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.
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.
Joanne Gomez, B.S. received her degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. During her undergraduate studies, Joanne conducted research with Dr. Tamar Gollan on the effects of bilingualism in cognitive functioning by means of administering tests on Spanish-English bilingual undergraduate students. In addition, she collaborated with Dr. Keith Rayner on a recreation of the Paul A. Koler’s “Reading and Talking Bilingually” study by implementing Koler’s techniques and incorporating an Eyelink Eyetracker. Joanne is a fluent trilingual in English, Spanish and French. She currently administers neuropsychological evaluations for the longitudinal studies and is also a part of the Hispanic cohort for the ADRC. Joanne shares her spare time with her beloved canine companion, Cypress and her loving family and friends. Her interests are hiking, music, cooking and recently picked up crocheting.