About Yakeel Quiroz-Gaviria, PhD

Dr. Quiroz is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Neuroimaging Researcher. Dr. Quiroz currently serves as the Director of the Familial Dementia Neuroimaging Lab, and the Multicultural Alzheimer's Prevention Program (MAPP). She is also the Co-Director of the MUNDOS Neuropsychological Service at the Psychology Assessment Center, a clinical service that offers specialized cognitive testing to Spanish-speaking patients.

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

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Dr. Quiroz is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. She currently serves as Director of the Familial Dementia Neuroimaging Lab, and the Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program-MAPP. 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 biomarkers for early diagnosis of dementia, especially as measured by neuropsychology , biofluids and neuroimaging, are fundamental goals for her research. Her current studies use multimodal neuroimaging (e.g. PET, sMRI, fMRI, DTI) and integrate genetics, molecular and neuropsychological data to characterize some of the earliest changes associated with dementia risk.

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