Joseph "Audie" Black, Ph.D., ABN 

Practice Location and type:
Dr. Black is a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist. He joined St. Luke’s Health System - Idaho's largest health system - when he was fortunate to return to his hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2018 to be closer to family.

Please tell us about your professional practice:
I provide comprehensive outpatient and inpatient C&L evaluations to patients with a wide-variety of neurological conditions (e.g., CVA, TBI, brain tumors, neurodegenerative disease), with an emphasis on evaluating patients 50+ years of age. I also support the St. Luke’s Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) program led by Neurosurgery, conducting evaluations at three points: pre-surgical screening, post-lumbar drain trial during acute admission, and 6-month post-ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement.  I am the former Associate Director of Training for the psychology internship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to my clinical and teaching roles, I have been honored to be in positions to give back to the profession. I recently completed a term on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN), where I served as Treasurer, and as an examiner for candidates pursuing board certification. Prior to moving home to Idaho, I also served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation, where among other roles I chaired a small grants program dedicated to increased access to Psychological services in the Commonwealth for at-risk communities.

What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy woodworking (currently putting the finishing touches on custom dining room cabinets), culinary adventures, mountain biking, and my newest pursuit with my spouse, Jessica: fly fishing on Idaho's world-class rivers. My 2.75-year-old son, Kellen, enjoys helping in the shop, kitchen, and hiking the mountains. He also caught his first fish this past summer, which was a highlight (for three minutes, until he became enthralled by chasing nearby ducks).

Why did you join NAN?
I joined NAN in 2014 for the rich networking and educational opportunities offered. Along the way, I have gained appreciation for the critical role NAN also plays in advocacy for our profession, including through its participation in the IOPC and NAN's Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee.

Do you have any advice to offer or anything else you’d like to add?
Maintain your curiosity, remember WHY you wanted to be a Neuropsychologist in the first-place when faced with challenges, relentlessly seek to improve your personal practice, invest in mentorships (both receiving and giving), and look for opportunities to best serve your patients, including outside the clinic walls.

Tiffany L. Cummings, Psy.D.

Practice Location and type:
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) Department of Neurology; Academic Medical Center

Please tell us about your professional practice:
I have been at Wake Forest since October of 2015 and I mainly work with surgical populations (e.g. movement disorders and epilepsy). I really enjoy working with patients prior to neurosurgical interventions and I believe that neuropsychologists play key roles in these multidisciplinary clinics. More recently, I have partnered with the Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop an inner-disciplinary clinic for patients with gliomas. As part of our service, patients are seen at baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months following treatment for serial neuropsychological assessment. This service has been fulfilling in many ways and has become an integral part to cancer treatment here at Wake Forest. From a research perspective, I manage a laboratory with undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who work on various projects related to neuro-oncology and epilepsy. In regards to teaching, our site is an APPCN member program so I also serve as a clinical supervisor/mentor for four post-doctoral fellows, an aspect of my job that I really enjoy! Lastly, I serve on the Board of Directors for NCPA, chair the Early Career Psychologists Committee, and serve as a member on NAN’s Women in Leadership Committee, all activities that keep me up to date and active in the field.

What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy fostering and adopting dogs. I have two adopted dogs of my own, Charlotte “Charlie” and Emerson “Emmy” that I enjoy spending time with outside of work. We enjoy bicycling, hiking, and kayaking. I also enjoy going out to eat with friends but have had to cut back on this activity due to COVID-19.

Why did you join NAN?
I have been a member of NAN since I was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. I developed my professional identity within NAN at the annual conferences and as a student member of both the Women in Leadership and the Continuing Education Committee. I hope to continue to serve NAN as I grow and develop my practice. 

Do you have any advice to offer or anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to encourage all trainees and early career folks to topple the “imposter syndrome” and have faith in yourselves and your training. Neuropsychology is a unique discipline that offers a wealth of information to the medical field; we should be proud of ourselves!