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, providing a way for consumers to identify practitioners with demonstrated competence. 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 field. The original members consisted of 21 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. From 1982-1985, the ABN evaluation of practice competency in clinical neuropsychology was based on a review of academic and professional practice information and work samples that were independently reviewed by at least three Board members. In 1991,ABN was substantially reorganized and new by-laws were established.
Since that time, the criteria for granting 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 encouraged to undergo the newly established components of the ABN Diplomate evaluation process.
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