PIAC Women in Neuropsychology Subcommittee

Women in Neuropsychology Subcommittee Chair: Krista Lisdahl, PhD

Founded in 2000, the mission of the WIN Subcommittee is to actively support and mentor women in neuropsychology.  The committee has established a variety of means to support this overarching goal, including:

  1. Establishing a list serve with over 600 members for anyone interested in mentoring and supporting the role of women in neuropsychology. We welcome all interested individuals to take part in the WIN list serve. To join the list serve, please contact WIN Subcommittee Chair, Krista Lisdahl, PhD.
  2. Sponsoring a variety of activities at the annual American Psychological Association (APA) and International Neuropsychological Society (INS) meetings designed to support the professional development of women in neuropsychology. Recent activities have included panel discussions on balancing multiple roles, and getting involved in research and grant writing.
  3. Publicly highlighting the achievements of women in neuropsychology by featuring their accomplishments in the “WINner’s Box”, an editorial published in the Fall and Spring editions of the Division 40 Newsletter that is circulated to all members of APA Division 40.

A related resource is the APA Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP).

Committee Members

PIAC WIN Subcommittee Chairperson

Dr. Krista Lisdahl is currently serving a three-year term as the Chair for the Division 40 Women in Neuropsychology (WIN) subcommittee. Dr. Lisdahl is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and is the Director of the Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology (BraIN) Laboratory. Dr. Lisdahl completed her doctoral degree with specialization in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Cincinnati. She also completed an APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Internship at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center with rotations in pediatric and adult clinical neuropsychology, as well as a NIDA-funded two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego. Her primary research focus is on the neurocognitive and health consequences of chronic drug use during adolescence and young adulthood. Her lab also attempts to explain individual differences by examining whether gender, genetics, or health factors moderate these drug effects. She is also interested in studying the impact of health factors (sleep, physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, body fat) on neurocognition in healthy children, adolescents and young adults. Currently, she is funded by NIH/NIDA (R01 DA030354; U01 DA041025) and is the Principal Investigator (UWM Site) and Substance Use Workgroup Co-Chair on the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study (https://abcdstudy.org/), a multi-site NIH initiative to understand factors that impact child and adolescent brain development. When not at work, Dr. Lisdahl enjoys spending time with her son Duke, hiking, mountain biking, boating or playing fetch with her goldendoodle Rex.

PIAC WIN Subcommittee Members

Kelsey R. Thomas, PhD (Term: 2018-2021)

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-CN (Term: 2015-2018)

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. Her research interests have focused on interventions in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia. She has been consistently funded for the last decade to conduct research into calendar and other cognitive interventions in MCI, including funding from the Alzheimer’s Association, NIH-NINR, and PCORI. She co-founded the Healthy Actions to Benefit Independence and Thinking program offered now at 4 major research centers.  The HABIT program employs behavioral interventions and rehabilitation techniques in patients with MCI. 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 was a neuropsychologist in Emory University’s Department of Neurology in Atlanta before joining Mayo Florida in 2013. She recently completed a term serving on the Women in Leadership Committee for the National Academy of Neuropsychology before joining WIN. She is the mother of 3 young children.

Sarah Raskin, PhD (Term: 2017-2020)

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 (Term: 2015-2018)

Dr. Cheryl H. Silver is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and the coordinator of Developmental Neuropsychology Services at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas, Texas.  She is also a faculty member in the Division of Psychology at UTSW, with involvement in clinical and consulting activities, teaching, research, and administration.  She is currently the Program Chair of the Graduate Program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling.  Her primary interests include learning disabilities, ADHD, and executive functioning.  She is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  She has served on the Board of Directors of  the National Academy of Neuropsychology in the past, and recently concluded a three-year term as the chair of the Women in Leadership Committee of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  She is a longstanding member of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Div 40), including holding a position as Member-At-Large for the Division.  She earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.  In her non-work hours, you will often find her listening to music or cooking.

PIAC WIN Subcommittee Student Representatives

Emily E. Smith, B.S. (Term: 2018-2020)

Emily E. Smith is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate and intern at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Clinically, she is interested in adult neuropsychology and her research is focused on aging, neurodegeneration, and traumatic brain injury. She serves as the student member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Professional Affairs and Information Committee (PAIC) as well as the Co-Chair of the Student Interest Group of Neuropsychology (SIGN) of the Texas Psychological Association, Neuropsychology Division. She is involved with the UT Southwestern chapter of Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST), the UT Southwestern Psychology Department Student Research Committee (SRC), the UT Southwestern Graduate School Wellness Committee, and the Translational Research Workgroup in the Psychiatry department. Emily is working on her dissertation looking at healthy lifestyle factors and cognitive aging. 

Lisa Manderino, MA (Term: 2017-2019)

Lisa Manderino is currently a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Assessment and Neuropsychology at Kent State University, OH. Her research interests include mTBI, sport-related concussion, malingering, and effort testing. She also serves as a chapter representative for the Division 40 Association for Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST), and is looking forward to being involved with the Women in Neuropsychology (WIN) subcommittee. Lisa enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time outdoors.

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