Yakeel Quiroz-Gaviria, Ph.D.
|Title||Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry|
|Institution||Massachusetts General Hospital|
|Address||Massachusetts General Hospital|
149 13th Street
Charlestown MA 02129
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|2013||Outstanding Dissertation Award, National Academy of Neuropsychology|
|2013||Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences Prize, Fundacion Alejandro Angel Escobar (Colombia)|
|2014||Kavita Jain Dissertation Award, Boston University|
|2014||Early Career Impact Award, Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS)|
|2014 - 2019||NIH Director's Early Independence Award|
Dr. Quiroz completed her Ph.D. training in clinical psychology at Boston University and a fellowship in neuropsychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
By applying her efforts to a large family that carries a genetic mutation that causes early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Dr. Quiroz’s research has focused on characterizing brain changes that may predispose individuals to develop memory loss or dementia later in life. Her work has already provided evidence of brain abnormalities in cognitively-intact individuals at high risk for AD decades before their clinical onset. Her findings have helped the field to re-conceptualize Alzheimer as a sequence of changes that begins decades before cognitive decline, and which may be targeted by promising disease-slowing treatments at a time in which they might have their most profound effect. Her research work has resulted in several publications that have generated considerable discussion in the field, and has achieved recognition by colleagues at the regional, national, and international level.
Dr. Quiroz also has strong clinical interests in cultural neuropsychology and assessment of monolingual and bilingual Spanish-speaking patients.
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