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Division of Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association
November 5, 1979
First I: wish to express my qratitude to be able to address this first
comnunication to all who have joined to form Division 40. 0ur action opens
the way for concrete steps to advance the scientific and professional interests of psychologists concerned with the impact on humans of brain injury or
dysfunction in terms of theoretical understanding, clinical assessment, prescription education, and rehabilitation, Hopefully, the results of our activity will brinq about
improved service to those in the community who suffer from handicaps of cerebral oriqin.
Our succes in effort of many individuals,but special recognition is
due to the work of Lou Costa, who orchestrated the effort and engaged in
alining support for us.
We particularly appreciate the support of Dr. Frances K. Graham President of Division 6, Dr. Florence L. Denmark, President-elect of APA and Dr. Ted. Blau,
former President of APA.
A number of important tasks lie ahead of us, one of the most vital as well as difficult being to establish standards for training and credentialling in Neuropsychology.
At this moment however, the immediate problems involve completing the
organizational process. Enclosed with this mailing are the proposed By-Laws
Division, approval of which is required in order to legitimize all of our other activity. We have proceeded on the basis of these provisional By-laws because there has been no means of havinq them approved prior to this mailinq. Please read them carefully and note any suggestions for future revisions and return your ballot in the enclosed envelope.
The second ballot enclosed is a Call for Nominations. Every office in our division is up for vote, as the present office holders are provisional. for this organizational year. Please enter your candidates for nomination, using the enclosed membership list as a quide, and return it with the By-laws ballot in the envelope addressed t o Dr. Byron Rourke, Chairman of the Elections Committee. The Elections Committee will use your returns as a quide to the nomination of candidates who will be listed in your APA ballot booklet. Any individual who is named for an office by five or more members is quaranteed a place on the ballot
Larry Hartlage is chairing the Membership Committee and I urge you to have your associates who are APA members and involved in human neuropsychology write to Dr. Hartlage for a membership application. The present roster of members consists of those 441 APA members who signed one of the petition cards for the establishment of this Division prior to the APA meeting of 1979. Those (approximately 35) whose cards were received late are required to apply for membership.
Finally, I call your attention to the message from Nelson Butters, Program Chairman for the 1980 meeting concerning submissions for that meeting which will be officially solicited in the next APA Call for Programs. HAROLD GOODGLASS u President (provisional)
INVITATION FOR SUBMISSION OF SYMPOSIA AND PAPERS
Division 40 has been allocated 18 substantive hoursfor the 1980 APA Convention in Montreal. Since this will be our first representation at an APA convention, it is important that we have a program of symposia and papers of outstanding quality. Symposia focusing upon clinical issues related to and schizophrenia aging, alcohol and polydrug abuse, learning disabilities, are examples of some of the topics that might be of special interest to the membership of Division 40 and to the members of other divisions as well. In submitting organized symposia and papers please follow the instructions outlined in the official APA Convention Announcement that will be mailed shortly.
NELSON BUTTERS, Ph. D.
Program Chairnerson, Division 40
Psychology Service (116B)
Veterans Administration Medical Center
150 S. Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130
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