The American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN) has been granting board certification in clinical neuropsychology since 1982. ABN encourages the pursuit of excellence in the practice of clinical neuropsychology by offering a credentialing process while also offering consumers and the healthcare community a means of identifying well-qualified professional neuropsychologists.
Starting in January 2014, the Academy of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (AABN), a division of the ABN, began offering the opportunity for post-doctoral neuropsychology training programs to become a recognized training site. This innovative development emerged in response to: (a) the lack of adequate formal post-doctoral recognized training programs across the United States in comparison to the high number of graduates interested in formal, quality training programs, and (b) the fact that other agencies recognizing post-doctoral training programs require the Director of Training to have obtained board certification from only one board certifying agency (ABPP). These circumstances unfairly limit the programs available in the United States to the great detriment of large numbers of graduates seeking quality, recognized formal post-doctoral neuropsychology training.
The development and implementation of AABN was designed to strengthen the field of clinical neuropsychology by setting standards for post-doctoral training, to ultimately encourage board certification (without discrimination to any board) and thereby foster education and confidence in the public in the field of clinical neuropsychology.
The AABN Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Neuropsychology Training is structured to follow the expectations of the Houston Conference on training and education in neuropsychology, the American Psychological Association’s Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral Internship Center’s (APPIC) postdoctoral membership.