Andreana Haley, Ph.D.
received my Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of
Virginia in 2005 after completing a pre-doctoral internship in
Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical
School. Before joining the Clinical Psychology faculty at UT
Austin, I spent two years as a Dementia Research Fellow at Brown
University, and a visiting research fellow at the Center for
Neurological Imaging at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in
My research examines the biological underpinnings of cognitive
impairment associated with aging and dementia. As a clinical
neuropsychologist, I am interested in studying the neural substrates of
memory, language and executive function in clinical populations, in vivo, by utilizing functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and neurospectroscopy (1H
MRS). I also conduct work to determine how disturbances in glucose
metabolism, hormonal regulation, and cardiovascular functioning
contribute to changes in cognition, brain morphology, and energy
metabolism. My goal is to bridge knowledge from basic and clinical
neuroscience with the aim of improving how we understand, predict, and
treat age- and disease-related cognitive impairment.
Mitzi Gonzales, BA, Graduate Student
graduated from Occidental College with a BA in biopsychology in 2006.
After graduating, she worked as a research assistant at City of Hope, a
cancer research hospital. Mitzi joined the Haley Lab in the fall of
2008. Her research focuses on the consequences of metabolic and
vascular diseases on brain function and the development of
interventions to target them.
Danielle Eagan, MA, Graduate Student
completed a B.A. in English Literature at the University of California
at Berkeley and an M.A. in Linguistics at Temple University, where I
wrote my thesis on the evolution of Broca’s area. My interest in
human behavior began as an interest in the domains of language and
working memory, specifically the onset of aphasia after stroke.
Over time I began to focus more on the contribution of inflammatory
processes to cognitive decline after acute events, like stroke, and
chronic conditions, such as HIV, hypertension, and diabetes
mellitus. My work in Dr. Haley’s lab examines the role of
C-reactive protein and pro-inflammatory cytokines in midlife changes in
brain activity, and the extent to which these biomarkers can be used in
conjunction with fMRI to predict future cognitive decline.
Sonya Kaur, BA, Graduate Student
graduated from Monash University in 2008 with a BA(hons) in psychology.
After graduation, I worked as a research psychologist at the National
University Health System in Singapore, where I ran clinics and
conducted research on post stroke patients as well as dementia and
Alzheimer’s Disease patients. I am currently interested in examining
the relationship between vascular risk factors and cognitive decline,
as well as brain function.
Alex Birdsill, BS, Graduate Student
Alex graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in
psychology and molecular and cellular biology. Previously, Alex
conducted research in molecular biology at the Banner Sun Health
Research Institute and in neuroimaging at the Wisconsin Alzheimer's
Disease Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alex is
primarily interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying
modifiable risk factors for dementia.
Kayla Steward, BS, Head Research Assistant
graduated from the University of Texas in Spring 2013 with a B.S. in
Psychology and minor in Biology. I joined the Haley Lab my freshman
year, and most of my research in this lab has focused on how the Herpes
Virus affects brain structure and cognition. I am currently applying to
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs, hoping to focus on brain injury and
stroke assessment and cognitive rehabilitation.
Paige Parker, Research Assistant
I'm Paige and I'm an undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a
minor in Biology. I joined the Haley lab to gain experience in a
research setting and learn more about cognitive functioning. I hope to
attend graduate school and obtain my PhD either in Clinical
Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience.
Kyle Yen, Research Assistant
I'm currently a Junior studying Human Biology and I plan on pursing a
medical career in the future. I've always had an interest in
cardiovascular health. Once I heard about a study that will be
examining the relationship between cardiovascular risk factors and
cognitive function, I immediately became interested and joined Dr.
Haley's lab. Aside from my interest in cardiovascular health, I joined
Dr. Haley's lab in the summer of 2013 to get experience in how research
is conducted and learn what it is like to be a part of an entire study
from its beginnings to its endings.
Carolyn Cassill, Research Assistant
I am Carolyn, an undergrad here at UT pursuing a BS in
neuroscience. I joined the Haley lab to gain experience in
neuropsychological testing and MRI. I've always been fascinated
with behavior and the underlying cognitive/neural processes. I
plan to pursue a PhD in clinical neuropsychology.
Adele Ireton, Research Assistant
I am an undergraduate working towards a B.A. in Psychology with a minor
in French. After graduating I am planning on attending law school with
the hopes of becoming a corporate lawyer. Though I do not intend to
pursue the field of psychology, I have been fascinated by the
psychology courses I have taken at UT and joined the Haley lab to gain
extra knowledge and experience in the field while I still can. I am
looking forward to learning more about the complexity and vulnerability
of the brain to a number of cognitive impairments.
Arjun Srivastava, Research Assistant
I am a UT Austin undergraduate student majoring in Business
and Plan II Honors, while pursuing pre-medicine. I am immensely
fascinated by the human body and all its complexities. Thus far I have
acquired a specific interest in cardiology and behavior neurology. My
ultimate goal is to utilize medicine to alleviate world suffering.
After I graduate I plan to attend medical school and work towards
becoming a physician. During my time in the UT Clinical Neuroscience
Lab I look forward to expanding my knowledge in neuroscience and
cognitive decline, as well as interacting and learning from my fellow
Alexander Tan, BA, Research Assistant
I graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy with a Biology minor
from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. I joined the Clinical
Neuroscience Lab to increase my research experience and explore my
interests in neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging.. I am
currently applying to Ph.D. programs in clinical neuropsychology.
Jasmine McNeely, BA, Research Assistant
I graduated with a B.A. in
Psychology from St. Edward's University in December 2012. I joined Dr.
Haley's lab to learn more about neuropsychological testing and
neuroimaging in clinical populations. I plan on pursuing a graduate
degree in clinical psychology with a neuropsychology emphasis.
Megan Moody, Research Assistant
I'm Megan, an undergrad pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in
Biology. I am especially interested in brain development and
psychological disorders. I joined the Haley Lab to gain experience with
psychological testing and neuroimaging. I hope to go on to pursue a PhD
in clinical psychology or neuroscience.
Evan Pasha, Graduate student, MS in Exercise Science
Boston native, with research interests of how cardiovascular function
relates to cognition. Outside interests include music, soccer, and
Katy Goudarzi, Research Project Director
received my M.D. in 2004 in Tehran, Iran- Shahid Beheshti University of
Medical Sciences. I worked as a general physician in an economically
underserved area in central Iran before I came to the U.S in 2006. I
completed my masters in Women’s Studies with a focus in Psychology at
UT Austin in 2008. Working in the Clinical Neuroscience Lab is an
invaluable experience for me because during my medical education and
practice I was always interested in neuroscience research and clinical
Former Research Assitants:
1. Rachel Reed
2. Tali Swan-Sternberg
3. Priya Ghelani
4. Glory Okugo
5. Alyssa Esmail
6. Ishita Gosh
7. Maria Kobidze
8. Seema Pandya
9. Bryan Snead
10. Furqan Shah
11. Mandy Kidwell
12. Miral Vaghasia
13. Takashi Tarumi (former PhD student at UT Kinesiology Department)
14. Ryan Ellis
15. Sima Mozdbar
16. Taylor Francis
17. Jessica Rae Hungate
18. Victor Jeongsoek Lee (former graduate student at UT Kinesiology Department)
19. Danh Doan
20. Katy Wheeler
21. Kent Kasischke
22. Nick Govea
23. Rachel Skocypec
24. Astrid Villalpando
25. Jake Hertzing
Honor's Thesis Students:
1. Fedora Biney (2007-2008) – Genetic risk for hypertension and cardiovascular reactivity in response to mental stress5. Kayla Steward (2012-2013) - Brain Vulnerability in Herpes SImplex Virus-1 Carriers with High Psychosocial Stress
2. Erin Pomerantz (2008-2009) – Cardiac output and functional activation to working memory
3. Jared Kilmer (Spring/Fall 2009) – Pain perception in individuals at risk for hypertension
4. Sandra Stautberg (2009-2010) – Cerebral N-acetyl-aspartate concentrations in hypertension
6. Astrid Villalpando (2013-2014) - Relationship between atherosclerosis and sleep: Role of Tryptophan