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Paola Suarez, PhD

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Yakeel Quiroz, PhD

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Karen Dorsman, BA

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Andrea Mejia Kurasz, MA

Student Representative-Elect

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Paola Suarez, PhD

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Anita Hamilton, PhD, ABPP

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Yakeel Quiroz, PhD

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Mirella Diaz-Santos, PhD

Mentorship and Education

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Michelle Miranda, PhD

Social Justice and Advocacy

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David M. Lechuga, PhD, ABPP, ABN

Administrative Director

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Veronica Bordes Edgar, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Bordes Edgar was born in Mexico City, Mexico and immigrated to the United States at 5 years of age. Becoming a naturalized citizen at the age of 16, she started to become increasingly aware of the cultural differences around her. Although she did not realize it at the time, she had to learn how to navigate three cultures – Mexican, Mexican-American, and American. This propelled her to want to help other children who struggle with the same challenge.

Dr. Bordes Edgar has been an active member of HNS since 2010. She initially served on the Executive Committee as Secretary from 2015-2017; she was active in the organization of the Houston to Austin HNS Conference in 2015 and the bylaws revision in 2017. She is also one of the founding members who helped establish HNS as a non-profit organization. Dr. Bordes Edgar rejoined the board in 2019 as President-Elect and now serves as President. She has led another round of bylaws revisions and has been active as a liaison for HNS with other major neuropsychological associations. She credits her HNS involvement, including its mentorship and relationships, for much of her professional success.

Dr. Bordes Edgar is an Associate Professor with joint faculty appointments in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center. She serves as a bilingual Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Health and is Co-Director for the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at UTSW Medical Center. Her areas of interest include cultural and bilingual issues in assessment, genetic and neurodevelopmental disorders, and interdisciplinary teaching of medical and psychology trainees.

Additional training and professional highlights include:

  • Doctorate in Counseling Psychology – Arizona State University
  • Pre-doctoral internship – Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Post-doctoral fellowship – University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Board-certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Neuropsychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology
  • 2018 ABPP Early Career Psychologist Service Award recipient
  • Publications available for review via Google Scholar

Dr. Bordes Edgar and her husband have an 8-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son, as well as a 15-year-old fur baby. Bilingualism and biliteracy are strongly valued in their household so both children attend a Spanish-language elementary school. Dr. Bordes Edgar enjoys spending time with her family, camping, golf, and a good early morning workout.

Angela Canas, PHD, NCSP

Dr. Canas was born in Medellin, Colombia and immigrated to the United States at 5 years of age. She was nearly retained in kindergarten due her limited English language proficiency and the scarcity of bilingual programming in Texas at the time but was recommended for enrollment in private schooling following two additional years of English language immersion. Dr. Canas was later awarded a substantive academic scholarship to Southern Methodist University, where she fulfilled her goal of becoming a first-generation college graduate. Her personal experience coupled with her extensive knowledge of special education law has been foundational to her professional work with Spanish-speaking families, particularly as it relates to patient advocacy and liaises with educational entities, medical providers, and community-based organizations. 

Dr. Canas joined HNS in 2019, assuming the Communications Committee Chair position. Through this role, she was able to connect with others who were passionate about providing equitable and quality care to marginalized populations and had the opportunity to raise public awareness about the importance of multicultural issues as it relates to the field of neuropsychology and society at large. Currently, Dr. Canas is serving as Secretary. She hopes that her attention to detail, information tracking, and communication skills will further support the organization as it aims to evolve. 

Dr. Canas is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at Children’s Health and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center. She conducts neuropsychological evaluations of pediatric patients with an array of complex medical, developmental, and neurological conditions, with an emphasis on Spanish-bilingual/monolingual patients, as well as those with Neurofibromatosis, Type 1 and congenital heart disease. She is the Lead Pediatric Neuropsychologist for the Children’s Health/UTSW Neurofibromatosis Program and the Bilingual Neuropsychologist for the Children’s Health Heart Center Fontan Program. She is actively involved in the education and supervision of trainees, serves on the UTSW Clinical Psychology Training Committee, and is a Children’s Health Cultural Diversity Scholar supervisor.

Additional training and professional highlights include:

  • Doctorate in School Psychology – Texas Woman’s University
  • Pre-doctoral internship – Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center/Louisiana School Psychology Internship Consortium
  • Post-doctoral fellowship – University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Publications available for review via Google Scholar

Dr. Canas enjoys traveling, camping, and exploring local markets and restaurants with her husband, Jared, as well as spending time with their fur babies, Pete and Gracie.

Jose Lafosse, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Lafosse was born in California, where his Peruvian parents met and decided to stay.  His parents forced him to speak Spanish at home, for which he is eternally grateful.  He now regularly relies on his Spanish language skills and bicultural background to provide neuropsychological services to a broad range of Latinx patients. 

Dr. Lafosse has been a member of HNS for many years and has seen the organization grow in size and influence.  After having previously served on the National Association of Neuropsychology (NAN) Diversity Committee, the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 40 Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, and the HNS Mentoring & Education Committee, he is excited to play a larger role as HNS Treasurer.  He hopes to see HNS provide even more impactful leadership on how to best provide neuropsychological services to Latinx populations.  

Dr. Lafosse earned promotion to the rank of Professor at Regis University in Denver, where he has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience since 2003.  He also maintains an active forensic and clinical private practice in Denver and San Diego (https://lafosseneuropsychology.com).  

Other educational and professional highlights include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Southern California
  • Predoctoral internship – Palo Alto VA Medical Center and Stanford University Medical Center
  • Postdoctoral residency – University of California-Davis School of Medicine
  • Board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Fellow, NAN
  • Publications available for review via Google Scholar

Away from work, Dr. Lafosse enjoys sailing, playing racquetball, wine tasting, playing piano & guitar, the performing arts, and international travel. 

Anita Hamilton, PhD, ABPP

As a fourth generation Latinx and Native American, Dr. Herrera-Hamilton has devoted much of her career to increasing access to neuropsychological services among underrepresented populations in her community. Additionally, she is involved in the mentorship of numerous undergraduate, graduate, and early career professionals, who like her, are first (or early) generation college students/graduates. Having put herself through school, Dr. Herrera-Hamilton, is keenly aware of the educational, financial, and personal demands inherent in pursuing a career in psychology, as well as the various factors that can determine the accomplishment of educational and career goals.  

Currently, Dr. Herrera-Hamilton is serving as Member-At-Large for HNS; through this position, she seeks to increase awareness about systemic institutional racism within the field of neuropsychology and across institutions. While aiming to increase support and education about systemic inequity, the goal of her efforts is to witness capable and talented Latinx neuropsychologists serve among black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) populations, increase BIPOC patient access to neuropsychological services  and break barriers in leadership within the field overall.

For over 10 years, Dr. Herrera-Hamilton served as the Director of Neuropsychological Services for multiple divisions at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) including Neurology, Sports Medicine/Concussion, Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Hematology-Oncology, and Pediatrics. Currently, she sees children, adolescents, and young adults through her private practice, Hamilton NeuroCog Performance (www.ahhamilton.com). Additionally, Dr. Herrera-Hamilton is an appointed Assistant Professor at CHLA and the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine. She also lectures and mentors students in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

Additional professional highlights include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Fuller School of Psychology
  • Pre-doctoral internship – Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Post-doctoral fellowship – CHLA
  • Board-certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Publications available for review via Google Scholar

As a native Southern Californian, Dr. Herrera-Hamilton loves spending time with her husband, two sons, and friends at the beach, in the ocean and around her much-loved, local Long Beach community. She enjoys paddle boarding, yoga, hiking, creative writing. She also finds French fries irresistible (especially with a vanilla shake). 

Yakeel Quiroz, PhD

Dr. Quiroz is originally from Colombia and moved to Boston, Massachusetts in the early 2000s to pursue graduate education.  Since very early in her career, she has been committed to conducting clinical research that can benefit culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She has also invested her efforts in creating training opportunities to increase representation of women and Latinos in neuroscience and neuropsychology. 

Dr. Quiroz is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is the Director of the MGH Multicultural Assessment and Research Center and the Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (MAPP). Her current research uses genomics and biomarkers to inform early detection and prevention of age-related memory decline and Alzheimer’s disease dementia. She is the principal investigator of the Colombia-Boston (COLBOS) biomarker study on autosomal-dominant Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which follows individuals from the world’s largest extended family with a single, AD-causing mutation (E280A in Presenilin1), as well as the Boston Latino Aging Study (BLAST). She also launched and directs the elective in multicultural neuropsychology as part of the MGH/Harvard Medical School Clinical Psychology Internship and the Mass General Brigham postdoctoral fellowship training program in multicultural clinical neuropsychology.

She has been an HNS member for the past ten years. She currently serves as Member-At-Large. In this position, she seeks to represent the interests of both clinicians and researchers working to advance and improve the science and care of multicultural patients.

Additional professional highlights include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Boston University
  • Pre-doctoral internship – Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Post-doctoral fellowship – Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Publications available for review via the NIH National Library of Medicine

In her spare time, Dr. Quiroz enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, attending academic conferences, and listening to music.

Karen Dorsman, BA

Ms. Dorsman was born in Nicaragua, “tierra de lagos y volcanes.” She has resided in three different countries, which has given her the opportunity to cherish her roots and to recognize the vast diversity amongst populations of Hispanic/Latinx origin.

Ms. Dorsman has been an HNS student member since 2017. She strives to bring people together and uses her voice to advocate for equity in academia, science, and the healthcare field. HNS’s continued support has been and continues to be instrumental in her graduate school journey. Currently, Ms. Dorsman serves as the Student Representative Elect and the Co-Chair of the Student Association Committee; she is also a member of the Conference Committee. Ms. Dorsman is committed to give back by supporting other students from minoritized backgrounds in neuropsychology and those invested in working with culturally diverse populations. She believes in amplifying her colleagues’ voices as well as fostering community and leadership skills amongst trainees, as it is through governance work and peer support that long-lasting changes in inclusion can be achieved.

Ms. Dorsman is currently a doctoral student at University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center. She is a credentialed bilingual (English/Spanish) student-provider. Throughout her life, she has witnessed how social forces shape health outcomes. Therefore, her research interests focus on the social determinants of brain health and cognitive trajectories across the lifespan. She is also passionate about community education and engagement. Ms. Dorsman strongly believes that the dissemination of scientific knowledge gives people around the world a voice in advocating for evidence-based public policies on healthcare and education. Ms. Dorsman strives to become a culturally humble clinician and researcher whose contributions help to inform public health policies that promote brain health equity.

Additional training and professional highlights include:

  • Bachelor’s in Psychology – Universidad Católica del Uruguay
  • Communications & Education Officer – Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training chapter at UTSW
  • Publications available for review via Google Scholar

In her spare time, Ms. Dorsman enjoys cooking, reading, and playing with her dog, Coconut. She is also passionate about Nicaraguan folklore dance and loves going for walks with her family.

Laura Renteria, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Renteria was born and raised in central California. Her family immigrated to the United States from Mexico. Her parents were employed as farm laborers and their grueling work under the hot sun inspired her to pursue college coursework. Dr. Renteria was the first generation in her family to attend college, graduating with honors from Stanford University. It was her experience of growing up in a small rural town with little access to Spanish speaking medical providers, as well as her graduate studies working with Alaska Natives and Spanish speakers that began to spur her interest in cross cultural work.

Dr. Renteria first discovered HNS during her post-doctoral fellowship and a few years later served in the role of webmaster (creating the HNS listserv we use today!). She then became president of the organization in 2010. Currently, Dr. Renteria serves as the Chair of the Awards Committee. Over the years, she has enjoyed being able to meet and work with so many peers that have the same passion.

Dr. Renteria is the founder and owner of Oregon Neurobehavioral Group in Portland (OregonNeurobehavioralGroup.com). She conducts neuropsychological evaluations in English and Spanish with adults that have a variety of neurological conditions. She also performs legal work including civil cases and worker’s compensation evaluations. She is currently serving as a Member on the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Additional professional highlights include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Loyola University Chicago
  • Post-doctoral fellowship – University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Pre-doctoral internship – University of Florida Health Science Center
  • Publications available for review via ResearchGate
  • Board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Neuropsychology

In her free time, Dr. Renteria enjoys traveling, shopping at the farmer’s market, scary movies, papercrafts, and long walks with her husband and dog.

DELIA SILVA, PSYD, ABPP

Dr. Silva’s parents immigrated from Panama and Chile to the United States, and she was born and raised in melting pot that is New York City. She grew up speaking Spanish at home and feels fortunate to have grown up in an environment where cultural diversity was the norm, not the exception.

During her training to become a neuropsychologist, Dr. Silva was often asked to work with Spanish-speaking patients, though most training sites did not have supervisors who also spoke Spanish or had sufficient cultural knowledge relevant to Latinx populations. She joined HNS as a student and found mentorship and training resources that helped her gain competency in providing neuropsychological services to these patients. Dr. Silva has served on the HNS Board as Member-at-Large (2014-2016) and Secretary (2019-2022). She has also been involved with several committees over the years and is currently serving as the Chair of the Information Technology (IT) Committee. She views HNS as the main organization to promote development of professional resources and scientific advancements in neuropsychology that are specific to Latinx groups; she is honored to help the organization in any way she can. 

Dr. Silva is the owner of Pacific Neurobehavioral Clinic, PC, a group practice in San Diego, California that offers neuropsychological evaluation and psychotherapy services to adults with various neuropsychiatric conditions. She engages in clinical and civil forensic work and oversees the clinic operations.

Educational, training and professional experiences include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Florida Institute of Technology
  • Post-doctoral fellowships – Fullerton Neuropsychological Services, St. Jude Medical Center (one year; neurorehabilitation) and University of California San Diego (one year; clinical neuropsychology)
  • Staff neuropsychologist at Sharp Memorial and Grossmont hospitals from 2009-2012
  • Board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) for the state of California
  • Treasurer and Current Chair of California Psychological Association-Division 8 (Neuropsychology)

In her spare time, Dr. Silva enjoys playing and making music (piano and electronic instruments; she recently took up learning how to play the theremin), playing tennis, karaoke, and spending time with family and friends. 

Mirella Díaz-Santos, PHD

Dr. Diaz-Santos is from Villas de Loíza, Canóvanas Puerto Rico. She attended public schools with supportive teachers who believed in their students. During middle school, she was mentored to apply to a science and math program at Berwind High School (San Juan). La Escuela Superior de Berwind is where she learned about her passion for science and psychology.

With a clear sense for the importance of kind-authentic mentorship and sponsorship for Latino/a/x trainees, Dr. Díaz-Santos began her journey as the Chair of the Mentoring and Education Committee in January 2020. She and her committee members re-launched the Mentoring Program during the Fall of 2019 with the vision of fostering connections “a la distancia” via mentoring-pairing, peer-to-peer mentoring, and an virtual educational program to engage the whole HNS community in the topics of mentoring, sponsorship, scholarly identity, and professional currency. 

Dr. Díaz-Santos is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is the current Director of Research for the Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence and Research Psychologist at the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research. By training, she is a neuropsychologist with an expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias working primarily with the Latino/a older adult community. Her clinical-research program focuses on: 1) engaging in community outreach programs to increase knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease, comorbid medical conditions, and healthy aging; and 2) collaborating with community organizations and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) academic centers to improve access to culturally and linguistically congruent assessment, treatment, and research.

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Boston University
  • Post-doctoral fellowships (UCLA) – Medical Psychological Assessment Clinical/Cultural Neuropsychology Program (clinical neuropsychology); Human Connectome Project: Aging and the Depression Grand Challenge (research) 
  • Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology Culture and Diversity Committee
  • Publications available for review via Google Scholar

Dr. Díaz-Santos loves dancing, karaoke, and hiking, as well as spending virtual time exercising and/or singing with her nephews and niece who live in Puerto Rico.

Maria Marquine, PHD

Dr. Marquine was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and immigrated to the United States (US) to pursue higher education in neuropsychology. Given her linguistic background and interest in serving vulnerable segments of the US population, most of her patients were Spanish-speaking individuals of Hispanic/Latino origin/descent. These clinical experiences raised her awareness regarding the dearth of neuropsychological research among Hispanics and propelled her to forge a research career focused on neurocognitive disparities in this population.

Dr. Marquine served as Member-At-Large for HNS between 2016 and 2018 and has been the Chair of the HNS Science Committee since 2018. Her involvement in HNS leadership stems from her passion and commitment to advancing clinical practice, research, and training/mentorship in neuropsychology among Hispanics/Latinos.

Dr. Marquine is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego. She has established a research program on neurocognitive disparities among Hispanics that has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the past 10 years. She has also received foundation and philanthropic funding to purse neuropsychological research in Latin America. Given Dr. Marquine’s passion for mentoring, she holds leadership positions and mentors trainees in various NIH-funded research training programs, many of them focused on advancing the research career of underrepresented trainees. Her mentoring work has spanned various career levels, from high school to early faculty.

Additional professional highlights include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Arizona
  • Pre-doctoral internship – Rush University Medical Center
  • Post-doctoral fellowship – Duke University and the University of California San Diego
  • Member, American Psychological Association Committee on Human Research & International Neuropsychological Society Continuing Education Committee
  • Eligible for certification in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
  • Publications available for review via National Center for Biotechnology Information

On a more personal level, Dr. Marquine enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, long walks on the beach, and running.

Michelle Miranda, PHD

Dr. Miranda is the daughter of immigrant parents from El Salvador, who fled their country during the civil war. Her family had a very humble beginning in Southeast Los Angeles, where they experienced injustices that cultivated her desire and drive to improve the lives of her family members and community. She was the first in her family to attend a four-year university and to subsequently obtain a doctorate degree. Her early experiences laid the groundwork for her professional work with the Spanish-speaking community, as well as her community service activities.

Dr. Miranda is passionate about social justice issues and the role of clinical neuropsychologists as advocates for patients. To this end, she joined HNS in 2019, as the Co-Chair for the Social Justice and Advocacy Committee, where she works on initiatives aimed at bringing accessibility issues to the forefront and advocating for the equitable service and treatment of all.

Dr. Miranda is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She conducts neuropsychological evaluations and provides psychotherapy services to patients with epilepsy, including pre-surgical cases, as well as Wada testing, in both English and Spanish. During her short tenure at the University of Utah, she has developed the first Spanish neuropsychological service for patients with neurological conditions. In addition to her clinical duties, she also participates in providing free cognitive evaluations to underserved populations at the Fourth Street Clinic, which is a community clinic that partners with the University of Utah Department of Neurology in order to provide services to populations that would otherwise be unable to obtain such services.

Additional professional highlights include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology
  • Pre-doctoral internship – Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System
  • Post-doctoral fellowship – University of Miami, Department of Neurology

On a personal note, Dr. Miranda enjoys salsa/bachata dancing, eating (particularly desserts/cake), hiking in the mountains of Utah, and spending time with family and friends.

DAVID M. LECHUGA, PhD, ABPP, ABN

Dr. Lechuga was born in Lynwood, California and raised in Carson, California. His mother was Mexican and Filipina American, and his father was Mexican American. He is also of Native American decent. His professional work is viewed through these ethnic and cultural influences. Dr. Lechuga is also a United States Air Force (USAF) veteran.

Dr. Lechuga is a past president of HNS and is the current administrative director. HNS is home to him because of its emphasis on cultural neuropsychology. HNS serves as a source of inspiration for his governance work.

Dr. Lechuga is the director of The Neurobehavioral Clinic & Counseling Center, a private practice servicing individuals with learning, cognitive, and behavioral challenges (www.neuroclinic.com). He conducts assessments and therapy with brain-injured adolescents and adults. Dr. Lechuga is a civil forensic neuropsychologist and serves as the sports neuropsychology consultant for several professional and amateur teams including the LA Kings, LA Football Club, LA Galaxy, and Concordia University. He also supervises interns and postdoctoral fellows at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence.

Additional training and professional experiences include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – UCLA
  • Pre-doctoral internship – UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
  • Licensed in California, Hawaii, and Arizona
  • Board-certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, as well as through the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology
  • Former president of the California Psychological Association and represented California at the APA Council of Representatives for six years

Dr. Lechuga’s life gifts revolve around family; he has been married for 35 years, and has a son, a daughter, a grandson, and a granddaughter on the way! Distractions include music, karate, and paddling his outrigger canoe.