Aubrey Wank, M.A. 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.