PIAC Ethics Subcommittee

Ethics Subcommittee Chair: Brian Yochim, PhD, ABPP

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
Brian Yochim, Ph.D., ABPP (Term: 2020 – 2023)
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.

PIAC Ethics Subcommittee Members
Dede Ukueberuwa O’Shea, Ph.D(Term: 2021 – 2024)
Dr. O’Shea is a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Beth Israel Lahey Health in Boston, and she was formerly an Assistant Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She completed her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University and pre-doctoral internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, followed by a postdoctoral neuropsychology fellowship at UCLA. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Princeton University. She has a particular interest in neuropsychological assessment, intervention, and research of attention and executive function-related conditions in brain-based disorders. Dr. O’Shea has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of clinical neuropsychology.

Max Shmidheiser, Psy.D., ABPP-CN, MBE, CBIST (Term: 2021-2024)
Dr. Shmidheiser is a clinical rehab neuropsychologist, and owner of Oasis Neurobehavioral Health, a private practice in the greater Philadelphia area, providing psychotherapy via telehealth to adults with neurological injuries. He previously worked for 11 years as a clinical advisor and neuropsychologist at the Drucker Brain Injury Center at MossRehab Hospital, where he co-founded the MossRehab Concussion Center in 2010. He obtained his Psy.D. from Widener University, and he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School. He serves in the following roles: chair of the ethics committee for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, board of trustees for the Mind Your Brain Foundation, board of directors for Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s bipartisan Political Action Committee (PennPsyPAC), co-chair on the Brain Safety Fair Committee for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, Associate Fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, and APA Ethics Committee Task Force Liaison for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. He is a Lecturer in clinical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he 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.

Nicolette Gabel, Ph.D., ABPP-CN  (Term: 2020-2023)
Dr. Gabel is an Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is the Division Director of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology. Dr. Gabel received her BA in Psychology from University of Michigan, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saint John’s University. She completed an internship in Clinical Psychology at Northport VA Medical Center in Northport, NY, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology in the training consortium at the University of Michigan Psychiatry Department Neuropsychology Division and the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Her interests include the effects of cancer on cognition and quality of life, and evidence based interventions for cancer related cognitive impairment.

Thomas Farrer, Ph.D. (Term: 2021 – 2024)
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.

Emily Trittschuh, Ph.D. (Term: 2021 – 2024)
Dr. Trittschuh is a geriatric neuropsychologist and the Acting Associate Director of Education & Evaluation for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) Center of Excellence at the VA Puget Sound HealthCare System. She is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed her postdoctoral neuropsychology fellowship and PhD at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Brown University. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Duke University. Her clinical and research areas of interest include neurodegenerative diseases, healthy brain aging, PTSD in older Veterans, gender diversity, and harmonization/co-calibration of cognitive data from longitudinal studies of aging.

PIAC Ethics Committee Student Representatives

Ross Divers, M.S. (Term: 2020-2022)
Ross Divers is a third year in the Clinical Neuropsychology program at Louisiana State University. His research revolves around examining the impact of depression on cognitive aging and using virtual reality in neurocognitive assessments and rehabilitation. His Master’s thesis examines the use of virtual reality in functional rehabilitation for older adults with mild to moderate dementia.

Rini Kaplan, M.Sc., M.A. (Term: 2021-2023)
Rini Kaplan is currently a third year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at Boston University. Her interests are in neurodegenerative and aging populations and incorporating technology into neuropsychology research and clinical practice. Her research is focused on using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Malorie Watson, M.A. (Term: 2021-2023)
Malorie Watson is a third year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Fordham University and a neuropsychology extern at Columbia University Medical Center. Her interests include the impact of sleep on cognition, age-related cognitive decline, TBI, performance validity, and the neuropsychological correlates of criminal behavior.

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