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2020 Champion of Diversity Presented to Dr. Karen Hanson Bondi

Karen Hanson BondiKaren Hanson Bondi, PhD, was selected as the recipient of the Faculty Champion of Diversity Award for 2020. Dr. Hanson Bondi is a UCSD Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor and a VA San Diego Healthcare System Clinical Psychologist. As a long-time member of the Diversity Committee, Dr. Hanson Bondi helped to lead efforts to develop a follow-up climate survey for Department faculty. In the past year, her work as part of the Anti-Racism Actions Workgroup’s Clinical Training Subcommittee was particularly notable. She met with trainees, local and national neuropsychology experts, the Joint Doctoral Program neuropsychology faculty/directors, and several other groups in the Department of Psychiatry to develop diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programming, including creating and sharing more training opportunities in diversity for faculty and trainees. Specifically, she asked all of the speakers on all neuropsychology topics to make sure they address diversity in their talks and added an item to the teaching evaluations to rate them on their attention to this request. Dr. Hanson Bondi revamped the Clinical Neuropsychology Seminar (CNS) to include a lecture on race-based stress, disparities in neurocognitive outcomes in the Latinx community, and LGBTQIA+ considerations in assessment, as well as a focus on diversity readings to accompany lectures. She worked with the California Psychological Association (CPA) Div. 8: Neuropsychology to share the CNS Diversity Series talks more widely and support the CNS Diversity Series by offering honoraria for the diversity speakers. Recordings of these talks are now available on UCSD Dept of Psychiatry website. Her nominator notes that “she is committed to making real and lasting changes in our neuropsychology program and continuing to grow, learn, and evolve her DEI efforts” and “she is committed to making real and lasting changes in our neuropsychology program and continuing to grow, learn, and evolve her DEI efforts.”