EAC Chair: Scott Sperling, PsyD
EAC Composition and Members
The Education Advisory Committee (EAC) fulfills the education mission of Division 40. The EAC serves in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee of the Division and informs the Division membership of education-related issues and developments.
The Education Advisory Committee is composed of eight core Continuing Members as well as rotating Organizational Representatives from six training/professional organizations in neuropsychology spanning the doctoral, internship and post-doctoral level.
Educational Advisory Committee (EAC) News
Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Competencies Released to APA: For the past two years, the Clinical Neuropsychology Synarchy (CNS), our specialty council or “group of groups” of which SCN is a member, developed competencies for entry-level practice in clinical neuropsychology. This effort was meant to put “flesh on the bones” of Houston Conference Guidelines (HCG), which focus on the “how” of training. Entry-level competences address the “what” of training, including the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are expected of clinical neuropsychologists at the completion of formal training (i.e., at the end of a two-year postdoc). The competencies were forwarded to the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) to inform expectations related to training in clinical neuropsychology. The competences will also be posted to the Education and Training section of the Council of Specialties website (http://www.cospp.org). The CNS, including SCN, is looking at next steps in publicizing and applying the competencies, and we will keep the SCN membership updated on developments. For example, the EAC, which works with organizations that represent training programs in clinical neuropsychology, is working on developing methods of assessing competencies as a resource for training programs. Watch this space for future developments!
Public Comment on Accreditation Standards: Periodically, the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) releases new draft policies for public comment. Over the past several years, the CoA has overhauled accreditation standards, and the new Standards of Accreditation (SoA) went into effect this year. One job of the EAC is to monitor changes to accreditation standards and draft comments on behalf of SCN that advocate for clinical neuropsychology as a specialty practice area with its own accreditation guidelines. For example, recently, SCN responded to two CoA regulations relating to a) how doctoral programs cover required knowledge areas and b) how direct observation by licensed psychologist supervisors is part of practicum experiences. Essentially, the SCN advocated for flexibility in the ways that doctoral programs may cover basic knowledge areas in psychology, so that programs can also offer specialty coursework in clinical neuropsychology. That’s because our Houston Conference Guidelines call for training in clinical neuropsychology to occur at the doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral levels. Regarding direct observation of practicum students by the licensed psychology supervisor, SCN agreed that this should be a part of each evaluation of practicum students. However, we also advocated for the role of interns and postdoctoral fellows in providing training to practicum students, and providing supervision experiences for those more advanced trainees. It is only by making our voice heard that changes can be made based on our input. As someone who served on the CoA previously, I know that public comments – especially those from large organizations such as SCN – are carefully reviewed, and changes are made based on them. Additionally, it is not uncommon for the initial drafts of regulations to assume, for example, that the majority of training is in intervention methods. Clinical neuropsychology’s emphasis on assessment is another perspective that needs to be accounted for in how training programs prepare students, interns, and postdoctoral residents for practice.
Goals of the EAC
Neuropsychology as a specialty
Houston conference guidelines
To facilitate training in clinical neuropsychology at all levels including doctoral, internship, post-doctoral, early career and continuing professional education and serves as a forum for communication and coordination among the various training organizations in clinical neuropsychology.
Neuropsychology Training Programs Lists
ANST & Training advocacy
APA ECP & ECNPC
To serve an advisory role to Division 40’s representative to the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists to facilitate efforts of clinical neuropsychologists at the early stages of professional development.
Trends in education and training
To monitor future trends and changes in education and training that impact clinical neuropsychology through participation in Education Directorate activities such as the APA Consolidated meetings and Education Leadership Conferences.
Maria T. Schultheis (ADECN)
Nina Hattiangadi Thomas (AITCN)
Amy Heffelfinger (APPCN)
Katie Osborn (ANST)
Cady Block (ECNPC)
Glenn Smith (CNS)
Association for Doctoral Education in Clinical Neuropsychology
Association for Internship Training in Clinical Neuropsychology
Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology
Association of Neuropsychology Students and Trainees
The Early Career Neuropsychologist Committee
The Clinical Neuropsychology Synarchy
List of Training Programs
Search for Doctoral, Internship and Postdoctoral Residency programs in Clinical Neuropsychology using the Training Listing maintained by the EAC. Encourage your training director to keep program information up to date.
Houston Conference Guidelines
Guidelines for education and training in clinical neuropsychology at the doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral levels are presented in the Houston Conference Policy Statement, or "Houston Conference Guidelines" (HCG).
Clinical Neuropsychology Taxonomy
Consistent with APA guidelines, the Taxonomy for Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology defines the common terminology that should be used by training programs to describe the levels of intensity of training experiences (i.e., Major Area of Study, Emphasis, Experience, Exposure) at each stage of training (doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral).
Graduate Psychology Education Program
This is the ONLY source of federal funds for training in psychology. As a result of advocacy efforts at the Education Leadership Conference ELC in 2012, funding for this program was increased to 3.9 million. The greatest amount ever!
Plan Ahead for Summer 2017!
Summer is a great time to seek additional training opportunities. Listed below are a number of options for individuals at all levels including undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, and beyond. Many offer stipends to cover travel and accommodations. Applications are typically due January-April. Check these out for ways to expand your training experience.
The SCN EAC Thesis and Dissertation Awards
Congratulations to Sarah Jurick from the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) for winning the Dissertation Award to support her project entitled Markers of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Integration of In Vivo Myelin Imaging, Neuropsychological Measures of Processing Speed, and Subjective Post-concussive Symptoms. Congratulations also go to Marianne Fiumedora from University of Cincinnati, who won the Thesis Award for her project entitled The Effects of Nicotine on Cognition in Individuals with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Way to go Sarah and Marianne!
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the 2017
Dissertation Award and Thesis Awards!
2017 SCN EAC Dissertation Award Winner
Winner: Sarah Jurick, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego)
Project: Markers of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Integration of In Vivo Myelin Imaging, Neuropsychological Measures of Processing Speed, and Subjective Post-concussive Symptoms
Award Information: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/div-40-dissertation.aspx
2017 SCN EAC Thesis Award Winner
Winner: Marianne Fiumedora, University of Cincinnati
Project: The Effects of Nicotine on Cognition in Individuals with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Award Information: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/div-40-thesis.aspx