Aubrey Wank. I am a third year in the clinical psychology PhD program and am in the neuropsychology track. I received my Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. Post-graduation, I conducted memory research on medial temporal lobe amnesia at the Memory Disorders Research Center (Boston University and Boston VA Healthcare System). Currently, my research is broadly examining autobiographical memory in normal cognitive aging. I am focusing on how the mental search for specific autobiographical memories may differ in cognitively normal, older individuals and what the impact of these age-related effects may be on the overall process of retrieving specific autobiographical memories. I hope to use both behavioral and neuroimaging methods, and recruit other neuropsychological populations (e.g., acquired brain injury and mild cognitive impairment) to better understand the underlying mechanisms of mental search and the possible distinguishing features of autobiographical memory in normal and abnormal aging.
Mónica Acevedo-Molina. My name is Mónica Acevedo-Molina and I am a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program in the neuropsychology tract. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, where I majored in Psychology. After I graduated from college, I was elected to participate in the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) from the University of Iowa. As a PREP scholar, I conducted Alzheimer's disease research in a neuropsychology lab. As a graduate student in the Human Memory Lab, I am researching the influence of emotion on future thinking among healthy older and younger adults. Ultimately, I would like to research the influence of emotion on other aspects of cognition (e.g., memory) among individuals with neurodegenerative disease.
Katelyn McVeigh. I am a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, Neuropsychology track. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science from the University of Arizona in May of 2018. After graduation, I worked in the Clinical Trials Department at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix. I helped conduct treatment and prevention studies for older adults, ranging from healthy individuals to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. Currently, I am interested in researching memory in normal and pathological aging through the use of brain imaging, neuropsychological assessment, and cognitive intervention strategies. Particularly, looking at methods for earlier detection of cognitive decline in older adults who are at risk for developing a neurodegenerative disease.
Anna Robertson. Anna was a Project Coordinator from 2018-2019. Currently she is a clinical psychology PhD student at University of Colorado Colorado Springs.