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Lab Members:


Andreana Haley, Ph.D.
Director
Curriculum Vita

I 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 Boston. 

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

Mitzi  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

I 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

I 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

I 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 lab members.



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 exercise.


Katy Goudarzi, Research Project Director

I 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 psychology/psychiatry.


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 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

5. Kayla Steward (2012-2013) - Brain Vulnerability in Herpes SImplex Virus-1 Carriers with High Psychosocial Stress
6. Astrid Villalpando (2013-2014) - Relationship between atherosclerosis and sleep: Role of Tryptophan






Updated 19 March 2013
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