Student Association

About the Student Association 

The Student Association supports the goals and mission of HNS as it relates to trainees and increases visibility and awareness of HNS activities within its student members. The Student Representative (SR) and the Student Representative-Elect (SRE) function as liaisons between students and the Executive Board and Mentoring and Education Committee. The Student Association also provides training, mentorship, and leadership opportunities for students to further their professional development and prepares student members for future Student Representative positions.

Member Benefits 

Active membership within the Student Association is apt to facilitate networking with seasoned cross-cultural neuropsychologists and peers with similar interests, as well as provide a myriad of opportunities to practice leadership and teamwork skills.

Committee Chair & Co-Chair

andrea mejia kurasz
Andrea Mejia Kurasz, m.a.
Student Rep-Elect


Priscilla Amofa
Priscilla amofa-ho, m.s., m.a.
Bliss Quintana
Bliss Quintana, m.s.
Gladiliz Rivera
Rita Rivera

 Clinical Directory Project

COVID-19 Resources:
A Joint Effort Between the Student Association and Communications Committee

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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. 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.