Application Deadline:December 1, 2023
Interview Notification Deadline:December 15, 2023
Interview Dates:January 2024 TBD
Program Start Date:August 1, 2024
Contacting NM-PIC:Contacting NM-PIC: Questions regarding the application or interview process may be directed to the NM-PIC Program Director, Dr. Ciara Hansen (Ciara.Hansen@ihs.gov) or the NM-PIC program consultant, Todd Helvig (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Iina’ Counseling Services
Dr. Ciara Hansen is a clinical psychologist in the Iina’ Counseling Services department at Northern Navajo Medical Center located at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Shiprock, NM. Dr. Hansen earned her Ph.D. from the University of Montana as a member of the Indians into Psychology (INPSYCH) program. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and her post-doc fellowship at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, located on the leeward coast of Oahu, serving primarily a Native Hawaiian population. Dr. Hansen’s clinical work has focused on using evidence-based treatments to meet the psychological needs of underserved minority communities. She uses a cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation situated within a multicultural/intersectional framework to conceptualize client symptomology and often uses third-wave therapies to address client concerns. Dr. Hansen’s research has aligned with her clinical goals to address health disparities and build capacity within American Indian communities.
New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute
Dr. Jeanne Knight received her B.S. in General Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Oregon where she also received her M.S. in Cognitive Psychology / Science from their top ranked Psychology Department. At the University of New Mexico, she completed her Ph.D. in two tracks of psychology training within the APA accredited Department of Psychology in both Cognitive (Experimental) Neuroscience and in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. She also completed her comprehensive examinations with distinction and was awarded the Dean’s Dissertation Award at the University of New Mexico. She received many awards and honors over her academic career and has continued her teaching at the university and graduate level for more than two decades. Dr. Knight completed her Neuropsychological (100%) Internship at the APA accredited Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium and her subsequent postdoctoral training in Neuropsychology at University of New Mexico (Gallup and Albuquerque).
She also completed additional postdoctoral supervision in Health Psychology, Geriatric Psychology, and Neuropsychology at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute. She is licensed in New Mexico as a Clinical Psychologist and credentialed as a Neuropsychologist at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute. She is in the process of completing requirements to become a New Mexico licensed Prescribing Psychologist and has completed all didactic course work at New Mexico State University for her postdoctoral Masters of Clinical Psychopharmacology (M.S.C.P.) and is currently completing her required prescribing psychologist resident supervision at New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.
Dr. Knight has enjoyed mentoring and teaching college students from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. She has served a diverse patient population from infancy to geriatric. She has worked with tribal governments, early childhood programs, university student services, and in direct patient care. She also holds independent license as a School Psychologist in New Mexico and has experience working in public school systems, developing IEPs, and developing appropriate accommodations for school children with various disabilities as well as developing accommodations for university students with various disabilities. She has experience working with autism, learning disabilities, brain injuries, severe psychiatric conditions, and intellectual disabilities. She has worked with geriatric populations with numerous psychiatric, neurological, and cognitive impairments for nearly a decade.
Dr. Knight has a strong background in functional brain imaging research and has broad experience in magnetoencephalography, electrophysiology, MRI, combined with the use of neuropsychological assessment and reaction time data. She has a record of scholarly publication and has collaborated with researchers from her Alma Maters, the Mind Institute, the Albuquerque VA Medical Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Harvard University. She was selected to participate in the Santa Fe Institute’s Complex Systems Summer School as well as the McDonnell-Pew Foundation’s Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth. She has been an invited speaker on the topics of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Disability, and Neurocognitive Disorders (Dementias).
New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute
Dr. John Moulton is a clinical (forensic) psychologist at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he is currently assigned to the Forensic Division. Dr. Moulton earned his Ph.D. from St. John’s University in Queens, New York; he completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (now New York-Presbyterian Hospital). Following licensure in New York, he worked in private practice for five years while also conducting research related to child/adolescent anxiety and depression at the New York University School of Medicine. After leaving New York, Dr. Moulton relocated to the Western U.S., where he spent several years working in corrections, before transitioning into forensic evaluation. For the past six and a half years, Dr. Moulton has been working full-time as a forensic examiner primarily completing evaluations of adjudicative competence. He is particularly interested in the assessment of response style within the forensic context, as well as sharing this knowledge with both colleagues and supervisees.
Hidalgo Medical Services
Dr. Anita Parada, PhD is a Neuropsychologist licensed in New Mexico and Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She was born and raised in Poland. During her education and career, she lived in several countries in Europe and North America. Yet, she fell in love with New Mexico/green chili, moved here with her family, and has joined the HMS to serve her neighbors.
Dr. Parada obtained her PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in neuropsychology from the University of Warsaw, a postgraduate degree in psychotherapy from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and completed postdoctoral training in advanced rehabilitation research on mild traumatic brain injury. Before joining HMS, she had worked for five years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso.
During her career, Dr. Parada has worked in academic and
clinical settings, doing research, teaching, performing neuropsychological evaluations, and as a psychotherapist. She has worked with the military, veterans, first responders,
people who experienced violence, and athletes with brain and psychological trauma or brain disorders treating cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems.
Dr. Parada integrates various assessments, therapies, and neurorehabilitation in her approach, including behavioral and non-invasive brain stimulation and strong collaboration with other health providers and the community. She believes every person is a unique compilation of body and spirit, a dynamic result of biology, individual, family, human history, and environmental challenges and opportunities.