This episode is a conversation with Dr. Brad Roper about the Minnesota Update Conference (MNC) in neuropsychology. We discuss the history of the Houston Conference Guidelines, including how they have benefited neuropsychology and why they need to be updated, the overarching goals of the MNC, three primary focus areas of the MNC, the organization and structure of the conference (to be held in September 2022), and the possible long-term impact of the MNC on the field of neuropsychology.
A pdf of the transcript for this episode is available here.
Brad Roper, PhD, ABPP-CN, currently serves as Chair of the Executive Committee for the Houston Conference Guidelines Revision Planning Commission, and he is on the Expert Panel for the upcoming Minnesota Neuropsychology Conference (MNC) to update education and training guidelines. He is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist who directs the Neuropsychology Fellowship Program at the Memphis VA Medical Center and is an Associate Professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Roper has served within multiple training organizations, including the Association for Internship Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (AITCN; President 2003-2005; Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Council [CNS] Representative 2005-2009), Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (President 2009-2011; Liaison to APPIC 2006-2011; CNS Representative 2012-2014), Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC; Newsletter Associate Editor for Neuropsychology 2001-2014; Postdoctoral Committee 2021-present), and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN; Educational Advisory Committee [EAC] Chair 2014-2017). He served on the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of APA (2007-2012; Cochair of Postdoctoral Policy Panel 2010-2012). As EAC Chair, he organized and collaborated with other organizations to develop the Clinical Neuropsychology Training Taxonomy. Along with Dr. Celiane Rey-Casserly and Dr. Rus Bauer, he coauthored a 2012 article that frames Houston Conference Guidelines from a modern competency perspective. Years later, he led an interorganizational effort to develop consensus-based entry-level competencies for clinical neuropsychology practice that was approved by all member organizations of the Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Council (CNS; Smith, 2018). He also served as Member of the Practicum Guidelines Workgroup from 2013-2015 within the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. More recently, through the CNS, he Cochaired the Postdoctoral Competencies Workgroup (2017-2021).