Welcome to Navigating Neuropsychology, the podcast where we present cutting-edge scientific findings, debate and discuss important topic areas, and interview experts in a variety of brain-behavior related fields.

Origins and vision

Navigating Neuropsychology (NavNeuro for short) was created to fill a void in the neuropsychological community, which previously had no discipline-specific podcast.

We have three main objectives for the podcast:

  1. Provide scientifically based, interesting, and easily-accessible information for students and professionals in neuropsychology, as well as anyone who is interested in brain-behavior relationships.
  2. Begin working towards unification on important areas of debate within neuropsychology, while also encouraging the expression of diverse, creative ideas and opinions.
  3. Act as an outlet for innovative ideas and breaking news in the field, to allow listeners to stay abreast of current scientific and professional developments in neuropsychology.

We are both avid listeners of a variety of podcasts and did not want the neuropsychology community to be left out of this medium…so we took matters into our own hands!

About the hosts

John Bellone, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

John graduated with his Ph.D. from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA.  He completed his Psychology Internship at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University in Providence, RI.  He is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology through ABPP/ABCN.  He currently works in a group practice setting in Southern CA.

John’s career goals are to provide excellent neuropsychological services to adults and older adults with a variety of conditions and concerns.  Although his clinical interests are broad, he is particularly passionate about reducing risk for cognitive decline and improving overall health through lifestyle modification.  He has lectured extensively on the power that exercise, healthy diet, quality sleep, psychological well-being, and staying cognitively and socially active have on maintaining/improving cognitive functioning both now and as we age.

Ryan Van Patten, Ph.D.

Ryan earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, MO.  He completed a psychology internship at Brown University in Providence, RI and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of California San Diego.  He is currently a neuropsychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

Ryan’s career goals include working as a clinical scientist, writing grants and carrying out large-scale research projects in a variety of topic areas related to neuropsychology and geriatrics.  He also plans to spend a significant portion of his time teaching and completing clinical neuropsychological evaluations.

About the co-production coordinators

Leslie Gaynor is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in the Clinical and Health Psychology Program, with a focus in the Neuropsychology track.  She is currently conducting research toward the completion of her dissertation project and clinical practica in preparation for her clinical internship year. 

Leslie’s career goals include working as a primary investigator at an academic research center, in which she hopes to explore aging and age-related neurodegenerative diseases with neuropsychological and cognitive neuroscience methodologies.  She would also like to promote neuropsychology and science communication through professional organizations and NavNeuro.  Leslie enjoys reading, writing, dancing and weightlifting, spending time with friends and family, and walking her dog Birdie.

Charles C. Moreno earned his B.A. in psychology from San Diego State University in San Diego, California.  He completed a 12-month tour to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom during his enlistment in the US Marine Corps.  Charles is currently a third-year graduate student in the neuropsychology track of the University of Florida doctoral program in Gainesville, Florida. 

Charles’ research interests include examining cognitive change following repetitive head injuries in collision sport athletes and he is currently working on his doctoral qualifying examination.  His hobbies include martial arts, fitness, and snowboarding.  He also enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his dog Xena. 

About the advisory board

NavNeuro is very fortunate to have an expert panel of neuropsychologists serving on the advisory board, which provides guidance and recommendations to John and Ryan.  The board is currently made up of Steve Correia, Ph.D., ABPP-CN (chair), Beth Slomine, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, and Tanya Nguyen, Ph.D.

About the show pigs

Simba and Chewbacca (Peruvian guinea pigs) are the mascots of the podcast 😀.  You may have heard them referenced in episode 11.