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Dr. Bernice Marcopulos Receives the 2015 Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award

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The president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), Dr. Mark Mahone, recently announced that Dr. Bernice A. Marcopulos is the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award, after being nominated by her fellow peers and colleagues. This prestigious award is given each year to an AACN member who has demonstrated their active commitment to the Academy and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) by making meaningful contributions to the field of Neuropsychology through their teaching, research, clinical, and leadership efforts.

Dr. Marcopulos is an Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University. She has been at JMU since 2011, teaching classes in Human Neuropsychology, Developmental Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Assessment, and Psychopharmacology. Her research interests include effects of education on neurocognitive testing, criminal forensic neuropsychology, schizophrenia, and dementia. She is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

On being selected to receive the Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award, Dr. Marcopulos said, “I am greatly honored and deeply humbled to be recognized by my highly respected peers in the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology for this prestigious award.”

Along with being an educator, Dr. Marcopulos has been a member of the ABCN since 2003, and has performed as the Examinations Chair since 2006. She has facilitated the ABCN’s switch from paper-and-pencil to computer-based written exams, assimilation of new APA/ABPP competency-based criteria to oral examination procedures, and relocation of the oral exam to accommodate growing numbers of candidates. Additionally, she is completing her second term as Secretary of the International Neuropsychological Society. She has made significant scholarly contributions to the field, improving our understanding of neuropsychological issues in mental illness and schizophrenia, the unique needs of rural older adults, and evidence-based approaches to competency evaluations.

In his announcement to the membership of the AACN, Mahone stated, “Dr. Bernice Marcopulos has contributed to the field of neuropsychology in every possible manner []. I am thrilled to be able to announce this award for such a deserving Academy member.”

Dr. Marcopulos will be presented with the award in June at the 13th Annual AACN Conference will be held in San Francisco.