The American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN) was created by a group of clinical neuropsychologists in response to the growing need to formally assess competency in the practice of clinical neuropsychology in this young and expanding field. No other certification process existed at state or national levels at that time.
ABN has grown from a small nucleus and evolved in accordance with the filed. The original board members consisted of 2l practicing clinical neuropsychologists, each holding diplomate status from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in fields such as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or school psychology. Each had achieved national recognition through research and/or practice in clinical neuropsychology.
ABN was incorporated in the state of Georgia in June 1982, with Lawrence C. Hartlage, Ph.D. as executive officer.
Between 1982 and 1985, the ABN evaluation of competency in the practice of clinical neuropsychology was by a review of academic and professional practice information submitted by an applicant and submission of work samples, which were independently reviewed by at least 3 members of the Board. ABN then entered a period of inactivity during reassessment of the need for ABN’s continued service. ABN was substantially reorganized, with new by-laws established in 1991.
Since that time, criteria for diplomate status have evolved. The diplomate is obtained after passing an application review, a written examination, review of work samples, and an oral competency-based examination. All prior diplomate members of ABN were offered the opportunity to undergo the newly established components of the ABN Diplomate evaluation process.
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