Email Lists

AACN has four email lists (also known as listserves):

  1. The AACN list, which is open to active and senior members of AACN. All members on this list are board certified in clinical neuropsychology.
  2. The AACN Community Discussion list, which is open to active, affiliate, senior, and student members of AACN.
  3. The AACN Pediatric Special Interest Group (SIG) list, which is open to active, affiliate, senior, and student members of AACN.
  4. The BRAIN (Be Ready for ABPP in Clinical Neuropsychology) list, which is open to those pursuing board certification in clinical neuropsychology.

This page includes instructions for managing one’s settings for the AACN list, AACN Community Discussion list, and AACN Pediatric SIG list. For help with the BRAIN list, please refer to the above link.

If you are already subscribed to one or more of our email lists and want to change your email address, please contact us. Unfortunately, there is no way for individuals to do this themselves. A list administrator must make the change.

We use Google Groups as the host for our e-mail lists and archives. Although having a Google account is not required for list membership, it is required for searching the list archives and changing one’s message delivery options. To perform the latter tasks, one must register one’s e-mail address with Google. Please note that having a Google account linked to one’s e-mail address does not mean that one must sign up for Gmail or any other services. Although everyone with a Gmail account has a Google account, not everyone with a Google account need have a Gmail account. Creating a Google account for one’s non-Gmail e-mail address involves selecting a username and password that will allow one to access the list archives and one’s message delivery options. To do so, visit this link.

Some people have both a Gmail account and a non-Gmail account (such as a work email address). People with both types of email address may opt to use their Gmail address for the AACN lists, which is the easiest solution. Those who want to use their other (non-Gmail) address for the lists will need to take care to sign out from all Google services and then create a Google account for their non-Gmail email address. To do so, visit this link.

Please note that Google Groups will recognize one, and only one, email address per person. The service does not recognize aliases or variants that may work in other settings.

Once you are certain that you are subscribed to one or both lists and have a Google account for the email address at which you are subscribed, do the following.

Click here to visit the AACN list web interface.

Click here to visit the AACN Community Discussion list web interface.

Click here to visit the AACN Pediatric SIG list web interface.

Click here to visit the BRAIN list web interface.

Sign in to Google Groups using your Google account. To search the archives, simply enter your search term(s) in the box at the top of the page (“Search for topics”).  To change your message delivery settings, click on the icon in the upper right corner of the page (My Settings), and select Membership and email settings.

Guidelines for AACN E-mail Lists
Participation in AACN’s email lists is a privilege of membership that may be restricted or removed at the discretion of the AACN Board of Directors. Postings on the lists are intended only for list members, and should not be shared with non-list members who do not qualify for list inclusion without permission. Passing posts to attorneys for use in medico-legal applications is a violation of these rules and will result in loss of e-mail list privileges.

These lists are designed to stimulate exchange and debate of ideas and knowledge, including novel approaches. It is expected that members will employ solid empirical and clinical reasoning and avoid specious or pseudoscientific claims. It is not appropriate to make such claims in a provocative and repeated manner and doing so may result in suspension or termination of list privileges.

Names of patients or other confidential information should not ever be included in postings on these lists. In addition, list members must use their real names, sign all postings, and indicate when they have a financial interest in any product under discussion.

List members should take care to post personal replies or personal requests directly to the message sender, rather than to the entire list. Even if one deletes the e-mail list name from the “To” address line, some e-mail software will still send your one’s response to everyone on the list. If one intends to contact an individual list-serve member “back channel” (i.e., without your message going to the entire list), it is best to launch a new e-mail and to manually enter that individual’s e-mail address. It is further requested that list members edit the subject line of all postings to accurately reflect the subject.

The email lists represent a professional community and there is an expectation at all times that members will display mutual respect and civility. Profanity, ad hominem accusations, and inflammatory comments will not be tolerated, and violators will be immediately contacted and informed that their behavior is considered unacceptable for the list. Their access to all four AACN e-mail lists may subsequently be restricted or removed entirely, depending on the nature of the transgression and whether previous warnings have already been given and disregarded. Some contributions, while not profane or directed personal attacks, may also be considered inappropriate by list members, and there may be no simple or objective way to define postings of this nature. The Board of Directors may restrict or remove privileges at any time they consider such actions appropriate to the optimal functioning and community spirit of the list. Any member who feels that he or she has been inappropriately restricted or removed from the lists may petition the Board of Directors for a reconsideration of any sanction(s) imposed for alleged misconduct on the list.

A member who has been suspended can request an appeal using the appropriate form. The Appeals Panel consists of the most recent three past AACN presidents.

Distribution of copyright protected information (e.g., PDFs of journal articles, test forms, other intellectual property, etc.) is prohibited. Violation of this policy may result in suspension of privileges on the lists.

If a list member violates the letter or the intent of these rules, other list members may e-mail the list administrators with a description of the alleged violation. List members may also e-mail any of the Board members directly with concerns. A list of current Board members may be obtained here.

Email List Tone and Netiquette
Please remember that, when you post to the list, you are generating a message to a large, diverse, intelligent, and professional audience. Keep the tone respectful and, when possible, positive. Acting unprofessionally makes you look bad, squelches dialogue, and degrades the purpose of the list. Here are some generally-accepted guidelines for netiquette.

1. Consider before posting: “Is it true? Is it relevant? Is it kind? Does it improve on silence? Would I say this publically in front of a large audience? If someone sent this message directly to me, how would I react? Would I want my current or future boss to read this? How about my mom?” Take a minute to make sure the tone of your message is what you intend. It can be surprisingly difficult to communicate tone in postings.
2. Sign all posts with your contact information so that other members can reply to you individually rather than to the list, as they prefer. Be aware that some computer systems might delete the header information from your posts, so it is best to include your e-mail address in your signature.
3. Don’t forward messages outside of the list without the explicit, written consent of all authors involved in the thread you are forwarding.
4. Never assume that their messages will remain confidential and private. Participation in online communities carries the inherent risk that messages sent or received by members may be discoverable by sources that are not the intended recipients.
5. Please avoid messages that are not directly related to neuropsychology. This includes unrelated political messages, meetings, or products. There are better places for such discussions, and people tend to react badly to them on professional lists.
6. When posting messages that contain abbreviations that may not be common, please try to spell out the full name the first time the abbreviation is used.
7. In general, posted comments should have broad implications for the group. Avoid requests for help with test scoring. These requests may be necessary occasionally, e.g., when a manual is missing or stolen, snow emergencies, etc., but generally members are expected to organize their time and materials so as to minimize requests for “homework help.” If you do it a lot, you will look bad.
8. Be brief and to the point. Don’t wander off-topic, don’t ramble and don’t send mail or post messages solely to point out other people’s errors in typing, grammar, or spelling. “Thank you” and “You’re welcome” messages are courteous but can be “back-channeled” (sent to an individual, not to the list).
9. If you should find yourself in a protracted disagreement with one person, make your responses to each other “back-channel” (sent to them directly, not to the list). If you are debating a point on which the group might have some interest, you may summarize for them later. Don’t get involved in flame wars. Neither post nor respond to incendiary material.
10. Even if you technically remove all protected health information, be careful with case descriptions. Posting detailed case summaries, with requests for interpretation, is a risky practice unless the intent is to inform the entire list of an unusual case presentation or provide a teaching example. Asking SPECIFIC questions is encouraged; but posting the entire set of test scores to ask the list, “What do you think is going on with this patient?” suggests that one should seek more direct case consultation or supervision. Do not use a list as a substitute for direct clinical supervision, consultation, or peer review. Also, please do not use a list to encourage or assist any clinician, directly or indirectly, to practice outside his or her competence.
11. Be aware that messages that appear to contain spam, malware, or harmful content will be deleted from the list and the originating member’s posting privileges may be temporarily suspended until the origin of the problem can be determined and fixed. This is not intended as a punishment to the originating member, as most often such harmful content is the result of an account being hacked, but rather to protect the other members of the group.

As is stated in the footer of all messages: The AACN Board requests that messages be treated as private communications among AACN members. However, the confidentiality of any communication cannot be assured.

Although the lists are sponsored by AACN, the AACN is not responsible for the content of messages or posts to the group. All members personally assume full responsibility for their messages.

These guidelines may continue to be updated, edited, or otherwise modified as needed. Changes will be announced to list members as they are made. Comments about these guidelines may be directed to the Board of Directors or the list administrators.