PIAC Committee Chair: Rebecca Ready, PhD
The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN) PIAC is overseen by a chairperson (currently Dr. Rebecca Ready) who manages the activities of three subcommittees, including Ethics, Ethnic & Minority Affairs, and Women in Neuropsychology, five SCN liaisons to APA Committees, and a set of ad hoc advisors. Details regarding the mission and goals of PIAC are provided below.
SCN PIAC facilitates the public education mission of SCN and communicates with other professions, psychologists, and the public with the following goals:
Goal 1. Advance the general awareness of the scientific study and clinical application of brain-behavior relationships.
Goal 2. Develop materials for the membership, for other professions, and to the general public as to the above.
Goal 3. Function as liaisons to other professions and to the general public in this regard.
Goal 4. Address public interest issues that are raised by the membership.
Goal 5. Work with the APA Public Interest Directorate on issues that relate to clinical neuropsychology.
Goal 6. Use the division’s communication resources to inform the membership in a timely manner of public interest-related issues and developments.
SCN’s PIAC mission is well-aligned with the mission of APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, which encourages the generation and application of psychological knowledge on issues important to human well-being.
In particular, SCN PIAC works to enhance scientific understanding and training to professional aspects pertaining to culture, class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and discrimination, and to support improving educational training opportunities for all.
Rebecca (Becky) Ready, Ph.D.
Rebecca (Becky) Ready, Ph.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2001 from the University of Iowa. Her internship and residency, which was funded by an F32 award from the National Institutes of Health, were at the Alpert Brown Medical School. Dr. Ready is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she is Director of Clinical Training and Clinical Division Head. She is associate member of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program. Her research focuses on the interface between aging, cognition, and emotion. She also studies doctoral training models in professional psychology, with an emphasis on assessment. She mentors doctoral students and undergraduate research assistants. Dr. Ready has co-authored over 65 articles and chapters. She has held a variety of service roles in clinical psychology and in neuropsychology but most enjoys her work as the APA’s Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN) Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC) chair and as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP).