Call For Abstracts

 

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (ACPN)

 4th Annual ACPN 2012 Conference

March 8-11-2012

Las Vegas, Nevada

 Co-Sponsored by ABN and ABPdN


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION


ABSTRACTS CLOSED Jan 17, 2012

The American College of Professional Neuropsychology (ACPN) will be holding its Fourth Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 8-11, 2012. This call for abstracts submission will detail instructions for preparing abstracts and also how to submit abstracts for review by ACPN. All abstracts must be related to the professional practice of neuropsychology, submission of the abstract constitutes agreement with journal publisher requirements to have the abstract published if the abstract is accepted and all abstracts which have been accepted by the ACPN Abstract Review Committee will be published in a future issue of APPLIED NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, the ACPN Official Journal. Submission of an abstract requires the authors agree to transfer copyright to the journal publisher except in cases where the authors do not hold the copyright (i.e., work done while employed by the Federal Government which is already in the public domain).

All abstract presentations will be made in poster sessions. Accepted abstracts will be assigned to poster sessions on either Friday March 9th or Saturday March 10th. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING ABSTRACTS FOR THE ACPN MEETING

There are three categories of abstract submissions: Original Research, Literature Review and Theoretical/Commentary.  Original Research abstracts will include all prospective and retrospective professional neuropsychology studies that involve testing a hypothesis by collecting and analyzing empirical data and may also include case studies of single subjects. Literature Review abstracts should provide a scholarly discussion of a specific professional neuropsychology topic via a review of contemporary research literature. Theoretical/Commentary abstracts are about any topic related to professional neuropsychology including (but not limited to) public policy, trends in neuropsychology, assessment and treatment strategies, brain mechanisms of action and methodological issues.  All categories of abstracts are structured with required sections and all must include Objectives and Conclusions headings. The objectives section begins the abstract and should be a clear statement of questions addressed by the abstract. The conclusions section details what was proved by the abstract and the implications for professional neuropsychology. Original Research abstracts also include sections on Methods and Results, in addition to objectives and conclusions sections. The methods section describes the subjects (diagnoses and demographic characteristics), instruments (neuropsychological test measures) and the procedure (research design) used in the study. The results section should describe the statistical analyses and the levels of statistical significance and/or effect sizes obtained. Case studies may not require statistical analyses and descriptive comments would be appropriate in the results section. Literature Review abstracts also include sections on data selection and data analysis. The data selection should include the criteria for selection of data sources and how data was extracted. The data analysis section should include how data was analyzed and the results of the literature review in addition to objectives and conclusions sections. Theoretical/Commentary abstracts should include a discussion section in addition to objectives and conclusions sections. The discussion section should describe the theoretical issue/comment related to (but not limited to) public policy, trends in neuropsychology, assessment and treatment strategies, brain mechanisms of action and methodological issues, which is the topic of the abstract. Abstracts of the Original Research and Literature Review categories are based on empirical data and all data that forms the foundation of these types of abstracts should have been collected and analyzed prior to submission of the abstract.

Author(s) information should be listed two spaces above the abstract. Author(s) information must include the name, highest educational degree (Ph.D., Psy.D. Ed.D., M.D., MA, MS, BA, BS, etc.), E-mail address, complete snail mailing address, office telephone number, office fax number, academic/business affiliation(s) of the person submitting the abstract. The same information is required of all co-authors, who should be listed in order of authorship contribution. The submitting author is responsible for obtaining permission from all co-authors to be listed as a co-author prior to submission of the abstract. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words (including the Abstract title which should be centered above the body of the Abstract). The author(s) information is not counted toward the abstract limit of 300 words. Individuals should not be the first author on more than three abstracts but there is no limit on the number of abstracts which can be submitted for presentation at the ACPN Meeting as a co-author.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS FOR THE ACPN MEETING

All abstracts must be prepared in Microsoft Word and submitted as an attachment to an E-mail message. The requirement for a single word processing format is necessitated by the logistics of rapid publishing of all accepted abstracts in APPLIED NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, the Official Journal of ACPN. The E-mail message should assert specifically that in the case of Original Research and Literature Review abstracts that all data described in the abstract have been collected prior to submission of the abstract and were collected in an ethical manner, the abstract had not previously been presented at a regional, national or international meeting and that all co-author(s) have reviewed the abstract and agreed to be listed as co-author(s). Theoretical/Commentary abstracts must be submitted with an E-mail message that should assert specifically that the abstract had not previously been presented at a regional, national or international meeting and that all co-author(s) have reviewed the abstract and agreed to be listed as co-author(s). Person submitting abstracts do not need to be members of ACPN or ABPdN.

Abstracts must be submitted via the internet by January 3, 2012 to:  drmachorton@hotmail.com. The subject line of all E-mail messages with attached abstracts submissions should start with “ACPN MEETING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION” and then list the complete title of your abstract and the first author’s name in the E-mail message subject line.


ABSTRACTS ARE DUE January 3, 2012

INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT REVIEW PROCEDURES

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the ACPN Abstracts Review Committee. Two or more committee members will review each abstract based on the criteria of relevance to professional neuropsychology, methodological adequacy, conceptual clarity and significance of the findings for professional neuropsychology. The ACPN Abstracts Review Committee includes members holding both the ABN and ABPdN Diplomates.


Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent by February 15 2012 or earlier by an E-mail message to the E-mail address of author who submitted the abstract. The submitting author is responsible for informing any co-authors regarding acceptance or non-acceptance of the submitted abstract.  All abstract acceptance decisions of the ACPN Abstract Review Committee are final.

THEODORE BLAU AWARD

ACPN/ABN honors the memory of Theodore Blau, a major contributor to ACPN/ABN and the field of neuropsychology generally but especially forensic neuropsychology, with an award for the best student poster on either pediatric neuropsychology and/or forensic neuropsychology presented at the 4rd Annual ACPN Convention. Students submitting abstracts should indicate in their E-mail message, if they wish to be considered for the Theodore Blau Award and also indicate in the same E-mail message the Graduate School in which the graduate student(s) are currently enrolled. 


CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

If there are questions or requests please contact Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr., Ed.D, ABPP, ABN, Chair, ACPN Abstracts Review Committee, at the E-mail address listed above or 5903 Lone Oak Drive, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814 or Office Telephone Number (410) 823-6408, ext. 20 or Cell Telephone Number (301) 219-3054.

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