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Board of Directors and Staff

Elections for the ABPN Board Members
Elections to fill the places of members whose terms have expired take place annually. Both neurology and psychiatry are represented on the Board. The Board holds meetings several times each year for the purpose of examining candidates and transacting business. Each board member’s biography can be reviewed by clicking on his/her name.

2021 Executive Committee
  • Board Chair Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, Irvine, CA
    Board Chair Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, Irvine, CA

    Dr. Joshi is Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and Director of the Child & Adolescent Fellowship Program. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Joshi serves on the Executive Committee as Board Chair, Chair of the Psychiatry Council, and as Chair of the Bylaws, Nominating Committee for Officers, Psychiatry Appeals Review, Irregular Behavior, and Disability Accommodations Committees. She is Vice Chair of the Alternative Pathways Oversight and Continuing Certification Article Assessment-CAP Committees. She is a liaison to AACAP and is also on the Task Force on Continuing Certification (with AACAP). In addition, Dr. Joshi serves on the Communications, Finance, Investment, and Strategic Planning Committees. Dr. Joshi has held several national leadership positions as President of the Society of Professors of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and of AACAP. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and the AACAP.

  • Board Vice Chair J. Clay Goodman, MD, Houston, TX
    Board Vice Chair J. Clay Goodman, MD, Houston, TX

    Dr. Goodman is Professor of Pathology & Immunology and Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education directing the Foundational Sciences Curriculum and he directs the Neuropathology Program. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Goodman serves on the Executive Committee as Board Vice Chair, Chair of the Neurology Council and as Chair of the Appeals Review-Neurology and Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Neurology Committees. He is also Chair of the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined -General Neurology Subcommittee. In addition, Dr. Goodman serves on the committees for Bylaws, Nominating of Officers, Communications, Finance, Investment, Irregular Behavior, Disability Accommodations, and Strategic Planning. At the AAN, he serves on the Member Engagement Committee, and he has held positions of Chair of RITE subcommittee and Chair of the Program Accreditation and Development Subcommittee of the Education Committee, founding Editor for Online CME for Neurology, and founding Co-Chair of the Credentialing Council of the UCNS. He has served as Member and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the American Brain Foundation. He is Board certified in both Neurology and Neuropathology. Dr. Goodman is an internationally recognized authority on traumatic brain injury.

  • Board Secretary John B. Bodensteiner, MD, Scottsdale, AZ
    Board Secretary John B. Bodensteiner, MD, Scottsdale, AZ

    Dr. Bodensteiner is retired from active practice at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is on the Executive Committee of the Southern Pediatric Neurology Society, is the Founding Editor of the Seminars in Pediatric Neurology and now serves on the editorial board and is the editor of the Case Studies Issues of the SPNS. Dr. Bodensteiner is also a Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Child Neurology. He previously served on the Milestones Committee for the ACGME. Previously, he was the William Pilcher Chair and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Children's Health Center in Phoenix, AZ and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Arizona from 2001 to 2011. Dr. Bodensteiner was the President of the Child Neurology Society from 2007 to 2009. He received the Hower Award from the Child Neurology Society in 2013 and served as a member of the MOC committee for the society from 2011 to 2013. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Bodensteiner serves on the executive Committee as Board Secretary, on the Neurology Council and as Chair of the Committee on Credentials – Neurology, the Continuing Certification Subspecialty Article Assessment Committee – Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Steering Committee. He is also Chair of the Continuing Certification Product Review Subcommittee and the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined -Clinical Child Neurology Subcommittee. He is Vice Chair of the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined Committee-Neurology. In addition, Dr. Bodensteiner serves as a member of the Nominations for Officers, Finance, Investment, Core Competencies, Research and Development, and the Continuing Certification committees and as a liaison to CNS and PCN. He also serves on the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification-Neurology/Child Neurology.

  • Board Treasurer Christopher R. Thomas, MD, Galveston, TX
    Board Treasurer Christopher R. Thomas, MD, Galveston, TX

    Dr. Thomas is the Robert Stubblefield Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Program Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Thomas serves on the Executive Committee as Board Treasurer, on the Psychiatry Council and as Chair of committees for Finance, Investment, Reserves Use, Continuing Certification Article Assessment-CAP, Professionalism and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Steering. Dr. Thomas is Vice Chair of the Core Competencies, Research and Development and Faculty Innovation in Education Award Committees. He is also Chair of the Task Force on Continuing Certification (with AACAP). In addition, Dr. Thomas serves as a member of the Nominations of Officers, Review Appeals-Psychiatry, Continuing Certification, and Technology and Information Committees. He also serves on the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification-Psychiatry. Dr. Thomas is Chair of ABMS EPCOM, and a liaison to the ABMS Professionalism Collaborative Task Force, the AACAP, and the AACAP Training and Education Committee. He became a Regent of the American College of Psychiatrists in 2019 and he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. He was previously Chair of the ACGME Psychiatry Review Committee and the ACGME Psychiatry Milestones Committee. Dr. Thomas is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, the AACAP and a Fellow of the ACP.

  • Board Member-at-Large Jeffrey M. Lyness, MD, Rochester, NY
    Board Member-at-Large Jeffrey M. Lyness, MD, Rochester, NY

    Dr. Lyness is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurology, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. At Rochester, he formerly served as Associate Chair for Education and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program in Psychiatry, as Director of (medical student) Curriculum, and as Medical Director for Continuing Medical Education. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Lyness serves on the Executive Committee as Board Member-at-Large, on the Psychiatry Council and as Chair of the Conflict of Interest Committee, the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined – Psychiatry Committee, and the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined - Clinical Psychiatry Subcommittee. In addition, Dr. Lyness serves on the Nominating of Officers, Finance, Investment, Credentials-Psychiatry, Irregular Behavior, Diversity, Research and Development, Continuing Certification, and Technology and Information Committees. He is also on the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification-Psychiatry and serves as a liaison to the AAGP. Dr. Lyness is a Past President of the AAGP. He is immediate Past Chair of the Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Faculty Affairs and serves as Chair of the ABMS Health Policy and Strategy Committee. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and a Fellow of the ACP.

  • Board Member-at-Large Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, Sacramento, CA
    Board Member-at-Large Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, Sacramento, CA

    Dr. Brashear is Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Brashear is an internationally known researcher in movement disorders and oversees one of the nation’s top research, academic and medical training institutions, with more than 3,100 faculty and staff, 460 students, and 818 trainees in graduate medical education. She also oversees 25 departments and 15 centers. Previously, Dr. Brashear was the Walter C. Teagle Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurology Professor for 14 years at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Brashear serves on the Executive Committee as Board Member-at-Large, the Neurology Council and as Chair of the Research and Development, Faculty Innovation in Education Award, and Strategic Planning Committees. She is also the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. Dr. Brashear is Vice Chair of the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined Committee-Neurology and the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Clinical Neurology Subcommittee. In addition, she serves on committees for Bylaws, Finance, Investment, Review Appeals-Neurology, Irregular Behavior and Continuing Certification. She is also the ABPN liaison to LCNS, AUPN and ANA. Dr. Brashear is a trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation and has served on the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Board of Directors, the American Neurological Association Board of Directors, and the Association of University Professors of Neurology Board of Directors. Dr. Brashear is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and Duke University School of Business. She trained in Neurology at IU School of Medicine where she was a professor before joining Wake Forest as the Department of Neurology Chair.

  • President and CEO Larry R. Faulkner, MD, Deerfield, IL
    President and CEO Larry R. Faulkner, MD, Deerfield, IL

    Dr. Faulkner is President and CEO of the ABPN and Clinical Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. From 1994 until he assumed his current position at the ABPN in 2006, he was VP for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Faulkner is a past Director of the ABPN, a Past President of the AAPL, a past member of the Psychiatry RRC, and a current ex-officio member of the Psychiatry RRC and the Neurology RRC. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA and a Fellow of the ACP.

2021 Psychiatry Directors
  • Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, Irvine, CA
    Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, Irvine, CA

    Dr. Joshi is Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and Director of the Child & Adolescent Fellowship Program. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Joshi serves on the Executive Committee as Board Chair, Chair of the Psychiatry Council, and as Chair of the Bylaws, Nominating Committee for Officers, Psychiatry Appeals Review, Irregular Behavior, and Disability Accommodations Committees. She is Vice Chair of the Alternative Pathways Oversight and Continuing Certification Article Assessment-CAP Committees. She is a liaison to AACAP and is also on the Task Force on Continuing Certification (with AACAP). In addition, Dr. Joshi serves on the Communications, Finance, Investment, and Strategic Planning Committees. Dr. Joshi has held several national leadership positions as President of the Society of Professors of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and of AACAP. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and the AACAP.

  • Joan M. Anzia, MD, Chicago, IL
    Joan M. Anzia, MD, Chicago, IL

    Dr. Anzia is Vice Chair for Education and Residency Training Director in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She also serves as the Physician Health Liaison for Northwestern Medicine and is a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Anzia serves on the Psychiatry Council and is Chair of the Communications, Credentials-Psychiatry, Continuing Certification, Continuing Certification Article Assessment-Psychiatry, and Delegates to the RRC-Psychiatry Committees. She is also Chair of the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined- General Psychiatry Subcommittee. She is Vice Chair for the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Psychiatry Committee-Psychiatry. In addition, Dr. Anzia serves on the committees on Finance, Investment, Disability Accommodations, Diversity and on the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification-Psychiatry. She also serves as the liaison for the ABMS CCC and as the ABMS Meeting Attendee. Dr. Anzia is a Fellow and Chair of the Finance Committee for the ACP, a Past President of AAP, and a Past President of the Illinois Psychiatric Society.

  • Sheldon Benjamin, MD, Worcester, MA
    Sheldon Benjamin, MD, Worcester, MA

    Dr. Benjamin is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, Director of Psychiatric Education and Training, Director of Neuropsychiatry, and Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Benjamin serves on the Psychiatry Council, and as Vice Chair of the Research Award Committee. In addition, he serves on the committees for Alternative Pathways Oversight, Communications, and Credentials-Psychiatry, and is a liaison to the AACDP. He also serves on the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Basic Neurology and Neuroscience Subcommittee. Dr. Benjamin is a past president of the ANPA and AADPRT, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA, and a fellow of ANPA and of the AAN. He serves as the AADPRT representative on the Governance Committee of the journal Academic Psychiatry and co-chairs the ANPA Training Taskforce. Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the Tufts-New England Medical Center Psychiatry Residency, the Boston University Neurology Residency, and the Boston VA Behavioral Neurology Fellowship Program. He is certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology by the ABPN and in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry by the UCNS.

  • Robert J. Boland, MD, Houston, TX
    Robert J. Boland, MD, Houston, TX

    Dr. Boland is Vice Chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Staff at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Vice Chair for Education at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston MA. He was the residency training director for the Brigham and Women’s/Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Residency. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Boland serves on the Psychiatry Council and as Chair of the Alternative Pathways Oversight, Continuing Certification Article Assessment-Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Steering Committees. He is Vice Chair for the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Psychiatry Committee. He is also Chair of the Certification Examination Continuing Certification Combined-Basic Neurology and Neuroscience Subcommittee. In addition, Dr. Boland serves on the Core Competencies, Credentials-Psychiatry, Conflict of Interest, Research and Development, Strategic Planning, and Continuing Certification Committees and the Reserves Use Subcommittee. Dr. Boland is also the liaison to the ACLP. Previously, he was Chair of the Residency Review Committee for ACGME. He is the past president for the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (now the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry), the American Association of Directors of Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry.

  • Josepha A. Cheong, MD, Gainesville, FL
    Josepha A. Cheong, MD, Gainesville, FL

    Dr. Cheong is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL and Chief, Psychiatry Consult-Liaison Service at the Malcom Randall VAMC, Gainesville FL. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Cheong serves on the Psychiatry Council, and is Chair of the International Examination, Addiction Psychiatry Steering, Geriatric Psychiatry Steering, and the Continuing Certification Article Assessment-Geriatric Psychiatry Committees. In addition, Dr. Cheong serves on the Communications, Finance, Investment, Strategic Planning, and Continuing Certification Committees. She also serves on the Reserves Use, Continuing Certification Product Review, and Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Clinical Psychiatry Subcommittees. Dr. Cheong is an alternate for the Committee to Review Appeals-Psychiatry and serves on the ACGME Board of Directors. She is also a liaison to the AAGP. Dr. Cheong specializes in geriatric psychiatry, undergraduate and graduate medical education and training, and academic leadership development and mentorship. She has formerly served as a member of the ACGME Psychiatry RRC. Dr. Cheong has served on numerous committees over the past 25 years within AAP, APA and AAGP. She has served as Chair of the APA Scientific Program Committee in 2009 and 2013 as well as a past Chair of the APA Council on Aging. Within the VA, Dr. Cheong has been actively involved in the national VHA Office of Academic Affiliations and has served as an Associate Chief of Staff/Education at the North Florida/South Georgia VHS and Assistant Chief, Psychiatry for Tennessee Valley Healthcare System from 2014-2017. She has been an examination writer for various committees at the ABPN for over 15 years.

  • Jeffrey M. Lyness, MD, Rochester, NY
    Jeffrey M. Lyness, MD, Rochester, NY

    Dr. Lyness is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurology, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. At Rochester, he formerly served as Associate Chair for Education and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program in Psychiatry, as Director of (medical student) Curriculum, and as Medical Director for Continuing Medical Education. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Lyness serves on the Executive Committee as Board Member-at-Large, on the Psychiatry Council and as Chair of the Conflict of Interest Committee, the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined – Psychiatry Committee, and the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined - Clinical Psychiatry Subcommittee. In addition, Dr. Lyness serves on the Nominating of Officers, Finance, Investment, Credentials-Psychiatry, Irregular Behavior, Diversity, Research and Development, Continuing Certification, and Technology and Information Committees. He is also on the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification-Psychiatry and serves as a liaison to the AAGP. Dr. Lyness is a Past President of the AAGP. He is immediate Past Chair of the Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Faculty Affairs and serves as Chair of the ABMS Health Policy and Strategy Committee. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and a Fellow of the ACP.

  • Andrea G. Stolar, MD, Houston, TX
    Andrea G. Stolar, MD, Houston, TX

    Dr. Stolar is a Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Medical Director for the Veterans Court Programs. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Stolar serves on the Psychiatry Council and as a Chair of the Forensic Psychiatry Steering and Continuing Certification Article Assessment-Forensic Psychiatry Committees and as Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. In addition, Dr. Stolar serves on the Core Competencies, Appeals Review-Psychiatry, Strategic Planning, and the Continuing Certification Committees. She serves on the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-General Psychiatry Subcommittee, and as a liaison to the AAPL. Dr. Stolar served as Vice Chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry and previously chaired the Forensic Psychiatry Working Group, Subspecialty Milestone Project. She will be part of the Forensic Psychiatry Milestones 2.0 Work Group beginning in January 2021. A Distinguished Fellow of the APA, Dr. Stolar served on the Council on Psychiatry and the Law and the Committee on Psychiatry in the Workplace.

  • Christopher R. Thomas, MD, Galveston, TX
    Christopher R. Thomas, MD, Galveston, TX

    Dr. Thomas is the Robert Stubblefield Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Program Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Thomas serves on the Executive Committee as Board Treasurer, on the Psychiatry Council and as Chair of committees for Finance, Investment, Reserves Use, Continuing Certification Article Assessment-CAP, Professionalism and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Steering. Dr. Thomas is Vice Chair of the Core Competencies, Research and Development and Faculty Innovation in Education Award Committees. He is also Chair of the Task Force on Continuing Certification (with AACAP). In addition, Dr. Thomas serves as a member of the Nominations of Officers, Review Appeals-Psychiatry, Continuing Certification, and Technology and Information Committees. He also serves on the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification-Psychiatry. Dr. Thomas is Chair of ABMS EPCOM, and a liaison to the ABMS Professionalism Collaborative Task Force, the AACAP, and the AACAP Training and Education Committee. He became a Regent of the American College of Psychiatrists in 2019 and he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. He was previously Chair of the ACGME Psychiatry Review Committee and the ACGME Psychiatry Milestones Committee. Dr. Thomas is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, the AACAP and a Fellow of the ACP.

2021 Neurology Directors
  • J. Clay Goodman, MD, Houston, TX
    J. Clay Goodman, MD, Houston, TX

    Dr. Goodman is Professor of Pathology & Immunology and Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education directing the Foundational Sciences Curriculum and he directs the Neuropathology Program. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Goodman serves on the Executive Committee as Board Vice Chair, Chair of the Neurology Council and as Chair of the Appeals Review-Neurology and Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Neurology Committees. He is also Chair of the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined -General Neurology Subcommittee. In addition, Dr. Goodman serves on the committees for Bylaws, Nominating of Officers, Communications, Finance, Investment, Irregular Behavior, Disability Accommodations, and Strategic Planning. At the AAN, he serves on the Member Engagement Committee, and he has held positions of Chair of RITE subcommittee and Chair of the Program Accreditation and Development Subcommittee of the Education Committee, founding Editor for Online CME for Neurology, and founding Co-Chair of the Credentialing Council of the UCNS. He has served as Member and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the American Brain Foundation. He is Board certified in both Neurology and Neuropathology. Dr. Goodman is an internationally recognized authority on traumatic brain injury.

  • Imran I. Ali, MD, FAAN, Toledo, OH
    Imran I. Ali, MD, FAAN, Toledo, OH

    Dr. Ali is a Professor of Neurology at University of Toledo, College of Medicine and is currently the Clair Martig Endowed Chair of Neurology. He recently served as Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education prior to taking on his role as the Chair. He was appointed in July 2017 as the Inaugural Chair of the newly formed Department of Medical Education at UT COM and served in that role until his most recent appointment. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Ali serves on the Neurology Council and is Chair of the Continuing Certification Subspecialty Article Assessment Committee-Clinical Neurophysiology, the Clinical Neurophysiology Steering, and the Neuromuscular Medicine Steering Committees. He is Vice Chair of the Epilepsy Certification and Continuing Certification Examination and Epilepsy Steering Committees. He is an alternate for the Committee to Review Appeals-Neurology. In addition, Dr. Ali serves on the Finance, Investment, Core Competencies, Disability Accommodations, Research and Development, Faculty Innovation in Education Award and Continuing Certification Committees and on the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification – Neurology/Child Neurology. He is also the liaison to the AES. Dr. Ali did his residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was also the Chief Resident his senior year. He also did a two-year Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy Fellowship at UNC. Dr. Ali is Board Certified in Neurology, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology through the ABPN. He has served on various committees of the AAN, ACNS and AES. He has also been a member of the Neurology Residency Review Committee of the ACGME. Dr. Ali has been recognized as an outstanding teacher and has been the recipient of many teaching awards including the Deans Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Ali is listed in the Best Doctors of America; he also received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award twice and was also inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society.

  • John B. Bodensteiner, MD, Scottsdale, AZ
    John B. Bodensteiner, MD, Scottsdale, AZ

    Dr. Bodensteiner is retired from active practice at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is on the Executive Committee of the Southern Pediatric Neurology Society, is the Founding Editor of the Seminars in Pediatric Neurology and now serves on the editorial board and is the editor of the Case Studies Issues of the SPNS. Dr. Bodensteiner is also a Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Child Neurology. He previously served on the Milestones Committee for the ACGME. Previously, he was the William Pilcher Chair and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Children's Health Center in Phoenix, AZ and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Arizona from 2001 to 2011. Dr. Bodensteiner was the President of the Child Neurology Society from 2007 to 2009. He received the Hower Award from the Child Neurology Society in 2013 and served as a member of the MOC committee for the society from 2011 to 2013. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Bodensteiner serves on the executive Committee as Board Secretary, on the Neurology Council and as Chair of the Committee on Credentials – Neurology, the Continuing Certification Subspecialty Article Assessment Committee – Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Steering Committee. He is also Chair of the Continuing Certification Product Review Subcommittee and the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined -Clinical Child Neurology Subcommittee. He is Vice Chair of the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined Committee-Neurology. In addition, Dr. Bodensteiner serves as a member of the Nominations for Officers, Finance, Investment, Core Competencies, Research and Development, and the Continuing Certification committees and as a liaison to CNS and PCN. He also serves on the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification-Neurology/Child Neurology.

  • Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, Sacramento, CA
    Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, Sacramento, CA

    Dr. Brashear is Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Brashear is an internationally known researcher in movement disorders and oversees one of the nation’s top research, academic and medical training institutions, with more than 3,100 faculty and staff, 460 students, and 818 trainees in graduate medical education. She also oversees 25 departments and 15 centers. Previously, Dr. Brashear was the Walter C. Teagle Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurology Professor for 14 years at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Brashear serves on the Executive Committee as Board Member-at-Large, the Neurology Council and as Chair of the Research and Development, Faculty Innovation in Education Award, and Strategic Planning Committees. She is also the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. Dr. Brashear is Vice Chair of the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined Committee-Neurology and the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Clinical Neurology Subcommittee. In addition, she serves on committees for Bylaws, Finance, Investment, Review Appeals-Neurology, Irregular Behavior and Continuing Certification. She is also the ABPN liaison to LCNS, AUPN and ANA. Dr. Brashear is a trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation and has served on the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Board of Directors, the American Neurological Association Board of Directors, and the Association of University Professors of Neurology Board of Directors. Dr. Brashear is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and Duke University School of Business. She trained in Neurology at IU School of Medicine where she was a professor before joining Wake Forest as the Department of Neurology Chair.

  • Amy Brooks-Kayal, MD, Sacramento, CA
    Amy Brooks-Kayal, MD, Sacramento, CA

    Dr. Brooks-Kayal is Professor and Chair of Neurology, and the Andrew John Gabor, MD, PhD Presidential Endowed Chair at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine in Sacramento, CA. Previously, she was Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she served as Chief and Ponzio Family Chair in Pediatric Neurology for 12 years. She was a principal investigator and co-director of the Translational Epilepsy Research Program at University of Colorado. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Brooks-Kayal serves on the Neurology Council and is Chair of the Continuing Certification Subspecialty Article Assessment-Epilepsy and Epilepsy Steering Committees. In addition, Dr. Brooks-Kayal serves on the Communications, Credentials-Neurology, Conflict of Interest, Strategic Planning, and Continuing Certification Committees and Reserves Use Subcommittee. She is also the liaison to the AANEM and the AES. She serves on the North American Commission of the ILAE and the Executive Committee of the NINDS Child Neurology Career Development K12 Program. She has held the positions of NINDS Advisory Council member, President of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), councilor of the Professors of Child Neurology (PCN), and executive councilor of the ANA. Dr. Brooks-Kayal is recognized as an international expert in the field of epilepsy and was the recipient of the 2019 AES Founders Award in recognition of a record of lifetime achievement in the field of epilepsy.

  • Terrence L. Cascino, MD, FAAN, Rochester, MN
    Terrence L. Cascino, MD, FAAN, Rochester, MN

    Dr. Cascino is Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He has served as Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology and has been a leader in clinical practice at Mayo Clinic, serving as the chair of the Clinical Practice Committee. Dr. Cascino has served as the Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education, Mayo Clinic, completing his tenure in October 2012. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Cascino serves on the Neurology Council and as Vice Chair of the Continuing Certification Article Assessment Committee-Neurology and the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-General Neurology Subcommittee. In addition, Dr. Cascino serves on the Communications, Finance, Investment, Credentials-Neurology, Diversity, Strategic Planning, and the Continuing Certification Committees. Dr. Cascino has chaired numerous committees in the American Academy of Neurology and served as its President from 2015-2017. He has also served as a member of the Neurology Residency Review Committee. This is his second term as a Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Jaffar Khan, MD, Atlanta, GA
    Jaffar Khan, MD, Atlanta, GA

    Dr. Khan is Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology at the Emory School of Medicine. He is an Assistant Dean for UME and GME. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Khan serves on the Neurology Council and as Chair of the Continuing Certification Subspecialty Article Assessment Committee-Vascular Neurology. In addition, Dr. Khan serves on the Communications, Core Competencies, Diversity, Faculty Fellowship in Education Award, and Strategic Planning Committees and the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined -- Behavioral Neurology, Cognition and Psychiatry Subcommittee. Dr. Khan is a Fellow of the AAN and has served numerous professional organizations, including Chair of the Consortium of Neurology Program Directors, AAN Education Committee, Chair of the Graduate Education Subcommittee, and Chair of the ACGME Neurology Review Committee.

  • Steven L. Lewis, MD, Allentown, PA
    Steven L. Lewis, MD, Allentown, PA

    Dr. Lewis is the Chief of Neurology at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he holds the Timothy M. Breidegam Endowed Chair in Neurology. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Lewis serves on the Neurology Council and as Chair of the committees for Core Competencies, Technology and Information, Continuing Certification Article Assessment-Neurology, Neurocritical Care Steering and Vascular Neurology Steering. He is Chair of the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Behavioral Neurology, Cognition and Psychiatry Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined-Neurology Committee. In addition, Dr. Lewis also serves on the Communications, Reserves Use, Credentials-Neurology, Alternative Pathways Oversight, Strategic Planning, Continuing Certification Committees and the Continuing Certification Product Review Subcommittee. He is on the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification-Neurology/Child Neurology. He is also the liaison to the AAN UCNS. Dr. Lewis is a past Chair of the Neurology Residency Review Committee for the ACGME, served as Chair of the Neurology Milestones Working Group and Advisory Group for the Neurology Milestone Project, a joint initiative of the ACGME and the ABPN, and currently serves on the Neurology Milestones 2.0 Working Group. He is Editor-in-Chief of Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology for the AAN. Dr. Lewis is an Elected Trustee of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), Chair of the WFN Education Committee, and serves as the Editor of World Neurology. In 2019, Dr. Lewis was the recipient of the A.B. Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neurologic Education from the AAN.

  • Nina F. Schor, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD
    Nina F. Schor, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD

    Dr. Schor is currently the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. For 11 years, she served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester and Pediatrician-in-Chief of its Golisano Children's Hospital. She was President of the CNS from 2013-2015 and Secretary of the ANA from 2009-2013. As an ABPN Director, Dr. Schor serves on the Neurology Council and as Chair of the Research Award Committee and the Continuing Certification Article Assessment-Child Neurology Committee. She is Vice Chair of the Professionalism Committee, and the Certification Examination and Continuing Certification Combined Committee-Clinical Child Neurology Subcommittee. In addition, Dr. Schor serves on the Reserves Use, Review Appeals-Neurology, Conflict of Interest, Research and Development and Continuing Certification Committees and is a liaison to the CNS. She currently serves on the Science Committee of the AAN as a Federal Liaison to the Committee. She was previously a member of the Science Committee of the AAN from 2009-2015 and the NINDS NST-1 Study Section from 2008-2015. She is also an elected Fellow of the AAAS. Dr. Schor’s research program was continuously nationally funded from 1989-2017 and focused on the design and preclinical testing of targeted therapies for neuroblastoma.

Office and Staff

7 Parkway North
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: 847.229.6500
Fax: 847.229.6600

Staff at the Board consists of dedicated and talented people whose intention is to assist candidates and diplomates through the credentialing, certification, and maintenance of certification processes. Our Board of Directors and staff also work with committees of specialist and subspecialist physicians to develop our initial certification and MOC examinations, implement our Maintenance of Certification program, develop core competencies outlines, and other advances related to the fields of psychiatry and neurology.

Test Development and Core Competencies

Staff works with committees to build the test item bank, develops and maintains the test item bank, performs editorial services, and assembles computer-administered examinations. For information please contact Linjun Shen, PhD, MPH, Vice President, Test Development, by email or at 847.229.6563.

Credentials

Staff processes candidates’ applications for our examinations and verifies physicians’ credentials for admissions to certification and maintenance of certification examinations. For questions regarding credentials, please contact Patti Vondrak, MBA, Vice President, Operations, by email or at 847.229.6547 or Jessica Rogers, Manager, Credentials, by email or at 847.229.6510.

Examination Administration

Staff coordinates with a national network of computer test centers for the administration of our computer examinations. For information on examination administration, please contact Patti Vondrak, MBA, Vice President, Operations, by email or at 847.229.6547. For information on computer-administered examinations, and ADA accommodations for computer-administered examinations, please contact Christy Pasquesi, Manager, Examination Administration, by email or at 847.229.6530.

Maintenance of Certification

Staff communicates Board policies and procedures to diplomates and MOC program sponsors. For information on MOC program applications and product approvals, sponsoring organizations should contact Patti Vondrak, MBA, Vice President, Operations, by email or at 847.229.6547 or Amanda Bishop, Manager, Maintenance of Certification, by email or at 847.229.6543.

Research and Development

Staff conducts research projects, scores examinations, and maintains examination-related databases. For information please contact Dorthea Juul, PhD, Vice President, Research, Education and Special Projects, by email or at 847.229.6526.

Finance and Administration

Staff performs building services functions, accounting, and human resources activities related to the Board. For information on finance, accounting, or office operations, please contact Robin Callen, CPA, Vice President, Finance and Administration,  by email or at 847.229.6550. For Human Resources, please contact Allison Haschke, Manager, Human Resources by email or at 847.229.6558.

Meetings

Staff coordinates sites and travel arrangements for professional meeting exhibit booths and Board of Directors meetings. For information, please contact Robin Callen, CPA, Vice President, Finance and Administration, by email or at 847.229.6550 or Laura Dailey, Manager, Meetings and Travel, by email or at 847.229.6525.

Communications

Staff maintains this website to keep candidates, diplomates, credentialers, program directors and coordinators and the public informed on the latest developments in the ABPN testing processes and examination content, examination schedule and deadlines, news, and other Board business. For information, please contact Patti Vondrak, MBA, Vice President, Operations, by email or at 847.229.6547 or Cathy Szmurlo, Manager, Communications, by email or at 847.229.6536.