Cultural Neuropsychology in Immigration Mental Health Evaluations

September 29, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Tedd Judd, PhD, ABPP

Monica Oganes, PhD

Shelley Peery, PhD

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Immigration issues involve high-stakes evaluations and skills that extend beyond typical cultural neuropsychology.  This presentation will provide attendees with a roadmap for applying their current skills to this population in order to answer common referral questions posed in immigration proceedings.

  1. Identify and access the legal foundations and mental health questions for 6 types of immigration evaluations.
  2. Identify the roles that neuropsychologists may sometimes take in such evaluations. 
  3. Identify the cultural and clinical skills needed for such evaluations and access resources to acquire and facilitate such skills.

Tedd Judd, PhD, ABPP-CN, is a cross-cultural clinical and forensic neuropsychologist with 40 years of experience. He has evaluated clients from about 90 countries and has taught neuropsychology in 27 countries, including a Fulbright Senior Lectureship in Spain and two years of teaching and living in Costa Rica. He is Past President of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society and recipient of their Mentoring in Cultural Neuropsychology Award. He teaches a practicum in non-English cross-cultural psychology. He has completed over 1000 evaluations for medical exceptions from the US citizenship exam and has also addressed all of the other immigration evaluation issues presented in this workshop. He is Distinguished Professor and academic co-director of Central America’s first Master’s degree in neuropsychology at the Universidad del Valle, Guatemala. He teaches neuropsychological assessment at Seattle Pacific University. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He has published a book on Neuropsychotherapy and over 20 other book chapters and articles. He received his BA from Princeton, his PhD from Cornell, training in neuropsychology at the Boston VA hospital, and his postdoctoral training in neuropsychology at the University of Washington.

Shelley Peery, PhD completed her PhD in Neuropsychology at City University of New York and her post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at NYU Medical Center.  She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and has focused on cross cultural assessment for over 20 years.  Bilingual in Spanish, she evaluates individuals of all languages.  Recognizing the limitations to access to care that diverse patients experience, Dr. Peery is passionate about improving access to culturally competent neuropsychological services.  She directs a clinic with neuropsychology training programs in San Francisco, CA and has served on various committees for HNS, including as Secretary from 2008-2012, and currently, as co-chair of the Social Justice and Advocacy Task Force.

Monica Oganes, Ph.D. started her career with an Ed.S. in school psychology from the University of Central Florida. To increase representation and to provide services to minoritized groups, she pursued a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a neuropsychology concentration at Fielding Graduate University and completed an internship in pediatric rehabilitation at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was given the Distinguished Alumni Award at George Mason University. As an immigrant from Peru, Dr. Oganes is passionate about providing trauma-informed services to culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. She served as President of the Florida Association of School Psychologists and Latino Co-Chair of the National Association of School Psychologists for over a decade. She recently was elected Florida Delegate for NASP and serves as Team Leader for the Bilingual Interest Group. Dr. Oganes has conducted hundreds of immigration evaluations and has testified in immigration court numerous times. She provides training at Universities, psychological and educational organizations at the national and international levels. She has translated about twenty psychological instruments and provides consultation to test publishers. Her current work includes book chapters in the provision of services to immigrant children in the schools and in multicultural school neuropsychology.

Capps, Randy, Julia Gelatt, Ariel G. Ruiz Soto, and Jennifer Van Hook. 2020. Unauthorized immigrants in the United States: Stable numbers, changing origins. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Ewing, W.A., Martinez, D., & Rumbaut, R.G. (2015). The criminalization of immigration in the United States. American Immigration Council Special Report.

Sulkowski ML, Wolf JN. Undocumented immigration in the United States: Historical and legal context and the ethical practice of school psychology. School Psychology International. 2020;41(4):388-405. doi:10.1177/0143034320927449

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