Heidi Rossetti, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
I am honored to be nominated to serve as Secretary of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. I am aware of the integral role that NAN provides to its members and our field as a whole, and understand that the role of Secretary is important for helping NAN function smoothly and efficiently. NAN provides practitioners with consistently stellar continuing education programming and strong advocacy. This requires a significant amount of time, effort, and coordination on the part of the Board of Directors (BOD) and the 15 committees, each tasked with distinct missions that complement NAN’s overall vision. The Secretary helps track these many moving parts, provide accurate and timely documentation to aid communication, and foster efficiency and organization within the BOD, and I believe I am well-suited to this role.
As Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, my time is divided between clinical work, research, doctoral/postdoctoral training, and teaching. My research is mainly focused on risk factors for and early detection of MCI and the culturally appropriate use of cognitive screening tools, with over 30 publications. I have obtained my Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. I believe in the importance of professional service and have had a variety of experiences that prepare me to serve as Secretary. I served a 3-year term on NAN’s Women in Leadership (WIL) committee and continued on as the Chair of this committee for the past 2.5 years. I have participated in the conference program committees for both APA’s Division 40/SCN and INS. I am also involved locally and regionally, serving as Trustee on the Dallas Psychological Association Executive Committee and on the Editorial Board of the Texas Psychological Association. These positions require organization, responsibility, and follow-through, skills that are important for the office of Secretary. As Secretary, my role would include ensuring accurate documentation of the Academy’s business, which allows work to progress smoothly, maintains continuity, enables the BOD to review past successes and lessons, and maximizes the BOD’s valuable time with which they seek to serve the membership.
I strive to give back to the field through committee work, teaching, training, research and clinical practice, and I value the opportunity to serve you as an active member of the NAN Board of Directors in the role of Secretary. I hope you will consider me when you cast your vote.
Dr. Rossetti is a member of the following organizations:
- National Academy of Neuropsychology – professional member
- American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology – professional member
- Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA-Division 40) – professional member
- American Psychological Association – professional member
- Texas Psychological Association – professional member
- Dallas Psychological Association – professional member
Candidate Positions on the Issues:
How does your background qualify you for this office?
I have been involved in professional service since graduate school when I served as student member of the Dallas Psychological Association Board, and since then I have continued to volunteer at the local and national level. Being on NAN committees since 2014 and serving as chair of WIL for the past 2.5 years has afforded me the opportunity to work with other committee chairs and to become familiar with the different facets of NAN’s operations and goals. In addition to my role as WIL chair, I served on the program committees for both INS and SCN, and was recently humbled to learn that I have been nominated for NAN’s Early Career Service Award. Chairing an active committee requires a number of skills that prepare me well to serve NAN as Secretary, including attention to detail, organization, teamwork, and efficiency. In my professional practice at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, I supervise a number of practicum students, interns, and post-doctoral fellows, coordinate weekly didactic programming, serve on our program’s Research Committee, and sit on the North East Texas Alzheimer’s Association Medical Research Advisory Board. Each of these roles require responsibility, flexibility, collaboration, and follow-through, important qualities for Secretary. I am confident that I will provide accurate and detailed reports about the proceedings and progress of the BOD’s work. I believe I will work well with other BOD members and be able to transition smoothly into the role of Secretary.
What do you see as the major challenges to neuropsychology in the next 5 years? How do you believe NAN, under your leadership, can be effective in meeting these challenges?
Important challenges facing clinicians relate to empirically demonstrating the efficacy and additive value of neuropsychological services to payors and other disciplines, maintaining clear boundaries between our field and other professions and non-doctoral providers, and continued innovation and adaptation in the face of an ever-changing healthcare system. NAN is on the forefront of promoting our specialty to the public, fostering inter-organizational relationships, responding to reimbursement/insurance changes, and most recently, navigating the waters of tele-neuropsychology during this time of great uncertainty related to COVID-19. As Secretary, I will do my best to actively support existing programs and new initiatives and facilitate the goals of our committees, including the critical practice issues targeted by the Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee and the Professional Affairs and Information Committee.
In addition, the future of NAN will depend not only on its national status but also on young professionals. Through WIL, I have continued our long-standing commitment to encourage and mentor students and professionals to become leaders in NAN and the field via opportunities such as the Kaplan Scholarship and our annual conference networking event, which in my two years featured the first Presidential Perspectives Panel and a Carnegie-Mellon expert in diversity issues in negotiation. I enjoyed collaborating with other committees, such as the Student and Post-Doc Committee in implementing an initiative helping trainees find and develop relationships with sponsors. As a Board Member, I will continue to engage and promote students and early career professionals in the Academy.
How would you promote professional practice?
NAN has been a cornerstone of my own educational and professional journey as a clinician, and I have a sustained commitment to NAN’s mission “to advance neuropsychology as a science and health profession, to promote human welfare, and to generate and disseminate knowledge of brain-behavior relationships.” As committee chair, I’ve had the opportunity to see the BOD in action and observed earnest commitment to the membership and diligent teamwork. NAN’s devotion to promoting clinical practice is illustrated in quality annual conferences, relevant continuing education programs, public education and outreach through the NAN Foundation, the advocacy of the PAIC and LAAC, the Clinical Research Grants Program, and impactful collaborations such as the recent Geriatric Summit. I am excited to continue to play a role in the many initiatives of this organization, and as Secretary, I would be tasked with keeping track of NAN’s BOD progress and serving as a liaison between the BOD and other committees.
How do you plan to bridge science and practice?
The effectiveness of our clinical work hinges on the integration of science and practice, as does the survival and growth of our profession. The composition of the Academy reflects this, and there are multiple NAN initiatives that either directly or indirectly bridge science and practice. For example, the Health Outcomes and Neuropsychology Efficacy Initiative (HONE-In) assists NAN members in any effort to demonstrate the value of neuropsychological services through cost effectiveness by providing clear-cut summaries and citations showing the utility of neuropsychological services. Another excellent example is NAN’s Geriatric Summit, which brought together stakeholders invested in the care of older adults to arrive at general principles for cognitive screening and to identify future research directions to address knowledge gaps in this area. As Secretary, I would strive to support the success of such endeavors and use my BOD position to foster collaboration among committees to achieve common goals, one of which is promoting evidence-based practice.