PIAC Women in Neuropsychology Subcommittee

Committee Members

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Rachael Ellison, PhD, PIAC WIN Committee Chairperson

Dr. Rachael Ellison is currently serving a three-year term as the Chair for the Division 40 Women in Neuropsychology (WIN) subcommittee. Dr. Ellison is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology. She also works as a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice through Chicago Neuropsychology Group, conducting neuropsychological evaluations and cognitive rehabilitation. Dr. Ellison completed clinical internship through the UCSD/VA San Diego Healthcare System (with specialized rotations in neuropsychology, TBI, cognitive rehabilitation, and PTSD), and post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology through Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, while also engaging in post-doctoral research at Northwestern University throughout my fellowship. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical/Community Psychology at DePaul University focused on reducing systemic injustice and improving the lives of marginalized individuals/groups (e.g., through research on racial privilege, increasing openness to diversity and cultural competence, engaging individuals and groups from privileged backgrounds in social justice work). Dr. Ellison’s current research merges her background and interest in social justice/community psychology with neuropsychology.

Kelsey R. Thomas, PhD

Term: 2018-2021; 2021-2024

Dr. Kelsey Thomas is currently a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). She completed her doctoral degree at University of Florida and completed her APA-accredited predoctoral internship at VASDHS/UCSD. Her primary research interests are in the use of neuropsychological process and error scores to identify subtle cognitive changes and inefficiencies in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. She is also interested in neuropsychological methods for classifying Subtle Cognitive Decline and Mild Cognitive Impairment, how process scores can be applied in unimpaired individuals with diabetes to predict future decline, and longitudinal models of cognitive aging. Dr. Thomas is currently the Principal Investigator of a 3-year Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship (AARF) and UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center pilot grant. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and traveling.


Melanie Chandler, PhD, ABPP

Term: 2015-2018; 2018-2021

Dr. Melanie Chandler is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Chandler’s professional responsibilities include a mixture of research, patient care, and teaching. While primarily a clinician, she has also been consistently funded for the last 15 years to conduct research into nonpharmacological interventions in MCI, including funding from the Alzheimer’s Association, NIH-NINR, PCORI, and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Endowment to the HABIT Program. She co-founded the HABIT Healthy Actions to Benefit Independence and Thinking® program, a clinical program of behavioral interventions and rehabilitation techniques in patients with MCI and early dementia, now offered at multiple major medical centers. She received her M.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is a wife, mother of 3 young children, and daughter of aging parents, working to embrace the “sandwich generation.”


Sarah Raskin, PhD, ABPP

Term: 2017-2020; 2020-2023

Sarah A. Raskin is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in both the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) and the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22). Her research is focused on assessment and rehabilitation of memory deficits after acquired brain injury, especially prospective memory. She edited a book on Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation published by Guilford Press and recently guest edited a special issue of The Clinical Neuropsychologist on Clinical Applications of Prospective Memory. She is the President of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, and on the Board of Connecticut Against Gun Violence and spends her free time enjoying time with her family.


Cheryl Silver, PhD

Terms: 2015-2018, 2018-2021

Dr. Cheryl H. Silver is a retired professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas, Texas, where she served as the Program Chair of the Graduate Program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and the coordinator of Developmental Neuropsychology Services. She also is retired from the faculty of the Division of Psychology at UTSW, and continues as a volunteer faculty member with involvement in clinical research. She is currently in private practice. Her primary interests include learning disabilities, ADHD, concussion, and executive functioning. She is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, having held the positions of President of the Academy, and chair of the Women in Leadership Committee. She is a longstanding member of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Div 40), including serving as their representative to the APA Council of Representatives. In her non-work hours, you will often find her listening to music or cooking.

PIAC WIN Subcommittee Student Representatives

Jasmine S. Dixon, MS

Term: 2020-2022
Jasmine S. Dixon is a fourth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests in clinical neuropsychology include ethnic/racial disparities in cognitive aging, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. She is interested in the psychosocial and contextual factors (e.g., chronic stress) that affect cognitive health for racial/ethnic minority populations, with an emphasis in African American/Black populations. Jasmine is the current Membership Officer of the Association of Neuropsychology Students & Trainees.

Erin Kaseda, M.S.

Term: 8/2021-2023

Erin Kaseda is a fourth-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University, completing the Neuropsychology and Health Psychology specialization tracks. Her research and clinical interests include cognition in the context of pediatric medical illness, neuropsychological and biological markers of cancer-related cognitive impairment, and medical trauma. She is involved in federal advocacy with the National Brain Tumor Society and the American Psychological Association to increase scientific research funding and improve quality of life and access to care for brain tumor patients. Erin currently also serves on the Student Committee and Japanese Resource Sub-committee of the Asian Neuropsychological Association.


Zanjbeel Mahmood, M.S.

Term: 8/2021-2023

Zanjbeel Mahmood is a NIMH T32 Geriatric Mental Health Fellow, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and an incoming Geropsychology-Neuropsychology intern at the West Los Angeles VA. Her clinical and research interests are focused on positive and negative modifiers of brain and functional health, including the intersection of severe mental illness with cognitive and brain aging. In particular, she is interested in leveraging cutting-edge technology (e.g., biosensors, wearables) and advanced statistical models to develop integrated cognitive and behavioral interventions to promote brain health and improve functional outcomes. In service leadership roles, Zanjbeel has spearheaded initiatives to increase diversity within neuropsychology through research, professional networking, and mentorship opportunities for students with minoritized/marginalized identities. She enjoys road trips, camping, rollerblading, and volunteering with local animal shelters and rescues.


Emily Morris, MS

Term: 2020-2022

Emily Morris is a second-year doctoral student in clinical science at University of Michigan. Her research and clinical interests include the clinical neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs) and addressing health disparities in psychosocial and sociocultural factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in ADRDs. She is also interested in sociocultural contributors to disparities in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder. She is currently involved in the Michigan Cognitive Aging Project, a longitudinal, population-representative study of cognitive aging among older adults in Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Emily one of the incoming student representatives for the Women in Neuropsychology Committee.


Kayla A. Steward, PhD

Term: 2019-2021

Kayla Steward is a first-year neuropsychology resident at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL, where she also completed her internship. She obtained her Ph.D. in the Medical/Clinical Psychology program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). During graduate school, Kayla served as the student representative for the UAB chapter of ANST as well as on the student boards of the Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF) and Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA). Kayla is originally from Houston, TX and completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Current research and clinical interests focus on dementia, TBI, anosognosia, functional decline, cognitive rehabilitation, and the relationship between health behaviors (e.g., exercise, nutrition, sleep), cardiovascular risk factors, and cognition in neurologically compromised populations.

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