Minnesota 2022
Update Conference

Expert Panel


Dr. Celiane Rey-Casserly

Competencies Panel Chair
Celiane Rey-Casserly, PhD, ABPP directs the Center for Neuropsychology and the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Neuropsychology at Boston Children’s Hospital. She holds a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and is on staff at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and is board certified in clinical neuropsychology (subspecialty pediatric neuropsychology) through the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Rey-Casserly holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University with internship at Children’s National Medical Center and neuropsychology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her clinical work has focused on neuropsychological functioning in children with complex (medical, neurological) disorders, providing services in English and Spanish. Her scholarly work examines neurobehavioral outcomes in neurofibromatosis-1 and childhood cancer. She has been involved in education and training in professional psychology and clinical neuropsychology at the national level, serving on the APA Committee/Commission on Accreditation, APA Board of Educational Affairs, and as Chair of the Clinical Neuropsychology Synarchy, now Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Council. She recently completed a term as Secretary of the International Neuropsychological Society. With Brad Roper and Rus Bauer, she published a competency based approach to clinical neuropsychology professional practice that has served as a foundation for the current entry level competency guidelines.

Dr. Amy Heffelfinger

Dr. Amy Heffelfinger, Ph.D. is a board-certified, ABPP-CN, Clinical Neuropsychologist whose clinical work and research in typical and atypical development has contributed to the understanding of early brain abnormalities and neuropsychological development. Dr. Heffelfinger is Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Section Head of Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Children’s Wisconsin. After 15 years of being involved in leadership for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Heffelfinger developed interests and expertise in competency-based education, mentoring, and diversity and inclusion. Her contributions at the national level include her work within APPCN, where she has held leadership positions for over 10 years, including president, and founder of their Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She has co-authored the Clinical Neuropsychology Training Taxonomy, co-chaired for the Postdoctoral Competencies Workgroup informing the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation on Neuropsychology specialty-specific competencies and led an APPCN workgroup to publish methodology for competency-based assessment for training at the post-doctoral level. She serves on the inaugural Cultural Neuropsychology Council as a representative for APPCN and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 40/Society for Clinical Neuropsychology).
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Dr. Brad Roper

Dr. Roper is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist who directs the Neuropsychology Fellowship Program at the Memphis VA Medical Center and is an Associate Professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He has served within multiple training organizations, including the Association for Internship Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (AITCN; President 2003-2005; Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Council [CNS] Representative 2005-2009), Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (President 2009-2011; Liaison to APPIC 2006-2011; CNS Representative 2012-2014), Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC; Newsletter Associate Editor for Neuropsychology 2001-2014; Postdoctoral Committee 2021-present), and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN; Educational Advisory Committee [EAC] Chair 2014-2017). He served on the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of APA (2007-2012; Cochair of Postdoctoral Policy Panel 2010-2012). As EAC Chair, he organized and collaborated with other organizations to develop the Clinical Neuropsychology Training Taxonomy. Along with Celiane Rey-Casserly and Rus Bauer, he coauthored a 2012 article that frames Houston Conference Guidelines from a modern competency perspective. Years later, he led an interorganizational effort to develop consensus-based entry-level competencies for clinical neuropsychology practice that was approved by all member organizations of the CNS (Smith, 2018). He also served as Member of the Practicum Guidelines Workgroup from 2013-2015 within the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. More recently, through the CNS, he Cochaired the Postdoctoral Competencies Workgroup (2017-2021).

Dr. Paula Shear

Paula Shear is a Professor and the Department Head in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the San Diego State University / University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program; internship at the Brown University Psychology Internship Consortium; and postdoctoral residency at Stanford University. She mentors graduate students and junior faculty, conducts research, and provides clinical care. Dr. Shear has authored or co-authored 100 articles and book chapters and has served as an editorial board member or associate editor for multiple professional journals. She is the current Chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP), past President and Secretary of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, and past Board Member of the International Neuropsychological Society. She was the inaugural chair of the SCN Women in Neuropsychology interest group. Her experience in training policy development includes having served on the APA Commission on Accreditation, the APA Commission for the Recognition of Specialties in Professional Psychology, and participating as a delegate at the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Dr. Daryl Fujii

Daryl Fujii, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a staff neuropsychologist at the Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care Services Community Living Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1991, interned at the Sepulveda VAMC, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. Daryl earned his diplomate in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology in 1999 and was elected to fellow status of the American Psychological Association in 2006 and the National Academy of Neuropsychology in 2016. Daryl has 70+ publications including three books: The Spectrum of Psychotic Disorders: Neurobiology, Etiology, and Pathogenesis (2007), The Neuropsychology of Asian-Americans (2010), and Conducting a Culturally-Informed Neuropsychological Evaluation (2016). Daryl is a co-founding member and former President of the Asian Neuropsychological Association, an Associate Editor of the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and Chair of the VA Pacific Island Health Care Services and Central California Internal Review Boards.

Dr. Jennifer Manly

Jennifer Manly, Ph.D. is a Professor of Neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her research focuses on mechanisms of inequalities in cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s Disease. In order to do this research, her research team has partnered with the Black and Latinx communities in New York City and around the United States to design and carry out investigations of social forces across the lifecourse, such as educational opportunities, racism and discrimination, and socioeconomic status, and how these factors relate to cognition and brain health later in life. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has authored over 220 peer-reviewed publications and 10 chapters. She was the 2014 recipient of the Tony Wong Diversity Award for Outstanding Mentorship, and was the recipient of the Paul Satz-International Neuropsychological Society Career Mentoring Award in 2020. Dr. Manly was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2021. She served on the HHS Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services from 2011 – 2015 and is a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging.

Dr. Antonio Puente

Antonio E. Puente, PhD, was born in La Habana, Cuba and emigrated to the US in 1960. Puente received his PhD from the University of Georgia. He has taught at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) since 1981 and prior to that at St. George’s University School of Medicine. His primary teaching activities include Brain and Behavior, Clinical Neuropsychology, and History of Psychology. Puente is founding director of UNCW’s Centro Hispano, and his research focuses on the interface between culture and neuropsychology. Puente founded and edited the journals Neuropsychology Review and Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice as well as a neuropsychology book series. He has published 10 books, 95 chapters, and 125 scientific articles in several languages. Puente is a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, maintains a private practice in clinical neuropsychology, and is the founder (2002) and co-director of mental health services at the Cape Fear Clinic, a bilingual multi-disciplinary health center serving the indigent. He served as APA’s advisor for 15 years to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) prior to serving for an additional 8 years as one of 17 members of the AMA CPT Panel. Puente served as president of the NC Psychological Association, NC Psychological Foundation, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40 of APA), and Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology (Division 6 of APA), as well as President of the American Psychological Association. He has received numerous awards including Fulbright (Argentina; 1982), APA’s Distinguished Contributions to Independent Practice (2010), Sociedad Interamericana de Psicologia Interamerican Award (2019), Hispanic Neuropsychological Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2020), and APA’s Raymond D. Fowler Award for Contributions to APA (2021)
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Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt

Dr. Mónica Rivera Mindt, a board-certified neuropsychologist, is Past-President of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society and a tenured Professor of Psychology, Latinx Studies, and African & African American Studies at Fordham University with a joint appointment in Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her multidisciplinary, community-based research is funded by the NIH/National Institute of Aging (NIA), the Alzheimer’s Association, and Genentech. Her work primarily focuses on the intersection between cultural neuroscience and health inequities in cognitive aging. Her current studies are examining genetic, cerebrovascular, and sociocultural risk factors for cognitive impairment and dementia in Latinx, Black, and Indigenous adults, as well as ways to increase diverse representation in cognitive aging and AD research. In addition, she is Co-Lead of the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative’s (ADNI) Engagement Core. At the national level, Dr. Rivera Mindt serves as Chair of NIH/NIA’s AGCD-4 Study Section, and is a member of the CDC’s BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Risk Reduction Expert Panel and the CDC/National Alzheimer’s Project Act’s (NAPA) Physical Activity, Tobacco Use, and Alcohol Workgroup. Locally, she serves as a Board Member for the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter and a Treasurer for the Harlem Community & Academic Partnership (HCAP). As a bilingual (Spanish/English), Afro-Latinx/Indigenous neuroscientist, she brings a unique perspective to her research and is the recipient of several awards for her research, teaching, and contributions to the field, including the 2020 Martha Bernal Award for the Advancement of Diversity Training and Education in Clinical Psychology from the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) and 2019 Hispanic Health Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association. She is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 40, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology), the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Hispanic Neuropsychological Society.

Dr. Rus Bauer

Russell M. Bauer, Ph.D. is Preeminence Professor of Clinical & Health Psychology at the University of Florida Academic Health Center and Director of the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence (BRRC) at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. He is Past President of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA Division 40) and the International Neuropsychological Society. Now completing his 42nd year at the University of Florida, Bauer has served as Director of UF’s APA-accredited Internship (1987-1992) and Doctoral Programs (2000-2006, 2014-2019), and served as Department Chair (2006-2011). Dr. Bauer’s clinical work takes place in a patient-centric interdisciplinary TBI clinic in which neurology, neuropsychology, and rehabilitation professionals (OT, PT, SLP) collaborate to develop diagnosis and management plans for persons with complicated recovery after concussion/TBI. Dr. Bauer’s research program uses novel neurocognitive probes along with structural and functional MRI to develop early markers of neurocognitive decline in aging and traumatic brain injury. He also studies risk and injury factors that predispose to persisting symptoms after concussion. He is author or co-author of over 150 papers in broad areas of neuropsychology, including papers on visuoperceptual and memory disorders, traumatic brain injury, sports concussion, memory disorders, and professional issues related to training and competency of clinical neuropsychologists. His research has been supported by NIH, NIAAA, NIMH, and the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service.

Dr. Bob Bilder

Robert Bilder is Tennenbaum Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Chief of Psychology at UCLA Health and Director of the Center for the Biology of Creativity. He is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and directs the UCLA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Neuropsychology. His research focuses on brain and behavior and aims to eliminate boundaries between mental health and illness, and between every day and exceptional creativity. His current grants examine reward mechanisms and have established a National Neuropsychology Network to gather “big data” about the brain. He recently completed the “Big C” project on exceptional creativity and he now directs a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab to measure impact of the arts on well-being. He has been involved over the last decade in the leadership of the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative, and current is co-lead of the Mind Well Pod, which aims to enhance psychological well-being among UCLA students, staff and faculty through both curricular and extracurricular programming. This work has led to a new UCLA minor in Brain and Behavioral Health, the annual UCLA Eudaimonia Award, and multiple other programs that support our Mindful Awareness Research Center, the Sleep Well initiative, and collaborations with Student Affairs to enable new development of applications that connect students to resources for mental health and well-being.

Dr. Thomas Parsons

Thomas D. Parsons, PhD is the Grace Center Endowed Professor for Innovation in Clinical Education, Simulation Science, & Immersive Technology at Arizona State University (ASU). Dr. Parsons also directs the Computational Neuropsychology & Simulation (CNS) Lab at ASU. Dr. Parsons’s research involves novel technologies and neuroinformatics for enhancing neuropsychological assessment and training. Dr. Parsons is a leading scientist in this area and has been PI of 18 funded projects during his career and an investigator on an additional 15 funded projects (over $15 million in funding). In addition to his patents for the eHarmony.com Matching System (U.S. Patent Nos. 2004/6735568; 2014/0180942 A1), he has invented and validated several virtual reality-based neuropsychological assessments. In addition to his five books, he has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. His contributions to neuropsychology were recognized when he received the 2013 National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Achievement award. In 2014, he was awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Dr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe is a Regents Professor and H. L. Eastlick Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist, with specialty training in Neuropsychology. The goal of her collaborative research program is to extend the functional independence and quality of life of individuals with cognitive difficulties by developing interventions and smart technologies that can promote proactive health care and real-time intervention. She is widely published, and her research program has been continuously funded by multiple NIH institutes, NSF, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Department of Defense, and by the Life Sciences Discovery Fund and Attorney General’s Office of Washington State. Through funding from several training grants, Dr. Schmitter-Edgecombe and her colleagues have also opened the door to new avenues of health and science research and education in the field of Gerontechnology by training a new breed of students in complementary disciplines (e.g., computer science, engineering, psychology and health care).