Martha E. Banks, PhD is a research neuropsychologist in the Research & Development Division of ABackans DCP, Inc., in Akron, Ohio, a recent leave replacement adjunct professor of psychology at the Stark campus of Kent State University teaching “Development of Gender Role & Identity”, and a former professor of Black Studies at The College of Wooster, where her courses included “Black Psychology”, “Black Women in Contemporary America”, and “Should I Call My Bank, My Parents, or My Lawyer? Seeking Answers about Health Disparities.” Prior to her retirement from the Brecksville Veterans Administration Medical Center, she served as clinical psychologist, trainer and developing consultant of the Mental Health Package in the computerized medical record, Federal Women's Program Coordinator, and hospital-wide trainer about sexual harassment. She has been instrumental in the development and revision of the Ackerman-Banks Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Battery © and the Post-Assault Traumatic Brain Injury Interview & Checklist ©.
In addition to her service as 2008-2009 President of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35 of the American Psychological Association), Dr. Banks is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, having served on its Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, Committee on Women in Psychology, Committee on APA/Division Relations, member of the Council of Representatives, and member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. She has also been President of the Society for Psychology of Women’s Section on Psychology of Black Women. She was elected as Member-at-Large for the Ethnic Minority and Women's Caucuses of the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives.
Dr. Banks has served on national advisory boards, including the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development's Expert Panel on Caregiving for People with Disabilities (ethics member), the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
She has published widely in professional books and journals, including Women & Therapy, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, and Social Science Computer Review. She is an associate editor for Women & Therapy. A sample of Dr. Banks’ more than 100 publications include:
Since 1977, Dr. Banks has presented at over 200 conferences and symposia on topics involving women, trauma, and health care. Her Society for Psychology of Women presidential address “Feminist Psychology and Women with Disabilities: An Emerging Alliance” was published in the December 2010 issue of Psychology of Women Quarterly. Dr. Banks has been invited to keynote several conferences, including the 2005 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference in Baltimore, and the 2004 BRIDGING COMMUNITIES: Violence Free Living for People with Disabilities Conference. She delivered a keynote address for the third National Multicultural Conference in Hollywood, CA in January 2003 on “Disability in the Family: A Lifespan Perspective.”Dr. Banks has received the Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Distinguished Service from the Society for the Psychology of Women and numerous distinguished service awards from APA’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. In 2003, she received the Carolyn Attneave Award “Keeper of the Fire.” Dr. Banks was recognized in March 2008 with an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation. In October 2010, Dr. Banks' career was recognized with a President's Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Rhode Island. The American Psychological Association Committee on Women in Psychology honored Dr. Banks with a Distinguished Leadership Award in August 2012. She was honored with the URI Diversity Leadership Award in Multicultural Leadership and Service in April 2013 by the Multicultural Center of the University of Rhode Island. The Society for the Psychology of Women includes her in the Great Leaders Series and Psychology's Feminist Voices.
In June 2015, Dr. Banks was elected as an East Ohio Lay delegate to the 2016 General and North Central Jurisdictional Conferences. She currently serves as an East Ohio Certified Lay Speaker, and member of East Ohio United Methodist Church’s Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century Implementation Team, Commission on Religion and Race, and Black Methodists for Church Renewal. She completed a 4-year term as Social Action Chair for the Canal District United Methodist Women in December. Her service to the East Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church was recognized with the 2014 CORR-ageous Leadership Laity Award.
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