Women in Leadership Committee


Edith Kaplan Scholarship

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.  

The Women in Leadership (WIL) Committee is pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Edith Kaplan Scholarship Award. 

WHO: All student members (post-graduate, graduate, or undergraduate) who have not previously received this scholarship are eligible to apply for the 2021 WIL Edith Kaplan Scholarship. Applications from both women and men are welcomed and encouraged. Recipients are expected to assist with the registration desk at the WIL Networking Event at the annual conference in Chicago. Scholarship recipients will receive:  

1. Free registration for the WIL Networking Event.  
2. $450 to defray travel expenses.  

WHAT: In order to apply, please submit a 500 word (min) to 1000 word (max) essay on the following topic: 
”Reflecting over the past year, what aspects of training, professional development, or networking have changed for the better? How might you use or enhance these changes as you move into more advanced training and/or professional roles? How would you further utilize these changes/tools to promote advancement of women in the field, particularly those from underrepresented groups?” 

WHEN: Please send your essay to NANWIL@nanonline.org no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday August 27, 2021.  


Bryanna Bruger, Cole Hague, Jack Lennon, Jessica Watson


Raquel Kirmse, Madison Niermeyer, Sarah Schubmehl, Emily Smith


Haley Bednarz, Patricia Garcia, Elizabeth Miceli, Ramya Rangamannar


Erica Kaplan, Amanda Rach, Denise Vagt, Jennifer Yuan


Tamar Gefen, Morgan Glusman


Ashley Curiel, Kathryn Dunham, Nick Bott, Kamini Krishnan


Katie Eichstaedt, Maia Feigon, Natanya Hochsztein, Chelsea Morse


Maria Grosch, Kate Higgins, Colette Seter, Sommer Thorgusen


Joanna Arguello, Andrea Byrne, Jessica Mackelprang, Jaquelyn Marcinak

9th Annual Sponsorship Program

The Women in Leadership (WIL) Committee of NAN is pleased to announce an opportunity for promising graduate students or postdoctoral fellows to shadow “behind the scenes” conference activities and spend one-to-one time with leaders in the field of neuropsychology. The WIL Sponsorship Program has identified several leaders who have agreed to share a few hours of their time during the annual NAN conference. If selected (typically 3-5 selected), your sponsor will contact you prior to the conference, as an introduction. You will meet your sponsor at the NAN conference, including time for informal one-to-one conversation and the opportunity to meet some of your sponsor’s colleagues. All genders welcome. 
Past participants have described this opportunity as informative and encouraging. If interested, please complete the attached application. Provide a brief (2-3 sentences) description of your interest in this Sponsorship Program and rank the topics you would most like to discuss with a sponsor. The application must be accompanied by names and contact information for two recent supervisors who can describe 1) your professional interests, 2) your strengths and accomplishments, and 3) your potential for success in neuropsychology.  

Send your application to the WIL email address at NANWIL@nanonline.org no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday August 27, 2021

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 is used to defray the costs of obtaining prominent speakers for WIL Events and/or assist with their travel expenses.
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. 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. 

WIL Mentor Tribute

Do you want to give back to the mentor or supervisor who has given you extraordinary training, guidance, support, or inspiration? 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 development of trainees and practicing neuropsychologists.  WIL will recognize your honored mentor at our annual event at the NAN Conference. Please complete the nomination form, with your $100 donation, and include contact information for your mentor. Tell us, in a sentence or two, the impact this individual made on your professional development. Donations will be evenly divided between the WIL Kaplan Scholarship Fund and the WIL Educational Fund. Your mentor will receive a certificate indicating that you have made a donation in her or his honor and recognizing him/her as an honored mentor. Recognition can be made by an individual or by a group. Please note that this is not a tax-deductible donation.

Suggested Resources and Readings

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 Neuropsychology (WIN), Division 40 Listserv

A listserv dedicated to issues of interest to female neuropsychologists, including leadership, education, and equityMore Info

Website on Responsible Mentoring

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
  • A Handbook for Women Mentors: Transcending barriers of stereotype, race, and ethnicity, Carol A. Rayburn
  • The Survival Bible for Women in Medicine, Kathryn Ko
  • The Woman Scientist: Meeting the Challenges for a Successful Career, Clarice M. Yentsch
  • Women Healers and Physicians: Climbing a Long HillLilian R. Furst
  • Women in Medicine: Career and Life ManagementMarjorie A. Bowman

Obtaining and Maintaining the Mentoring 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
  • 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 and Minorities in Science and Engineering,Michael F. Crowley

Career Related

  • 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
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • The Academic Job Search Handbook (Book) Heiberger and Vick eds.
  • Tomorrow’s Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering (Book) R.M.Reis
  • Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower (Book) C. Robbins-Roth
  • Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science (Book) K.Y. Kreeger

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 Journal Editorial 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)