June 2024 Equity & Advocacy Bulletin

JUNE 2024 | ANA Equity & Advocacy Bulletin by Sofia Lesica

Dear ANA Community,

Please see the June 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.

June is Pride Month!


Please join us in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community! We stand by this wonderful community and support those who continue to fight for equality, including the Queer Neuropsychological Society (https://www.queerneuro.org/). QNS advocates for affirmative neuropsychological care for all Queer people and celebrates Queer neuropsychological providers. We are so thankful for their service to the neuropsychological community!

The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is typically in June. This traditional holiday honors Qu Yuan, a revered Chinese poet and government counselor from the 5th to 3rd centuries B.C. Qu Yuan was known for his stand against corruption and conflict, which led to his exile. During his exile, he wrote poetry lamenting his country’s decline. After learning of his kingdom’s defeat, he drowned himself in despair. His supporters attempted to save him by racing out in boats, beating drums to scare away fish, and throwing rice dumplings (zongzi) into the water to protect his body. Today, the festival features eating zongzi, drinking realgar wine, and dragon boat races, which symbolize the rescue attempts for Qu Yuan. Other traditions include hanging Zhong Kui icons, mugwort, and calamus, taking long walks, writing spells, and wearing perfumed medicine bags.


The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) is holding their annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, June 5-8! Below are some diversity-related talks that will take place at the conference.  

Thursday, June 6th  

8-11 AM

CE Workshop (Kierland 1A): Women in Neuropsychology (WIN) Presents: Current Directions in Women’s Neuropsychology Research
Rachael Leigh Ellison, PhD, Alicia Ito Ford, PhD, Sarah A. Raskin, PhD, ABPP, Lauren E. Miller, PhD, Lise Eliot, PhD, & Amy J. Wagner, MD

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

CE Workhshop (Kierland 3): Are We Loosening the Definition of Disability?
Robert L. Mapou, PhD, ABPP 

CE Workshop (Kierland 1b): Holistic Recruitment: Rationale and Guidance for Increasing Recruitment of Diverse Trainees
Lynette J. Abrams-Silva, PhD, ABPP, Stephanie J. Towns, PsyD, ABPP, & Pamela M. Dean, PhD, ABPP

2:00 – 5:00 PM

CE Workshop (Kierland 1b): Practicing with Cultural Humility: Gender Affirmative Neuropsychology
Emily H. Trittschuh, PhD & Jae M. Purnell, PhD

Saturday, June 7th  

9:00 – 11 AM
CE Workshop (Kierland 1a): Culturally Informed Concussion Care: Ethical Considerations and Clinical Insights from a Southwestern Hispanic/Bilingual Population
Cynthia A. Austin, PhD, ABPP & Laura K. Winstone-Weide, PhD

CE Workshop (Kierland 1b): Neuropsychology-Related Health Disparities in Diverse US Populations: Practical Steps Forward
April Thames, PhD, Shawn McClintock, PhD, & Paola Suarez, PhD


INS has scheduled a free 90-minute CE webinar providing special Bystander/Upstander training and discussion. The webinar, entitled “Being an Upstander: The Whys and Hows,” will be presented by Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP. The live webinar will be held Friday June 14 at 1:00 EDT (NYC) and will consist of a 60-minute formal presentation followed by 30-minute breakout room participation. Registration information: https://the-ins.org/ce/webinar/being-an-upstander-the-whys-and-hows/


Nielsen, T. R., Franzen, S., Watermeyer, T., Jiang, J., Calia, C., Kjærgaard, D., … & Mukadam, N. (2024). Interpreter-mediated neuropsychological assessment: Clinical considerations and recommendations from the European Consortium on Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology (ECCroN). The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1-31

Whiteside, D. M., Butts, A. M., Holker, E., Anderson, C. R., Koterba, C., & Penna, S. (2024). Introducing the North American Association of Practicum Sites in Neuropsychology (NAPSN): development of a new organization devoted to facilitating high quality practicum training. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1-11.

Talbert, L. D., Reyes, A., Beltran-Najera, I., Peraza, J., & Santos, O. A. (2024). Barriers to board certification in clinical neuropsychology identified by surveyed trainees and professionals. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1-18.

Sahu, A., Rajeshree, S., Kalika, M., Ravat, S., & Shah, U. (2024). Naming assessment in bilinguals for epilepsy surgery-adaptation and standardization of Boston Naming Test in India. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 1-8.

Li, J., Fan, H., Qu, W., Jiang, R., & Tan, S. (2024). Reliability and validity of a novel mobile-based automatic battery of cognitive tests in healthy young Chinese adults. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 1-10.

Strang, J. F., Fischbach, A. L., Rao, S., Clawson, A., Knauss, M., Bernstein, S. N., … & Parchem, B. (2024). Gender and Autism Program: A novel clinical service model for gender-diverse/transgender autistic youth and young adults. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1-37.

Taleb, A., Ismail, A., & Abou-Abbas, L. (2024). Psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the everyday memory questionnaire-revised (EMQ-R) among the Lebanese population. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1-18.

Suchy-Dicey, A. M., Vo, T. T., Oziel, K., Buchwald, D. S., Nelson, L. A., Verney, S. P., & French, B. F. (2024). Psychometric reliability, validity, and generalizability of 3MSE scores among American Indian adults: the Strong Heart Study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 30(5), 454–463. doi:10.1017/S1355617723011438


Help APA respond to NIMH Request for Info on how experience of racism affects the brain (Due June 11, 2024): The National Institute of Mental Health is asking for input on identifying and addressing gaps in (1) the impact of structural racism on brain, cognitive (e.g., learning, memory, attention, decision-making), and behavioral function across the lifespan, and (2) the role of structural and systemic racism on the conduct of brain and behavioral health research.   The text for the NIMH Request for Information is here. The information provided by stakeholders may well be used to develop funding opportunity announcements and shape research programs.

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) just released their 2024 Policy Platform which summarizes the set of policy recommendations and goals the council will be presenting to legislators over the next several years to improve quality of life, health, safety, and more for the AA and NHPI community. Read more about the policy platform: https://ncapaplatform.org/policies/ to stay informed about some the major legislative issues being discussed in the AA and NHPI community.

In Solidarity,

Sofia Lesica on behalf of the ANA Advocacy Committee


Chair: Julia Chen, PhD

Members: 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.