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Proposed Bylaws of the
Division of Clinical Neuropsychology
American Psychological Association
A r t i c le I
Name and Purpose
1. The name of this organization shall be the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association.
2. The purposes of this organization are: a) to advance the contributions of psychology in understanding the neurological bases of normal and dysfunctional behavior by encouraging basic and clinical research; b) to promote education and service in the field of clinical neuropsychology; c) to inform psychologists, members of related s c i e n t i f i c d i s c i p l i n e s,and the general publ ic of the results of current research and service activities relati ng to clinical neuropsychology; d) to advocate and promote the concerns of neuropsychologists within the organizational structure of the American Psychological Association, other relevant organizations and the community at large.
A r t i c le I I
1. There shall be three categories of membership in the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology: Member, Fellow and Associate.
2. The minimum qualifications for election to the category of Member s h a l l b e:
a. attainment of the category of Member or Fellow of the American Psychological Association;
b. demonstrated interest in the field of Neuropsychology and its development.
3. The minimum qualifications for election to the category of Fellow shall be:
a. attainment of the category of Member, in the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology.
b. nomination in the category of Fellow by the Division's Committee on Fellowship and ratification of the nomination by the Division's Executive Committee, such nomination and ratification to be conducted in accordance with extant Bylaws and Rules of Council of the American Psychological Association.
c. recommendation to the Committee on Fellowship by at least three Members of the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology.
d. recommendation that the member has made a substantial contribution to the science and/or the profession of neuropsychology as attested by the following:
1. prior status as a Member for at least one (1) year;
2. active engagement at the time of nomination in the advancement of neuropsychology;
3. documentation of the ways in which the Member's activities, contributions
and/or performance have had a discernible and salutory effect on the development
of neuropsychology as a science and/or a profession.
4. Associates of the American Psychological Association may, should they be so interested, be accepted as Associates of the Division.
5. A majority vote of the Membership Committee or of the Committee on Fellowship shall constitute a nomination from these committees to the general membership for action. A majority vote of the general membership at the annual business meeting shall be required for acceptance to any category of membership.
6. The minimum membership dues are set by the Council of Representatives in the American Psychological Association and paid to the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology by the Association from the member's annual fees. Additional dues or assessments may be imposed upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee and with the majority approval of the general membership at the annual business meeting.
7. The Secretary of the Division,directly or through the Central Office of the American Psychological Association,shall notify applicants for membership in the Division of their membership status with the Division in a timely fashion after the annual business meeting.
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Membership Rights & Privileges
1. Members and Fellows of the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology shall be entitled to the following:
a. to hold office and serve on committees of the Division;
b. to vote in regular and special elections and to vote on issues presented to the general membership at the annual business meetings;
c. to attend and participate in all general, committee, and special meetings of the Division;
d. to receive the publications of the Division.
2. Associates of the Division shall be entitled to the following:
a. to attend and to participate in the general meetings of the Division;
b. to receive the publications of the Division.
3. Associates of the Division may not hold office, may not vote in regular and special elections,may not vote at annual business meetings, but may serve as non-voting members of committees of the Division.
4. Any Member,Fellow, or Associate who is in arrears of the payment of dues or assessments for a period of two years shall be presumed to have resigned from membership in the Division and shall forfeit all rights and privileges of membership.
1. The Officers of the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology shall be a President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, and a Treasurer.
2. The President shall be the Member or Fellow who has just completed a term as President-Elect. This person shall succeed to office by declaration at the close of the annual meetings one year after election as President-Elect, and shall serve for one year. The President shall preside at all meetings, shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee with the right to vote, and shall perform all other duties of the presiding officer. The President, with the assistance of the Secretary, shall be responsible for preparing the agenda of the business meetinq of the Division and of the Executive Committee. No person shall be elected to serve more term than one full as President.
3. The President-Elect shall be a Member or Fellow of the Division, elected for a term of one year. The President-Elect shall be a voting member of the
Executive Committee and shall perform the duties traditionally assigned to a Vice-President. If the President does not serve a full term for any reason,the President-Elect shall succeed to the unexpired term and continue to so serve through his/her own term.
4. The Secretary shall be a Member or Fellow of the Division elected for a term of three (3) years. During this term,the Secretary shall be a voting member of the Executive Committee,shall safeguard the records of the Division, shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Division and the Executive Committee,shall assist the President in preparing the agenda for business meetings of the Division and of the Executive Committee, shall maintain coordination with the Central Office of the American Psychological Association, shall issue calls and notices of meetings,shall inform the membership of actions taken by the Executive Committee,and shall perform all other usual duties of the Secretary. No person shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms as Secretary.
5. The Treasurer shall be a Member or Fel low of the Division elected for a term of three (3) years. During this term,the Treasurer shall be a voting member of the Executive Committee,shall oversee the custody of all funds and property of the Division,shall oversee the receipt of all money due to the Division,shall direct disbursements as provided under the terms of the Bylaws,shall oversee the keeping of adequate accounts, shall aid the President and the Executive Committee in the preparation of the annual budget, shall make a financial accounting at the business meetings of the Division, and in qeneral shall perform the usual duties of a Treasurer. No person shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms as Treasurer.
6. The Past-President of the Division shall be the most recently ret President of the Division and shall serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee.
7. The officers shall assume their positions at the end of the annual business meeting of each year and shall maintain them until their successors are seated.
8. In the case of death, incapacity,or resignation of any officer or elected member of the Executive Committee,except the President or the Past-President, the Executive Committee shall instruct the Election Committee to oversee a special election among the general membership of the Division to elect a replacement who will complete the unexpired term.
The method for filling a vacancy in the office of President is specified in Article IV, Section 3, of these Bylaws.
10. There shall be divisional representation to the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association in numbers permitted by the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association. Division Representatives shall be elected for terms of three years, the terms being staggered in such a manner as to provide continuity in representation on the Council. No person shall serve more than one (1) term as Divisional Representative.
11. No person shall serve in more than one elected capacity simultaneously,with the exception that the President, President-Elect, or Past-President may serve simultaneously as Divisional Representative to the A.P.A. Council of Representatives.
1. The Committees of the Division shall consist of those standing committees established by these Bylaws and those special committees may be established by the Executive Committee. In accordance with Article V, Section 7, ,of the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association,all committees shall be subject to review by the Assocas iat tion's Board of Di rectors.
2. Executive Committee. There shall be an Executive Committee of the Division,consisting of the President,the President-Elect, the immediate Past-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer,the Divisional Representatives, and three members-at-large. Members-at-large shall serve terms of three (3) years and shall serve no more than two consecutive terms. In order to effect staggered terms,the tenure for members-at-large elected at the first election shall be planned accordingly. The other members of the Executive Committee shall serve for the duration of their terms of elected o f f i c e. No person on the Executive Committee shall have more than one vote. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the affa of the Division, performing the duties and abiding by the limitations specified in these Bylaws. Actions of the Executive Committee affecting Divisional policy are subject to approval by majority vote of the members voting. The voting for such matters shall be conducted at an annual meet or by special mail ballot as decided by the Executive Committee.
3. Membership Committee. There shall be a Membership Committee consisting of three Members or Fellows of the Division, appointed annually by the President. It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to secure and review evidence concerning the qualifications of all candidates for membership or changes in membership status in the Division.
4. Fel lowship Committee. The Committee on Fellows shall consist of three Fellows of the Division appointed by the President. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Fellows to receive all recommendations for Fellowship, to collect and consider such supporting materials as are necessary, and to make nominations for Fellow status in the Division, in accordance with the Bylaws of the Division and of the American Psychological Association.
5. Election Committee. The Election Committee shall consist of the Past-President as Chairperson and two Members or Fellows of the Division appointed by the President. The Election Committee shall secure nominations by mail ballot from the members. All persons receiving five or more nominations for an office will be included on the ballot if qualified in accordance with these Bylaws and willing to serve if elected. In order to broaden representation in the administration of the Division, the Election Committee may place one additional name on the ballot for each office for which election is being held. The list of nominees shall be reported to the APA Central Office for inclusion in the election ballot issued by the Association at a date specified by the Association.
6. Program Committee. A Program Committee, with the Chairman named by the President, shall be appointed annually. This Committee shall plan the convention program of the Division.
A c t i v i t i es
1. The annual meeting of the Division shall take place during the annual convention of the Association, and in the same locality, for the transaction of business, the presentation of scientific papers, and the discussion of professional matters in the field of the Division's interest. The Division shall coordinate its programwith, and participate in, the program of the Association.
2. The Division may issue a newsletter for purposes of coordinating and disseminating news or for other purposes.
Article VI I
1. Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by a majority of the Executive
Committee or by a majority vote of the Members present at any annual meeting.
Ratification of the amendment proposed requires a two-thirds majority of
those members voting by mail ballot.
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