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.
Sarah Raskin, PhD, ABPP
Sarah A. Raskin is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in both the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) and the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22). Her research is focused on assessment and rehabilitation of memory deficits after acquired brain injury, especially prospective memory. She edited a book on Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation published by Guilford Press and recently guest edited a special issue of The Clinical Neuropsychologist on Clinical Applications of Prospective Memory. She is the President of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, and on the Board of Connecticut Against Gun Violence and spends her free time enjoying time with her family.
Kelsey R. Thomas, PhD
Dr. Kelsey Thomas is currently a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). She completed her doctoral degree at University of Florida and completed her APA-accredited predoctoral internship at VASDHS/UCSD. Her primary research interests are in the use of neuropsychological process and error scores to identify subtle cognitive changes and inefficiencies in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. She is also interested in neuropsychological methods for classifying Subtle Cognitive Decline and Mild Cognitive Impairment, how process scores can be applied in unimpaired individuals with diabetes to predict future decline, and longitudinal models of cognitive aging. Dr. Thomas is currently the Principal Investigator of a 3-year Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship (AARF) and UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center pilot grant. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and traveling.
WIN Student Representatives
Jasmine S. Dixon, MS
Erin Kaseda, M.S.
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, M.S.
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.
Emily Morris, M.S.
Morris is a second-year doctoral student in clinical science at University of Michigan. Her research and clinical interests include the clinical neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs) and addressing health disparities in psychosocial and sociocultural factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in ADRDs. She is also interested in sociocultural contributors to disparities in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder. She is currently involved in the Michigan Cognitive Aging Project, a longitudinal, population- representative study of cognitive aging among older adults in Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Emily one of the incoming student representatives for the Women in Neuropsychology Committee.