Meet the Advocacy Committee

Julia Chen, PhD

Affiliation: Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Northwell Health

Background:Chinese-American; fluent in Cantonese

Position: Chair

Ananya Ruth Samuel, MA

Affiliation: PsyD Student at William James College (Clinical Rotation at Providence VAMC  and Research at Mass General Brigham – Harvard Aging Brain Study)

Background: Asian Indian; Fluent in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi

Position: Co-Secretary

Jay Patel, PhD

Affiliation: Psychologist at Washington Permanente Medical Group

Background: Gujarati Indian, speaks Gujarthi and Hindi (working proficiency)

Position: Co-Secretary, Resource management and dissemination

Cardinal Do, MS

Affiliation: Neuropsychology track intern at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center; Ohio University

Background:  Vietnamese, fluent in Vietnamese

Position: Multicultural/Social Justice Research Advocate

Sofia Lesica, MA

Affiliation: PhD Student at Central Michigan University, Pre-doctoral Intern at Long Island Jewish

Background: Italian, fluent in Italian

Position: Social Media/Communications Manager

 Iris Miao, PhD

Affiliation: Post-doc fellow at Medical College of Wisconsin

Background: Chinese; fluent in Mandarin Chinese

PositionResource Management and Dissemination

Ashley Nguyen-Martinez, PsyD

Affiliation: Post-doc fellow at Children’s Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado

Background:  Vietnamese; fluent in Vietnamese

Position: Public Policy Advocate

About the Advocacy Committee

The ANA Advocacy Committee (ANAAC) aims to advocate, collaborate, support and educate  Asian and Asian American neuropsychologists, trainees, and others within the broader neuropsychology and public community. The committee will: 

  1. Promote local, state, and national legislation and policies aimed at addressing injustices and disparities that impact neuropsychological health care and training/career needs for Asians and Asian Americans. 
  2. Collaborate with a larger multicultural coalition of neuropsychologists and trainees devoted to providing an active voice and united front to address racial inequities and disparities in neuropsychology. 
  3. Support, both actively and in spirit, those who are impacted by societal disparity and injustice within ANA and beyond. 
  4. Educate to increase multicultural competency among ANA members and the larger neuropsychology community. 

Programmatic goals: 

  1. Partner with other organizations to support and implement mutually beneficial policy and education goals (e.g. Society for Black Neuropsychology, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychology Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology).
  2. Increase communication among and support for ANA members as relevant to ANAAC’s mission via social media platforms such as Slack, listserv, Facebook, Twitter, and the ANA website.
  3. Create, manage, and share educational, policy, and scientific resources related to ongoing advocacy efforts.  Encourage members to utilize their unique professional platforms to advocate for social change within neuropsychology and other related fields (e.g., call to actions, legislative advocacy).
  4. Implement special projects on an ongoing basis (e.g. surveys to gauge members’ interests) to help guide actions and plans to enact ANAAC’s mission.

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