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Click the links below for my experience in each area.

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(APA Monitor: Psychology’s Visionary)

Psychology's visionary - APA Monitor 2012

  • Current Procedural Terminology (AMA CPT) (APA CPT) (Psychology Coding)
    • Establishes which healthcare procedures can be done, how they should be done, and how much will be reimbursed for; Puente involved since 1989
    • Represented APA from 1992-2008
    • On 17 member voting panel 2008-present; same vote as Medicare and BC/BS
  • Non-profit: Cape Fear Clinic (Cape Fear Clinic Website)
    • 1500 patients
    • One million dollar budget
    • President of the board (until recently; co-director of mental health section)
    • Free service to the indigent
  • Profit: Wilmington Health Associates (Wilmington Health) — Established Neuropsychology division
  • Helped establish rehabilitation hospital (NHRMC Rehab)


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National Academy of Neuropsychology 2012 Conference Poster<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

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Professor of Psychology at UNCW, Visiting professor<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
at Universidad de Granada. Universidad Complutense de Madrid,<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and University of<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
California, Los Angeles.

  • Involved in Undergraduate Education:
    • 7500 students
    • Chaired APA Committee for Undergraduate Education, attended two APA undergraduate curriculum policy conferences (1 of 3 individuals)
  • Involved in Graduate Education: Graduate degrees=30
    • Post-doctoral Fellows= 5
  • Current visiting professorships at UCLA and Universidad de Granada, Spain
  • Past Chair of APA Continuing Education, Convention Board, Conference Chair of APA, NCPA, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and National Academies of Practice
  • Three children: 1) Psy.D. in Florida 2) Clinical Psychology (PhD) at Georgia; Internship at Duke 3) Obtaining Ph.D. in political economics at Stanford

APA Sincere Flattery



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National Academy of Practice

  • Within APA: Numerous committees, chair/presidencies, and awards (APA involvement)
  • Outside APA: Leadership at the local, state, and national levels


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