The SCN Strategic Plan

Guiding Principles

  • Equity, Justice, & Inclusion. Build and maintain a just, fair, equitable, and inclusive organization that is informed by the wisdom and contributions of all individuals, values diversity, and promotes humility and life-long learning.
  • Integrity & Courage. Act in an honest, transparent, ethical, and trustworthy manner, promote accountability, and make amends for any wrongs incurred.
  • Advocacy. Demonstrate a steadfast commitment to advancing neuropsychology and supporting neuropsychology professionals (e.g., neuropsychologists, students, and trainees) and all people whom we serve, particularly those who have been disempowered, disenfranchised, and/or marginalized, to improve the human condition.
  • Innovation & Relevance. Innovate and adapt based on a process of self-evaluation, continually striving to evolve to promote neuropsychology’s value to society.
  • Community & Collaboration. Build and maintain a strong and supportive community, where collaborations are sought and nurtured, to advance knowledge and brain health for all individuals.
  • Value to Members. Provide resources, supports, and networks that advance the professional development and well-being of all members, at every stage of their career.

Operating Principles

  • Promote and maintain inclusive excellence. Promote diverse narratives and experiences in all aspects of SCN in a manner that demonstrates integrity, fairness, respectfulness, intellectual curiosity, and cultural humility in all actions.
  • Increase organizational effectiveness. Communicate and collaborate internally and externally with openness, honesty, clarity, trust, and respect, make value-based and fiscally responsible decisions informed by the best available evidence, invest in strategic priorities, create space for new and diverse contributions, and emphasize outcomes, expectations, and accountability.
  • Focus on impact. Display courage by actively developing and engaging in innovative and collaborative efforts, aligned with SCN’s values and aimed at significantly bettering SCN, neuropsychology, and society.

Strategic Priorities

  • Increase neuropsychology’s value to society
  • Strengthen SCN’s position as a leader in neuropsychology advocacy
  • Improve and support EDI within SCN (including SCN’s structures, processes, policies, and culture) and neuropsychology
  • Support education and training across the career span
  • Promote the effective communication of information and access to resources


  • Expand neuropsychology’s value to society
    • Promote the public’s awareness and understanding of neuropsychology
    • Support efforts to make psychological science accessible and understandable to all stakeholders (e.g., the public, peers from other disciplines, and key decision-makers)
    • Support efforts that expand equitable access to neuropsychological services
    • Increase the diversity of neuropsychologists to better represent the diversity in society
    • Promote technology and innovation that advances neuropsychological science, improves clinical care, protects human rights, and reduces healthcare disparities
    • Advocate for the advancement of culturally responsive frameworks that advance neuropsychological science and improve clinical care
  • Strengthen SCN’s position as a leader in neuropsychology advocacy
    • Expand SCN’s participation and impact within APA
    • Increase the impact of neuropsychology on policy decisions at the national, state, and local levels
    • Cultivate effective collaborations with APA and other professional groups and organizations
    • Facilitate the development of leaders in neuropsychology advocacy and policy
    • Foster membership engagement in advocacy to support neuropsychology and psychology
  • Improve and support equity, justice, and inclusion within SCN (including SCN’s structures, processes, policies, and culture) and neuropsychology
    • Advocate for system-level changes to support the retention and advancement of diverse individuals within the field of neuropsychology
    • Support the well-being, development, advancement, and visibility of diverse, minoritized, and/or marginalized SCN members
    • Be intentionally inclusive to promote diversity and leadership throughout SCN governance
    • Promote effective collaborations on issues of equity, justice, and inclusion with other organizations
    • Advocate for the development, use, and expansion of demographically diverse normative datasets and tools consistent with a culturally responsive framework
  • Support education and training across the career span
    • Foster the development of neuropsychology students and trainees as professional leaders
    • Promote and strengthen the acquisition of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology science, practice, education, and advocacy within a culturally competent framework
    • Facilitate the development of neuropsychologists as experts in the communication of neuropsychology-related information
    • Promote professional development opportunities tailored to members at different stages of their career
    • Foster the advancement of neuropsychologists and neuropsychology trainees from historically marginalized communities
  • Promote the effective communication of information and access to resources
    • Structure and strengthen SCN’s internal mechanisms to enhance communication and collaboration
    • Strengthen the bi-directional communication between SCN members and SCN governance
    • Expand the reach and effectiveness of the information and resources distributed to members, collaborators, and the general public
    • Facilitate member awareness of state and national policies that impact neuropsychology
    • Ensure broad and timely dissemination of SCN policies, resources, initiatives, and key governance decisions to SCN members
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