2024 Award Recommendations Now Open to Submit | Deadline March 1

The time has come for us to recognize the contributions of our colleagues in NAN who have provided exceptional services to neuropsychology. We are soliciting recommendations for the following:

  • Excellence in Advocacy Award
  • Reitan Clinical Excellence Award
  • Early Career Award
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Tony Wong Diversity Awards

NAN members of every level are eligible and encouraged to make recommendations for Awards. Self-recommendations are accepted as well.


2023 Award Recipients & Honorees


Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award

NAN’s most prestigious award is given to a senior scholar who has made significant scientific, intellectual, and training-related contributions to the field of neuropsychology. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS

2023 Recipient | Marsel Mesulam, MD

Marsel Mesulam was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1945 and received his B.A. (1968) and M.D. (1972) from Harvard. He is Ruth Dunbar Davee Professor of Neuroscience and Founding Director Emeritus of the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease at Northwestern University. He obtained B.A. and M.D. degrees at Harvard University and was appointed Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School where he established and led the Behavioral Neurology Unit of the Beth Israel Hospital. He is past president of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping and of the Boston Society for Neurology and Psychiatry, and past vice president of the American Neurological Association. His research has addressed the neural connectivity of the monkey brain, organization of human cholinergic pathways, representation of cognitive functions by large-scale networks, and neurobiology of dementias.  He has received the Potamkin Prize for research on Alzheimer’s disease from the American Academy of Neurology, the Javits Award from the National Institutes of Health, the McKnight Foundation Director’s Award, the Distinguished Career Contributions Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the Bengt Winblad Life Achievement Award from the Alzheimer's Association. He held the Robert Wartenberg Lectureship and the H. Houston Merritt Lectureship of the American Academy of Neurology. His textbook, Principles of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, has been part of training programs in Neurology, Psychiatry, Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. His current research focuses on the functional imaging of neurocognitive networks, the factors that promote memory preservation in advanced age, and the treatment of dementias. His trainees in clinical, cognitive and basic neuroscience lead major research programs in the United States and abroad.

Distinguished Service Award

This award is designed to recognize NAN’s most dedicated leaders who have a longstanding career of exemplary and distinguished service to NAN. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS  

2023 Recipient |  Tresa Roebuck Spencer, Ph.D. 

Dr. Roebuck Spencer is a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist who specializes in neuropsychological evaluation and treatment. She has worked in rehabilitation settings for over 20 years serving patients with a broad range of neurological conditions and injuries and has extensive experience with traumatic brain injury and concussion recovery. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) as Member-at-Large and President with a strong dedication to professional advocacy efforts. Dr. Roebuck Spencer also chaired the NAN Professional Affairs and Information Committee (PAIC) and was a founding member of the IOPC She is actively involved in research and has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. Her research interests focus on traumatic brain injury, rehabilitation, computerized neuropsychological testing, and validity of cognitive assessment.

Excellence in Advocacy Award

Awarded to an individual who has exhibited dedication and excellence in advocacy for neuropsychology as a science and practice. The recipient of this award has engaged with decision-makers and other stakeholders outside of neuropsychology to promote brain science and inspire change, beneficially raising the public awareness of the practice of neuropsychology.

2023 Recipients |  Bill Pascrell, Jr. & Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D.

Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. has built a life of public service around the principles he learned while growing up on the south side of Paterson, New Jersey. The first member of his family to graduate high school, Congressman Pascrell went on to receive dual degrees from Fordham University, serve in the United States Army, and become a teacher and adjunct professor. He served as a State Assemblyman and Mayor of Paterson before his election to the United States Congress in 1996. In the Congress, Congressman Pascrell has prioritized funding public safety, supporting educators, protecting our environment, and making our tax system fairer. He now serves as the Ranking Member on the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, where he works tirelessly to improve our tax system for working families. A proud son and lifetime resident of Paterson, Congressman Pascrell continues to fight every day for his North Jersey neighbors.  

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, 93 chapters, and 123 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. 

Reitan Clinical Excellence Award

This award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the clinical practice of neuropsychology. The recipients of this award have significantly influenced the methods, settings, and/or persons involved in clinical practice, resulting in noteworthy benefit to the profession and its clients; and/or demonstrated significant leadership as a teacher, clinician, and/or theorist in public and/or professional arenas of clinical neuropsychology; and/or had a notable effect on clinical practice or training in the field of clinical neuropsychology. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS 

2023 Recipient | Michael McCrea, Ph.D., ABPP-CN 

Dr. McCrea is the Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD Professor and Chair in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), where he also serves as Vice Chair of Research and Co-Director for the MCW Center for Neurotrauma Research (CNTR).  He has an appointment as a research neuropsychologist at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Dr. McCrea earned his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, then completed his internship training in neuropsychology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Northwestern University Medical School.  Dr. McCrea is ABCN board-certified in clinical neuropsychology.  He is past President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) and past President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN).  

Dr. McCrea has been an active researcher in the neurosciences, with hundreds of scientific publications, book chapters, and national and international lectures on the topic of traumatic brain injury.  He was selected by the U.S. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) as the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Deborah L. Warden Lectureship award.  He authored the text Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome:  The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment published by Oxford University Press.  Dr. McCrea has led several large, multi-center studies on the effects of traumatic brain injury and concussion.  He currently is co-PI on the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium and several other large-scale studies investigating the acute and chronic effects of TBI in various populations at risk.  Dr. McCrea is also a key investigator on the TRACK-TBI and TBI Endpoint Development (TED) studies of civilian brain injury.  He has served on several national and international expert panels related to research and clinical care for TBI over the past two decades. He currently serves on the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Accelerating Progress in TBI Care and Research.  Dr. McCrea is also a neuropsychology consultant for the Green Bay Packers.

Early Career Award

This award is given to someone who has made substantial scholarly contributions to the field of neuropsychology within 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS

2023 Recipient | Justin E. Karr, PhD 

Dr. Justin E. Karr is an Assistant Professor and the Clinical Neuropsychology Concentration Coordinator in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Neuropsychology specialization at the University of Victoria in 2018, where his doctoral studies and research were supported by the Vanier Scholarship through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He completed his clinical internship at the Seattle VA hospital and his postdoctoral fellowship within the Harvard Medical School system at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Karr has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and authored over 100 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. His research has focused on neuropsychological assessment methods, cross-cultural validation of psychological tests, cognitive aging, and the psychological and cognitive sequelae of brain injury. His research has been financially supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Early Career Service Award

This award is designed for someone who is within 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree and who has made substantial early career service contributions to NAN. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS

2023 Recipient | Seth A. Margolis, Ph.D. 

Dr. Seth Margolis is a staff neuropsychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and an Assistant Professor (Clinician Educator) within Brown University’s Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior. He earned his PhD from Yeshiva University in 2016 with dual specialty training in health psychology and neuropsychology. He was the recipient of his graduate program’s highest distinction, the Rosenbaum Family Award for Excellence in Clinical Health Psychology. He did his predoctoral neuropsychology internship at the University of California, San Diego and completed his postdoctoral neuropsychology fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) and Brown Medical School. Dr. Margolis is board certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Margolis’s record of service to the profession of neuropsychology spans teaching/mentoring, clinical, academic, and leadership activities. He is a clinical supervisor for Brown’s APA-accredited clinical psychology internship training program and APA-accredited postdoctoral training program in neuropsychology. He co-directs the Research Everyday Activities of Living (REAL) Lab, in which he provides research mentorship to neuropsychology trainees within the Brown system. His research program focuses on promoting adjustment to chronic and progressive neurological illnesses with an eye towards developing neuropsychologically informed interventions to offset functional and social disability. Funding for Dr. Margolis’s research comes from federal (NIH), Association (e.g., AACNF, Epilepsy Foundation, NIDUS), and hospital/university sources. He has published nearly 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and regularly presents at professional conferences on his work. Dr. Margolis has also been a committed advocate and ambassador for neuropsychology, fulfilling committee positions within the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). Presently, he serves as the 2023 Poster Chair for NAN and is Co-Chair of the INS Epilepsy Special Interest Group.

Nelson Butters Award 

This award is given for the best research paper published in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology over the preceding year. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS

2023 Recipient | Kamini Krishnan, Ph.D., ABPP-CN |  Neurocognitive Profiles in Patients with Persisting Cognitive Symptoms Associated With COVID-19
Dr. Kamini Krishnan is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist at the Cleveland Clinic with joint appointments in the Department of Neurology and Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. She is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She is a clinician researcher specializing in neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Krishnan’s research interest focuses on early identification and prevention of neurodegenerative disorders through multiple modalities including computerized assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and neuroimaging. Additionally, she led the development of a neuropsychology clinic as part of a multidisciplinary approach to treat patients with persistent symptoms post Covid-19 infection (https://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/respiratory/depts/covid-19-recovery). She has served on committees including NAN’s Women in Leadership, APA Division 40’s Ethnic Minority Affairs, and currently serves as a founding member of the South Asian special interest group of the Asian Neuropsychological Society. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Health Service Psychology. Dr. Krishnan completed her doctoral program and internship at University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Outstanding Dissertation Award

This award is given to recognize an excellent neuropsychology-related dissertation or dissertation project. The winner is invited to present his/her study at a poster session during the Annual Conference and submit the study for publication to Archives of Clinical NeuropsychologyLEARN MORE ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS 

2023 Recipient |  Murphy Harrell, Ph.D. | How Valuable are Clinical Neuropsychological Assessments? A Meta-analysis of Neuropsychological Tests with Comparison to Common Medical Tests and Treatments
Murphy Harrell, Ph.D. is a first year fellow in the neuropsychology department of McLean Hospital, as part of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She provide neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessments to adults across the lifespan in both outpatient and psychiatric inpatient settings. Her research interests are in executive functions, emotion regulation, and personality, especially in older adults; as well as the ecological validity of neuropsychology in an ever changing and technologically advancing landscape.

Tony Wong Diversity Award

The Tony Wong Diversity Awards are granted in recognition of the applicant’s efforts to promote public education, advocacy, and research in brain health in culturally diverse and minority communities, with one award for early-career recipients and an award also recognizing outstanding mentorship in relationship to diversity. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS

Tony Wong Diversity Award - Mentor

2023 Recipient | Paola A. Suarez, Ph.D. 
Dr. Paola Suarez is an immigrant from Colombia, South America. She is a bilingual clinical neuropsychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA.  She is currently the Director of the Cultural Neuropsychology Program within the Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence of the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  Dr. Suarez’s primary research interests have been in understanding the role of bilingualism in brain functioning. Her work aims to reduce health disparities in Hispanic populations by studying their performance in neuropsychological tests commonly used to diagnose brain disorders. She has extensive clinical experience working with the population proposed and loves teaching the future of neuropsychology so that more of us and can serve the population. Dr. Suarez was the Chairwoman for the National Academy of Neuropsychology's Culture and Diversity Committee and is the current President of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society.

Tony Wong Diversity Award - Early Career 

2023 Recipient | Sonia Syed Rehman, Ph.D. 
Sonia Syed Rehman, Ph.D. is passionate about advancing health equity for South Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Her work began after 9/11 when she first volunteered to increase mental health treatment engagement in minoritized communities. Since then, she has used my knowledge and multilingual abilities to promote mental health awareness through local mosques and South Asian community organizations. She has also played a proactive role in translating intake forms, advocating for the utilization of professional interpreters as opposed to family members, and providing psychoeducation in multiple languages for several Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers in the greater Washington DC area, a primary source of healthcare for many recent immigrants.

Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) Early Career Impact Award

The Early Career Impact Award recognizes scientists from FABBS member societies who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

2023 Recipient |  Victoria C. Merritt, Ph.D.
Dr. Victoria Merritt is a Research Health Scientist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and UC San Diego. Dr. Merritt’s research interests include examining risk and protective factors associated with clinical outcome and recovery following concussion/traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her work focuses on identifying factors that may influence or predict the presence of post-concussive symptoms and neuropsychiatric distress following brain injury in the context of both sports-related concussion and military TBI. She has focused additional research efforts on studying the neurocognitive consequences of concussion/TBI. Another major emphasis of her research program has been to evaluate long-term outcomes following concussion/TBI and to better understand the association between TBI, other risk factors, and the development of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. Dr. Merritt has received funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and other association grants.

Student Poster Award 

This monetary award is given at the Annual Conference for the most meritorious posters. READ MORE  

Student Poster Award - Diversity

This award is granted at the Annual Conference for the best student poster that reflects diversity-related topics or issues. READ MORE