Tony Wong Diversity Award
The NAN Culture & Diversity Committee is extremely pleased to announce the 9th annual diversity award in honor of Dr. Tony Wong. The Tony Wong Diversity Award was granted in recognition of the applicant’s efforts to promote public education, advocacy, and research in brain health in culturally diverse and minority communities. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS
Tony Wong Diversity Award- Mentor
2022 Recipient | Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, Ph.D.
Dr. Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla is currently a Research Professor at Ikerbasque. Basque Foundation for Science in Bilbao, Spain. He has been instrumental in securing grant funding as PI and co-PI from different national and international organizations.. Dr. Arango has received many awards for his accomplishments in neuropsychology including awards from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Psychological Association, the International Brain Injury Association, the International Neuropsychological Society and The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has published more than 350 articles and book chapters and edited 10 books. Dr. Arango has been a guest editor of 12 special issues in prominent rehabilitation journals. Dr. Arango has lectured at Grand Rounds at more than 102 different universities across the globe. He organized and chaired 6 international conferences on neuropsychology, cultural issues, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Dr. Arango is a founding member of the Colombian Neuropsychological Society, and he founded the IberoAmerican Journal of Neuropsychology. His research focuses on understanding and addressing the cognitive, psychological, and emotional needs of individuals with brain injury and their families. He is particularly interested in under-served populations, such as Spanish speakers, and carries out research in the US, Europe, and Latin America. He was PI of a large, multi-center norming study in which more than 14,000 adults and children from over 15 Latin American countries. Thanks to his leadership, normative data by country is now available for the 12 most used neuropsychological tests in each respective population.
Tony Wong Diversity Award- Early Career
2022 Recipient | Anny Reyes, Ph.D.
Anny Reyes, Ph.D. is an incoming postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology and neuroimaging at UC San Diego. She completed her doctoral degree at the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and her neuropsychology internship at Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Reyes’ research interests include examining cognitive diagnostic frameworks in epilepsy, exploring the cognitive heterogeneity in epilepsy, and understanding and reducing epilepsy-related health disparities. Clinically, she is interested in cultural neuropsychology and offering clinical services to Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Reyes is passionate about diversifying the field of neuropsychology and advancing cultural neuropsychology and has developed several initiatives focused on providing students with novel research and professional networking opportunities, increasing diversity within neuropsychology, and promoting student mentorship.