Women in Neuropsychology Chair: Rachael Ellison, PhD
Rachael Ellison, PhD, WIN Committee Chairperson
Katherine Bangen, PhD, ABPP
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
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
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.
Erin Sullivan-Baca, PhD, ABPP
Alyssa Arentoft, PhD
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
WIN Student Representatives
Erin Kaseda, MS
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
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.
Sarah Prieto, MS
Kaitlin Riegler, MS
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.