Student Programming

Wednesday, February 5 2:30-4:00   Location: Centennial A

Discussing Diversity: An Interactive Exploration into Culturally Responsive Neuropsychology


Discussant: April Thames

Presenters: Monica Rivera Mindt, Daryl Fujii, Alberto Fernandez, Jean Ikanga, Preeti Sunderaraman


Summary: The science and practice of neuropsychology has come a long way with regard to cultural competency. However, the more we learn about the interactions among the brain, culture, and behavior, the more complex our science and practice becomes! The Student Liaison Committee believes it’s time for the field to come together and have an open discussion about the advances we’ve made thus far, how to incorporate these findings into our daily professional activities, and how to begin addressing the continual challenges that can emerge when attempting to navigate such a complex issue. This event will involve an interactive discussion between our expert panel and the audience, with the goal of exploring effective methods for practicing culturally responsive neuropsychology.


Thursday, February 6th 7:00-9:00   Location: Tarantula Bar & Grill at 1520 Stout Street (at the corner of 15th and Stout)


SLC/ANST/HNS/ANA Student Social and Raffle


Friday, February 7th 10:15-11:45 Location: Centennial G-H

Responding to Inappropriate Behavior in Neurological Populations: Considerations in Practice, Supervision, and Research


Discussant: Holly Miskey

Presenters: Robin Green, Jennifer Vasterling, Dustin Hammers, Emily Trittschuh, Michael Greher


Summary: While inappropriate behavior may be expected in certain neurological populations, responding to these behaviors in our patients or study participants can remain a challenge. How do we respond to disruptive behavior and minimize adverse effects? What do we discuss in supervision if trainees receive sexually inappropriate comments from their patients? Where is the line for tolerating these behaviors? Such questions lend themselves to an exploration of ethical and practical concerns across disciplines. This panel will consider the diverse neurological underpinnings of such behavior and discuss how to respond to these scenarios throughout daily professional activities. 


Friday, February 7th 6:00-7:00   Location:  Centennial B-C

How to Become a Competitive Neuropsychological Trainee: Insights from a Survey of Postdoctoral Training Directors


Presenters: Lucas Driskell, Victor Del Bene, Michael McCrea, and Scott Sperling


Summary: In the United States, the Houston Conference Guidelines provide clear standards for education and training in clinical neuropsychology; however, the pathway to acquiring the knowledge and skills requisite of a competent entry-level neuropsychologist is flexible and can vary based on the needs of individual students. Throughout their training, students are faced with making decisions related to which clinical, research, and other scholarly experiences to pursue in order to maximize their expertise and competitiveness for postdoctoral fellowships and career positions. The primary objective of this workshop is to provide students/trainees with information and guidance so that they can make informed education and training related decisions that will ultimately increase their competitiveness for postdoctoral fellowship and early career positions. The speakers will share data from a recently completed survey of 88 clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral training directors, highlighting the factors that make students/trainees competitive applicants. Areas of discussion will include training directors’ views on the relative importance of specific clinical training experiences, research and scholarly productivity, and application materials. This workshop is relevant to clinical neuropsychology students/trainees, or prospective students/trainees.