72| Characteristics of Neuropsychologists: The Salary Surveys – With Dr. Jerry Sweet

Neuropsychology is a dynamic and growing field, and there is considerable interest in characterizing and understanding the current state of the profession.  The “Salary Survey,” led by Dr. Jerry Sweet and colleagues, is released about every five years and attempts to describe professional practices, beliefs, and incomes of U.S. neuropsychologists.  In this episode, John and Ryan talk with Jerry Sweet, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about the survey, including trends in gender and race across time, increases in board certification rates, the addition of a Canadian survey, and other topics.

Topics Covered

  • History of the salary surveys
  • Importance of the surveys to neuropsychology
  • Sampling issues
  • Trends in gender and race across time
  • Trends in postdoctoral fellows
  • Board certification
  • Work settings
  • Income/salary
  • Length of typical evaluations
  • Psychometrist usage
  • Scientific productivity
  • Job satisfaction
  • Canadian survey results
  • Effects of COVID-19 on teleneuropsychology
  • Future predictions for the field

About Jerry

Jerry J. Sweet, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, has practiced clinical neuropsychology for more than four decades, with 34 of those years in the academic medical system currently called NorthShore University HealthSystem (initially affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; currently affiliated with University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine). At NorthShore, Dr. Sweet held administrative positions of Department Vice Chair and Psychology Division Head, and has been integrally involved in the significant growth of behavioral health services in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is now on the Emeritus Staff. Teaching and training, clinical research, and involvement in local and national professional activities have been persistent activities throughout his career. Over the decades, he has supervised numerous psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral residents. Dr. Sweet received the 2019 Award for Distinguished Service and Contributions to the American Board of Professional Psychology, the 2016 Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award from the National Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, and the 2011 Distinguished Neuropsychologist of the Year Award from the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Sweet has made a number of scholarly contributions related to clinical practice and assessment in particular, including books, numerous book chapters, more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, and more than 160 contributions to professional conferences. Dr. Sweet has served on 13 editorial boards of peer-review journals, among these as co-editor and subsequently the first editor-in-chief of The Clinical Neuropsychologist, the official journal of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Selected References

Sweet, J. J., Benson, L. M., Nelson, N. W., & Moberg, P. J. (2015). The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA Division 40) 2015 TCN professional practice and ‘salary survey’: Professional practices, beliefs, and incomes of US neuropsychologists. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29(8), 1069-1162.

Sweet, J. J., Klipfel, K. M., Nelson, N. W., & Moberg, P. J. (2021). Professional practices, beliefs, and incomes of US neuropsychologists: The AACN, NAN, SCN 2020 practice and “salary survey”. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 35(1), 7-80.

Sweet, J. J., Klipfel, K. M., Nelson, N. W., & Moberg, P. J. (2021). Professional Practices, Beliefs, and Incomes of Postdoctoral Trainees: The AACN, NAN, SCN 2020 Practice and ‘Salary Survey’. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 36(1), 1-16.

Sweet, J. J., Lee, C., Guidotti Breting, L. M., & Benson, L. M. (2018). Gender in clinical neuropsychology: practice survey trends and comparisons outside the specialty. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 32(2), 186-216.

Sweet, J. J., Meyer, D. G., Nelson, N. W., & Moberg, P. J. (2011). The TCN/AACN 2010 “salary survey”: Professional practices, beliefs, and incomes of US neuropsychologists. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 25(1), 12-61.

Sweet, J. J., & Moberg, P. J. (1990). A survey of practices and beliefs among ABPP and non-ABPP clinical neuropsychologists. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 4(2), 101-120.

Sweet, J. J., Moberg, P. J., & Suchy, Y. (2000). Ten-year follow-up survey of clinical neuropsychologists: Part I. Practices and beliefs. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 14(1), 18-37.

Sweet, J. J., Moberg, P. J., & Westergaard, C. K. (1996). Five-year follow-up survey of practices and beliefs of clinical neuropsychologists. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 10(2), 202-221.

Sweet, J. J., Nelson, N. W., & Moberg, P. J. (2006). The TCN/AACN 2005 “salary survey”: Professional practices, beliefs, and incomes of US neuropsychologists. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 20(3), 325-364.

Sweet, J. J., Peck III, E. A., Abramowitz, C., & Etzweiler, S. (2003). National Academy of Neuropsychology/Division 40 of the American Psychological Association practice survey of clinical neuropsychology in the United States: Part II: Reimbursement experiences, practice economics, billing practices, and incomes. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 18(6), 557-582.

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