Dr. April Thames is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Alliant International University/CSPP and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at UCLA. As Principal Investigator of several grant-supported projects, Dr. Thames has developed a translational neuroscience research program that focuses on the impact of chronic disease, substance abuse, socioeconomic disadvantage, and lifetime stress/adversity and resiliency on neurological, cognitive, and mental health outcomes. Her work has also examined factors that obscure the validity of neuropsychological test performance among ethnic/racial minority groups. She previously directed the UCLA's Neuropsychology of Medical Illness practicum, an externship program for doctoral students in clinical psychology, and oversaw the clinical and research training in neuromedical illness. She was also a primary internship advisor and clinical supervisor at UCLA's Medical Psychology Assessment Center (MPAC) and a primary mentor for postdoctoral fellows as part of UCLA's Neuropsychology of HIV/AIDS fellowship. She is actively involved in national professional organizations in her role as Member at Large for the American Psychological Association's Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, and former role as past Chair of SCN's Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMA).