Board Member at Large
Neera is a passionate advocate for inclusion in health science education based in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work, where her dissertation explores how four U.S. medical schools enact inclusion for students with disabilities. She co-authored the recent report, Accessibility, inclusion, and action in medical education: Lived experiences of learners and physicians with disabilities (2018, AAMC). She co-edited and co-authored the text, The guide to assisting students with disabilities: Equal access in health science and professional education (2015, Springer Publishing Company). Prior to commencing doctoral study, she spent nearly 10 years leading disability services for health science students at U.S. universities: Columbia University in the City of New York and the University of California, San Francisco. In New Zealand, Neera managed a free legal service run by and for disabled people, Auckland Disability Law. Neera started her career in vocational rehabilitation at New England Rehabilitation Hospital and later at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Medical Center. She is currently a board member at large for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.