Advisory Board

Nina Trasoff is the chair of the UA Department of Psychology Advisory Board. She is a corporate communications consultant who has made Tucson her home since 1976. She came for her job as a reporter and news anchor at KGUN-TV, where she also wrote and produced dozens of documentaries, special series, and investigative reports on topics ranging from the special needs of children to the death penalty. In 1983 she became public relations director and public affairs producer at KGUN, where she won numerous national and local awards for her work both on and off air. In 1985 she left KGUN to develop and direct the News/Communications department at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. While there, she served as spokesperson for the hospital when it became the focus of national and international attention for being the first to use an artificial heart as a bridge to transplant. In 1988 Ms. Trasoff formed her own company to handle the internal and external communications needs of her clients, something she pursued for 17 years before serving on the Tucson City Council, where for four years she focused on sustainable growth, revitalization of Downtown, integration of the fine arts in economic development planning, restructuring of the Land Use Code to enable adaptive reuse of old buildings, and fiscal responsibility. She has served on dozens of nonprofit boards during her years in Tucson. Currently, in addition to her service on the UA Psychology Advisory Board, she is on the UA Dance Advisory Board and the UA Arthritis Center Advisory Board.

James Hannley earned his BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Arizona with majors in Psychology and Sociology. He worked in psychiatry in Chicago as an inpatient clinician with adolescents and later with adult inpatients.  Continuing in the field of psychiatry, he became a psychiatric case manager for the Chicago Bureau of Mental Health. Upon returning to Tucson, he continued to work as a psychiatric case manager for the Arizona Center for  Clinical Management, working with highly unstable seriously mentally ill adults on an outpatient and inpatient basis. He earned a Baccalaureate Social Worker certification from the State of Arizona during this tenure. After leaving  the field, he became a licensed Registered Representative of a multi-national financial services company. After moving into an Investment Advisor Representative role, he produced financial plans for individuals and businesses;  delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in life, disability, health and long-term care insurance plans and investing many millions of dollars in retail and retirement accounts and annuities. In 2004, he formed his own firm, Jim  Hannley LLC, and became licensed by the State of Arizona as a Registered Investment Advisor. Prior to joining the Psychology Advisory Board, Jim served for ten years as a member of the Community Advisory Committee for  the University of Arizona's Africana Studies Program, and four years on the U of A Poetry Center’s Development Council. 

Meredith Hay, Ph.D. is the former Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Arizona. Currently, she leads an active cardiovascular and brain research laboratory at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Physiology and the McKnight Brain Institute where she is a tenured Full Professor. She is also a Full Professor in the University of Arizona Department of Psychology. Dr. Hay is President and founder of a new Tucson biotechnology company, ProNeurogen, Inc - a biopharmaceutical company developing novel peptide-based therapeutics to treat cognitive impairment and brain injury caused by cardiovascular disease and trauma. Dr. Hay is actively involved in the Tucson community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA, San Miguel High School of Tucson Board of Trustees, and is a Director for the Beacon Group and Sinfonia, Healthcare Corp., LLC. She is an active member on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and has served of the Arizona Bioscience Advisory Group and the Working Board for the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Prior to coming to Arizona, Dr. Hay served as Vice President for Research at the University of Iowa. Dr. Hay, a Texas native, earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, her M.S. in neurobiology from the University Texas at San Antonio, and her Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio.

Jeffrey Younggren, Ph.D. earned his BA, MA and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Distinguished Member of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), Dr. Younggren is a clinical and forensic psychologist who practices in California and New Mexico. He was a clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and currently is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Younggren served as President of APA Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice). He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Ethics Committees of the California Psychological Association (CPA) and the APA, the APA Committee on Accreditation, and the APA/APLS Committee that drafted the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. Dr. Younggren consults to various licensing boards on ethics and standards of care, and qualifies as an expert in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings. He has been a Risk Management consultant to The Trust and its policyholders for 25 years.

Sara P. Weiner, Ph.D. has deep expertise in employee survey research and analytics helping executives and managers to make sound, data-driven business decisions about their workforce for over 25 years. She has published many articles and book chapters and has dozens of presentations at international conferences on the factors that lead to the attraction and retention of top talent and improved business outcomes. Sara serves as Principal People Science Advisor for Glint’s ongoing research and consulting on engagement and performance and previously was Principal Consultant on Glint’s People Science team responsible for thought leadership, content design, and consulting with senior executives using people-analytics. Previously Sara served as the North American Consulting Leader in IBM/Kenexa (now IBM Talent Management) leading a large team of consultants and research scientists working in the areas of employee opinion surveys and assessments. Before joining Kenexa in 2007, Sara spent 16 years on IBM’s Workforce Research team as an internal consultant to IBM’s senior leaders using employee survey data to inform talent and business decisions. Sara received her masters and doctorate degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, her BA in Psychology from Purchase College, the State University of New York, and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Heidi Hamann, Ph.D 

Julie Feldman, Ph.D.

Margaret McConnell