24| Professional Development: Leadership, Training, and Supervision – A Conversation With Dr. Neil Pliskin

We discussed the cognitive and emotional effects of electrical injury with Neil Pliskin, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, in a previous episode.  As the former President of the Society of Clinical Psychology (SCN), a Program Director, and a clinical supervisor, he returns today to discuss professional development, the Houston Conference Guidelines, and effective supervision.  We also provide our own commentary to delve into the details of these important topics.

A pdf of the transcript for this episode is available here.

Show Notes (with time stamps)

Interview with Neil (first segment)

  • Leadership advice (1:29)
  • Duties as former President of the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN): role of neuropsychologists within integrated care (5:42), Professional Practice Survey (6:32), and outcomes of neuropsychological services (6:54)
  • Do data show that neuropsychological services have value in our current integrated healthcare system? (8:39)


  • Volunteering at conferences (14:05)
  • The cost-benefit ratio of cold emailing (15:12)
  • If leadership and advocacy positions are unpaid, then why be involved? (16:05)
  • Neuropsychology Outcome and Satisfaction Initiative (NOSI) (19:25)
  • Survey of physicians’ use of and satisfaction with neuropsychological services (24:46)

Interview with Neil (second segment)

  • The pros and cons of serving as the Director of a neuropsychology training program (26:10)
  • Houston Conference Guidelines (28:52)
  • Benefits of “real-time” supervision and importance of proper standardized administration (30:00)


  • Houston Conference Guidelines: definition of “clinical neuropsychologist” (38:41), seven core domains (39:40), training at the internship and postdoc level (40:51), and continuing education (42:05)
  • The importance of standardized administration (43:30)
  • Real-time supervision (47:51)

About Neil

Dr. Neil Pliskin is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology in the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  He serves as Director of Neuropsychology services at UI Health, and has had 30 years of experience working as a clinical neuropsychologist and directing clinical neuropsychology training programs.  Neil is past president of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association and has served as APA advisor to the AMA/CPT Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee since 2009.


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