PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Tania Giovannetti, Ph.D., ABPP-CN 

Email: tgio@temple.edu

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Graduate Students

mis_photoRachel Mis, M.A.

Email: rachel.mis@temple.edu

Rachel is a sixth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Her long-term research interests involve identifying the cognitive processes that underlie everyday functioning, elucidating their role in functional decline in healthy aging and neurodegenerative disease, and developing targeted interventions to improve daily functioning using a precision medicine approach to treatment. She aims to conduct translational research that bridges cognitive neuroscience and clinical diagnosis/treatment of neurodegenerative conditions. Her dissertation project examines the utility of eye tracking during a virtual reality task as a sensitive measure of everyday cognition. Her 2020 quarantine hobbies include staring wistfully at old travel photos, upping her home bartending skills, and snuggling her cat, Minnie.

 

Katherine Hackett

Email: katherine.hackett@temple.edu

Katherine is currently a fifth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Her research interests include the use of smartphones and other technologies to improve upon existing methods of neuropsychological assessment and intervention, particularly with respect to increased efficiency, sensitivity, ecological validity and personalization. She is also interested in person-centered, strengths-based approaches to help individuals at risk for or diagnosed with dementia. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, listening to and playing music, trying new restaurants and spending time with her dog Jackson.

 

 

Stephanie Simone

Email: smsimone@temple.edu

Stephanie is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Her research interests include investigating modifiable risk factors and early identification of cognitive impairment, as well as exploring interventions and rehabilitation strategies to improve quality of life and cognitive functioning in healthy aging and dementia. In her spare time, she enjoys discovering new food places or recipes, exploring nature, and spending time with her dog Tucker.

 

 

 

 

Molly Ungrady

Email: molly.ungrady@temple.edu

Molly is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Her research interests include early onset dementia, improving the early detection of cognitive impairments, and developing interventions to help maintain cognitive function after the onset of these impairments. She enjoys running, the beach, exploring new parts of Philadelphia and the world, and spending quality time with friends, family, and her cat Luna!

 

 

 

 

Nicole Lloyd

Email: nlloyd@temple.edu

Nicole is a second year masters student in the neuroscience program. Her research interests include concussion, personality, and everyday functioning. In her free time she enjoys spending time outside, drinking coffee, reading, and cuddling with her dog Bebe!

 

 

Sophia Holmqvist

Email: sophia.holmqvist@temple.edu

Sophia is a first year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Her research interests include neuroimaging biomarkers of dementia and functional decline as well as novel interventions to slow cognitive decline. Outside the lab, she enjoys hiking, painting, and exploring all the great food in Philly!

Research Coordinators

Emma Pinsky

Email: Emma.Pinsky@temple.edu

Emma is a 2020 Bryn Mawr College graduate, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Neuroscience. Her research interests include cognitive changes associated with Parkinson’s Disease, the role of executive functioning in communication, and the interpersonal effects of neurodegenerative diseases. She enjoys discovering new restaurants, listening to podcasts, and meeting other people’s pets.

 

 

Moira Mckniff

Email: moira.mckniff@temple.edu

Moira is a Temple University Class of 2020 Graduate with a degree in Psychology and minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research interests include cognitive correlates of everyday functioning impairment in older adult populations, and how cognitive impairment effects compensatory strategies and caregiver burden. In her spare time Moira enjoys traveling to new places, running, reading, and cooking Italian food.

 

Undergraduate Students

Dhruvi Mehta

Email: dhruvimehta@temple.edu

Dhruvi is a Temple senior majoring in psychology. Her research interests include everyday functioning impairment in cognitively impaired older adult populations, cognitive aging and the effects of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as the factors that influence it. Outside of research, she enjoys reading, singing, writing creatively and exploring Philadelphia.

 

 


Marina Kaplan

Email: marina.kaplan@temple.edu 

Marina is a Temple sophomore majoring in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research interests include how health behaviors affect cognition, executive and everyday functioning impairments in older adults, and the effects neurodegenerative diseases have on cognition. Outside of academia, Marina enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her friends and family, and considers herself quite the foodie!

 

 

Giuliana Vallecorsa

Email: giuliana.vallecorsa@temple.edu

Giuliana is a Temple senior and a student in the 4 + 1 Neuroscience masters program. Her research interests include everyday functioning, and cognition affected by TBI’s in adolescence and improving the understanding of neurodegenerative disorders in adolescence. Outside of academics she enjoys spending time with family, adventuring, and doing DIY projects. She loves food, the beach, and her dog Siena.

 

 

 

Molly Sabol 

Email: molly.sabol@temple.edu

Molly is a Temple Junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research interests include the effects of neurodegenerative disorders and TBIs, as well as rehabilitation strategies to improve everyday functioning in adults with cognitive impairments. In her free time, Molly enjoys trying out new restaurants in Philadelphia, reading, going to the beach, listening to music, and spending time with her 2 dogs.

 

 

 

Louisa Franco

Email: louisa.franco@temple.edu

Louisa is a Temple senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research interests include cognitive impairments associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and early onset dementia, everyday functioning, and exploring the structure and content of consciousness. In her free time, she enjoys making music, dancing, and adventuring with friends.

 

 

 

Nidhi Makkithaya

Email: nidhi.makkithaya@temple.edu

Nidhi is a sophomore Biology major on the pre-med track with a certificate in American Sign Language. She took an introductory psychology course during her freshman year that led to her interest in research related to the effects of aging and how to prevent or slow down cognitive decline that occurs due to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Outside of academics, she loves to read thriller novels, watch horror movies, and spend time with family and friends!