February 2024 Equity & Advocacy Bulletin

FEBRUARY 2024 | ANA Equity & Advocacy Bulletin by Sofia Lesica & Jay Patel

Dear ANA Community,

Please see the February 2024 Equity & Advocacy Bulletin below. Find more information about our current members, their backgrounds, and positions here.

We acknowledge that many events are happening around the world. In these times, information is so readily available, and overdigestion of news can impact overall mood and functioning. We encourage this community to approach sources of information with a critical mind as you continue to stay informed.

CELEBRATE: We wish everyone and their families a happy Lunar New Year. May the year of the dragon bring you joy, prosperity, and opportunity! We hope everyone is able to celebrate with loved ones.

THE MYTH OF NIAN: Some Lunar New Year traditions come from the myth of “Nian,” an underwater beast. One version of the legend has it that during New Year’s Eve,  Nian would crawl into the land and attack nearby villages, consuming all their resources and eating villagers, who would therefore hide or flee to remote mountains. Things changed on one New Year’s Eve, when a mysterious old man decided not to hide, and instead scared Nian away by hanging red banners on the door, lighting firecrackers and donning red clothing. The following day, everyone else was surprised to find that the man was unharmed. From then on, wearing red, using red banners as decorations, and lighting firecrackers remained Lunar New Year traditions, and continued to be followed today.

REFLECT:  In the past couple of months, a series of earthquakes have hit Japan. We want to take a moment to acknowledge these events and recognize the impact it may have on some of our members. Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-68237510



The 52nd Annual North American Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) takes place in New York City, New York next month between February 14 – 17, 2024.

Link: https://the-ins.org/meetings/new-york-2024/

ANA Events at INS:

  • ANA Business Meeting: Friday 02/16/2024 6:30-7:30 pm in the New York Marriott Marquis, 4th Floor. Room: ZIEGFELD
  • ANA Social Hour: Friday 02/16/2024 8 pm at the Hard Rock Café New York (1501 Broadway, NY 10036). Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOfk9Mj6vQXtej_-HAnkn7TbMlxvzum3j-kcCMCQzwGlzP0w/viewform
  • ANA’s OPT Task Force Talk & International Student Meet-Up: the talk is part of the joint Symposia: “Asian Neuropsychologists: Global Insights on Training, Education, Barriers, and Future Directions” scheduled for Friday, 02/16/2024 1:45 to 3:15 pm, in the Broadway Ballroom (see below for more information).

Other  events that pertain to DEI:

Thursday, February 15, 2024 (Day 1)

Symposium: Bilingualism and Culture in Epilepsy Across the Lifespan: A Multidimensional Perspective


09:00 am – 10:30 am

Room: West Side Ballroom – Salon 1

Paper Session: Cultural Neuropsychology


02:15 pm – 03:45 pm

Room: West Side Ballroom – Salon 3

Symposium: Neuropsychological Application of the International Test Commission’s Guidelines for Translating and Adapting Tests


02:15 pm – 03:45 pm

Room: Broadway Ballroom

Plenary: Conducting a Culturally-Informed Neuropsychological Assessment Using the ECLECTIC Framework


05:30 pm – 06:30 pm

Room: Broadway Ballroom

Friday, February 16, 2024 (Day 2)

CE Workshop: Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease among Diverse Populations


07:20 am – 08:50 am

Room: West Side Ballroom – Salon 2

Plenary: Brain Health Buzz: the Globalization of Brain Health and What this Means for Society


09:00 am – 09:55 am

Room: Broadway Ballroom

Invited Symposium: Neuropsychological Assessment Across the Language Barrier


10:15 am – 11:40 am

Room: Broadway Ballroom

Symposium: Increasing collaboration, sample representativeness, and access to neuroscience education: the ENIGMA working groups


10:15 am – 11:40 am

Room: West Side Ballroom – Salon 2

Symposium: Moving Beyond Secondary Status: Accounting for Social Determinants of Health Across Biopsychosocial Spheres of Influence on Pediatric Neuropsychological Outcomes


10:15 am – 11:40 am

Room: West Side Ballroom – Salon 1

SLC Self-Care/Self-Advocacy Panel


10:15 am – 11:40 am

Room: West Side Ballroom – Salon 4

Plenary: Neuropsychology and Literacy


11:45 am – 12:40 pm

Room: Broadway Ballroom

Symposium: Asian Neuropsychologists: Global Insights on Training, Education, Barriers, and Future Directions


1:45 pm to 3:15 pm

Room: Broadway Ballroom

Symposium: Neuropsychological Research and Clinical Applications with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations


03:30 pm – 04:55 pm

Room: West Side Ballroom – Salon 1

Saturday, February 17, 2024 (Day 3)

CE Workshop: The Role of the Neuropsychologist in Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker Testing & Disclosure: Ethical, Cultural, and Practical Considerations


07:20 am – 08:50 am

Room: West Side Ballroom – Salon 2

Symposium: Advances in cognitive screening and neuropsychological assessment of cognitive decline and dementia in individuals with low education/low literacy levels


09:00 am – 10:30 am

Room: West Side Ballroom – Salon 1

Poster Session: Cultural Neuropsychology | Education/Training | Professional Practice Issues


10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Room: Shubert Complex (Posters 1-60) / Majestic Complex (Posters 61-120)

Plenary: The Neuropsychology of Bilingualism: How Language Experience Modifies Brain Function


12:15 pm – 01:10 pm

Room: Broadway Ballroom


  • Internship match date: Friday, February 16th
  • APPCN Fellowship match date: Wednesday, February 21st (don’t forget to certify your rankings by February 14th!)
  • Good luck to all trainees and training programs awaiting match results. You got this!


  • Technology: DIV40 ANST has compiled a fantastic list of technology-related resources that may be helpful or applicable to current neuropsychology trainees and neuropsychologists. See the link below to access it: tinyurl.com/NeuroTechResources


  • With the 2024 legislative sessions underway, new states have introduced PSYPACT legislation. Here is a list of participating states https://psypact.org/mpage/psypactmap
  • For those who are unfamiliar with PSYPACT: “Approved in February 2015 by the ASPPB Board of Directors, the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) has been created to facilitate telehealth and temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across jurisdictional boundaries. PSYPACT is an interstate compact, which is an agreement between states to enact legislation and enter into a contract for a specific, limited purpose or address a particular policy issue.”

In Solidarity,

Sofia Lesica & Jay Patel on behalf of the ANA Advocacy Committee


Chair: Julia Chen, PhD

Members: Iris Miao, PhD; Ashley Nguyen-Martinez, PsyD; Cardinal Do, MS; Jay Patel, PhD; Sofia Lesica, MA, Ananya Ruth Samuel, MA

Email: advocacy@the-ana.org

Website: https://www.the-ana.org/advocacy-committee

Our committee will be sending out regular bulletins highlighting recent events and advocacy efforts that we have been tracking. You can also find our updated resources as well as past Equity Bulletins on the ANA website. Feel free to email us at advocacy@the-ana.org with ideas/suggestions for future bulletins.