PIAC Ethics Subcommittee

Ethics Subcommittee Chair: Lynn Schaefer, Ph.D.

Mission

The PIAC Ethics Subcommittee serves as a resource to the Division 40 community concerning ethical issues in clinical neuropsychology. The subcommittee is responsible for:

  1. Providing ad hoc ethics consultation,
  2. Reviewing and commenting on documents, policies, and standards associated with APA and other relevant organizations,
  3. Supporting a column in the Division 40 newsletter, including questions, letters, or articles on ethical issues,
  4. Working collaboratively to offer ethics continuing education opportunities at annual meetings, and 
  5. Assembling and maintaining ethics resources.

For a compiled list of readings on ethical issues in psychology and neuropsychology, please refer to the current PIAC Ethics List.

Committee Members

PIAC Ethics Subcommittee Chair
Lynn Schaefer, Ph.D., ABPP (Term: 2018 – 2021)
Dr. Schaefer is Director of Neuropsychology at Nassau University Medical Center on Long Island, in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). She earned her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the City University of New York. Dr. Schaefer is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She holds academic appointments as Clinical Associate Professor of PM&R at Stony Brook School of Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include the assessment and remediation of brain injury and evaluation of cognition and capacity in dementia.

PIAC Ethics Subcommittee Members

Dede Ukueberuwa, Ph.D. (Term: 2018 – 2021)
Dr. Ukueberuwa is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She completed a postdoctoral neuropsychology fellowship at UCLA after a Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University and pre-doctoral internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Princeton University. She has a particular interest in neuropsychological assessment, intervention, and research of long-term psychological outcomes following brain injury, including co-occurring cognitive decline, mood disorders, and insomnia. Dr. Ukueberuwa has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of clinical neuropsychology.

Max Shmidheiser, Psy.D., ABPP-CN (Term: 2018 – 2021)
Dr. Shmidheiser is a clinical neuropsychologist at the Drucker Brain Injury Center at MossRehab Hospital, and he is clinical advisor for the MossRehab Concussion Center, which he co-founded eight years ago. He obtained his PsyD from Widener University, and he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School. He serves on the board of directors for Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s bipartisan Political Action Committee (PennPsyPAC), as chair on the Brain Safety Fair Committee for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania for MossRehab, and as an Associate Fellow at Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives. He is a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where he recently earned a Master’s degree in Bioethics. On a part-time basis, he is pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Villanova University, where he investigates the intersection of ethics, brain injury, mental health and technology.

Brian Yochim, Ph.D., ABPP (Term: 2017 – 2020)
Dr. Yochim is a clinical neuropsychologist at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System in an outpatient clinic and in a Community Living Center (CLC). He obtained his PhD from Wayne State University and completed an internship in clinical psychology at VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California. He completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at VA Northern California Health Care System. He is a Past-President of the Society of Clinical Geropsychology (Division 12, Section 2 of the American Psychological Association [APA]), and also served as Chair of the Publications and Communications committee for the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40 of the APA) from 2014 to 2017. He co-authored Psychology of Aging: A Biopsychosocial Perspective (2017) and Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia (2017). His professional interests lie in the neuropsychological assessment of older adults.

Nicolette Gabel, Ph.D., ABPP-CN (Term: 2017 – 2020)
Dr. Gabel is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. After finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, she earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at St. John’s University, completed her Clinical Psychology internship at the Northport VA Medical Center in Northport, NY, and completed her postdoctoral residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the VA Ann Arbor Health System in 2014. Her interests include quality of life and cognitive recovery in cancer rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, and stroke.

Thomas Farrer, Ph.D. (Term: 2018 – 2021)
Dr. Thomas J. Farrer is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine. His primary work is as a clinician in the Duke Clinical Neuropsychology Service. He obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University in 2015, with clinical neuropsychology internship completed at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2015) and clinical neuropsychology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center (2017). Dr. Farrer’s clinical and research interests are in TBI, dementia, and neuroimaging. He previously served on the Ethics Subcommittee as a fellow representative from 2015-2017.

PIAC Ethics Committee Student Representatives

Lindsay Niccolai, M.A. (Term: 2018 – 2021)
Lindsay Niccolai is currently a fifth year Ph.D. student in the medical/clinical psychology program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is starting her clinical internship focusing on neuropsychology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA in Houston. Her clinical and research interests are in dementia, movement disorders, and decision-making capacity. Her dissertation research examined the neurocognitive deficits in primary dystonia.

Sarah Aghjayan, B.A. (Term: 2019 – 2022)
Sarah Aghjayan is currently a third year Ph.D. student in the Clinical-Health Psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests are in cardiovascular health and brain health in aging populations. Her master’s thesis examines the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and working memory fMRI brain activity.

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