For Immediate Release
November 1, 2015
Arlington, VA – Megan Wheeler, D.Phil. has been recognized by Leadership Arlington as a 40 Under 40 honoree. 40 Under 40 is an initiative that builds social and intellectual capital for the DC
metro community among this leadership group as they move into key decision making positions. The under-‐40 demographic represents a large segment of the area's population. Leadership Arlington
and the community as a whole have the responsibility to empower and celebrate this civically-‐minded, future leadership.
Megan Wheeler graduated as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University with a D.Phil. in Neuroscience in 2005 at age 25. She then became a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Administration at Dartmouth College, her alma mater. In 2010, she stepped down from her administrative post and transitioned to a Research Assistant Professorship, working remotely from Washington, D.C. This move allowed Megan to concurrently return to graduate school to embark on a second Ph.D., this time in clinical psychology, at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. and pursue her long-‐term goal of conducting more translational research coupled with direct patient care.
Megan is interested in the intersection between neuroscience and clinical psychology. Her latest research involves investigating alternative medicine treatments for depression in Veterans. Megan believes strongly in the importance of science communication and has published widely in peer-‐reviewed journals including Nature Reviews Neuroscience as well as popular periodicals like Scientific American Mind. Additionally, her research has been featured in media outlets including The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and Newsweek.
"We are very fortunate in our community to have so many impactful professionals under the age of 40. Leadership Arlington is proud to be a forerunner in honoring and empowering this generation of trailblazers," said Betsy Frantz, President & CEO of Leadership Arlington. “We are honored to recognize Dr. Wheeler as a 40 Under 40 honoree this year.”
40 Under 40 is a societal call to action to identify the next generation of emerging leaders and trailblazers in the DC metro region. 40 Under 40 recognizes 40 emerging leaders under the age of 40 who demonstrate impact personally and/or professionally through their exceptional leadership. An event honoring the nominees will be hosted by Leadership Arlington with supporting partners Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Community Foundation, Arlington Economic Development and Arlington Sun Gazette in December.
Honorees were first nominated in the summer to be considered for this award. After completing an intense application, an anonymous selection committee chose the 40 honorees represented this year.
The mission of Leadership Arlington is to enlighten, inspire and connect leaders to strengthen the community. The vision of Leadership Arlington is a prepared, inspired and inclusive leadership who together embrace responsibility for the common good. For more information, visit www.leadershiparlington.org or call 703-528-2522.