Ethnic Minority Affairs (EMA) Subcommittee
Society for Clinical Neuropsychology

PIAC Ethnic Minority Affairs (EMA) Subcommittee
The PIAC EMA Subcommittee is an integral part of PIAC’s mission, as it promotes the integration of diverse populations into the fabric of neuropsychological practice, research, teaching, and training in order to provide neuropsychologists with the knowledge and resources to better understand and serve an increasingly diverse U.S. population. Similarly, EMA aims to reduce the historic inequities present in the field of neuropsychology. The committee has established a variety of means to support its overarching goal, including:

  • Providing information and education on culturally relevant topics in neuropsychology,
  • Supporting mentoring program/database to encourage the career development of neuropsychologists of diverse backgrounds,
  • Hosting scheduled mentoring and other events at the APA and INS conventions, and
  • Maintaining a listserv for all who are interested in crosscultural/multicultural issues in neuropsychology.


To join the EMA listserv or to learn more about the EMA mentoring program, please contact EMA Subcommittee Chair, April Thames, Ph.D. (

An addition resource includes the APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs:



PIAC EMA Subcommittee Chairperson


April Thames, PhD,
Term: 2012-2015


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Dr. April D. Thames is an Assistant Professor at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is a recipient of an NIH Career Development Award (K23) to develop her laboratory in cultural neuropsychology, neuroscience, and health disparities. Dr. Thames has focused her research on the neurological and neurocognitive effects of infectious disease, substance abuse, and cerebrovascular risk factors among underrepresented groups, particularly ethnic/racial minorities. She is Principal Investigator on four grant supported studies targeting (1) Neuroimaging and neurocognitive correlates of HIV and Hepatitis C disease severity; (2) the impact of stereotype threat and perceived discrimination in neurocognitive performance in African Americans; and (3) neurological and functional consequences of HIV in geriatric HIV adults (4) genetic predictors of cognitive impairment.  In her clinical work, Dr. Thames is particularly interested in cognitive issues in ethnic and racially diverse aging populations.


PIAC EMA Subcommittee Members


Raul Gonzalez, PhD,
Term: 2012-2015


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Dr. Gonzalez obtained his PhD from the San Diego State University / University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, where he specialized in neuropsychology and completed his graduate research at the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC) under the mentorship of Drs. Igor Grant and Robert Heaton. He completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology with Drs. Neil Pliskin and Eileen Martin at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he continued as an assistant professor from 2006 to 2012. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois and an expert in neuropsychological assessment, with substantial experience conducting culturally competent neuropsychological evaluations with monolingual Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Gonzalez is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University.


June Paltzer, PhD,
Term: 2012-2015


Dr. June Yu Paltzer is a California licensed psychologist, and is a diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) and the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She evaluates children, adolescents, adults and older adults in both the clinical and forensic settings.  She speaks Mandarin Chinese, as well as reads and writes traditional and simplified Chinese with native fluency. She loves music of all cultures and is an amateur pianist.


Pegah Touadji, PhD,
Term: 2011-2014


Dr. Pegah Touradji is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree at Columbia University in 2003, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology with specialization in traumatic brain injury and memory disorders at the James A. Haley Veterans Affairs Hospital, as well as a fellowship in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Touradji’s clinical work primarily focuses on neuropsychological evaluations and rehabilitation interventions with persons various neurological disorders and acquired brain injuries. Her research focuses on the impact of education and literacy disparities on neuropsychological test performance of urban African American adults with diabetes.

  Pedro Saez, PhD,
Term: 2012-2015
  Michelle Madore, PhD,
Term: 2013-2016

Dr. Michelle Madore is a postdoctoral fellow at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and VA Martinez Outpatient Clinic with a specialization in polytrauma and cognitive rehabilitation. Broadly speaking, Dr. Madore's research interests center around cultural neuropsychology, the neuropsychology of polytrauma and cognitive rehabilitation in polytrauma exposed individuals. She is also passionate about advocating for and supporting ethnic minority individuals throughout their career trajectories. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati, where she received specialized training in neuropsychology. Dr. Madore completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

PIAC EMA Student Representative


Preeti Sunderaraman, M.S.,
Term: 2013-2016


Preeti Sunderaraman is currently a fourth year Ph.D. student in the clinical neuropsychology concentration at Drexel University, Philadelphia. She is keen on becoming an evidence-based clinical researcher with a focus on rehabilitation neuropsychology and, hopes to make an impact on public policies. Towards this end, her dissertation is aimed at investigating the influence of neurocognitive abilities on financial capacity in acquired brain injury. She has had experience in volunteering for several outreach activities in India and in the United States. Preeti is a committee member of the Student International Neuropsychological Society (SINS) since 2011, and she has helped survey academic needs in neuropsychology from students in India. One of her career goals is to mentor students of diverse backgrounds and across cultures. As the student representative of Division 40's Ethnic Minority Committee, Preeti is actively involved in the mentorship program. She has also been regularly volunteering at different conferences including the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN).