- Clinical Neuropsychologist - Professor of Psychology - Researcher - 125th President of the APA

Antonio E. Puente, PhD

Antonio E. Puente, PhD

Tony’s interview with TIME Magazine on Trump’s immigration policy – “The longer a child is separated, the worse the situation becomes. This is often hidden initially and becomes more complicated as time evolves, only to emerge in other times of crisis or, for that matter, in adulthood,” Puente says. “These situations are emotional at the… Read More »TIME Magazine: ‘What This Amounts to Is Child Abuse.’
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in a very dark tunnel describes receiving the much awaited COVID-19 vaccination. Though one could easily argue that the vaccines represents a perceived freedom from the grips of the incessant pandemic, it represents much more. It represents new horizons that began with being unexpectedly detained in El Salvador on March 13th for having travelled to… Read More »A bright light in a dark tunnel 12.30.2020
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Antonio E. Puente at the 2017 APA Conference
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 Antonio E. Puente, PhD was born in La Habana, Cuba and emigrated to the US in 1960. Puente received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He has taught at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) since 1981 and prior to that at St. George’s University School of Medicine. His primary teaching activities include Brain and Behavior, Clinical Neuropsychology and History of Psychology. 

Puente is founding director of UNCW’s Centro Hispano and his research focuses on the interface between culture and neuropsychology. Puente founded and edited the journals Neuropsychology Review and Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice as well as a neuropsychology book series. He has published 10 books, 85 chapters and 123 scientific articles in several languages. Puente is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and also maintains a private practice in clinical neuropsychology is the founder and co-director of mental health services at the Cape Fear Clinic, a bilingual multi-disciplinary health center serving the indigent. He served as APA’s advisor for 15 years to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) prior to serving for an additional 8 years as one of 17 members of the AMA CPT Panel. 

Puente served as president of the N.C. Psychological Association, N.C. Psychological Foundation, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40 of APA). In 2017, Puente served as the 125th president of the American Psychological Association

Educator, Researcher, and Clinician

“Education is clearly the backbone of psychology. I will be participating in APA projects involving education. One of them being to make sure that we address high school psychology. It is a group that has been left quietly behind despite it being the beginning of our funneling system. If we do not open our funnel wide and well, we will have less than a vibrant pipeline. Along those lines, the reimbursements for interns and postdocs should be achieved through general medical education. “