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

Training and Education 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

Mentorship & Scholarship 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.

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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.


Lauren Kenney

Lauren Kenney is a fifth-year doctoral candidate at the University of Florida (UF) in the Clinical and Health Psychology Ph.D. program, with a concentration in neuropsychology. Her research interests include identifying factors that predict cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease and examining how methodology influences the characterization of these cognitive changes. She received an NIH/NIA F31 fellowship to support her dissertation on these topics. While she is excited to continue broad training in clinical presentations, she has particular interests in geriatric assessment and age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Lauren also serves as ANST’s Networking Officer and volunteers at UF’s Equal Access Clinic for uninsured/underinsured individuals within the community (i.e., LGBTQ+ Health Clinic and Free Therapy Night). In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting history museums, and attending theatre productions.

Amanda Wisinger

Amanda Wisinger is an incoming neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann/UTHealth Houston. She recently completed her APA-accredited predoctoral internship on the neuropsychology track at the University of Florida Health Science Center and received her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Chicago Campus. Amanda’s clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment of adults and older adults with acquired injuries (e.g., TBI, stroke) and/or neurological illnesses (e.g., multiple sclerosis, epilepsy). She also has a clinical interest in rehabilitation psychology, adjustment to injury-related disability, and cognitive rehabilitation interventions. Her research interests include improving outcomes for caregivers of people living with acquired injuries, as well as understanding the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation interventions as treatments for cognitive dysfunction following various neurological conditions. In her free time, she likes watching documentaries and trying new restaurants.
Aya Haneda

Aya Haneda

Aya Haneda is a sixth-year doctoral candidate at Roosevelt University in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship in the Neuropsychology track at the Henry Ford Health System. Aya's clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment of adults and older adults with neurodegenerative disorders, exploring postoperative recovery outcomes, and cross-cultural neuropsychology. Aya currently also serves on the Media Committee of the Asian Neuropsychological Association.
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