President 2018-2019: Monica Rivera Mindt, PhD, ABPP
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.
President Elect 2019: Veronica Bordes Edgar PhD, ABPP
Dr. Veronica Bordes Edgar is an Associate Professor with joint faculty appointments in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Originally from Mexico, she immigrated to the United States as a young child. She earned her doctorate from Arizona State University in 2008 after completing her pre-doctoral internship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bordes Edgar went on to complete her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2010. She became board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2014. Dr. Bordes Edgar serves as a bilingual Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and is Co-Director for the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern 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.
Dr. Bordes Edgar served on the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS) Executive Committee as Secretary from 2015-2017 and was active in the organization of the first HNS Conference in 2015 as well as the bylaws revision in late 2017. She is also a founding member establishing HNS as a non-profit organization. Dr. Bordes Edgar currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) as the first Early Career Psychologist representative. She serves as a Mentor for the Be Ready for American Board of Professional Psychology in Neuropsychology (BRAIN) Survivors Program as well as a mock examiner. She also serves on the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Relevance 2050 Committee. Because of her work for ABPP and the profession, Dr. Bordes Edgar was awarded the 2018 ABPP Early Career Psychology Service Award.
Secretary 2018-2019: Beatriz (Tish) MacDonald, PhD
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 2019-2020: Christine Salinas, PsyD
Dr. Christine Salinas is the Founding Director of Space Coast Neuropsychology Center with locations in Melbourne and Winter Park, Florida. She is the Founding Chairwoman of Niños Health, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the delivery of innovative, culturally responsive care, research, and education for diverse children and families who are struggling with conditions that affect development. Dr. Salinas has clinical experience working with bilingual, multicultural, and international patient populations across diverse settings. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Central Florida and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology. Previously, Dr. Salinas was a Staff Neuropsychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in the Epilepsy Division. She co-developed the epilepsy neuropsychology program at Florida Hospital Orlando. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology, her Internship in Neuropsychology at Emory University School of Medicine and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Florida Hospital. Dr. Salinas has first or co-authorship on 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as 30 invited national and international presentations. She is a reviewer for 16 scientific journals and serves on the Editorial Board of the newly established Revista Iberoamericana de Neuropsicologia. She has active projects underway focusing on epilepsy, cultural neuropsychology, and multicultural training.
Member At Large 2018-2019: Adriana M. Strutt, PhD, 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 2019-2020: Carmen Carrion, PsyD
Clinical Instructor at Yale University School of Medicine
Education and Training: Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts from Brooklyn College, CUNY; Doctor of Psychology from Roosevelt University; Clinical Neuropsychology Predoctoral Internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital; Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan
HNS Member-at-Large Candidate Statement: Today, I am seeking candidacy for the Member-At-Large position so that I can 1) advocate for patients with limited English proficiency who are vulnerable to being misunderstood, misrepresented, and over-pathologized, 2) promote the continued advancement of multicultural neuropsychology as an evidence-based branch of health care, and 3) support bilingual/bicultural neuropsychologists who are often faced with inadequate institutional support for the services we provide.
Student Representative 2019: Miguel Arce, PhD
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.
Student Representative Elect 2019: Giselle Leal, PsyD
Dr. Giselle Leal recently completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with concentration in neuropsychology at Albizu University (Miami, FL). She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Rusk Rehabilitation Institute at NYU Langone Health and is currently completing a two-year neuropsychology fellowship at University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Former clinical experiences include a one-year neurorehabilitation externship at Jackson Memorial Hospital – Ryder Trauma Center and a one-year neuropsychology externship at University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine. Additionally, she completed a one-year practicum at the Miami VA in the inpatient psychiatric acute crisis unit. Clinical interests include working with adults with acquired brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases. Research interests include understanding the role of cultural diversity on cognitive performance, as well as the ecological validity of neuropsychological measures. She co-authored a book chapter on performing neuropsychological evaluations with illiterate individuals, as well as a book chapter on the history of neuropsychology in Latin America. As the Student Representative Elect, she would like to continue to “pay it forward” by having a voice that can reach a larger audience and continue to advocate and promote fair services that will result in a reduction in health disparities among minorities.