Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

American Psychological Association (APA), Division 40

  • William B. BarrEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_595


The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN), Division 40 of the American Psychological Association (APA) is one of 56 specialty divisions recognized by the APA. Since its inception, it has become one of APA’s most visible and active divisions. In its nearly 40 years, membership has grown from 433 psychologists to its current (based on 2016 statistics) membership of 3,423, which currently makes it the largest of all APA divisions. The division’s representation to the APA council has grown over the years from its initial one representative to the current allotment of four seats. This trend coincides with SCN’s increasing influence within APA and increasing recognition of neuropsychology as a clinical specialty.

The division voted to change its name to SCN in 2013 as part of a branding and public relations effort to enable greater flexibility in communications and greater clarity for the public. Eligibility for division membership was previously based on membership in APA....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NYU Langone Medical Center, Comprehensive Epilepsy CenterNew YorkUSA