445. Recruiting Diverse Trainees w/ Dr. Lynette Abrams-Silva

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We have a diversity problem in neuropsychology. The field is about 85% white in a country that, according to the 2020 census, is only about 58% white. What’s happening here? My guest today, Dr. Lynette Abrams-Silva, has some thoughts. In addition to being a prolific educator in the field of neuropsychology, she has focused on recruiting and mentoring diverse trainees for years. These are just a few topics that we chat about today:

  • The diversity problem in neuropsychology
  • The “chicken or egg” issue of recruiting diverse trainees without having diverse staff to support them
  • Relevance 2050
  • Lynette’s didactic series

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About Dr. Lynette Abrams-Silva

Lynette Abrams-Silva is a board-certified neuropsychologist who serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. A native New Mexican, she is the director of clinical training for the Univ. of New Mexico Hospital’s post-doctoral fellowship program in neuropsychology. Her career has been focused on the intersection of providing quality care to resource-poor communities, excellent training for future neuropsychologists, and increased diversity in the field.

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  1. Thanks to my colleague Lynette, I found your podcast. This topic is tremendously complex, with multiple levels. How the “door” gets opened for people is pretty challenging, let alone the way we socialize people over the course of a career. Having worked the majority of my career at UNM, I can see there were multiple levels of challenges with embracing multiculturalism in both training and career development. Seems to me that while we have folks like Lynette creating change on the mico-level, when we think about how change happens, we need to push topics like this on the macro-level (ie institutional) level as well. I applaud you for taking on this particular issue of identification of diverse students, as I believe we need to talk these issues up all the time in order to keep them in front of our colleagues. I recall one of of my MD colleagues talking each year about our recruitment of a diverse group of pediatric residents (I was a pediatric neuropsychologist and in a pediatrics department), it took me a couple of years to really “get it” and then I thanked her every year for the reminder that we needed to embrace diversity in word and deed. Enough said (and CE if you’ve read this far.). Keep up the nice work with your podcast!

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      Thanks for the kind and thoughtful comment! This is definitely a complicated topic to tackle, but I hope that episodes like this may reach the right folks and keep pushing things forward bit by bit.

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