58| Keeping Neuropsychology Relevant: The AACN Relevance 2050 Initiative – A Conversation With Dr. Tony Stringer

The Relevance 2050 Initiative was first approved by the board of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) in 2015 to direct efforts to address the increasing diversity of the United States.  The Relevance 2050 Committee continues to support initiatives to recruit a more diverse pool of neuropsychologists, develop multicultural and multilinguistic norms, and to offer a network for neuropsychologists interested in diversity issues.  John and Ryan talk with Dr. Anthony “Tony” Stringer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about the AACN Relevance 2050 Initiative and how neuropsychology can stay “relevant.”

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

Topics Covered

  • What is the AACN Relevance 2050 Initiative
  • Barriers to testing an increasingly diverse American population
  • Is neuropsychology currently “relevant”
  • Subcommittees of the AACN Relevance 2050 Initiative
  • How the Relevance 2050 Initiative objectives are integrated into the AACN conference
  • How to access Relevance 2050 Initiative resources
  • Stringer and his involvement in the Publication Committee
  • The “slate system” for AACN Board of Director nominations
  • How the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS) has contributed to the AACN Relevance 2050 Initiative
  • What is the Relevance 2050 Houston Conference Guidelines Call to Action Subcommittee
  • What Dr. Stringer thinks will keep neuropsychology “relevant”
  • Advice for recruiting a more diverse applicant pool for neuropsychology training programs
  • How do we increase the global presence of neuropsychology
  • Stringer’s involvement in the development and validation of the African Neuropsychological Battery
  • Stringer’s involvement in the evaluation of differences in cognitive performance between African Immigrants and African Americans
  • Advice for neuropsychologists who would like to progress the Relevance 2050 Initiative at the local level
  • Bonus questions!

About Tony

Dr. Anthony Y. Stringer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, is a Professor and Director at Emory University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Division of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 40/Society for Clinical Neuropsychology) and of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  Dr. Stringer is the author of A Guide to Adult Neuropsychology Diagnosis, the lead editor of Pathways to Prominence in Neuropsychology, and the developer of the Ecologically-Oriented Neurorehabilitation programs.  He is also the former president of American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN).

Selected Resources



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  1. This is a message directly to Dr. Anthony Y. Stringer. THAT BOOK IDEA IS AMAZING! As a black woman just dipping my toes into this field, I think this book would be immeasurably valuable. It would be a fantastic way to honor and catalog our journey. Patiently waiting for your book for myself and for our future.

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