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Dr. Elizabeth L. Glisky is the former Department Head and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona.


Research Staff


Kristina Irwin has worked in the field of Learning and Memory since she graduated in 1992 from the University of Arizona. She started out working as a Research Technician in a lab at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to Ames, Iowa with this lab in 2001. In August of 2005, Kristina moved back to Tucson and was hired by Dr. Glisky and Dr. Ryan as a Research Specialist to work on the AD Risk project.


Hannah Ritchie graduated with a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Arizona in spring 2015. She is currently working as the lab manager and research assistant for Dr. Glisky. Hannah plans to attend graduate school for clinical neuropsychology in the near future.


Sara Feld continues to assist with research in this lab here at the University of Arizona and is currently working as the Lab Manager of the "Neuropsychology of Memory and Self Lab" under the direction of Matthew Grilli, PhD. Previously, Sara worked as the Lab Manager of Dr. Elizabeth Glisky's "Aging and Cognition Lab". She graduated from the University of Arizona in May of 2014 and received a B.A. in both Psychology and Creative Writing.


Graduate Students


Angelina J. Polsinelli receieved her B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2008 and is currently a 7th year in the Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology track) doctoral program at the UA. Her dissertation is an investigation of the cognitive, emotional, and functional associations of dispositional mindfulness in older adults and the impact of mindfulness training on cognition and daily functioning in this population. She is also developing a behavioral measure of daily mindfulness using EAR technology (Mehl & Robbins, 2012) that is funded by the Mind and Life 1440 Award. Additional research interests include the functions of autobiographical memory, particularly as they relate to emotion regulation and emotional processing in later life.


Suzanne Moseley received her B.S in cognitive science from the University of California at San Diego in 2008 and is currently a 5th year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, specializing in neuropsychology. Suzanne's research interests focus on factors that influence the cognitive functioning of older adults, as well as potential means of intervention to mitigate risk of cognitive decline. In the past her work examined how ageist stereotypes impact memory performance in normally aging older adults. Her research focus has recently shifted to the impact of age-related hearing loss on cognitive function and psychosocial well-being, with specific focus on the potential benefits of hearing aid intervention.


Ruth Robbins received her B.A. in psychology from Elon University in 2012. She is currently in her third year of pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona with a specialization in neuropsychology. She is interested in human memory and aging and her current research investigates using the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR) technology to determine the relation between social interaction and cognitive functioning in older adults.


Cindy Woolverton received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2008. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in Dr. Ryan’s Cognition and Neuroimaging Lab as a Research Assistant. She was currently hired in August 2010 by Dr. Glisky to work on the Senior Learning Project. She is planning on applying to graduate programs this year to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology.


Mingzhu Hou received her BS in applied psychology from Binzhou Medical University and in 2013, she received her ME in basic psychology from Capital Normal University, where her research focus was the relationship between explicit memory and implicit memory. She is currently a sencond year student pursuing Ph.D in the Cognition and Neural Systems program. She is interested in source memory of aging people.


Some of the current graduate students and Dr. Glisky at the Annual McKnight Brain Research Foundation Inter-institutional Meeting in Miami (2015)


Research Assistants


Demitri Macris is a second year medical student in the College of Medicine. He is currently working on the Well-being Study and aspires to be a Psychiatrist.


Former Lab Members


Former lab members at International Neuropsychological Society meeting


Tomas Martinez is currently a graduate student in the Department of Management and Organizations in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.


Katherine Cooke is a now doctoral student at the University of Michigan with Dr. Patricia Reuter-Lorenz and Dr. Rachael Seidler. Her current research focuses on how manipulating task difficulty affects age-related changes in neural activation and task based functional connectivity in both working memory and motor sequencing. She is also investigating potential neural mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of an adaptive working memory training paradigm. She is also involved in analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data for a NASA spaceflight analogue study.


Janelle Wohltmann


Matt Grilli is a clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at the Boston VA and a research collaborator at the Boston VA Memory Disorders Research Center. Matt's clinical work involves neuropsychological assessments of veterans with neurological and psychological conditions. He also engages in individual and group psychotherapy with veterans who have memory and attention problems. Matt's research investigates the relation of self and memory in memory disorder populations.


Craig McFarland


Emily C. Edmonds