Awards and Recognition

2019

April: We are excited to welcome two new lab members. Lauren Kenny, B.S., and Adrianna Rataska, B.S., will be joining us in Fall 2019.
March: Congrats to Brittany Rohl and Francesca Lopez as they have both successfully defended their masters theses. Way to go!
March: Erin Trifilio (5th-year) and co-authors have been selected as one of two runner-ups of the Fourth Annual TCN/AACN Student Project Competition (The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Official Journal of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology).  During this award cycle, TCN received 42 Competition submissions. From among these, 11 were accepted for publication. These 11 eligible manuscripts that were rated by three reviewers comprised of AACN Student Affairs Committee (SAC) members. As a runner up in the Project Competition, Erin will receive a $500 award.
February: Our lab is proud to announce that 5th year students Bonnie M. Scott (South Texas VA Health Care System) and Erin Trifilio (VA Medical Center – West Los Angeles) have matched at APA-accredited CN internships. Awesome!
February: CNL had a big showing at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in NYC. We are happy to present another year of work and keep moving forward with our existing projects!
January: Congrats to our 5th-year student, Erin Trifilio, who published a paper entitled, “A tale of two stories: validity of an alternative story memory test in a sample of older adults” in The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 
January: Congratulations to our newly graduating CNL members for their placement in post-doctoral positions! Paul Mangal will completing a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the San Francisco VA Health Center and the University of California, San Francisco. Jake Lafo will be completing a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Brown University in the Providence VA Medical Center. We are so proud and can’t wait to see what they will do next.

2018

September: Congrats to our 1st-year student, Francesca Lopez, who published a paper entitled “Everyday functioning in Parkinson’s disease: Evidence from the Revised-Observed Tasks of Daily Living (OTDL-R)” in Parkinsonism and Related Disorders.
June: Our very own Bonnie Scott is the recipient of the 2018 Walter G. McMillen Memorial Award for Parkinson Disease Research from APA Division 20!
June: Dr. Bowers and her colleagues at UF (Dr. Adam Woods) and U. Arizona (Dr. Gene Alexander) were awarded a McKnight Brain Research Foundation grant to pilot a novel, low cost intervention for improving cognition (memory, executive function) in healthy older adults experiencing normal age-related changes.
April: Alumni Dr. Jacob Jones is the recipient of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40, APA) Early Career Pilot Award.  His project, entitled “The gut-brain axis in Parkinson’s disease:  Influences of microbiota on cognition and white matter”, is based on observations that early signs of PD pathology (alpha synuclein / Lewy body aggregates) are detected in the GI tract years before motor symptoms manifest. He will be testing the novel hypothesis that microbiota abundance (particularly in taxa associated with immune responses) will be associated with cognitive impairment and decreased white matter integrity in individuals with PD.
March: Congratulations to our first year, Brittany Rohl  whose research , “Construct validity of the UF DBS Cognitive Rating Scale in 270 patients” was selected for presentation at the 2018 APA late breaking poster session “Cutting Edge Research for Emerging Psychological Scientists. 
March: Alumni Dr. Laura Zahodne has been selected as University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni for 2018!