HNRC Mentored Students/Professionals Recognized

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Mentoring the next generation of neuroAIDS researchers is an important component of the HNRC’s overall mission. Within the last year, three trainees within the Neurobehavioral Core received prominent awards in recognition of their academic accomplishments in the neuropsychology of HIV infection. These awards highlight the exceptional level of performance garnered in part through the training and support received from HNRC-associated investigators.

 

Erin Morgan, M.S., was awarded the 2009 Benton-Meier scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation and Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association. The Benton-Meier scholarship is a national award that supports Ph.D. students who demonstrate a record of achievement indicative of a promising career in the field of clinical neuropsychology.

Ms. Morgan is a 6thyear student in the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She has been associated with the HNRC since September 2004 and has published 14 refereed articles, 1 book chapter and given 5 conference presentations examining risk factors (e.g., genetics, substance abuse) for and everyday functioning consequences of HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment. Her dissertation, which is funded by the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, will examine the role of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 allele on neurocognitive impairment in persons living with HIV infection.

Examples of her published works:

Morgan EE, Woods SP, Weber E, Dawson MS, Carey CL, Moran LM, Grant I, & the HNRC Group.  (2009). HIV-associated episodic memory impairment: evidence of a possible differential deficit in source memory for complex visual stimuli. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 21(2), 189-198.

Morgan EE, Woods SP, Scott JC, Childers M, Marquie Beck J, Ellis RJ, Grant I, Heaton RK, & the HNRC Group.  (2008). Predictive validity of demographically-adjusted normative standards for the HIV Dementia Scale. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 30(1), 83-90.

 

Jennifer Iudicello, M.S., was selected to receive an Inamori Fellowship for 2009-2010 from San Diego State University. The Inamori Fellowship, created by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera Corporation and the Inamori Foundation, recognizes graduate students in Sciences, Health and Human Services, Arts and Letters, and Professional Studies and Fine Arts for their outstanding academic accomplishments. In addition, she also received an APA Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) Cognitive Science Award for her research on prospective memory deficits in methamphetamine dependence, which she presented at the 117th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada, in August 2009.

Ms. Iudicello is a 5th year student in the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and has been a trainee at the HNRC since 2005. She has published 8 articles, 2 book chapters and has made 17 presentations at professional meetings, mostly in the areas of verbal fluency and memory functions in HIV and substance abusers. Her research has also been recognized with two additional national Blue Ribbon Awards from Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association in August 2008 and 2006.

Examples of her published works:

Iudicello JE, Woods SP, Weber E, Dawson M, Scott JC, Carey C, Grant I, & the HNRC Group.  (2008). Cognitive mechanisms of switching in HIV-associated category fluency deficits. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 30, 797-804.

Iudicello JE, Woods SP, Parsons TD, Moran LM, Carey CL, & Grant I.  (2007). Verbal fluency in HIV infection: a meta-analytic review. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13, 183-9.

 

Jordan Cattie, starting with the HNRC in September 2009 as a 1st year student in the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, has received the 2010 Blue Ribbon Award from Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association for her 1st publication. Ms. Cattie’s award-winning conference submission examined a series of novel measures of list learning and memory in persons with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders.

Examples of her published works:

Cattie J, Woods SP, Grant I. (In press). Neuropsychology of HIV. In H.E. Gendelman, I. Grant, I.P. Everall, S.A. Lipton, & S. Swindells (Eds.), The neurology of AIDS (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Cattie JE, Arce M, Weber E, Grant I, Woods SP, and the HNRC Group. (In press). Item-Specific Deficit approach in HIV [abstract]. The Clinical Neuropsychologist.

 

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