Awards Committee

Awards Committee Chair: Alicia Ito Ford, Ph.D.

The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN/DIV 40) is accepting applications for the Robert A. and Phyllis Levitt Early Career Award in Neuropsychology. Eligible candidates are APA members who have received their doctoral degree within the past ten years. The winner of this award will have made a distinguished contribution to neuropsychology in one or more areas: research and scholarship, teaching and service, and/or clinical work.

The awardee will receive a $1,000 honorarium and be invited to give an address at the 2022 APA Convention.

Application requirements:

(1) Nomination letter authored by a member of SCN/DIV 40,
(2) Supporting letter from a well-established or nationally known neuropsychologist (both letters should comment upon the candidate’s work and its impact on the field),
(3) CV,
(4) Three supporting documents that provide evidence of national/international recognition (e.g., major publications, research grants, documentation of clinical or teaching techniques, a treatment protocol),
(5) Personal statement (1-page maximum) which describes professional accomplishments, long-term goals, and future challenges and directions in the field of neuropsychology.

Application procedure:  The applicant should submit all materials in a single pdf file via email to Alicia Ford, Chair, SCN/Div 40 Awards Committee, at

Application deadline:  November 1, 2021

Laura Zahodne, PhD
2021 Levitt Early Career Award Winner

The SCN Awards Committee is very pleased to announce that Laura Zahodne, PhD from the University of Michigan is the 2021 winner of the Levitt Early Career Award. Dr. Zahodne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology whose work focuses on understanding the modifiable factors in brain and cognitive aging, particularly as they relate to racial/ethnic inequalities in Alzheimer’s disease. The committee reviewed applications from a group of very talented and dedicated early career neuropsychologists and we would like to thank all the applicants for their hard work and dedication to the field of neu­ropsychology.

2021 Blue Ribbon Awardees

Congratulations to this year’s group of awardees who submitted the best poster abstracts for the 2021 APA Annual Convention.

Best Student Translational Neuropsychology Submission:
Brittany Wright, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Traumatic Brain Injury and Mood Disorders within a Prospective, Epidemiolgic-Scale Study of Youth

Best Minority Student Submission:
Priyal Tare, SUNY Plattsburgh
Differential Effects of Culture in the Executive Functions Associated to Abstract Reasoning

Best Student Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology Submission:
Claudia Collins, SUNY Plattsburgh
Culture Influences Internal Reliability in Non-Verbal Tasks: Results from the EMBRACED Matrices Task

Best Student Evidence-Based Practice Submission:
Sarah Olshan, University of Florida
Dual Presence of AD Pathology and Depression Affects Volume of HPC Subfields

Best Early Career Professional Submission:
Victoria Merritt, PhD
APOE e4 Genotype Influences Memory Performance Following Remote TBI in Military Personnel

Best Established Professional Submission:
Samuel Gontkovsky, PsyD
Concordance of the MMPI-2-RF F-r Scale and TOMM in Detecting Feigning in Neuropsychological Testing

Past Early Career Award Winners
2020 - Katherine Bangen, Ph.D.2010 - Adam M. Brickman, Ph.D.
2019 - Scott Sperling, Psy.D.2009 - Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, Ph.D.
2018 - Nikki H. Stricker, Ph.D.2008 - Maria T. Schultheis, Ph.D.
2017 - Emily Edmonds, Ph.D.2007 - Steven Paul Woods, Psy.D.
2016 - Shawn McClintock, Ph.D.2006 - Tanis J. Ferman, Ph.D.
2015 - Melanie Chandler, Ph.D.2005 - Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D.
2014 - Jared Bruce, Ph.D.2004 - Agnes S. Chan, Ph.D.
2013 - Laura L. S. Howe, J.D., Ph.D.2003 - Deborah Koltai Attix, Ph.D.
2012 - Angela L. Jefferson, Ph.D.2002 - Jennifer J. Manly, Ph.D.
2011 - Monica Rivera Mindt, Ph.D.2001 - Joseph H. Ricker, Ph.D.
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