- Accommodations for Students
- Policies and Grievance Procedures
Medical Student Disability Services
Lisa M. Meeks, PhD
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Dr. Meeks is on faculty with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine where she is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director for Medical Student Disability Services. She is co-founder of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education and co-editor and an author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education, the seminal text on inclusion of individuals with disabilities in health science programs.
In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. Meeks lends her expertise through trainings and policy development for educational and government organizations including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Currently her work focuses on developing computer simulations for use in remediating medical students’ communication skills and improving access to medical education for students with disabilities.
Jan Serrantino, EdD
University of California, Irvine
Jan is the Director of the Disability Services Center at the University of California, Irvine. She is the primary service provider for students with disabilities in the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine. She has worked in the field of disability services since 1989 as a K-12 teacher and administrator, university faculty member, and student advocacy consultant. She serves on the UCI Mental Health Task force and the University of California Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team.
Jan presents regularly at professional conferences on disability related topics such as serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Academic Accommodations and Challenges faced by Students in Higher Education. Jan is co-author of two chapters in tThe Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing).
Barbara Blacklock, MA, LISW
University of Minnesota
Barbara has worked in Disability Resources at the University of Minnesota for over 30 years and presents locally, nationally and internationally on disability issues. To proactively work with Academic Health Center programs, 15 years ago Barbara developed and implemented the “College Model” of service delivery at the University of Minnesota. She is currently the Disability Resource Center Program Coordinator to the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Programs.
Along with her role as a direct service provider, for the past 10 years Barbara has been the co-chair of the University of Minnesota Provost’s Committee on Student Mental Health and coordinated the development of the website www.mentalhealth.umn.edu. She recently was the Project Director of the Marcus Foundation Faculty Education Grant: Taking it to the Next Level: Advancing Awareness and Equity of Medical Students with Invisible Disabilities. She is co-author of the monograph Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in Health Related Education Programs (2014), published by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and is a on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Disability Access in Graduate Health Science and Medical Education.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Christine Low, LCSW-R, is a clinical social worker on faculty in Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She manages child protection services at Mount Sinai and has extensive experience working with disabled children and traumatized youth. She is the Director of Disability Services for the Icahn School of Medicine directing disability initiatives, policy and program oversight.
Timothy Montgomery, MA
University of California, San Francisco Campus SDS
Tim is the Director of Student Disability Services at UCSF. He oversees all campus schools, directs disability initiatives and conducts faculty and staff training. Tim was the previous Director of AccessibleNU at Northwestern University – Chicago campus In that role he worked with the Feinberg Medical School, Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, and Prosthetics and Orthotics along with the Law School, Kellogg PT/MBA, the School of Professional Studies, The Graduate College and Distance Learning.
For the last 12 years, Tim has been working in the areas of academic support/disability services in higher education. Before moving to higher education, he spent 20 years in teaching and in administrative roles for middle/high school special education programs. Tim co-founded the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science, and Medical Education and the lead author of a chapter on Myths about students with disabilities in The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing).
Board of Directors -Chairs
Alison May, PhD
Dr. Alison May is Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Accessible NU at Northwestern University, where she has worked for almost 10 years. During most of this time, Alison has also served as an academic coach for students experiencing academic difficulty at Rush University.
Alison received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College and her doctorate in learning disabilities from Northwestern’s School of Communication. She was previously certified as a Learning Behavioral Specialist in Illinois and is currently certified as a coach through the International Coach Federation. She co-chairs the Northwestern Accessibility Council and is an active participant in the Big 10 Academic Alliance Disability Services and Information Technology Accessibility Groups. Alison’s recent publications and conference/keynote presentations have focused on stereotype threat and microaggressions experienced by postsecondary students with disabilities, including students in medical programs.
Diversity and Inclusion Chair
Mijiza Sanchez, EdD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr. Mijiza M. Sanchez is the Associate Dean, Office of Medical Student Affairs, at the Stanford School of Medicine. She has worked in higher education and the health sciences for more than 15 years with a commitment to diversity and inclusion, gender equity, and leadership development. She is a qualitative researcher and her research is focused on creating pipelines for underrepresented minorities in the health sciences. Dr. Sanchez is a student advocate, lifelong learner, scholar and is committed to changing the culture and climate of higher education in order to reflect the communities we serve. Prior to joining Stanford in 2013, Dr. Sanchez was the founding Director of UCSF’s Multicultural Resource Center, and held various roles including teaching the Foundations of Patient Care course in the School of Medicine. She is currently the Vice Chair of the American Council on Education Northern California Women’s Network. Dr. Sanchez also serves as a pre-major advisor to Stanford undergraduate students.
Kurt R. Herzer, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Kurt R. Herzer is an MD candidate at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Herzer’s research has included vitamin A supplementation’s role in the reduction of childhood mortality and blindness as well as national assessments of healthcare quality and patient safety. He has co-authored over a dozen journal papers and a book chapter, and spoken or presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences and meetings related to health care, patient safety, and disabilities.
Dr. Herzer has previously worked in the Office of Health Reform in the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC and at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2010 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed Dr. Herzer to a federal Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities. He is a recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, honoring leadership and commitment to public service, as well as the Marshall Scholarship awarded by the British Government. Dr. Herzer is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he received an MSc in social policy and Johns Hopkins University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in public health and completed his Ph.D.
Board of Directors-Advisors
Assistive Technology Advisor
University of California, Davis
Joshua is the accessible technology analyst for the student disability center at the University of California, Davis campus. The past 10 years he has been involved with alternate media, web accessibility, and accessible technology implementations across the campus for students with disabilities, but believes they should be used by all students. He has also served as tech consultant for the UC Davis MIND institute in research on mobile apps and organization for students with learning disabilities.
Elisa Laird-Metke, JD
Samuel Merritt University
Elisa Laird-Metke, JD is the Director of the Disability Resource Center at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. Elisa has an extensive background in law, disability, and public health. She has worked first as a university sign language interpreter and deaf services coordinator, and later as a disability rights attorney and public health policy attorney, before subsequently returning to work in higher education.
Elisa has served as a consultant and conducted trainings for AHEAD and multiple programs throughout the country. Her publications include a number of articles and chapters, including several in The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education. Elisa also serves as Legal Advisor for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.
Neera R. Jain, CRC, MS
Neera is a Rehabilitation Counselor by training and a passionate advocate for equal access in higher education, with a specialization in working with graduate and professional students in the health sciences. She was the first dedicated staff member to serve students with disabilities at two major health sciences institutions in the United States - the Columbia University Medical Center campus in New York City, and the University of California, San Francisco. Formerly the Director of Student Disability Services at the University of California, San Francisco, she continues to work with UCSF as a consultant on research initiatives and complicated cases. Neera is the co-chair of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Graduate and Professional School Special Interest Group (GAP SIG), and is the Policy advisor for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.
Neera has presented on practices and approaches for crafting accommodations for clinical and other “outside the classroom” settings at U.S. and international conferences. She is the co-editor and an author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing). Neera also wrote the afterword of the text, which considers the promise for the next decade of students with disabilities to enter the health sciences. Currently residing in New Zealand, Neera has worked as manager of the Auckland Disability Law Centre (ADL), a free specialist legal service that is part of the Community Law movement and continues to consult with schools across the world on disability related matters.
Joseph Murray, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Murray served as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Equal Opportunity Programs until 2016 and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Scranton, where he majored in Biology, English, and Philosophy. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1995 and completed an internship at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a residency in Psychiatry at the Payne Whitney Clinic of the New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH).
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Megan Winkelman is an MD candidate at the University of California, San Francisco, where she recently helped to found the campus's first inter-professional Student Disability Advocacy and Support Group. Megan's research and advocacy on patient narratives, education, and empowerment in low-literacy populations was made possible by the support of the Dalai Lama Fellows Program, the Westly Foundation, the Bay Area Inspire Award, and the It Gets Brighter Campaign. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology, Honors in Feminist Studies, and an MA in Modern Thought and Literature.