Important Announcements

The American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) Inaugurates Subspecialty Certification in Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology

After years of study and planning ABCN is pleased to announce the inauguration of its first Subspecialty Credential, which is in Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology. Only practitioners who are currently board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through ABPP/ABCN are eligible to apply for subspecialty certification at this time. Applications from others who meet eligibility criteria will be accepted beginning in 2015. Please note that you will need to enter your ABPP membership number and password to access the links below. If you have difficulty, please contact the ABPP office for assistance.

The subspecialization process involves: (a) credential review of training, education, and practice in pediatric clinical neuropsychology; (b) written examination; and (c) submission of one subspecialty practice sample case. Candidates who successfully pass all three stages will be awarded subspecialty certification by ABPP/ABCN. Consistent with ABCN Specialty Board procedures, there will be no grandparenting or senior option available for subspecialization.

All ABCN-certified specialists who would like to pursue subspecialty certification in pediatric neuropsychology may review the candidate manual for credential requirements and submit a free application to ABPP. Candidates who pass credential review and register for the pediatric Written Examination by May 31, 2014 may participate in the calibration phase of WE development, which will be held in June 2014 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) in New York City. Candidates who take the calibration examination will serve as the normative group and provide psychometric data for the creation of the final test version and cut score. Each candidate who participates in the June 2014 calibration examination will automatically proceed to the final Practice Sample step. Candidates who submit their subspecialty PS on or before December 31, 2014 will receive a refund of the $250 Practice Sample submission fee.

All interested ABCN-certified pediatric neuropsychologists are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this unique and historic opportunity to define and support the subspecialty of Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology. We are pleased to invite you to apply early for this opportunity and benefit from the efforts of many of your colleagues who have advocated for this distinctive subspecialty honor.

Ida Sue Baron, Ph.D., ABPP
Chair, ABCN Subspecialty Committee

John Lucas, Ph.D., ABPP
President, American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology

Mark Mahone, PhD, ABPP
President, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology

Direct links are below should you have any difficulty with the links in text above.
Application form:

Subspecialty Practice Sample Guidelines:

Subspecialty Candidate Manual:

Pediatric Subspecialty FAQ:

Attestation Form for the Pediatric Neuropsychology Subspecialty:

ABCN Written Examination Enhancements

The ABCN Board of Directors is pleased to announce an upcoming enhancement to the Written Examination (WE). Beginning in May 2014, the ABCN WE will incorporate 25 additional “pre-test” items beyond the core 100 test items. The new pre-test items will provide important psychometric data to inform future editions of the exam, but will not count toward the final score. Exam scores will continue to be based on the core 100-item examination and the passing criterion cut-score (still 70%) will not change. To accommodate the increased length of the exam, candidates will receive increased seat time at Prometric centers.

The current, 100-item format will be administered for the last time during the next examination window in March 2014. Registration for this examination will close on January 24, 2014. For more information about ABCN WE registration, please email the ABCN Office ( For questions regarding Prometric policies or testing center locations, please contact Prometric directly at

Welcome to the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology Website

The American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) is a specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The ABCN is responsible for administration of the examination for competence in the specialty of Clinical Neuropsychology. ABPP is the senior parent board for the profession of psychology and was established in 1947, with ABCN being incorporated in 1981. To learn more regarding examination procedures, please explore the website for current information and application instructions.

Once a candidate passes the ABCN examination and becomes board certified in the specialty of Clinical Neuropsychology, they are invited to join the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), which is the membership organization of ABCN Specialists. For a directory of members, and for further information regarding the AACN, please click the appropriate link in the footer of this page to visit their website.

Welcome again, and please feel free to contact us if you have further question. Your interest and support of quality standards for professional practice in Clinical Neuropsychology is much appreciated.