Advocacy Committee


Christina Wong, PhD

Affiliation: Staff Neuropsychologist, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Background: Chinese and German

Position: Co-Chair

Rowena Ng, PhD

Affiliation: Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Pediatric Neuropsychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Background: Chinese; fluent in Cantonese

Position: Co-Chair

Sana Arastu, MA

Affiliation: Fourth Year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student (Palo Alto University)

Background: Indian (roots in Hyderabad and Mumbai, India); receptive to Urdu and Gujrati

Position: Resource Management and Dissemination

Doris Hong, PsyD

Affiliation: Neuropsychologist

Background: Chinese; fluent in Mandarin and intermediate in Cantonese

Position: Multicultural/Social Justice Research and Co-Secretary

Vanessa

Affiliation: 4th year clinical psychology doctoral student (Seattle Pacific University)

Background: Chinese and Taiwanese; speaks Mandarin

Position: Resource Management and Dissemination

Michelle Chen, PhD

Affiliation: Second Year Postdoctoral Fellow at Kessler Foundation

Background: Chinese; fluent in Mandarin

Position: Public Policy Research and Co-Secretary

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.

Check out our Equity & Advocacy Bulletins and Resources!