A.M. Barrett, MD, director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation, has been accepted as a Fellow in the 2017-2018 Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University, College of Medicine. The year-long program is specially designed for senior women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry or public health who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming executive leadership positions. The ELAM program provides fellows with the professional and personal skills needed to lead in today’s dynamic health care environment.
Despite the increasing number of women enrolling in medical, dental and public health schools across the U.S., women remain significantly underrepresented within the top administrative ranks of academic health centers (AHCs). The ELAM program acknowledges the need to diversify leadership, and improve cultural and gender acceptance in health care training by offering fellowships to a diverse pool of qualified women – coming from varying disciplines, ethnicities, ages, and geographical regions. Placing more women in positions of senior leadership at AHCs will provide important new perspectives for decision making and help speed the curricular, organizational and policy changes needed to ensure a more effective, representative and responsive health care system.
The effectiveness of ELAM's distinctive approach to leadership preparation is widely recognized within the academic health community. ELAM graduates now number over 1,000 and serve in numerous leadership positions – department head through university president – at 245 U.S. and Canadian academic health centers.
Acceptance into ELAM is determined through an annual competitive selection process, in which approximately 54 candidates are chosen each year.
About A.M. Barrett
A.M. Barrett, MD, is a cognitive neurologist and clinical researcher, and Director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation. She is also the Chief, Neurorehabilitation Program Innovation, Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation, co-leader of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at KIR, and Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Her clinical and research focus is on brain-behavior relationships from a cognitive neurology, cognitive neuroscience, and neurorehabilitation perspective.
Dr. Barrett has been interviewed on CBS News and Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Health Matters on EveryDayHealth.com. A member of the American Academy of Neurology (Behavioral Neurology and Neural Repair and Rehabilitation sections, Executive Committee), the American Society of Neurorehabilitation (President 2010-2012), and the International Neuropsychological Society (first INS early career award, 2008), Dr. Barrett completed undergraduate work at Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, medical school training at New York University School of Medicine, neurology residency training at Columbia-Presbyterian/The Neurological Institute, and fellowship in Behavioral Neurology/ Neuropsychology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She received the 2007 Norman Geschwind Prize from the American Academy of Neurology for outstanding behavioral neurology research, and her work has been continuously funded by the NIH since she founded an independent laboratory in 1999.
Currently, she mentors students, resident physicians, and post-doctoral trainees in translational neuroscience of rehabilitation. Her publications span all domains of post-stroke cognitive dysfunction, but emphasize hidden disabilities of functional vision (spatial bias and spatial neglect). She is a founder of the Network for Spatial Neglect, an international organization dedicated to awareness, diagnosis and treatment of this often overlooked complication of stroke. Other research studies concern hidden disabilities affecting speech and language (aphasia) and memory.