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 Creators and 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 the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).  He currently works in a group practice in Southern CA, working in both inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings.  Additionally, he is the backup neuropsychology consultant for the Anaheim Ducks NHL team.

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 is an Assistant Professor at Brown University and a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Providence VA Medical Center in Providence, RI.  He previously worked as a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.  He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University, a psychology internship at Brown University, and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of California San Diego.

Ryan is a researcher, clinician, and educator. His research interests include the following:

  • Cognitive and mental health in older adults
  • Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease
  • REM sleep behavior disorder and cognition in Parkinson’s disease
  • Traumatic brain injury as a risk factor for later cognitive and mental health symptoms in adults and older adults
  • Subjective cognitive decline in older adults
  • Digital neuropsychology


About the Production Coordinator

Cathy Longa, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Cathy is a pediatric neuropsychologist at AdventHealth for Children in Orlando, Florida.  She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and pediatric neuropsychology through AACN.  Her clinical practice focuses on neuropsychological assessment for medically complex children and adolescents.  She works closely with multidisciplinary clinics throughout the hospital, including child neurology, oncology and brain tumor, neurofibromatosis, and pediatric organ transplant.  She is committed to providing developmentally and culturally appropriate evaluations, including bilingual services for Spanish speaking families.  She is interested advocacy and use of technology to improve access to neuropsychological services for underserved populations.


About the INS SLC/NavNeuro Program Representative

Altay Yüce Turan

Altay is currently enrolled in the Neuropsychology Masters program at The University of Cape Town, South Africa.  He holds an Honours degree in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor’s of Social Sciences in Psychology and English Language and Literature.  For his honours, he undertook a systematic review on heart rate variability and sleep in elite athletes.  This work was supervised by Professor Leigh Schrieff, and Gosia Lipinska.  For his masters, Altay intends to conduct neuropsychological research on brain-behaviour relationships to help us better understand enduring abstractions of the human experience, such as our emotions and thoughts.  Furthermore, he would like to apply this research to help people live happier, healthier lives.


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 the following neuropsychologists:

Steve Correia, Ph.D., ABPP-CN (chair)

Kira Armstrong, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Danielle Shaked, Ph.D.



Previous Advisory Board Members

Beth Slomine, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

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.