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Media Contact: Lance Skelly 20 September 2004
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Emory's Anthony Stringer Receives Rare Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology
Emory's Anthony Stringer, PhD, CPCRT, ABPP/ABCN, has attained board certification in neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, an achievement reached by only 500 neuropsychologists in the U.S. and seven in the state of Georgia.

Dr. Stringer, professor and director of neuropsychology in Emory University's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, is also the first African American to achieve board certification in neuropsychology.

Neuropsychology is a specialty area within the field of psychology focusing on the relationship between brain dysfunction and its effects on cognitive skills and behavior. In rehabilitation medicine, neuropsychology works with patients experiencing memory loss resulting from a variety of physical impairments such as stroke, epilepsy, surgery, and traumatic brain injury.

Although board certification is the standard for medical doctors, it is the exception for psychologists. ''Our hope is certification will become the standard. It's not an entry-level credential. In order to become certified, you have to successfully complete a demanding, two-to-three year process," says Dr. Stringer.

The certification process includes a close examination of the candidate's clinical experience, a 100-question, three-hour written exam, the submission of two case reports including support materials, and a three-hour oral exam. ''It's an arduous process, but one that's worth it," says Dr. Stringer.

Dr. Stringer went through the process for several reasons. ''It has been a personal career goal for me, and it's also part of my responsibilities at Emory." Dr. Stringer is the director of the accredited fellowship program in neuropsychology, and a requirement for accreditation of the program is that one faculty member be board certified.

Stringer is surprised he is the first African American to achieve certification. ''It's certainly a nice honor. There are perceptions that neuropsychology is a very difficult field to go into, and therefore, many people are deterred from trying to enter it. I hope I have created a perception that a door has been open, and more people will follow in my footsteps," he says.

And it looks like more will be following in his footsteps. Dr. Stringer recently received a congratulatory email from a former Emory psychology student who's now practicing in the Midwest. While at Emory in the 1970s, the former student was one of only 10 African Americans enrolled in the psychology program. He said he was surprised to find out only one African American has achieved certification. Hen went on to write that becoming board certified is one of his goals, and he feels even more fervor to achieve his goal now - it not only surprised him, it inspired him. ''That means a lot to me," says Dr. Stringer.

''Dr. Stringer is a highly valued member of the department who has the now uncommon distinction of excelling in each area of our mission - research, education, and clinical services," says Dale Strasser, MD, associate professor and chair, department of rehabilitation medicine at Emory. ''He enjoys a much deserved national reputation in the fields of rehabilitation and neuropsychology."

Media Contact: Lance Skelly 20 September 2004
  lskelly@emory.edu    
  (404) 686-8538   Print  | Email ]
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Emory's Anthony Stringer Receives Rare Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology
Emory's Anthony Stringer, PhD, CPCRT, ABPP/ABCN, has attained board certification in neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, an achievement reached by only 500 neuropsychologists in the U.S. and seven in the state of Georgia.

Dr. Stringer, professor and director of neuropsychology in Emory University's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, is also the first African American to achieve board certification in neuropsychology.

Neuropsychology is a specialty area within the field of psychology focusing on the relationship between brain dysfunction and its effects on cognitive skills and behavior. In rehabilitation medicine, neuropsychology works with patients experiencing memory loss resulting from a variety of physical impairments such as stroke, epilepsy, surgery, and traumatic brain injury.

Although board certification is the standard for medical doctors, it is the exception for psychologists. ''Our hope is certification will become the standard. It's not an entry-level credential. In order to become certified, you have to successfully complete a demanding, two-to-three year process," says Dr. Stringer.

The certification process includes a close examination of the candidate's clinical experience, a 100-question, three-hour written exam, the submission of two case reports including support materials, and a three-hour oral exam. ''It's an arduous process, but one that's worth it," says Dr. Stringer.

Dr. Stringer went through the process for several reasons. ''It has been a personal career goal for me, and it's also part of my responsibilities at Emory." Dr. Stringer is the director of the accredited fellowship program in neuropsychology, and a requirement for accreditation of the program is that one faculty member be board certified.

Stringer is surprised he is the first African American to achieve certification. ''It's certainly a nice honor. There are perceptions that neuropsychology is a very difficult field to go into, and therefore, many people are deterred from trying to enter it. I hope I have created a perception that a door has been open, and more people will follow in my footsteps," he says.

And it looks like more will be following in his footsteps. Dr. Stringer recently received a congratulatory email from a former Emory psychology student who's now practicing in the Midwest. While at Emory in the 1970s, the former student was one of only 10 African Americans enrolled in the psychology program. He said he was surprised to find out only one African American has achieved certification. Hen went on to write that becoming board certified is one of his goals, and he feels even more fervor to achieve his goal now - it not only surprised him, it inspired him. ''That means a lot to me," says Dr. Stringer.

''Dr. Stringer is a highly valued member of the department who has the now uncommon distinction of excelling in each area of our mission - research, education, and clinical services," says Dale Strasser, MD, associate professor and chair, department of rehabilitation medicine at Emory. ''He enjoys a much deserved national reputation in the fields of rehabilitation and neuropsychology."



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