Psychology Professor Receives Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award

Edith Kaplan


Psychology Professor Edith Kaplan received a Lifetime Distinguished Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society at its 36th annual meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii. 

Kaplan, who was honored for her contributions to the field of neuropsychology, joined the University in 1996 and is the founder of the neuropsychology concentration of the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

“Edith Kaplan has long served as a mentor, role-model, supervisor, colleague and friend to many fellow neuropsychologists.  It is only fitting that she receive such a distinguished award in recognition of her years of dedication and unwavering enthusiasm for the field of neuropsychology,” said Haley LaMonica, a Suffolk clinical psychology doctoral student who attended the event.

Kaplan is included in a distinguished group of individuals who played a pivotal role in establishing neuropsychology as a distinct clinical and professional discipline.  As founder of the Boston Process Approach to neuropsychological assessment, she initiated a movement in the United States that offered a radical alternative to strictly quantitative assessment batteries by highlighting the importance of cognitive strategies and error pattern analysis versus sole reliance on outcome scores.

She has served as president of both the International Neuropsychological Society and  Division 40 of the American Psychological Association. Kaplan is also an adjunct professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Kaplan is author or co-author of some of the most widely used neuropsychological tools, including the Boston Naming Test, the Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination -- the first of its kind for systematically classifying the aphasia subtypes, the California Verbal Learning Test, The Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System, Clock Drawing, qualitative analysis of the Rey Osterrieth, the Wechsler Adult  Intelligence Scale-Revised as a Neuropsychological Instrument, Wechsler  Intelligence Scale in Children as a Process Instrument.


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