Board Members

Yayci Patiño, MA

Student Representative

Karen Dorsman, BA

Student Representative-Elect

Committee Chairs

Anita Hamilton, PhD, ABPP

Membership and Elections

Carmen Carrión, PsyD

Membership and Elections

Angela Canas, PhD


Mirella Diaz-Santos, PhD

Mentorship and Education

Shelley Peery, PhD

Social Justice and Advocacy

Michelle Miranda, PhD

Social Justice and Advocacy

HNS Staff
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.


Dr. Silva’s parents immigrated from Panama and Chile, and she was born in the melting pot of New York City. She concurrently learned Spanish and English during early childhood, speaking Spanish at home with her family and growing up around English-speaking peers. Living in New York City and being just one person in a very large and colorful crowd, Dr. Silva was regularly exposed to people of widely varying cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, which has led to her egalitarian world view.

Dr. Silva has been involved with HNS since graduate school. Being one of the few, if not the only, Spanish-speaking graduate students at most of her training sites, she was often assigned to work with monolingual Spanish speakers. She would have to independently seek out additional resources, as information was not always readily available through her training sites. HNS was an organization that provided additional mentorship opportunities and informational resources. Over the years, HNS has increasingly developed a louder voice within the field of neuropsychology to ensure that research and clinical practice are addressing multicultural variables that affect how providers conduct work with patients of varying backgrounds.

Dr. Silva is now the director of Pacific Neurobehavioral Clinic, PC, a group practice in San Diego that provides neuropsychological evaluation and psychological treatment services to adults, as well as civil forensic evaluations (https://www.neuropacific.com). Her neuropsychological areas of specialty include acquired brain injuries (mainly traumatic brain injuries cerebrovascular accidents) and neurodegenerative conditions. She oversees treatment rendered by other clinicians within the clinic for individuals with mood, anxiety, and somatoform disorders, as well as post traumatic stress disorder. 

Additional 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 for California Psychological Association-Division 8 (Neuropsychology)

In her spare time, if Dr. Silva is not at home with her family, pets, and garden, she can be found singing karaoke or paddle boarding.

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. 

Heidi Bender, PHD, ABPP​

Dr. Bender was born and raised in the melting-pot of Coney Island. She has resided in four of the five boroughs of New York City throughout her lifetime and has sought every opportunity to become immersed in the vibrant tapestries unique to each neighborhood, through her friendships, exploration of the arts, and food. Her deep awareness of and respect for a person’s unique life experiences, and their cumulative influence on their past, present, and future continues to imbue her work today.

Membership and leadership involvement in HNS seemed to be a natural fit for Dr. Bender, as the espíritu de inclusión y familia, is one that strongly resonates with her personal and professional missions. Currently, Dr. Bender is the Member-At-Large (2020-2021), the Chair of the Membership and Elections Committee, and a member of the Mentoring and Education Committee. She is especially passionate about creating educational opportunities aimed at improving the cultural awareness and sensitivity afforded to the Latinx community, as well as directly supervising and supporting Latinx trainees and early-career neuropsychologists to ensure that future generations are as linguistically-, racially-, culturally- and experientially-diverse as the patient populations that they serve.

Dr. Bender is the Director of Neuropsychological Services at The Mount Sinai Epilepsy Center and an Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is also the Director of Neuropsychology Training Program within The Mount Sinai Epilepsy Center. As an accomplished researcher in the fields of epilepsy and cross-cultural neuropsychology, Dr. Bender has been an invited lecturer throughout the United States and abroad on these and other topics. Moreover, Dr. Bender has published in over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts in national and international scientific journals, as well as book chapters and encyclopedia entries.

Additional educational and training highlights include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Pre-doctoral internship – The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University (NYU) Medical Center
  • Post-doctoral fellowship (3-year) – NYU School of Medicine, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
  • Board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Co-Chair, New York Neuropsychology Group Bilingual Task Force

Dr. Bender enjoys going on “adventures,” as her young son is fond of saying, including hiking, swimming, cooking, and traveling.

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). 


Dr. Patiño is originally from Colombia and immigrated to the United States (US) at the age of 13 years. Upon arriving to the US, she not only had to adjust to learning English, but she also assumed the responsibility of helping her family navigate a foreign system in order to apply for political asylum. That experience helped her become a self-sufficient and resourceful person, characteristics that led her to become a first-generation college graduate. Dr. Patiño’s education has been largely centered around Latino mental health. As part of her culturally-oriented training, she completed clinical work in Ecuador, where she provided psychosocial support to children and families at risk for post-earthquake trauma. Through her dissertation work on the efficacy of cognitive skills intervention in the Hispanic community, Dr. Patiño quickly realized the methodological barriers in research within the Spanish-speaking population. Consequently, she hopes to continue tailoring her work to serve the Hispanic community.

Dr. Patiño joined HNS in 2019, assuming the Student Representative Elect position, as well as the student liaison position for the Mentorship and Education Committee. Through her roles, she is able to support student members in overcoming the unique challenges that minority students face in this country. She also promotes key topics to advance cultural neuropsychology and provide resources to foster cultural humility.

Dr. Patiño is currently a clinical neuropsychology fellow in the cultural and bilingual lifespan neuropsychology track at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. In this role, she conducts neuropsychological assessment in Spanish and English for patients with complex medical, neurological, and psychiatric diagnoses. Additionally, Dr. Patiño provides family-level therapeutic interventions for children exposed to complex trauma.

Additional training and professional highlights include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – William James College
  • Pre-doctoral internship – UCLA, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior

On a personal level, Dr. Patiño enjoys teaching spinning classes, road cycling, knitting, cooking, and salsa dancing. She also enjoys long walks with her fur baby, Diego.

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.


Dr. Carrión is an Afro-Latina originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She grew up in a predominantly immigrant, Hispanic/Latinx neighborhood in Brooklyn where few of her community members achieved a high level of education. Her community’s health care providers rarely, if ever, shared the people’s cultural history or spoke their language. This, among other reasons, motivated her to pursue higher education and practice in health care.

Although grateful for the quality of her training, Dr. Carrión was saddened that so few of her peers and mentors shared her cultural heritage. It wasn’t until she joined HNS in 2013 that she found other professionals with similar linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Carrión admires what HNS represents and shares their commitment to promoting the competent practice of neuropsychology with Spanish-speaking populations. She greatly benefits from participating in HNS-sponsored events at conferences and from interacting with other bilingual/bicultural professionals. Since 2019, she has been honored to serve as Member-At-Large, and in that role, she works behind the scenes to support the board of directors and committee chairs in various initiatives. Recognizing that HNS’s strength comes from its membership, she strongly encourages members to reach out with new ideas to grow and refine the organization.

Dr. Carrión is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Her primary role is to provide culturally-informed neuropsychological evaluations in English and Spanish to individuals presenting with diverse clinical conditions. Her clinical and research interests include memory and neurodegenerative disorders with a focus on how demographic factors influence the manifestation of neurological syndromes.

Additional training and professional accomplishments include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Roosevelt University
  • Pre-doctoral internship – Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Post-doctoral fellowship – University of Michigan
  • Member,  Clinical and Outreach Cores of Yale’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter Medical Scientific Advisory Council
  • Publications available for review via Google Scholar

In her free time, Dr. Carrión enjoys hiking, yoga, bike riding, traveling, exotic cuisines, and spending time with family and friends.

Angela Canas, PHD

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 to the scarcity of bilingual programming and her limited English language proficiency 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 is able to connect with others who are passionate about providing equitable and quality care to marginalized populations. She also has the opportunity to raise public awareness about the importance of multicultural issues as it relates to the field of neuropsychology and society at large.

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 bilingual (Spanish-English) 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 a member of the UTSW Clinical Psychology Training Committee and plays a principal role in the education and clinical supervision of trainees. 

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
  • Eligible for certification in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
  • Publications available for review via Google Scholar

On a more personal level, 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.

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.

Shelley Peery, PHD

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Peery was exposed to ethnically diverse communities early on. She lived in Guatemala for a year volunteering with a non-governmental organization to serve Mayan communities, deepening her awareness of the relevance and impact of culture. Being bilingual in Spanish, Dr. Peery began focusing on cross cultural assessment early in her graduate training and very soon, recognized the lag in access to care that her Spanish-speaking patientsexperienced. 

A member of HNS since 2005, Dr. Peery is passionate about improving Spanish-speakers’ access to culturally competent neuropsychological services. She has served on various HNS committees and as Secretary from 2008-2012. Currently, she is Co-Chair of the Social Justice and Advocacy Task Force. 

Dr. Peery is the founder and executive director of San Francisco Neuropsychology, PC (SFN; www.sanfrancisconeuropsychology.org), an institute for cross-cultural neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan. She maintains clinical and forensic caseloads, teaches, and collaborates on SFN research. Dr. Peery evaluates individuals of all languages. She established SFN in 2009 to provide culturally competent evaluations and training. SFN staff train an average of two post-doctoral fellows and five practicum students per year. Dr. Peery also teaches at the University of California, Berkeley Extension in their neuropsychology certificate program.

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Pre-doctoral internship – Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Post-doctoral fellowship–The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University (NYU) Medical Center
  • Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Recognized for her community service by the San Francisco Psychological Association and the American Red Cross
  • Publications available for review via Google Scholar

Dr. Peery enjoys spending time with family, especially her teenage daughter, and taking walks on the beaches of Northern California.

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.

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.


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.