About Yakeel Quiroz-Gaviria, PhD

Dr. Quiroz is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Harvard Medical School.  She is a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroimaging researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She completed her Ph.D. training in Clinical Psychology at Boston University and a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at MGH.  Dr. Quiroz is the Director of the Multicultural Alzheimer's Prevention Program (MAPP), and Director of the Familial Dementia Neuroimaging Lab. She is also the Clinical Director of the MUNDOS Program at the Psychology Assessment Center, a clinical service that offers culturally and linguistically appropriate neuropsychological testing to Latino adults.

Her neuroimaging research seeks to identify and validate biomarkers for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Multicultural Alzheimer's Prevention Program- MAPP
100 1st Avenue, Building 39, Suite 101
Charlestown, MA 02129

Medical Education

  • MA, Boston University
  • PHD, Boston University
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Dr. Quiroz is the Director of the Familial Dementia Neuroimaging Lab. Her research is focused on the study of age-related cognitive and brain changes that may predispose individuals to develop dementia later in life. Understanding the pathophysiology of neurodegeneration and identifying preclinical biomarkers for early diagnosis of dementia, especially as measured by neuropsychology and neuroimaging, are fundamental goals for her research. Her current studies use multimodal neuroimaging (e.g. PET, sMRI, fMRI, DTI) and integrate genetic, molecular and neuropsychological data to characterize some of the earliest changes associated with dementia.