Antonio E. Puente Ph.D.
Teaching Laboratory Rm 2086
UNCW, 601 College Road,
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3812

Office Location

Teaching Laboratory Rm 2086.

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Teaching Laboratory Rm 3108

Antonio E. Puente Ph.D.

Puente Family

The Puente Family


I was born in Cuba and received degrees from the University of Florida (BA) and the University of Georgia (MS, PhD). I was a clinical psychologist at a teaching psychiatric hospital and a professor of neuroanatomy at a medical school before becoming a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I am also a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Granada (Spain) and UCLA. Since 1982, I’ve maintained a private practice limited to clinical neuropsychology. In 2002 I founded and now co-direct (with a PharmD) a bilingual mental health clinic for the poor and uninsured in our region (Cape Fear Clinic).

I have authored/edited 8 books, 77 book chapters, 107 journal articles (English, Spanish and Russian). My research focus has largely been on the interface between culture and clinical neuropsychology. I founded and edited Neuropsychology Review, the Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare, and a book series in clinical neuropsychology (33 books). I have lectured in over a dozen countries and supervised fellows or visiting scientists from Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Spain. I have taught over 8,000 undergraduate students, supervised 33 graduate students and 10 post-doctoral fellows.

I am Past-President of the North Carolina Psychological Association, North Carolina Psychological Foundation, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) and Hispanic Neuropsychological Society. I also served two terms as a Council Representative for Division 40. Other leadership positions I’ve held include chair of the Psychology Academy of the National Academies of Practice and several APA Boards and Committees ranging from the Board of Convention Affairs to the Committee for Psychological Tests and Assessments as well as served on others, including the Policy and Planning Board. I recently served on the Joint Committee for Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. Between 1993 and 2008, I was APA’s representative to the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology panel and was then elected to the Editorial Panel of the CPT (voting member). I also was on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee.

I have received several awards, including: Fulbright Scholar Award 1983 (Argentina), UNCW’s Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award 2009, North Carolina Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2008, the APA’s Karl Heiser Award 1996, Presidential Award 2006, State Leadership Award 2009, and Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice 2011.

I am married to Linda with whom I have three children (Krista - a clinical psychologist at a psychiatric hospital in Florida, Antonio Nicolas - a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, and Lucas - a PhD student in political economics at Stanford, and involved in a start-up development).

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