I am currently the Element Chief of the largest Mental Health Clinic in the Air Force at JBSA Lackland in San Antonio, TX. Additionally, I also serve as faculty for the Clinical Psychology Internship program overseeing the training of neuropsychological assessment. The NAN LEAD program has been a great experience to bolster my leadership skills and increase my confidence in taking on more responsibilities. It was an excellent way to interact and network with colleagues as well as some of NAN’s greatest leaders. It was an honor to participate in the LEAD program from across the world while deployed to Africa serving some of the military’s most elite members.
Dede Ukueberuwa O’Shea
I am a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University in Boston and the inaugural neuropsychologist in the Division of Psychiatry at Lahey Hospital. While establishing the neuropsychology center in a multidisciplinary setting, the NAN LEAD program has been integral in further developing my communication and management skills. My drive is to translate clinical research into assessment and intervention practices that are accessible to broad communities, and in my free time I'm enjoying mini-hikes throughout New England. I am also the Poster Chair for the NAN 2022 Annual Conference and feel enthusiastic about increasing engagement in our field.
I am an early-career clinical neuropsychologist and NIH-funded principal investigator at HealthPartners, a large healthcare system in the Twin Cities. My primary clinical responsibilities are within the Center for Memory & Aging and the Struthers Parkinson’s Center. The leadership training and mentorship through the NAN LEAD program helped to improve relationships with colleagues who differ from me in terms of preferred communication styles. My participation in the program also increased my confidence to engage in new opportunities with the NAN Publications Committee and the NIH Early-Career Reviewer program. I look forward to serving in both capacities over the next several years. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and collecting vinyl records.
I am a pediatric neuropsychologist at the University of New Mexico Hospital, where I am involved in clinical work, supervision, teaching, and research. Through the NAN LEAD program, I have gained a better understanding of the many types of leadership roles for clinical neuropsychologists. In particular, this program helped spark my interest in seeking out opportunities in the community where I can educate children and teachers in engaging ways about topics in neuropsychology. In terms of personal interests, I really enjoy cooking dishes from around the world, and giving them a local New Mexican twist.
I am currently an early-career clinical neuropsychologist practicing within the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Washington. Participating in the 2021-22 NAN LEAD program was an amazing experience that facilitated the development of my leadership abilities while simultaneously allowing me to connect with many other wonderful neuropsychologists across the country! The program helped me better understand my communication style, fostered my confidence to take on new roles, and allowed for important self-reflection of my values and priorities as a leader. Since completing the LEAD program, I have been fortunate to become a member of the NAN Education Committee and look forward to continued contributions to NAN and advocacy for our field for years to come.