Committees & Associations
The Awards Committee centralizes the management of HNS awards. HNS currently grants the following awards: 2 major awards (Lifetime Achievement in Cultural Neuropsychology Award; Mentorship in Cultural Neuropsychology Award), 2 poster awards (HNS Award for Outstanding Special Interest Poster; HNS Award for Outstanding Research Poster by a Trainee), and 2 student awards (Student Research Award; Internship Fees Award). The Committee also oversees the Fellows Program.
The Communications Committee establishes, monitors, and improves communications between HNS, its members, and individuals within the general public who are interested in promoting the competent practice of neuropsychology with Spanish-speaking populations. In this way, the Committee seeks to establish an effective process for information-sharing and community outreach. Primary responsibilities include website development/maintenance, social media management, and the creation, review, and dissemination of HNS materials.
The Conference Committee is tasked with organizing the HNS Conference, which is held biennially either as a freestanding event or in conjunction with the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), International Neuropsychological Society (INS), or American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) Annual Meetings.
The Liaison Committee serves as an initial and consistent point of contact between HNS and other regional, national, and international neuropsychology organizations in order to a) facilitate clear lines of communication between the leadership of HNS and those of other neuropsychology organizations, b) develop strategic partnerships, c) provide resources and consultation on socio-cultural and linguistic issues in neuropsychology, and d) promote inter-organizational collaboration. Committee members serve as liaisons to various organizations, including the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), the Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Council (CNS), the InterOrganizational Practice Committee (IOPC), the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN).
Membership & Elections Committee
The Membership and Elections Committee examines applications and determines the eligibility of prospective HNS members. The Committee conducts investigations for each applicant as it deems necessary or proper, including investigating any allegations of ethical misconduct. The Committee also reviews applications of HNS members who wish to apply for Fellow Member status and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee for approval of such members. Lastly, the Committee oversees the nominations and elections process.
The Mentoring and Education Committee a) encourages Spanish speakers to become neuropsychologists, b) encourages neuropsychologists to develop competency in the assessment of Spanish speakers, c) mentors HNS members in attaining board certification, and d) provides mentoring opportunities to HNS members.
The Science Committee aims to broaden the scientific impact of HNS by promoting a) the development and implementation of rigorous, ethical, and culturally-proficient research in neuropsychology among Hispanics/Latinos and members of other underrepresented groups, b) the dissemination of knowledge gained from research to HNS members, the scientific and psychological community, and society at large, and c) the incorporation of research into clinical neuropsychology practice and other relevant applied disciplines.
Social Justice & Advocacy Committee
The Social Justice and Advocacy Committee (SJAC) aims to improve accessibility of neuropsychological/psychological evaluations and education among Latinx populations with neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, and/or neurological conditions within and outside of the United States. SJAC also advocates for equitable and culturally sensitive neuropsychological/psychological services for Latinx populations.
The Student Association supports the goals and mission of HNS as it relates to trainees and increases visibility and awareness of HNS activities within its student members. The Association also provides training, mentorship, and leadership opportunities for students to further their professional development.
Subcommittees & Task Forces
Continuing Education Subcommittee
The Continuing Education Subcommittee was established in 2020 and is tasked with a) obtaining continuing education granting through the American Psychological Association and b) CE program development, including reviewing potential CE programming in order to award CE credits for HNS events.
The Website Subcommittee was established in 2020 with the goal to develop a new website and logo with standardizations for the HNS brand.
Fundraising Task Force
The Fundraising Task Force was established in 2020 with the goal of centralizing and developing a fundraising program for HNS.