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.

Application requirements:  The applicant must submit: (1) a nomination letter authored by a member of SCN/DIV 40 and (2) a 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) a 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); and (5) a personal statement no longer than 500 words 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 e-mail to Alicia Ford, Chair, SCN/Div 40 Awards Committee, at

Application deadline:  November 18, 2020

Katherine Bangen, PhD
2020 Levitt Early Career Award Winner

The SCN Awards Committee is very pleased to announce that Katherine Bangen, PhD from the University of California, San Diego is the 2020 winner of the Levitt Early Career Award. Dr. Bangen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The committee reviewed applications from 4 very talented and dedicated early career neuropsychologists and the ratings were once again very close and competitive. The Awards Committee would like to thank all the applicants for their hard work and dedication to the field of neuropsychology.

2020 Blue Ribbon Awardees

Congratulations to this year’s group of awardees who submitted the best poster abstracts for the 2020 APA Annual Convention.

Best Student Submission:

Adrianna Ratajska, BS
Cognitive Subtypes in Individuals with Essential Tremor Seeking Deep Brain Stimulation

Best Student Translational Neuropsychological Submission:

Lauren Kenney, BS
Classifying Cognitive Subtypes in Non-Demented Parkinson’s Disease Patients: A Data-Driven Approach

Best Minority Student Submission:

Sarah Patrick, BA
Something old, something new: Pupillary response in performance validity testing

Best Student Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology Submission:
Alvaro Lozano-Ruiz, MS
Cultural bias in non-verbal neuropsychological tests: Clinical implications

Best Student Evidence-Based Practice Submission:

Brianna Hardt, MA
Effect of BMI, Sex, and Age on Working Memory Performance in Healthy Older Adults

Best Early Career Professional Submission:

Victoria Merritt, PhD
BDNF Val66Met and Biological Sex: Relationships with Baseline Cognitive Functioning in Adolescent Athletes

Best Established Professional Submission:

Christopher Koch, PhD
Age Differences in ImPACT Concussion Testing
Past Early Career Award Winners
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.
2010 - Adam M. Brickman, Ph.D.
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