Dear SCN Members,
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of and commitment to SCN. A major theme for my upcoming Presidential year is communication. As such, you will be hearing from me more regularly via a variety of different sources (i.e., Twitter, email, Facebook, SCN Neuroblast). I encourage those of you not already on Twitter to join the growing number of our colleagues on #NeuropsychTwitter. (A “How to Tweet Guide” compiled by the Task Force is here for your guidance).
I view this as an exciting year for SCN. We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of our designation as a specialty by APA and we have developed a logo (see attached) to celebrate that milestone. The Strategic Planning Committee, co-chaired by Drs Scott Sperling and Lynette Abrams-Silva, has already accomplished a tremendous amount of work as they finalize a survey and put together recommendations for our future. The Strategic Planning Committee was formed August 2020 and tasked with surveying the membership and key stakeholders, reviewing and revising (if necessary) the existing SCN structure and mission, and developing a strategic plan to address short- and longer-term goals. In addition to the above, the COVID pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for neuropsychology to develop alternate service delivery models based on good data and good ethics to address disparities in clinical services exacerbated by the pandemic. Finally, we are at an important inflection point with respect to diversity and truly modeling inclusive excellence in our science, clinical work, professional organizations, and behavior. The confluence of all of these factors – looking ahead to the next 25 years of our specialty, learning from the Strategic Planning committee’s recommendations as we plan for the future of SCN, innovating clinical practices to address the public’s need, and moving the field forward with attention to inclusive excellence – led to the theme for my Presidential term: The Future of Neuropsychology: Reflect, Re-Envision, and ReInvent.
To facilitate communication, the SCN Executive Committee approved the establishment of a Presidential Task Force on Marketing SCN in August 2021 chaired by Julia Maietta. Committee members include: Kara Eversole, Nick Kavish, Abel Mathew, Molly Split, and Stephanie Torres. The goal of this Task Force is to help market and communicate the work of the SCN Strategic Planning Committee in close collaboration with Dr. Laura Boxley (Chair, Communications and Publications Committee) and Dr. Rob Davis (Information & Technology Consultant).
Communication goes both ways. I am open and eager to hear from all of you. The Strategic Planning Committee survey has now launched and it is critical that we hear everyone’s voice. I also request that all of you leverage your professional networks, inside of SCN and in the broader neuropsychology community, to highlight our work, encourage our colleagues to participate in the SCN survey, and submit abstracts for the upcoming Convention.
As we look back on the last 25 years, I want to reflect upon and honor the past accomplishments in our field and use those insights to look forward to the next 25 years. I am honored, humbled, and excited to lead us in Re-Envisioning SCN’s future. We have some exciting work on the horizon so please be sure to stay connected with us. You are essential to SCN’s success and I am genuinely grateful for your commitment to the field. I look forward to connecting on Twitter @CynthiaKubuPhD and #NeuropsychTwitter.
Julia Maietta, M.A. (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Molly Split, M.S. (Drexel University)
Molly Split is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Drexel University with a focus on clinical neuropsychology. Her research and clinical interests include early detection of cognitive decline amongst older adults at risk for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD). Specifically, she is interested in examining novel behavioral markers, including patterns of decline in social functioning, as a potential early marker of cognitive and functional impairment. Additionally, with the understanding that Black and Hispanic communities can suffer from disproportionate rates of ADRD, Molly aims to examine the use of these novel markers across racial and ethnic groups and provide a clinical tool that may be more cross-culturally relevant.
Stephanie Torres, Ph.D. (Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School)
Stephanie Torres is currently a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston. Her interests are in the intersection of culture, cognition, and lifespan development in the context of health disparities. Stephanie’s long-term aims are to address the underutilization of neuropsychological services in culturally and linguistically diverse populations and assist in the development of culturally sensitive neuropsychological assessments. She also has a strong interest in addressing diversity issues in the field of clinical psychology and aims to work towards strengthening the support for graduate education and diversifying the psychology pipeline.
Kara Eversole, M.S. (University Of Florida)
Kara Eversole is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Florida with a focus in neuropsychology. Her research and clinical interests in clinical neuropsychology include mild cognitive impairment and dementia, test development, and cross-cultural issues in assessment. She has a strong interest in health equity and addressing health disparities. Kara also serves on the Student Engagement Committee of New2Neuropsychology.
Nicholas Kavish, M.A. (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Abel Mathew, M.S. (Brown University)
Abel Mathew is a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Neuropsychology resident at Brown University. Abel’s research interests are in anxiety-related disorders including OCRDs and PTSD, as well as traumatic brain injury/concussion. He is also interested in technological assessments and interventions for these disorders. Abel is a student member of the Asian Neuropsychological Association (ANA) and graduate representative of the admissions and diversity committees at Brown University.
Grace J. Goodwin, M.S. (University Of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Grace Goodwin is a third-year doctoral student in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program with a focus in neuropsychology. Her research interests span the neurocognitive and emotional correlates of sport-related concussion. Grace is passionate about leadership and advocacy and has served on the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Science Committee, National Academy of Neuropsychology Student & Post-Doctoral Resident Committee, and the New2Neuropsychology Student Engagement Committee.
Amritha Harikumar, M.A. (Georgia State University)
Amritha Harikumar is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Georgia State University in the Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Track. She is interested in studying a variety of clinical disorders (e.g., autism, schizophrenia, depression) using an interdisciplinary and transdiagnostic approach. This includes using a combination of neuropsychological assessments, resting state fMRI, and functional connectivity approaches to better understand these disorders. Amritha enjoys mentoring BIPOC/underrepresented minorities seeking admission to clinical psychology doctoral programs. She hopes to assist with efforts aimed at diversifying the field of clinical psychology broadly.
Erin Kaseda, M.S. (Rosalind Franklin University)
Erin Kaseda is a fifth-year doctoral candidate at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, IL, where she is completing a dual specialization in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology. Erin’s clinical and research interests include cognition in the context of pediatric medical illness, neuropsychological and biological markers of cancer-related cognitive impairment, and medical trauma. She is passionate about translating research into actionable policy change. In addition to her work with the SCN Social Media Task Force and Women in Neuropsychology (WIN) committee, she also serves as chair of the Asian Neuropsychological Association Student Committee, the APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team, and the New2Neuropsychology Resource Development Committee.