Women in Leadership (WIL) Committee

Mission Statement

The mission of the NAN Women in Leadership (WIL) Committee is to educate, encourage, and mentor female neuropsychologists to become leaders within NAN and in the field.

  Chair: Heidi Rossetti, Ph.D.

Committee Members: Kamini Krishnan, Ph.D., Erica Kaplan, Ph.D., Jennifer Peraza, Ph.D., Janya Mercado, Ph.D., Colette Smart, Ph.D., Nyaz Didehbani, Ph.D., Paige Mission, Ph.D., Tiffany Cummings, Psy.D., Kayla Whearty, Ph.D. (Trainee), Shanna Cooper, Ph.D. (Trainee)

Getting Involved in NAN

WIL strongly encourages women to become involved in NAN committees and to seek leadership positions within NAN. Volunteering to serve on a committee is an excellent way to gain experience, meet other NAN members, network, and pave the way for eventual leadership positions. WIL encourages women, men, and transgendered individuals to apply to join the committee. Information about NAN committees and the description of each committee is located here. Be sure to indicate your interest in joining a committee when you renew your membership dues or in your member profile.

Become a NAN Fellow

Nominations for Fellow are solicited at the beginning of each year. WIL would like to encourage NAN members, and especially women, to apply for fellow status in NAN. Women in particular are often reluctant to nominate themselves, but we want to encourage you to do so. Please nominate yourself or someone in the field who has made significant contributions to the field of neuropsychology by clinical excellence, teaching, research contributions, and/or service. Attaining fellow status is an excellent way to demonstrate your leadership and commitment to the advancement of neuropsychology. Click here for a list of current NAN Fellows.

Announcements/Upcoming Programs

The WIL Committee of NAN is very pleased to announce the following:

Attention Graduating Students and Postdocs - Graduation Gift Initiative:
Do you want to give back to the advisor or supervisor who has given you extraordinary training, guidance, or support during your training experience? The Women in Leadership Committee (WIL) is committed to the recognition of exceptional educators, male or female, who have provided a special contribution to the professional development of their students and trainees.  The WIL Committee would like to help graduating doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows give a special “thank you” to a faculty member or supervisor who has made an impact on their training. With your nomination, WIL will recognize that person at the NAN annual conference this November, and s/he will be given a certificate of appreciation indicating that you have made a donation in her or his honor.  WIL will subsequently list honored advisors, supervisors, and mentors on the NAN website.  Recognition can be made by an individual or by a group.

Please tell us, in a sentence or two, about your advisor or supervisor’s special contribution to your training experience.  Complete the nomination form and include your monetary donation of $50 and contact information for your honoree.  The money collected in support of the Graduation Gift Program will be used to support WIL’s mission to foster leadership and success in female neuropsychologists.  Please note that this is not a tax-deductible donation.

Attention Professional Neuropsychologists - WIL Mentor Tribute Initative: The Women in Leadership (WIL) Committee of the National Academy of Neuropsychology would like to know if there is someone for whom you have a place in your heart because she or he provided guidance and inspiration to you during your career development.  Because WIL is committed to the recognition of exceptional mentors who have made a difference in the professional development of practicing neuropsychologists, we are continuing our Mentorship Tribute Initiative. WIL will be recognizing honored mentors at our special event at the NAN Annual Conference. Please complete the nomination form, with your $100 donation per mentor, and include contact information for your mentor. Tell us, in a sentence or two, the contribution your mentor provided to your professional development. Donations will be evenly divided between the WIL Kaplan Scholarship Fund and the WIL Educational Fund to further support leadership and mentoring development. Your mentor will receive a certificate indicating that you have made a donation in her or his honor, recognizing that person as an honored mentor.


Edith Kaplan Scholarship - 5 Strong Years and Counting

Started with seed money by Ms. Ann Richardson and Dr. Ron Ruff, the scholarship was established to fund 3-4 students each year to attend activities sponsored by WIL at the Annual Conference. Edith Kaplan’s family has given their wholehearted endorsement of naming this scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Kaplan. Rachel Kaplan said that students were her grandmother’s passion and she and her father know that she would have been delighted to help support students attend WIL events.

Each year, students in NAN are invited by WIL to write an essay – each year there is a new theme – which involves reflecting upon the nature of leadership.  The essays are judged by a subcommittee, and winners are selected to receive an Edith Kaplan Scholarship. The scholarship consists of free registration for the WIL Networking Event and funds to defray travel expenses to the Conference. Previous winners are:

Haley Bednarz
Patricia Garcia
Elizabeth Miceli
Ramya Rangamannar
Erica Kaplan
Amanda Rach
Denise Vagt
Jennifer Yuan

Tamar Gefen
Morgan Glusman

Nick Bott
Ashley Curiel 
Kathryn Dunham 
Kamini Krishnan

Katie Eichstaedt
Maia Feigon
Natanya Hochsztein
Chelsea Morse 

Maria Grosch
Kate Higgins 
Colette Seter
Sommer Thorgusen

JoAnna Arguello
Andrea Byrne
Jessica L. Mackelprang
Jaquelyn Marcinak

WIL Educational Fund 

The WIL Educational Fund was started with seed money from Dr. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser with a challenge to others to match her contribution. The Educational Fund will be used to defray the costs of obtaining prominent speakers for WIL Events and/or assist with their travel expenses.
WIL would like to express our gratitude to those who have already contributed to these two funds. The generosity and support of NAN members has been very heartwarming and we are very grateful. Such support will enable us to continue our mission of educating, encouraging, and mentoring female neuropsychologists to become leaders within NAN and in the field. 

If you would like to contribute to either the Kaplan Scholarship or Educational WIL funds, please click here to download and complete the form and return it to the NAN Office.


2014 Annual Conference - Work/Life Balance Presentation

A session for students was held on November 12, 2014 at the NAN conference, co-hosted by WIL and the NAN Culture and Diversity Committee, entitled Strategies for Balancing Work and Home: True Stories.  The session had 3 panelists who presented advice gleaned from their own life experiences.

Work/Life Balance: Advice from our Speakers 

From Monica Rivera-Mindt, Ph.D., ABPP-CN  |  Fordham University
  • Prioritize – Put everything into two categories by Urgency and Importance. Be mindful of your career to maximize your time in the “Important/Not Urgent” category.
  • Keep perspective – Balancing work/life does not mean it’s 50-50 all of the time. Remember that there are going to be times when you will likely need to work like a maniac to get the job done, and that is ok. Just don’t let it become a habit!
  • Ask for what you need & be brave – In particular, challenge yourself -- ask to meet with someone successful whom you respect. Ask how s/he got there and gather pearls of wisdom.  You might be surprised by how gracious these people are and how illuminating their feedback will be for you.
  • Make this a habit – Every day, schedule time to write and/or do that thing that is important for your career but hard to find time for. Even if it’s 30 minutes, it makes a difference!
  • Reward yourself – Give yourself one treat every day.
From Melanie Chandler, Ph.D., ABPP-CN  |  Mayo Clinic
  • We are in a period of cultural transition with women in the work force. Recognize that transitions are rocky.
  • It is perfectly normal not to be in love with your career at all points of your career.
  • Choose what is important to you, and be kind to yourself about your decision.
  • Make yourself valuable before asking for flexibility.
  • Find a trusted peer or mentor to discuss your wishes and concerns with. 
From Iliana Wingler , Psy.D.  |  United States Air Force
  • Prioritize everything:  time, money, relationships.  These are all commodities.  What do you choose?  What does it do for you?  For your family?  For your goals?  Which relationships do you invest in and build? 
  • Quality time over quantity... every moment is precious.  Schedules and routines in a busy family maximize time. 
  • Sleep is more important than you realize, and harder to make up for than you think. 
  • Build and use your support network.  No one can accomplish anything on their own, and no one is a success on their own. 
  • Make exercise and fitness a lifestyle, not an additional stressor that you try to find time to "fit in." 
  • Your outlook, what you choose to focus on, and how you choose to respond to events determine your outcome. 

Leadership Resources

Women in Leadership (WIL) Committee of NAN

As noted in our mission statement, the goal of WIL is to educate, encourage and mentor female neuropsychologists to become leaders. As such, we will be working on additional resources and/or announcements that will be posted on our webpage or that will be available through the NAN Newsflash and disseminated via the WIN listserv.
Our sponsored events are designed to provide an opportunity for casual networking with NAN leaders and experienced neuropsychologists in a fun and positive environment. Look for information about our social networking events and our service projects and how you can be involved.

Women and advancement in neuropsychology: real-life lessons learned by Robin C. Hilsabeck, Ph.D. and Eileen M. Martin, Ph.D. The article is available online here.

Women in NAN

Women currently holding leadership positions within NAN: Laura Lacritz (Past President), Cheryl Silver (President-Elect), Beth Arredondo (Treasurer), Sarah Viamonte (Secretary), Karin McCoy (Member-At-Large), Tresa Roebuck-Spencer (Member-At-Large), Maureen O'Connor (Member-At-Large), Kristen Triebel (Chair, Membership Committee), Chriscelyn Tussey (Chair, Women in Leadership Committee), Stephanie Bajo (Co-Chair, Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee), Alice Ann Holland (Co-Chair, Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee), Julie Horwitz (Chair, Education Committee), Maureen Schmitter Edgecombe (Chair, Clinical Research Grants Committee), Jill Hayes (Chair, COI Committee)

Female past presidents of NAN: Sandra Koffler (1995), Barbara Uzzell (2000), Robin Hilsabeck (2012), Laura Lacritz (2016)

Women on the Editorial Board of the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: Laura Flashman (Associate Editor), Cynthia Kubu (Associate Editor) Kyle Brauer Boone, Cathy Catroppa, Robin Hilsabeck, Laura Janzen, Angela Jefferson, Anne Shuttleworth-Edwards, Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, Paula K. Shear, Beth Slomine, and Ericka Wodka, (members)

Women in Neuropsychology (WIN), Division 40 Listserv

A listserv dedicated to issues of interest to female neuropsychologists, including leadership, education, and equity. More Info

American Association of University Women


Mentoring Resources

Basic Mentoring Relationships (Obtaining and Maintaining the Relationship)

  • Getting Mentored in Graduate School (Book) W. Brad Johnson
  • The importance of asking, mentoring and building networks for academic career success – a personal and social science perspective (Article) Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Introduction to Mentoring: A guide for Mentors and Mentees (APA 2006 Presidential Task Force)
  • The Mentee’s Guide: Making mentoring work for you (Book) Lois J. Zachary
  • Strategies to Design an effective mentoring program (Article) The Journal of Pediatrics
  • Website on Responsible Mentoring

Articles from WISMAC UT Southwesters Medical Center:

  • Zachary, Lois. The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships. Jossey-Bass, 2000.
  • Rohrich, R. Mentors in Medicine, Plast Reconstr Surg., 112(4):1087-1088, 2003.
  • Roth, L.M., The Champions Project: A Two-tiered Mentoring Approach to Faculty Development. Acad Med, 75:553-554, 2000.
  • Stone, D, et al. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most. Penguin, 1999.
  • Osborn, T.M., et al. Mentorship: Through the Looking Glass Into Our Future. Ann Emerg Med, 34:285-9, 1999.
  • Peddy, S. The art of mentoring: lead, follow and get out of the way. Bullion Bks, 1998.
  • Pololi, L.H., Knight, S.M., Dennis, K., Frankel, R.M. Helping Medical School Faculty Realize Their Dreams: An Innovative, Collaborative Mentoring Program. Acad Med, 2002;77:377-384.
  • Morzinski, J.A., et al. Faculty Development Through Formal Mentoring. Acad Med, 69:267-9, 1994.
  • Morzinski, J.A., Fisher, J.C., An Evaluation of Formal Mentoring Studies and a Model for their Improvement. Evaluation Practice, 17:43-56, 1996.
  • Morzinski, J.A., et al. A Descriptive, Cross-Sectional Study of Formal Mentoring for Faculty. Family Medicine, 20:595-597, 1998
  • Dalox, L.A., Effective Teaching and Mentoring, Jossey-Bass, 1986.
  • Daugird, A.J., et al. Computerized faculty time-management system in an academic family medicine department. Acad Med, 2003;76:129-36
  • Garman, K.A, et. al. Development of Junior Faculty’s Self-efficacy: Outcomes of A National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine. Acad Med, 2001;76:S74-76.
  • Goleman, D., et al. Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intellegence. Harvard Bus Schl Press, 2002.
  • Grady-Weliky, T., Kettyle, C., Hundert, E. New Light on Needs in the Mentor-Mentee Relationship. In Educating for Professionalism: Creating a Cultural of Humanism in Medical Education, edited by D. Wear and J. Bickel. Iowa City: U. of Iowa Press, 2000.
  • Guthrie, M. Challenges in Developing Physician Leadership & Management. Frontiers of Health Services Management 15 4:3-26. 1999.
  • Hitchcock, M.A., Bland, C.J. et al. Professional Networks: The Influence of Colleagues on the Academic Success of Faculty, Acad Med, 70:1108-16, 1995.
  • Jackson, V.A., et al. "Having the right chemistry": a qualitative study of mentoring in academic medicine. Acad Med, 78:328-334, 2003.
  • Kennedy, M.M. Someone Promised Mentors: Will You Deliver? The Physician Executive, March/April, 2001.
  • Linney, B.J., Characteristics of Good Mentors. The Physician Executive, May/June, 1999
  • Bligh, J. Mentoring: An Invisible Support Network. Medical Educ, 33: 2-3, 1999.
  • Bogdewic, S., et al., Leadership & Organizational Skills in Academic Medicine. Family Med, 29:262-5, 1997.
  • Bower, D., et al., Support-Challenge-Vision: A Model for Faculty Mentoring. Medical Teacher, 20:595-7, 1998.
  • Benjamin, J. Mentoring and the Art of Medicine, J of Trauma Injury, Infection & Crit.Care, 45:857-61, 1998.
  • Benor, D. Faculty Development, Teacher Training and Teacher Accreditation: Twenty Years From Now. Med Teacher, 22:503-512, 2000.
  • Benson, C. et al. Effective faculty preceptoring and mentoring during reorganization of an academic medical center. Medical Teacher, 2002, 24: 550-557
  • Bickel, J. Looking for Mentor Replacement Therapy? A Coach may be the Answer, J.A.M.W.A., 58: 210-211, 2003.

Diversity Issues in Mentoring

  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Trainees and Professionals in Psychology and Neuropsychology: Needs, trends, and Challenges (Article) Applied Neuropsychology
  • Thomas, D.A., The Truth About Mentoring Minorities: Race Matters. Harvard Business Review, 79:99-107, 2001.
  • Murrell, A., Crosby, F., Ely, R. Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships within Multicultural Organizations, Mahwah NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Pub, 1999.

Women’s Issues in Mentoring

  • Women and advancement in neuropsychology: real life lessons learned (Article) The Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • A Handbook for Women Mentors: Transcending barriers of stereotype, race, and ethnicity (Book) Carol A. Rayburn
  • Mentoring for Mid-Career Women (Monitor on Psychology Article)
  • Women Mentoring Women (Monitor on Psychology Article)
  • Mentoring Website for Neuroscientists
  • Women in Mentoring
  • Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business
    Pat Heim
    HD 6053 .H39 TOP-FLOOR (UTSW Library)
  • The Survival Bible for Women in Medicine
    Kathryn Ko
    W 20 K75S TOP-FLOOR (UTSW Library)
  • The Woman Scientist: Meeting the Challenges for a Successful Career
    Clarice M. Yentsch
    Q 130 Y45W TOP-FLOOR (UTSW Library)
  • Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
    Michael F. Crowley
    Q 149 .U5 C953W REFERENCE (UTSW Library)
  • Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation and Positive Strategies for Change
    Linda Babcock
    HD 58.6 .B53 TOP-FLOOR (UTSW Library)
  • Women Healers and Physicians: Climbing a Long Hill
    Lilian R. Furst
    WZ 80.5 .W5 W872 TOP-FLOOR (UTSW Library)
  • Women in Medicine: Career and Life Management
    Marjorie A. Bowman
    W 21 B787S TOP-FLOOR (UTSW Library)
  • Neumayer, L. et al. Mentors for Women in Surgery and their Effect on Career Advancement. Current Surgery, 52:163-166, 1995.
  • Bickel, J., Wara, D., Atkinson, B.F., Cohen, L.S., Dunn, M., Hostler, S., Johnson, T.R.B., Morahan, P., Rubenstein, A.H., Sheldon, G.F., and Stokes, E. Increasing Women’s Leadership in Academic Medicine: Report of the AAMC Project Implementation Committee. Acad Med, 2002; 77:1043-61.
  • Bickel, J. Mentors: Overcoming the Shortage in Women in Medicine: Getting in, Growing & Advancing, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2000. [805-499-9774 http://www.sagepub.com]

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

  • Life after graduate school (Book) Jerald M. Jellison (geared towards the transfer from academia to a job with a company or government agency)
  • The Portable Mentor (Book) Mitchell J. Prinstein (discusses the first decade of a career in psychology)
  • Fellowship goals for PHD’s and MD’s: A Primer on the Molecular Biology Postdoctoral Experience (Article) Cancer Biology and Therapy
  • Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers: A Guide for Postdoctoral scholars, advisers, institutions, funding organizations, and disciplinary societies (Article) National Academy Press

Career Opportunities

Other pertinent issues discussed

  • Tips to prevent burnout
  • Establishing a balance between work and life

Suggested Reading List

A special thank you to Chris Morrison, Chair of Women in Neuropsychology (WIN), for sharing their reading list to be posted on our website.

Leadership/Negotiating/Professional Skills:

  • Hardball for Women by Pat Heim and Susan K. Golant
  • Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and Gender Divide by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
  • Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman by Gail Evans
  • Surviving and Thriving Resource Guide for Women by APA

Women in Science: Professional Societies and Editorial Boards

  • The Representation of Women on the Editorial Boards of Major Medical Journals: A 35-Year Perspective. WWW.ARCHINTERNMED.COM
  • Haak, L. (2002). Women in Neuroscience (WIN): The First Twenty Year. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 70±79
  • Morton, M.J. & Sonnad, S.S. (2007)Women on Professional Society and JournalEditorial Boards. Journal of the National Medical Association, 99, 764-771

General Gender Issues, including Famous Women, Motherhood, etc.

  • The Mother Zone by M. Jackson (delightful read about life and motherhood, especially when trying to maintain your career)
  • A Woman’s Education by J.K. Conway (memoir of first woman President of Smith College)