Women in Neuropsychology

Committee Members

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Rachael Ellison, PhD, WIN Committee Chairperson

Dr. Rachael Ellison is currently serving a three-year term as the Chair for the Division 40 Women in Neuropsychology (WIN) committee. 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.

Katherine Bangen, PhD, ABPP

INS Liaison Officer

Katherine Bangen is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego (UCSD); Research Health Scientist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS); and neuropsychologist at the UCSD Center for Brain Health and Memory Disorders. She is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. She received her doctoral degree from the San Diego State University/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric mental health at the UCSD School of Medicine, as well as a fellowship in traumatic brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation at the VASDHS. Her research aims to better understand the functional and structural brain changes that occur in normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia. Her current projects utilize neuropsychological and multimodal neuroimaging tools to elucidate vascular contributions to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Dr. Bangen’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, VA Clinical Services Research and Development, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Dana Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.


Stella Kim, PsyD

Mentorship & Scholarship Officer

Dr. Stella Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the UTHealth Neurosciences/McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with her dissertation focused on the impact of sleep on memory among individuals with mild traumatic brain injury. She completed her predoctoral internship through the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven. She subsequently completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, with specialization in adult clinical neuropsychology. She is primarily a clinician, with interests in assessing various types of dementia as well as movement disorders. She also serves as a clinical supervisor to doctoral students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows. She is an active member on the board of directors for the Houston Neuropsychological Society, including positions as past Secretary and current President. During her free time, she can be found exploring the diverse food scene that Houston has to offer.


Kelsey R. Thomas, PhD

Communications Officer

Dr. Kelsey Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Research Health Scientist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). She completed her doctoral degree at University of Florida and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at VASDHS/UCSD. Her research aims to better understand the neuropsychological profiles in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease and the best approaches for capturing subtle cognitive declines. She is also interested in the cognitive changes associated with diabetes and other vascular risks, and integrates Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers, including plasma biomarkers, in her work. Dr. Thomas’s research has been funded by the VA Clinical Services Research and Development, National Institutes of Health, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Erin Sullivan-Baca, PhD, ABPP

Training and Education Officer
Dr. Erin Sullivan-Baca is an early career neuropsychologist working in a private practice in Plano, TX as well as Post Acute Medical Rehabilitation hospitals of Allen and Richardson, TX. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas (UNT), where she teaches a graduate assessment course. Dr. Sullivan-Baca received her doctorate from UNT and completed her internship and residency at the VA medical centers of Dallas and Houston. She continues to be actively involved in women's epilepsy research in collaboration with neurologists in Houston and across the VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence. Dr. Sullivan-Baca is also a member of APA Division 35 (SPW)'s Reproductive Issues Committee. Outside of work, she is an avid runner and triathlete as well as a high school rowing coach.
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Alyssa Arentoft, PhD

Advocacy Officer

Dr. Alyssa Arentoft is a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist and an Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is co-director of the CSUN Clinical Psychology MA program and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She directs the ACENT research lab, and her NIH-funded work investigates neuropsychological functioning, health disparities, and health risk behaviors in adults with HIV as well as in adolescents. Dr. Arentoft obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Neuropsychology, at Fordham University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center and her 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at UCLA.


Erica Dawson, PhD

SCN Communications Liaison
Erica Dawson, PhD, ABPP completed her doctoral degree at the University of Cincinnati, predoctoral internship at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, and two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Michigan. She is now an associate professor at The Ohio State University, where she serves as Director of the Neuropsychology Division and Director of the Neurocognitive Wellness and Behavior Program. Her clinical interests are varied but largely focus on adults with cancer and primary brain tumors. Research interests are clinically-applied and relate primarily to improving patient outcomes, especially in cancer.
WIN Student Representatives

Erin Kaseda, MS

Advocacy Officer

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, MS

Mentorship & Scholarship Officer

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.

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Sarah Prieto, MS

Advocacy Officer
Sarah Prieto is a rising fifth-year doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience. Her research interests are focused on the effects of chronic and traumatic stress on metrics of cognitive and physical health. In particular, she has worked on projects examining the consequences of PTSD in Veterans and the effects of perceived discrimination in community-dwelling adults. She serves on the executive boards of the Psychology Graduate Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and Mindfulness Student Interest Group at OSU.
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Kaitlin Riegler, MS

Communications Officer

Kaitlin Riegler is a 6th year student at Penn State University in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program with a specialization in neuropsychology. She is currently completing her doctoral internship in the neuropsychology track at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Her research interests include secondary factors, such as sleep, depression, and pain, that impact outcomes in different neuropsychological populations including quality of life in persons with Multiple Sclerosis and risk and recovery in sport-related concussion. Kaitlin's research is translational in nature and she is a firm believer that it is important that as clinical neuropsychologists we are uniquely trained to be able to conduct psychotherapy with a deep understanding of brain behavior relationships. Therefore she is interested in implementing evidence-based treatments to address these modifiable behaviors that can influence cognitive functioning and quality of life in these different neuropsychological populations. Kaitlin also currently serves as the student committee chair for the Sports Neuropsychology Society and has previously served as the ANST student representative for Penn State University.

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