The NYSAN was founded by a group of New York neuropsychologists with the broad intent of acting as a trade organization for neuropsychology in New York. A critical matter that led to the formation of NYSAN was a potential restriction of trade involving interpretation of a 2003 Scope of Practice law for psychologists in New York. In May 2006, the NYSAN was incorporated as a not-for-profit professional, type 501(C) 6 corporation. Founding members included William Barr, PhD, ABPP-CN, Ralph Benedict, PhD, ABPP-CN, Joanne Festa, PhD, Jennifer Manly, PhD, Robert McCaffrey, PhD, ABN, Michael Santa Maria, PhD, ABPP-CN, and Tony Wong, PhD, ABPP-CN. The following individuals have served as President of NYSAN:

  1. Michael Santa Maria, PhD, ABPP-CN (2006-2007)
  2. Maria Lifrak, PhD, ABPP-CN        (2007-2008)
  3. Dominic A. Carone, PhD, ABPP-CN (2008-2011)
  4. Joanne Festa, PhD  (2012-2013)
  5. Ed Barnoski, PhD, ABPP-CN (2013-2014)
  6. Chris Morrison, PhD, ABPP-CN (2014-2016) 
  7. David Layman, PhD, ABPP-CN (2016-2017)
  8. Marsha Vasserman, PhD, ABPP-CN (2017-2018)
  9. Allan Yozawitz, PhD, ABPP-CN              (2018-2019)


The NYSAN was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of clinical neuropsychologists and promoting best practices and education in clinical neuropsychology. To fulfill its mission NYSAN has several objectives:

  1. Advocacy: Educate and advocate on behalf of clinical neuropsychologists, clinical neuropsychology, and consumers of neuropsychological services.
  2. Increasing Awareness/Outreach: Provide information to legislators, regulators, non-neuropsychological healthcare providers, and other interested parties (e.g., insurance companies) to enhance awareness of neuropsychological assessment, intervention, consultation services, and best practices.
  3. Professional Support and Communication: Supporting the membership by providing a mechanism to consult and communicate with NYSAN leadership and other NYSAN members regarding professional affairs, referrals, etc.
  4. Education & Training: Disseminating neuropsychological knowledge through meetings, lectures, professional contacts, publications, listserv emails, and other forms of media.
  5. Student Support: Promote the field of neuropsychology as a career choice among students by supporting student participation in NYSAN activities and promoting available educational and training opportunities.
  6. Position Statements: To facilitate the above objectives, NYSAN publishes organizational position statements on its website on various professional affairs.
  7. Public / Consumer Support:  Provide information about neuropsychological services and contact information to obtain services from neuropsychologist members.
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