Student Leadership Development Program
The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology’s Society (SCN; Division 40 of the American Psychological Association) is excited to announce the inaugural SCN Student Leadership Development Program. The aims of this program are to 1) support the development of student leaders and advocates within neuropsychology, psychology, and society, 2) promote new opportunities for students to serve in SCN governance, and 3) to support continued service in SCN and APA leadership as students transition to being an early career psychologist and thereafter.
Angelina Witbeck, M.A.
Ann T. Nguyen, M.A.
Nguyen is a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at Loma Linda University, and current Neuropsychology intern at the Cincinnati VA. Nguyen’s research and clinical interest involves broadening access to neuropsychological services via standardized norms and education, while accounting for cultural and linguistic factors for Asian Americans, particularly the Vietnamese population. As a Vietnamese American, she is dedicated to creating culturally appropriate norms and addressing perceived language and/or communication barriers. Nguyen is currently the Student Representative on the Society for Neuropsychology's Ethnic Minority Affairs Subcommittee and is the Liaison Chair on the Vietnamese Neuropsychology Network, a subgroup of the Asian Neuropsychology Association.
Emily Morris, M.S
Jasmine S. Dixon, M.S.
Dixon is a fourth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interest 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. Within Division 40 SCN, Dixon is the current Membership Officer of the Association of Neuropsychology Students & Trainees (ANST) and one of the incoming Student Representatives for the Women in Neuropsychology (WIN) Subcommittee.
Julia Maeitta, M.A.
Jessica Bair, B.S.
Bair is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Program at the University of Minnesota, currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Ann Arbor. Her research is focused on exploring the relationship between substance exposure during key neurodevelopmental periods, including adolescence, and neuropsychological and brain structural outcomes in young adulthood. Her professional interests include education and training/supervision with prior work in community outreach seeking to foster support for the brain and psychological sciences through programs such as Brain Awareness Week. She currently serves as the Webmaster for the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.
Karen Powdrill, M.A., LCPC
Kelly Durbin, M.A.
Durbin is a PhD candidate in the Clinical Science program at the University of Southern California. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship in Adult Neuropsychology at UCLA. Durbin's research broadly focuses on understanding how healthy aging and neurodegeneration affect memory and emotional processing. Her current research projects examine the role of orexin and the locus coeruleus in Alzheimer's disease. Durbin was the recipient of the NRSA F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship and the APA Dissertation Research Award. She currently serves on the Leadership Team for the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Special Interest Group in APA Division 20.
Mariam Hussain, M.S.
Martina Azar, M.S.
Azar is a 5th year doctoral candidate within the clinical psychology PhD program at Drexel University. She is currently a predoctoral intern at VA Boston Healthcare System. Her research and clinical interests span the span across clinical neuropsychology, rehabilitation, and diversity. Broadly, her research focuses the relationship between markers of neurodegenerative disease and functional outcomes across sociodemographically diverse groups. She is involved in various ongoing research projects at Drexel University and Columbia University Medical Center. Martina is the current student representative of the SCN Early Career Neuropsychologist Committee.
Melissa Levy, M.A., LPCC
Palak G. Singh, M.S.
Palak Singh in a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She completed her M.S. degree in Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests are in examining the impact of trauma and stress from a neuropsychological perspective, in addition to resiliency factors contributing to positive psychosocial outcomes. She is currently on the Diversity Committee for the Rosalind Franklin University Psychology Department and served as a student team leader for the IOPC COVID-19 360 Degree Advocacy Team.
Ross Divers, M.S.
Sarah Prieto, B.S./B.A.
Originally from New York, Prieto moved to Columbus to join the clinical psychology program at The Ohio State University in 2018. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Psychology and Early Childhood/Childhood Education in 2015. Following graduation, she worked on research studies examining the effects of mindfulness training on measures of stress and markers of inflammation in older adults. She is interested in a career targeting understanding the effects of chronic stress on metrics of cognitive and physical health.