January 27th of 2017 marked the launch of the Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology (BMN) interest group.  Nearly forty enthusiastic multidisciplinary professionals, researchers, and students showed-up for a social mixer to meet and exchange ideas. The BMN cutting edge approach to wellness and the fun atmosphere sparked smiles, engaging conversations, and questions about how individuals can get involved.

The founder of the BMN group, Dr. Amir Ramezani along with 2017 SVPA president, Dr. Daniel Rockers, and SVPA president-elect Dr. Ryan Cheperka, gave a wholehearted welcome and an eloquent overview of the BMN aims, introduced upcoming education series, and the plans for the 2017 year.

So what is the group about? BMN is a section of SVPA that aims to build a community of professionals and students who share a common interest to advance the science and practice of integrative mind-body approaches in behavioral health, medicine, and neuroscience.

BMN group specifically aims to do the following:

  • Provide a professional forum for individuals interests in contributing to BMN advocacy, education, teaching, clinical practice, and research
  • Increase education, research, and clinical practice of mind-body approaches, health psychology, medicine, and neuroscience
  • Cultivate a driven, solution focused community that builds consensus on matters that affect BMN
  • Strengthen a community of individuals who wish to deepen their BMN knowledge and expertise


Ramezani, A., Roberto, L.K., Andrade Jr., A.L, DeMesa, C., Carver, R., Raheel, A. Khan, R.A., Aria, L., Rockers, D., Barry, L., Rasmussen, C., Malekafzali, S., Aurora, M.A., Cohen, C., Rogers, C.G., Lloyd, S./ Californian Journal of Health Promotion 2018, Volume 16, Issue 2, Pages 66-73. Link HERE

The founder of the Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology (BMN) Section is Dr. Amir Ramezani.

The current Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology (BMN) Chair is Dr. Erika Frieze.

Contact: sacpsychologists@gmail.com

April CPA Information Alert:

COVID-19 Neuropsychological and Psychological Testing Resources

This Information Alert is to make sure you are all aware of helpful resources on neuropsychological and psychological testing during the coronavirus outbreak from APA and from the Inter Organizational Practice Committee (IOPC). Key guidance includes:

To get connected with other neuropsychologists in California, please consider joining CPA’s Division VIII (Neuropsychology). Thank you to Division VIII’s Chair, Dr. David Lechuga, for contributing to the development of IOPC’s Recommendations/Guidance For Teleneuropsychology In Response To The Covid-19 Pandemic and to the Division VIII Board of Directors for their ongoing work on behalf of neuropsychologists in California.

As always, CPA members who have questions can contact me at ewinkelman@cpapsych.org.

Past BMN Events:

3/05/20: BMN Mixer

9/6/18: Walk into Fall (in coordination with CARE initiatives)

1/17/19: BMN Mixer

3/29/18: Connecting with Primary Care: A Developmental Perspective

2/22/18: Traumatic Brain Injury: Mental Health Considerations for Treatment

2/8/18: The Treatment of Type II Diabetes: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

1/12/18: BMN Mixer

9/28/17: Solutions to the Pain Epidemic

8/10/17: Disorders of Simulation

7/27/17: Introduction to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

1/27/17: BMN Mixer


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