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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
CHARLOTTESVILLE. VIRGINIA 2 2 9 08
DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVlORAL MEDICINE & PSYCHIATRY
November 30, 1982
Stanley Berent, Ph.D.
Veterans Administration Medical Center
2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
Thank you for your letter of October 29, 1982. I apologize for the delay in writing, but I have been quite busy with regard to my new duties as Membership Chairman of Division 40 of APA. I am sorry to say that.1 have little to report with regard to plans developed by the Board of Psychology to incorporate the practice of clinical neuropsychology into present new legislation on licensure. No new legislation is pending,and our Board of Psychology is not considering making any recommendations to the legislature regarding the regulation of the practice of clinical neuropsychology. As you know, the Board of Psychology regulates this practice by determining whether an individual has competency to use neuropsychological assessment procedures,and practice neuropsychology, by reviewing credentials in the oral examination for licensure as a clinical or generic psychologist. There is no special licensure for the practice of clinicalneuropsychology.
On the positive side,it appears that the Board of Psychology is about to appoint a committee (generally made up of recognized neuropsychologists in Virginia), to study these issues and make recommendations for the criteria to be utilized to determine compentency to practice neuropsychology; and the advisability of developing another area of licensure (through legislation) in Clinical neuropsychology. I feel reasonably certain that I am to be included on that committee,and I have spoken to several Board Members regarding your interests in this vital area. As we begin to. pull more information together, I will be glad to share these ideas and plans with you.
I am planning to be in Mexico City for most of that first week in February, and I look forward to breaking that taco with you. Please give my very best to your family. Will talk to you soon.
Jeffrey T. Barth, Ph.D., Director
Neuropsychology Assessment Laboratory
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