Women in Neuropsychology/Women’s Issues in Rehabilitation Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy Student Award

The Women In Neuropsychology (WIN) committee of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN; Division 40) and the Women’s Issues in Rehabilitation Section of the APA Rehabilitation Psychology Division (Division 22) formed a new partnership to sponsor a collaborative Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy Award in 2023. The purpose of this award is to recognize women and gender non-binary trainees in neuropsychology and rehabilitation who demonstrate exemplary work in advocacy or service in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). This award was funded by an APA Interdivisional Grant in 2023 and, prior to that, was funded by WIN and named the IDEA Award. The intent is to make this an annual award.

The winners of the 2023 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy Award were: Lakeya McGill, Kritika Nayar, Chimdindu Ohayagha, and Sonia Rehman. We were so impressed with a number of applications, and also featured one additional individual as honorable mention: Robiann Broomfield.

WIN DEIA Winners & Honorable Mention 2023
Lakeya McGill

Lakeya McGill, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist And Postdoctoral Fellow At Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
Dr. McGill’s experiences as a Black woman with multiple intersecting minoritized identities have shaped her worldview and passion for promoting equity in her research, clinical practice, supervision, and advocacy efforts. Her current research focuses on discovering knowledge that promotes equitable pain care, including for adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). She aims to develop and implement personalized, culturally adapted psychosocial and multi-level chronic pain interventions. She also primarily provides clinical services to adults with SCD or minoritized women with other chronic pain and rehabilitation conditions.
Kritika Nayar

Kritika Nayar, Ph.D.

Pediatric Neuropsychology And Autism Research Post-Doctoral Fellow At Rush University Medical Center
Dr. Nayar's research focuses on the neurocognitive factors underlying the diverse clinical presentation of autism, using family-genetic and cross-cultural study designs to develop biomarkers that can monitor treatment progress. She provides clinical support to families of autistic children with complex medical conditions, striving to combat systemic oppression and improve healthcare access for underserved populations. Despite challenges as a non-citizen of the United States, she promotes intersectionality through her leadership roles and support of trainees facing barriers to neuropsychology education.
Chimdindu Ohayagha

Chimdindu Ohayagha, M.S., M.A.

4th-Year Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Candidate At Virginia Commonwealth University (Vcu)
Her primary research and clinical interests involve cultural, familial, and international approaches to disability rehabilitation and adjustment, particularly in African and African American populations with Traumatic Brian Injury and other neurological conditions. Her interest also extends to understanding social determinants of health and various psychosocial factors that influence recovery and adjustment to neurological conditions for marginalized groups.
Sonia Rehman

Sonia Rehman

Graduate Student At Fielding Graduate University
Sonia is passionate about advancing health equity for South Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Her work began after 9/11 when she first volunteered to increase mental health treatment engagement in minoritized communities. Since then, she has used her knowledge and multilingual abilities to promote mental health awareness through local mosques and South Asian community organizations. She has also played a proactive role in translating intake forms, advocating for the utilization of professional interpreters as opposed to family members, and providing psychoeducation in multiple languages for several Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers in the greater Washington DC area, a primary source of healthcare for many recent immigrants.
Robiann Broomfield

Robiann Broomfield, M.A. TLLP

WIN DEIA Honorable Mention
Doctoral Candidate In Clinical Psychology At Wayne State University
She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Through her clinical work in Metro Detroit, she has worked with underserved populations and championed DEI in various ways at her university. She has mentored BIPOC and LGBTQ undergraduates and created events focused on cultural competencies. She has presented at national conventions on multicultural issues, conducted research advocating for culturally-appropriate measurement instruments, and serves on a medical school task force promoting the entry of diverse trainees into neuropsychology.

We were truly overwhelmed by the large number of spectacular candidates who demonstrated a passionate and exemplary service in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, or Advocacy across settings, but one applicant stood out above the rest. We are excited to announce the winner of our first ever WIN Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Advocacy (DEIA) Award: Janet J. Yáñez! Congratulations! Thank you Janet for your passion and commitment to diversity, Equity & Advocacy. See below to read Janet’s bio and learn more about her interests and achievements.

Of note, it was honestly a very difficult process to evaluate and rank such an extraordinary and large candidate pool. We were so impressed with a number of applications, and would also like to feature three additional amazing women: Alexandra Clark, Erin Kaseda, and Karen Dorsman. See below for their bios to learn more about these spectacular women.

We sincerely appreciate the time and effort that many WIN members spent to apply to our DEIA Award. There were many other amazing WIN women who we did not feature today. We hope all DEIA award applicants continue to stay involved and engaged in both WIN and SCN. In addition, we will be recruiting for a new WIN student representative (as well as three committee member positions) in the coming months, so please stay tuned for the announcement with more information!


Rachael Ellison, PhD
WIN Chair

WIN DEIA Winner & Honorable Mentions

Janet J. Yáñez

Janet J. Yáñez M.A., LMFT is a doctoral candidate at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. Janet is an intern at Jackson Memorial Hospital in affiliation with the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine. She previously served as a student representative for the California Psychological Association (CPA) Division of Neuropsychology and Health Psychology. Ms. Yanez is currently a member of the Social Justice and Advocacy Committee (SJAC) through the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS). As a recipient of the APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), she focuses on promoting health equity, mental health advocacy and policymaking while developing research to examine the effects of dementia caregiving in Latinx caregivers’ cognitive/emotional functioning. Her advocacy efforts include lobbying with state legislators to increase accessibility to mental health services. She has also met with local elected officials to address environmental inequities in the Latinx community of Southeast Los Angeles and has collaborated with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) at the U.S.-Mexico border to provide asylum evaluations to families from the Central American Migrant Caravan.
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Alexandra Clark

WIN DEIA Honorable Mention

Academia has traditionally been a space of privilege and while it can be difficult to challenge the “norm” alone, several exceptional junior women colleagues of Alexandra’s have seen her value, celebrated her voice, and stood with her. This energy has fueled her mission to provide others with the same—diverse trainees belong, bring incredible value to our academic communities, and should have mentors that will always proudly stand with them. Thus, Alexandra has worked to elevate the voices of junior trainees, create opportunities, and provide diverse trainees with critical support and a safe space to share their unique experiences. In brief, this work has included composing and leading a “Call to Action” centered on fostering cultural humility and competency training within UCSD; establishing a forum for BIPOC trainees to establish a sense of community and advocate for their professional needs collectively; mentoring and elevating the voice of diverse students across the nation; and composing grants that address health disparities in traditionally underserved populations.

Erin Kaseda

Erin Kaseda

WIN DEIA Honorable Mention

Erin's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts include developing and running a mentor match program for PhD program applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, participating in federal advocacy efforts to make science and healthcare more accessible and equitable, volunteering as a clinician and administrative panel member for her university's free community clinics for uninsured patients, serving on multiple university committees advancing diversity initiatives, and creating trainee-focused programming through the APA Science Student Council and Asian Neuropsychological Association.

Karen Dorsman

Karen Dorsman

WIN DEIA Honorable Mention

Karen Dorsman is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at UTSW in Dallas. She was born and raised in Nicaragua where her interest in neuropsychology and community health were born. Her area of research is focused on social determinants of brain health and mechanisms of health disparities across the lifespan. Additionally, she serves in a student-led research group dedicated to developing a curriculum assessment tool to support faculty members in the improvement and infusion of multicultural training, anti-racist and social justice values in doctoral level academic courses in clinical psychology programs. She is a strong advocate, a mentor to students of minoritized backgrounds, and an active volunteer health educator in her community. She works to bring people together and is continually learning how to use her voice to advocate for equity in science and our country.

About the Award

The Women In Neuropsychology (WIN) committee of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN; Division 40) is excited to offer an annual  WIN Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Advocacy (DEIA) Award, to recognize women and gender non-binary trainees in neuropsychology who demonstrate exemplary work in advocacy or service in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Women and gender non-binary trainees (particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, BIPOC), are often doing much of the work to improve DEI in their programs, departments, organizations, and communities. However, despite this work being absolutely critical, DEI efforts are rarely compensated or meaningfully recognized.

Therefore, this award is meant to be a small token of recognition and support for a trainee who has made a significant impact on DEI.

Deadline: TBD

Award amount: $500

Evaluation criteria: Applicants must: (1) be a current member on the WIN listserv; and (2) be a current neuropsychology trainee in a psychology doctoral program, on clinical internship, or working as a postdoctoral fellow/resident. Women and gender non-binary trainees who identify as BIPOC are especially encouraged to apply.

One woman or gender non-binary neuropsychology-focused trainee who demonstrates exemplary service in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, or Advocacy (IDEA; e.g., for their department, university, professional field, and/or community) will be selected.

Proposal criteria:

Application submission link will be available once the call for application is releasedApplications will not be accepted prior to the call. Applications must include:

1. A brief statement (200-250 words) describing your work in advocacy or service in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Be sure to highlight:

  • both professional and/or community-based service-work (if applicable)
  • unofficial or unpaid labor associated to DEI-related activities

2. A pdf of your current resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Please name the file with your last name and first name. For example, “Smith_Jane_CV.pdf”. Please ensure that your CV captures the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Name of current graduate institution
  • Year you entered your graduate program
  • Preferred phone (in case we need to contact you)

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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