RECOGNIZING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF NAN MEMBERS AT ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE
The Awards Committee of the National Academy of Neuropsychology enlists the efforts of several dedicated individuals in order to recognize those members who have made noteworthy contributions to the field of neuropsychology in any of a number of capacities.
Early in the year, a call for nominations is distributed to the membership asking for the submission of names of individuals who might qualify for the various awards given by NAN. Recent graduates are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their dissertations for consideration of the Outstanding Dissertation Award. Submissions are rated on the basis of the scientific rigor of the work, the relevance of the subject matter and its importance to the field.
Each year, all of the peer-reviewed publications from the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology are rated on the importance of the topic addressed, the scientific rigor of the methodology and the potential impact of the paper on the field. The authors of the year’s top-rated manuscript are given the Nelson Butters Award.
Those still early in their careers (with less than 10 years of experience after receiving their doctoral degrees) can be considered for the Early Career Service Award. That award is presented in recognition of the nominee’s number of service-related positions, years in organizational leadership roles, teaching, supervision and mentoring activities, and clinical/community service.
The Early Career Award is given in recognition of one’s publication histories, the quality of the journals where their work appeared, and the impact of those papers on the field. Books and book chapters, grand funding history, and service to the field are also reviewed in consideration for that award.
The Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award is given in recognition of one’s impact on the field after considering all aspects of one’s career, including research activity, publication record, grant funding, and service to the professional organizations.
Starting in 2016, the committee is pleased to present the “Ralph M. Reitan Award for Clinical Excellence.” This award will recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the profession by:
- influencing the method, settings, and/or persons involved in applied practice, resulting in noteworthy benefit to the profession and its clients;
- demonstrating leadership as a teacher, clinician, and/or theorist in public and/or professional arenas; and/or
- having had an effect on changes in practice or training in the field.
The recipients of these awards are formally recognized in the course of our annual awards ceremony at the conference. Those whose efforts to advance diversity and students whose work culminated in outstanding poster presentations are also recognized there. The ceremony concludes with an invited address from the year’s recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about NAN award offerings, please feel free to contact us. We are always looking for new committee members; those interested in volunteering on the committee should contact the central office.
Richard Naugle, PhD, ABPP-CN
Chair, NAN Awards Committee
Cleveland Clinic Foundation