David P. Salmon, Ph.D. Professor in Residence in the Department of Neurosciences and Co-Director of the Clinical Core of the ADRC. Dr. Salmon received his Ph.D. in Biopsychology from Rutgers University in 1984 and completed post-doctoral training in Animal and Human Neuropsychology at UCSD in 1986. He has been affiliated with the ADRC since 1985. His research focuses on the neural basis of memory and cognition examined through the psychological and neurological analysis of the cognitive deficits associated with diverse dementing disorders. He was awarded the prestigious Helen A. Jarrett Chair Award in Alzheimer's Research in 2000.
Guerry M. Peavy, Ph.D. is a licensed neuropsychologist and faculty member of the UCSD Department of Neurosciences. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut and has worked at the ADRC since 1990. Her research has focused on cognitive functioning in patients with Alzheimer's disease. She initially studied patients in severe stages of dementia, and is currently examining the effects of chronic psychological stress on the development of Alzheimer's disease. Of particular interest are those subjects who are already experiencing some memory loss but are otherwise functioning normally (MCI).
Cecily Jenkins, Ph.D. is a licensed neuropsychologist who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Clark University in 1999. She completed her internship and post-doctoral training at UCSD and has been employed in UCSD’s Alzheimer’s Research Center since 1995, first serving as a psychometrist and then as a post-graduate researcher and co-facilitator of the support group for early stage Alzheimer’s patients. She is now Project Director of the center’s Memory in Aging Project (MAP), a focused recruitment initiative geared toward increasing research involvement of seniors experiencing Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).
Tamar H. Gollan, Ph.D. Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. Dr. Gollan investigates how bilingualism affects cognitive functioning by working primarily with the Hispanic Cohort at the ADRC. Dr. Gollan is a life-long Hebrew-English bilingual and is also fluent in Spanish. Dr. Gollan received her Ph.D. in clinical and cognitive neuropsychology from the University of Arizona. She is a faculty member of the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and also mentors undergraduate research as part of the Faculty Mentor Program and the McNair Program for students who are underrepresented in graduate education. Dr. Gollan’s research is funded by a Career Development Award (K23) from NIDCD/NIH.
Martha C. Muñiz, M.A. was born and raised in Mexicali, Baja California and moved to San Diego at the age of sixteen. She graduated from San Diego State with a B.A. in psychology and then pursued and received her Master of Arts degree from Boston University. There, she assisted in Neuroimaging Studies of Familial Alzheimer’s Disease research. Recently, Martha joined our Shiley-Marcos UCSD ADRC team as a psychometrist and is also a part of our ADRC Hispanic program. Her plans include going back to school for a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. Her end goal is to offer direct access to mental health to Hispanics in the United States.
Sandra Jerkins, B.S. received her B.S. in Psychology from UCSD in 1998. She has since worked as part-time psychometrist for our longitudinal study and is currently involved in the Memory in Aging Project.
Chi Kim, B.S. received his degree from the University of California, San Diego in Cognitive Science. He administers neuropsychological testing for several ADRC studies as well as the SOCARE clinic. He also supervises weekly outings for the Out and About Program. Additionally, he provides technical and computer expertise for the ADRC and SOCARE program staff.