President: Monica Rivera Mindt, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Dr. Rivera Mindt a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology & Latino American Latino Studies Institute at Fordham University in New York City, with a joint appointment in the Departments of Neurology & Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The overarching aim of her work is to reduce health disparities among underserved populations by utilizing her research to inform culturally-tailored interventions and ultimately improve health outcomes among these populations. To this end, her NIH-funded research is dedicated to investigating the effects of HIV, aging, and substance use on the brain, functional outcomes, and health disparities – particularly among U.S. Latina/o and Afro-Caribbean populations. Moreover, the methodology of much of her work is novel in that it incorporates a community-based framework. At Fordham, she is the Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, and also teaches undergraduates. Over the past 15 years, she has developed a strong track record of leadership through HNS; APA’s Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN; Division 40) and Committee on Psychology & AIDS; and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). She has also served as a grant reviewer for NIMH & NAN, and now serves as the inaugural editor for The Clinical Neuropsychologist’s (TCN) newly launched Dept. of Culture & Gender in Neuropsychology. She maintains a small private practice primarily focused on providing Spanish language neuropsychological services, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Harlem Community & Academic Partnership and SMART University (a community-based organization for HIV+ women). She has received several awards for her contributions to the field, including the Early Career Award from SCN (APA Division 40) in 2011; Early Career Service Award from NAN in 2010; Distinguished Alumna Award for Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2008; and the Professor of the Year Award from Fordham in 2005. In 2012, she was elected a Fellow of SCN (APA Division 40) and NAN. In 2013, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from SMART University for her work doing research capacity building in the community.
In her spare time, she enjoys surfing and traveling all over Latin America with her husband and two children. If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Rivera Mindt,please click here or you can find me on Facebook (DrMonica Rivera Mindt), Twitter (@DrRiveraMindt) & LinkedIn.
Past-President: Xavier E. Cagigas, Ph.D.
Dr. Cagigas completed graduate school at SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, internship at the UCLA Semel Institute’s Neuropsychology & Exceptional Abilities Track, and a two-year postdoctoral residency in Neurobehavioral Genetics and Neuropsychology, Along with Dr. Christopher Nunez, he created the UCLA Cultural Neuropsychology Initiative (CNI). He continues to dedicate time to developing a bilingual/bicultural clinical service that provides neurocognitive and psychodiagnostic assessments for the UCLA Health System; a bilingual training program for practicum, internship, and postdoctoral students; and an evolving research program in health disparities. As Assistant Clinical Professor and Founding Director of the CNI, he works to create a learning environment where services are provided and also students and professionals learn from patients in a variety of contexts including: tumor and epilepsy resections, organ transplants, geriatric assessments, inpatient psychiatric and rehabilitation consults, educational assessments, and a thriving outpatient bilingual generalist neuropsychology assessment clinic.
Secretary 2018-2019: Beatriz (Tish) MacDonald, Ph.D.
Dr. MacDonald is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center. She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, with specialties in neuropsychology, multicultural awareness, and statistics. Dr. MacDonald completed her internship and postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Health Sciences Center. Dr. MacDonald founded the MENTE Program at UNM Hospital, a center dedicated to providing clinical training, research, and service delivery to linguistic minorities, including an outreach program at San Felipe Pueblo. She is an invited faculty member of the Master’s Program in Neuropsychology at the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala. Dr. MacDonald’s research focuses on how to better understand the impact that different factors (e.g., socioeconomic status, language, and culture) have on neurodevelopment and how it informs culturally-competent neuropsychological practices. She serves in several boards and initiatives, including the American Psychological Association Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN) Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC) Ethnic Minority Affairs (EMA) Subcommittee and HNS Mentoring and Education Committee.
Treasurer 2017-2018: Amanda Gooding, Ph.D.
Dr. Gooding is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD, where she provides clinical neuropsychological services to a diverse clinical population. She evaluates adults and adolescents with a wide range of neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, and as a bilingual clinician she also conducts assessments for Spanish-speaking populations. She works closely with the epilepsy and brain tumor neurosurgery teams providing pre- and post-operative evaluations, intra-operative language mapping procedures, and intracarotid sodium amobarbital procedures (i.e., Wada). As a member of the UCSD/ San Diego VA Psychology Internship Training Committee, she supervises neuropsychology interns, practicum students, and postdoctoral fellows. Her research interests focus on the impact of neurological disease on cognition and behavior, with a particular emphasis on improving post-surgical functional outcomes. Her prior leadership and service experience spans several professional organizations including both regional and national bodies. In her free time she enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants, and she describes herself as an “adventurous foodie” – willing to try almost any dish at least once. Dr. Gooding is passionate about leadership, advocacy, and issues pertaining to diversity and cultural competence, and she is eager to serve the HNS members.
Member-at-Large 2018-2019: Adriana M. Strutt, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Strutt received her undergraduate degree from the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA and her master’s degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. She completed an internship in Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). From 2006-2008 she served as Neuropsychology Fellow, Department of Neurology, BCM. From 2008-2010 she served as a Neurobehavioral Fellow concurrently serving as junior faculty, Department of Neurology, BCM. In 2009 she received a secondary appointment with the department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Strutt was promoted to Associate Professor in June of 2016. She is the director of the newly founded neuropsychology fellowship in Spanish and Cross Cultural Neuropsychology and the Director of BCM Cerebro, an outpatient neuropsychology clinic that serves Spanish speaking and cross-cultural patients.
Dr. Strutt’s clinical work has focused on the evaluation of children and adults with suspected neurological and psychiatric disorders. She has a specific interest and expertise in the evaluation of patients with various types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and those with multisystem neurodegenerative disorders. She has a special focus on the evaluation of bilingual and monolingual Spanish-speaking patients, recognizing the impact of sociodemographic variables on neurocognitive outcomes. Dr. Strutt also participates in the multidisciplinary programs of clinical care with the Department of Neurology that include those based in the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center (ADMDC), Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic (PDCMDC), and the Tourette Center of Excellence.
Member-at-Large 2017-2018: María Marquine, Ph.D.
Dr. María Marquine is a clinical neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego. She is originally from Uruguay and obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology (neuropsychology track) at the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ). She has post-doctoral studies in clinical neuropsychology at
Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC) and in neuropsychology research at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Marquine’s clinical experiences have centered on the neuropsychological evaluation of Hispanics, particularly Spanish-speaking. Her research focuses on the investigation of disparities on neurocognitive and other mental health outcomes among Hispanics/Latinos. She is the PI of NIH-funded studies on this topic and collaborates on a number of other research and educational projects.
Student Representative 2017-2018: Vanessa Guzman, M.S.
Vanessa Guzman is a 4th year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Neuropsychology at Fordham University, under the mentorship of Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt. Vanessa obtained her Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Education from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University. She has worked primarily with diverse, Spanish-speaking populations in both clinical and research settings and is deeply committed to the promotion of culturally competent research and practice. Vanessa is currently completing her 4 th year neuropsychology externship in the Department of Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Hospital. She also serves as a neuropsychology research extern in the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research interests include: health disparities, aging, cerebrovascular disease, HIV, and Alzheimer’s disease. Vanessa is a lifetime New Yorker, born from Guatemalan parents who migrated to the US in the late 1980’s. She is an avid runner and enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family
Student Representative Elect 2018-2019: Miguel Arce Rentería, Ph.D.
Miguel Arce Rentería, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University working under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Manly. He is a young man of Mexican heritage who was born in San Diego, CA, and raised in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. He moved to the United States to pursue a college degree in psychology. He received a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2008 and recently received his Ph.D. from the Clinical Psychology program at Fordham University specializing in neuropsychology under the mentorship of Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt. Throughout his graduate studies, Dr. Arce benefitted from the wide breadth of academic, clinical and research training opportunities available through Fordham University and New York City more broadly. Moreover, he obtained in-depth neuropsychological training through his clinical internship at the University of California-Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior among racially/ethnically, educationally, and linguistically diverse populations through the Cultural Neuropsychology Initiative program under the mentorship of Drs. Xavier Cagigas and Paola Suarez. His research interests include the impact of environmental and sociocultural factors on neurological, cognitive, and everyday functional consequences of medical illnesses. Previously, his research focused on the intersection of HIV and substance use, two highly comorbid illnesses, and their joint impact on brain-behavior relationships. However, throughout his diverse research and clinical experiences, he has developed a strong interest in targeting the sociocultural and environmental determinants of disparities in cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease.