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To: ASHA Committee Members on Joint ASHA-Division 40 APA Committee (Diane Paul-Brown, Ph.D.; Susan Weismet, Ph.D.)
c c: Dr. Carl Dodrill, Division 40 President
From: Malcolm R McNeil, Ph.D.
Date: November 28,1994
Subject: Minutes for ASHA Meeting, 1 l/17/94
The Committee met at 3:00 PM on Thursday November 17, in the Hilton Hotel, New OrIeans, with committee members McNeil (chair), Paul-Brown and Weismer in attendance.
We reviewed the actions of the last year, highlighting the submission of the final report and the recent communications with Dr. Dodrill, President of Division 40. The committee was enthusiastic about the interest from Dr. Dodrill. McNeil shared the recent communiques from Dodrill, stating that they would like to see our agenda and from that, a new group would be chosen to represent Division 40.
Because of Dr. Dodrill's concern for the final status of the report that was sent to the EC for vote at this ASHA Convention, the history of the committee's actions was reviewed. A conversation with Dr. Campbell, by McNeil, before this meeting, confirmed that Byron Rourke had indeed seen, and commented on the final draft of the report (save minor editorial changes made by the ASHA Editorial staff) before it was sent to the EC for vote. Dr. Campbell was confident that this final draft was in all important ways the draft approved by the Division 40 Members under the auspices of Dr. Rourke.
The general goals of the committee were reviewed. These included (1) a need to continue the dialogue with neuropsychology to clarify our unique and shared clinical roles in the delivery of patient care, (2) a need to share competencies in areas of clinical overlap and areas where there is little clinical but greater theoretical overlap. The goal of the committee is to produce a product in the form of a conference or a report that would address any of these or other, yet to be determined goals.
The Committee discussed issues that we would like to have considered or that have been brought to our attention for possible consideration. We developed a schema for categorizing and prioritizing the items. Three major items emerged from the discussion that we would like to put on the agenda relative to the general goals of the committee:
1. Cognitive Rehabilitation including attention, memory, problem solving, learning, etc.
2. Psychiatric Disorders including depression, schizophrenia, etc.
3. Tests and Measurements (a tutorial)
The committee received with enthusiasm, Dr. Dodrill's invitation to attend the next meeting at which the Division 40 Committee members will be in attendance,This meeting will be in the early spring, in Seattle. Diane will check on funds for the third committee member to attend.Mick will check on the dates of the meeting and report back to the committee.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 PM with an enthusiastic commitment to continue the productive dialogue with our neuropsychology colleagues that was begun by this committee and its former members.
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