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2015 Nan Songer Distinguished Member Award

    Patty Kerrigan
2015 Nan Songer Distinguished Member Award Recipient Patty Kerrigan 
Dr. Patty Kerrigan is Founder of the ThinkAgain Foundation, and the cognitive late-effects specialist for the division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Neurosurgery at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.  She earned her Master’s degree in School Administration/Special Education at National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois, and her Doctorate in Special Education at UCLA.  Her primary interest is in the developmental effects of acquired brain injury on the ability to learn. 

Through her role at as cognitive late-effects specialist at UCLA, Patty collaborates with numerous individuals to achieve improved outcomes for students who have hematologic and oncologic diagnoses.  As Founder of the ThinkAgain Foundation, Patty partners with rehabilitation and cognitive therapists, who provide extra support to students who are experiencing physical and cognitive late effects, yet therapy has either been denied by the child's medical insurance company, or insufficiently covered. 

Immediately upon joining APHOES and attending her first National APHOES conference and working day meeting, Patty became an active, productive member of the APHOES Editorial Committee.  She has contributed to the Bridge Newsletter and assisted with the proofreading and editing of the APHOES Practice Recommendations in preparation for the conversion to e-book.  She is a generous team player who enthusiastically shares ideas on conference calls and quickly responds to emails from APHOES colleagues requesting assistance.  Patty’s commitment and dedication to APHOES is obvious; she is an example to follow.


APHOES is pleased to present Dr. Patty Kerrigan with this year’s Nan Songer Distinguished Member Award.

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