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Faye McKenna

Imaging Core Manager

Faye graduated from Connecticut College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in behavioral neuroscience. She earned a master's degree in bioimaging from Boston University School of Medicine in 2014. Her master’s thesis, which she completed at the BUSM Center for Bioimaging under the guidance of Dr. Ronald Killiany, focused on resting-state fMRI connectivity changes in EMCI and aging populations. Faye has been a research assistant at the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Brown University and a research fellow at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute. At the Memory and Aging Center (MAC), Faye is the imaging core manager, working with Howard Rosen, MD, to manage the MAC’s neuroimaging data and support the staff with their imaging research.

Kelly O'Leary

Research Coordinator

Kelly joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2015. She is a study coordinator for clinical research on prion diseasesand research assistant to Dr. Michael Geschwind.

Stacy Metcalf

Research Coordinator

Stacy joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2015. She is the research coordinator for Dr. Michael Geschwind’s clinical research on prion diseases.

Divya Krishnakumar

Research Coordinator

Divya joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2015. She is the research coordinator for Dr. Michael Geschwind’s clinical research on Huntington's disease and spinocerebellar ataxias. She also coordinates Dr. Geschwind’s projects investigating familial progressive supranuclear palsy and Guam PDC-ALS.

Marita Meyer

Dyslexia Center coordinator

Marita graduated from UCLA in June 2015 with a bachelor's degree in psychobiology. During her time as an undergraduate, she volunteered in the Tiwari-Woodruff lab investigating the relationship between gestational testosterone and myelination during development and disease. Additionally, she spent time in James Waschek’s lab studying the role of neuropeptides in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. Marita joined the team as the Dyslexia Center coordinator in July 2015.

Isabel Sible

Clinical Research Coordinator

Isabel Sible graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in cognitive science. At Berkeley, she contributed to research on social and emotional changes that can occur in neurodegenerative diseases under the guidance of Dr. Robert Levenson. Additionally, she worked on a project in Dr. Robert Knight’s lab that focused on reconstructing music from intra-cranial recordings of the human brain.

Isabel joined the Memory and Aging Center in May of 2015. She is a clinical research coordinator to Drs. Bill Seeley and Virginia Sturm, examining how neurodegeneration of neural systems gives rise to changes in emotion and social functioning.

Join a Supportive Care Trial

Quality of Life Trials or Supportive Care Trials are research studies to evaluate improving the health, care or quality of life for people, typically without using study drugs or devices. UCSF's Memory and Aging Center (MAC) runs selected supportive trials for people with neurodegenerative disease. Your participation helps us evaluate these interventions. If one of our trials looks interesting to you, please talk with your doctor or contact the study team to see if it is appropriate for you.

Benedetta Milanini, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Milanini recently received her PhD degree from the Catholic University of Rome. Prior to that, she graduated from La Sapienza University of Rome in July 2010 with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychological Rehabilitation. Her PhD research focused on the identification of a cognitive screening test that is sensitive to the characteristics of neurocognitive impairment. Benedetta has published a manuscript on the usefulness of the MoCA screening test within the UCSF HIV Over 60 Cohort study in the Journal of AIDS. Benedetta's research continues to focus on cognition in HIV, particularly the issue of cognitive reserve.

Christa Watson, PsyD

Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Watson graduated from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford PsyD Consortium in 2014. She has a background in psychology, developmental biology, neuroimaging and neuropsychology. Her research interests include brain development across the lifespan. She is currently working on a pediatric HIV brain imaging study with Dr. Victor Valcour.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, watching movies, playing soccer, and listening to jazz. She strongly believes the Golden State Warriors will be the 2015 NBA Champions.

Jordan Stiver

Research Coordinator

Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Francisco State University in 2013. As an undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Sarah Holley on a study investigating the relationships between executive functioning, emotion regulation and aggressive behaviors among the general population. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center, Jordan worked under the supervision of Drs. Sophia Vinogradov and Rachel Loewy on a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of tablet-based cognitive training on functioning in young adults with schizophrenia.

Jordan joined the Memory and Aging Center in April 2015 as the study coordinator for the EVO Study, a project investigating the impact of a tablet-based video game on cognition in older adults with cerebrovascular disease and Parkinson’s disease. He also coordinates the Aging and Cognitive Decline project, a longitudinal study aiming to identify the early cognitive and neurological underpinnings of the functional decline observed in normal aging.

During his free time, Jordan enjoys playing sports, listening to a variety of music and spending time with friends and family.

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