Howard Rosen, M.D.
Dr. Howard Rosen is director of the CPB and an Associate Professor at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology. After receiving his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine, he trained in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed his residency at UCSF. Dr. Rosen pursued fellowship training in brain imaging at the Washington University School of Medicine and then returned to UCSF to join the Memory and Aging Center in 1999. His primary area of interest is in the organization of emotional systems in the brain and how these systems are affected in different forms of neurodegenerative disease.
Virginia Sturm, Ph.D.
Dr. Sturm is an Assistant Professor and neuropsychologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology. She is associate director of the CPB and the director of the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab (CAN Lab), an affiliate of the CPB. After undergraduate work at Georgetown University, she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF. Her research focuses on identifying the neural systems that support emotion and social behavior and how these systems break down in neurodegenerative disease.
David Perry, M.D.
Dr. Perry graduated from medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he also researched obsessive-compulsive features in dementia. He is a clinical instructor and fellow in behavioral neurology at the Memory and Aging Center and participates in the evaluation and treatment of patients in the MAC clinic. His current area of research interest is the impact of neurodegenerative illness on reward processing.
Originally from San Jose California, Samir Datta graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 with a BA degree in cognitive science. He worked as a research assistant in an auditory research laboratory on two main projects: examining the variability of hearing thresholds at the lower end of the frequency range and exploring the effects of psychoacoustic training on otoacoustic emissions. Samir also volunteered in a visual cognition lab, assisting with the generation of visual stimuli for experiments. Samir has been with Dr. Howard Rosen’s lab as a research coordinator since July 2014, assisting with an emotional learning and insight study as well as writing scripts to expedite the data analysis. In his free time, Samir enjoys playing piano/guitar, cooking and spending time with his dogs.
Isabel Sible is a research coordinator at the CAN Lab. Isabel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 with a BA degree in Cognitive Science. While at Cal, she volunteered in Dr. Robert Levenson's Berkeley Psychophysiology Lab, exploring social and emotional changes that can occur in neurodegenerative diseases. During her last year at Cal, Isabel completed an Honor's Thesis in Dr. Robert Knight's Cognitive Neuroscience Lab that focused on reconstructing music from intra-cranial recordings of the human brain. Isabel joined the Memory and Aging Center in May 2015.
Avalon will graduate Mills College in 2014 with a BA degree in Biopsychology. At Mills, she volunteers in the Mills Cognition Lab, where she aids Dr. Christie Chung in studying memory and aging across cultures and between religions. Avalon also taught both martial arts and health classes (not at the same time) and started a Journal Club on campus to fill up free time. In the future Avalon wants to work with older individuals to further understand cognitive senescence, and, of course, to know what she is looking forward to in the future.
Tania earned her degree from UCLA in Linguistics in 2011. At UCLA's Language Acquisition Lab, she worked primarily on studies for bilingual infants, testing if they had a preference for either Spanish or English based on syllable segmentation or babbling patterns, for example. She enjoys studying languages and exploring their connection to neurology. While it is too early to decide, she hopes to pursue a career involving neuroscience. Next year, she will apply to medical school.
Leah Leinweber volunteers at the CPB to garner more research experience. Leah is also a Community Enrichment Coordinator for seniors with Alzheimers and Dementia in Oakland, CA. As a coordinator, Leah is responsible for creating a rich and stimulating environment and orchestrating activities for seniors living with varying degrees of Dementia. Leah is interested in pursuing a dual degree MSW/ MPH with an emphasis on working with an aging population.
Anthony will graduate from San Francisco State Uiniversity (SFSU) in 2014 with a B.A degree in Psychology. While at SFSU, he was a board member for United Students for Veterans Health, which is a volunteer group aimed at assisting veterans in the community. He also volunteered at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in San Francisco for the Recreational Therapy Depatrment. Currently he works as an after-school chess teacher at various school around San Francisco. After graduating from SFSU, Anthony will continue his education in psychology; he plans to attend graduate school with an emphasis in clinical psychology.
volunteer at the cpb
If you are interested in gaining experience with psychophysiological and behavioral methods and would like to be involved in our research, please email Lab Manager Jessica Zakrzewski at firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and cover letter attached.
Jessica Zakrzewski, MRes.
Jessica Zakrzewski is the lab manager for the CPB. Jessica graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. while at Minnesota, Jessica worked with Dr. Charles Nelson in his cognitive developmental neuroscience lab on a behavioral study on infant fear reactivity. After graduating she worked as a psyhophysiologist at the Minnesota Center for Twin & Family Research and a project coordinator at the Injury Prevention Center at the University of North Carolina. In 2008 Jessica received her masters of research in psychology from the University of Manchester where she focused in her master's work on conceptual knowledge differentiation and vulnerability to depression. Jessica joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2010.
Carole Scherling, Ph.D.
Dr. Scherling is a postdoctoral student at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. After undergraduate work at the University of Ottawa, she completed a masters degree in neurological sciences at McGill University and a doctorate in behavioral neurosciences at the University of Ottawa. Her past research focused on mild clinical impairments in both healthy and clinical populations using MRI and fMRI techniques, neuropsychological assessments and biological markers. Her current research centers on behavioral and neurophysiological measurements of insight and cognitive abilities in patients with neurodegenerative disease.
Alice Hua is a research coordinator at the CAN Lab. Alice graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 with a B.A. degree in psychology. While at Cal, she volunteered at the Matthew Walker Sleep & Neuroimaging Lab and Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab, exploring the effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive tasks as well as testing three-year-old's spatial cognition strategies. Alice later joined the Greater Good Science Center where she investigated and published digests on gratitude, mindfulness, and empathy. Before joining the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, Alice worked for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) examining San Francisco nightlife.