dr. Basso. 

Application deadline:  October 25, 2014

Award:  The awardee will receive $1,000 and may be invited to give an address at the 2015 APA Convention in Toronto.


Apportionment Ballots

Neil Pliskin, PhD 
Neil Pliskin, PhD
Neil Pliskin, PhD

President, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology

In a few weeks you will receive an apportionment ballot from APA. This is the method that determines division and state representation on APA’s Council of Representatives. You will be provided with 10 votes for allocation, and I strongly encourage you to allocate ALL of your votes for SCN/Division 40 (or at least 6/10) so that clinical neuropsychology can maintain its strong representation in the APA Council.

Although various issues confront our field as a whole, we know that reimbursement for assessment and treatment services is one area that we can all agree demands more attention from APA, along with other issues related to specialty practice.  Apportionment of ballots is the way that we get neuropsychology’s voice at the table.  Representation by APA on national healthcare issues is one of the biggest ways we have of influencing the process, and the number of representatives to council we have is essential to effective influence.  Our council members have been doing an excellent job representing our interests, but there is indeed strength in numbers, and SCN is well-positioned to gain a better foothold within APA. I strongly urge you to allocate your votes for SCN/Division 40 to maintain and hopefully increase our representation within APA. Remember, every vote counts!

Nominations for Fellows

Nomination to become an APA Fellow is an honor that recognizes evidence of unusual and outstanding contribution to or performance in the field of psychology that has had impact beyond a local, state, or regional level (i.e., national or international impact). Election as a Fellow is an honor not only for the individual but for the Division as well, and we welcome the nomination of outstanding division members for this distinction who have made substantial contributions to the field of neuropsychology.

Criteria: Evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions in the field of neuropsychology may be demonstrated in diverse ways reflecting the diversity of career and practice roles performed by neuropsychologists. Supporting letters and the candidate’s self-statement should clearly and specifically identify the candidates’ unusual and outstanding qualifications that have advanced the field, and should not be summary statements about the candidate’s general competency. Examples of contributions in Clinical Neuropsychology of interest to the Committee include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supporting specialty recognition through board certification in Neuropsychology (e.g., ABPP/ABCN)
  • A record of scientific and/or clinical accomplishments published in respected peer reviewed journals
  • Authorship or editorship of a major psychology textbook(s)
  • Federal grant support
  • Senior level lectureships/invited presentations
  • Journal editorial or reviewer responsibilities
  • Elected and volunteer positions in professional or academic organizations
  • Evidence of outstanding teaching and/or innovation in clinical neuropsychology
  • History of mentorship of students and early career colleagues
  • Development of innovative therapeutic applications
  • Other evidence of outstanding contributions that have a national or international impact

Nominations of Initial Fellows: The nomination procedure for an SCN member applying for Fellowship is outlined on the division website listed at the end of this notice. Application requires the completion of a "Uniform Fellow Blank," which is available on the SCN website.  A minimum of three endorsement letters are required, preferably from current APA Fellows who can address the nominee’s accomplishments in the area of neuropsychology.  Other requisite supporting materials include a current vita, a listing of the nominee's publications with "R" for refereed indicated, and the nominee's self-statement setting forth the accomplishments that warrant Fellow status in SCN. SCN strongly encourages women and minority members to apply for Fellowship.  

Nominations of Current Fellows: APA Members who are already Fellows in other Divisions may also become Fellows in SCN/Division 40. The same nomination materials as are required for initial fellow appointments must be submitted. Nominees should demonstrate their specific accomplishments in the area of neuropsychology.

Submission of Materials: All nomination materials should be completed and submitted to the Division's Fellowship Committee Chair listed below (not APA Central Office) by December 1, preferably as electronic pdf or Word files. Those nominees supported by the SCN Fellows Committee will be forwarded to the APA Fellows Committee for consideration. Successful nominations are announced in August the following year after the APA annual meeting. Nomination materials can be obtained from the APA website listed below.

APA Fellow Forms url:

A John McSweeny, JD, PhD
Department of Psychology MS#948
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft Street
Toledo, OH 43606-3390



From the President's Corner

Neil Pliskin, PhD
Neil Pliskin, PhD
Neil Pliskin, PhD
President, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology

As everyone knows or has experienced by now, healthcare delivery in the United States is undergoing a major transformation.  The passing of the Affordable Care Act has led to the formation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in many states.  One of the main ways the Affordable Care Act seeks to reduce health care costs is by encouraging doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to form networks which coordinate patient care and become eligible for bonuses when they deliver that care more efficiently.
This emphasis on coordinated or INTEGRATED CARE is already occurring in many medical centers, and it is changing the way that medicine (and neuropsychology) is being practiced.  While many of us “seasoned veterans” (#neuropsychologydinosaurs) are still working in our comfortable “silos” of clinical practice, it is highly likely that more of us will be practicing differently in a few years, and certainly the upcoming generation of neuropsychologists needs to understand and be prepared for changes in neuropsychology practice models.  Indeed, neuropsychologists working in institutions, medical centers and VAs will be increasingly “embedded” in multispecialty clinics with approaches to assessment shifting to shorter batteries, shorter reports and fast feedback.  The shifts in practice models is already occurring in some settings, with neuropsychologists working in primary care clinics, and specialty clinics (memory, geriatrics, pediatrics, diabetes, epilepsy) to name a few.

The most recent membership data about our Division indicate that we have 4754 members, of which 80% are licensed, 70% provide clinical services and 43% are in independent practice, so this topic is highly relevant to a majority of our Division members.  Therefore, I would like to learn more from members who are already involved in providing neuropsychology services in the context of integrated settings, and I would like to share this information over the course of the year with our early career psychologists and students who will be facing these challenges in their future.

Within the next several months, you will receive a survey inquiring about your experience with different models of integrated care in neuropsychology.  Please take the time to respond to the survey and share with our membership your experiences, and I will be sure to include updated information in the coming months through our blogs, newsletters and NeuroBlasts.  Additionally, a portion of SCN’s program at the upcoming 2015 APA convention in Toronto (August 6-9) will be devoted to presentations on Models of Integrated Care in Neuropsychology.  Please save the date and plan on attending the convention.

SCN colleagues, the era of integrated care creates new opportunities for providing services and for demonstrating our value in the world of healthcare. If you have comments, thoughts, suggestions or experiences you wish to share, I would welcome hearing from you during this year; please feel free to contact me (