Important Announcements


In accordance with ABPP policy, Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is required of all ABCN specialists awarded board certification on or after January 1, 2015. Specialists who completed board certification prior to that date may ‘opt in’ to the process but are not required by ABPP to do so. Specialists who are eligible to opt in will be contacted by ABPP Central Office during spring 2015 with more information about the MOC process.

The model for MOC proposed by ABPP and supported by ABCN asserts that competence is established at the time of initial board certification and can be continuously updated through lifelong learning, ongoing participation in professional activities, and self-evaluation related to core competencies.

MOC does *not* require re-examination or any type of formal test. Rather, credentialed specialists engage in a process of periodic self-evaluation by documenting once each decade the professional activities that have served to maintain competence in Clinical Neuropsychology. The ABCN Board of Directors strongly encourages all neuropsychologists to participate in the MOC process regardless of certification date, as doing so represents a strong, unified academy of board certified specialists, sets a clear leadership example for trainees and colleagues entering the board certification process, and supports ABPP in its role of setting and maintaining standards of competence and excellence. Information regarding ABCN MOC policies and procedures can be found in the Specialty Candidate Manual and the Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology Subspecialty Candidate Manual. Also, please see please visit our MOC FAQ.

ABCN will be offering workshops at the 13th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) in San Francisco, CA in June 2015 to help familiarize Specialists with MOC requirements and procedures. Information regarding the timeline for submission of MOC materials by current ABCN Specialists will be available at that time. Refer to the AACN 2015 program for specific dates and times of MOC seminars.

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

Anthony Stringer, 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:

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.

Upcoming Examination Schedule

ABCN Written Examination:  The ABCN written exam is administered electronically at Prometric Centers across North America in two-week windows, four times per year. A candidate registers for this examination through the ABPP website after being notified of passing the Credential Review process. The appropriate form and examination fee must be received by ABPP by the registration deadlines noted below. For further information, please review the Written Examination Instructions on the ABPP website. 11/28/15 - 12/13/15 Deadline passed 2/27/16 - 3/13/16 (Deadline to register: 1/22/16) 5/28/16 - 6/12/16 (Deadline to register: 4/22/16) 8/27/16 - 9/11/16 (Deadline to register: 7/22/16) 11/26/16 - 12/11/16 (Deadline to register: 10/21/16) Pediatric Subspecialty Written Exam:  Specialists who have been awarded board certification by ABCN and who meet eligibility criteria for subspecialty certification in pediatric clinical neuropsychology through credential review may take the Pediatric Subspecialty Written Examination.