Current Graduate Students

Bonnie M. Scott, M.S.

Bonnie Scott

Bonnie Scott is doctoral student in the Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience track of the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology. Prior to coming to UF, she earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and her M.S. from the University of Texas at Tyler.   At UF, Bonnie is an associate trainee on a  NINDS funded T32 grant in movement disorders and neurorestoration.  Her dissertation investigates  neurophysiological markers of motivational disorders in Parkinson’s patients using ERP indices  and involves a collaborative team science approach with a neuroscience doctoral student.  Jointly, they were funded by a TL1 training program through the CTSI.  Bonnie is the recipient of the 2018 Walter G. McMillen Memorial Award for Parkinson Disease Research (APA Division 20) to help support her dissertation. Prior to finishing her Ph.D., she is completing a one-year APA-approved internship at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) in San Antonio, Texas.  In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys baking, spending time with family and volunteering at animals shelters.

 

 

Erin Trifilio, M.S.

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Erin Trifilio is a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience tract of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.  She earned her BA in psychology from Emory University prior to starting graduate school at UF.  Her research interests include healthy aging,  neurodegenerative diseases, and neuropsychological assessment.  At UF, she was Fellow on an NIA-funded  T32 predoctoral training grant focused on cognitive aging.   She is among a small group of students who were recognized in 2019 by the journal, The Clinical Neuropsychologist,  for their stellar student-lead publications.   Her doctoral dissertation involves validating a new tool for assessing and disentangling components of  apathy in individuals with Parkinson disease.   For fun, Erin  enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with her cat, Jimi.  Prior to finishing her PhD, Erin is completing an APA approved internship at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center.

 

 

Brittany Rohl, M.S.

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Brittany Rohl is a doctoral student in the Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience track of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She earned a B.S. in psychology from Fordham University and worked for 3 years as a post-baccalaureate research assistant, first at  Yale School of Medicine and then Columbia University Medical Center.  As part of her work at Yale, she travelled around the country obtaining neuropsychological data from individuals with essential tremor. Brittany obtained her M.S. degree in May 2019, based on research evaluating the utility of a cognitive rating scale for communicating information to interdisciplinary teams about cognitive risks of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery.   Current research interests include cognitive and emotional features of Essential Tremor, especially anxiety. For fun, she enjoys sailing and playing with her dog.

 

Francesca V. Lopez, M.S.

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Francesca V. Lopez is  a doctoral student at the University of Florida in the Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience track of the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest distinction in psychology from San Diego State University. To gain additional experience, she received funding to participate in an NSF-supported ‘Research Experience for Undergraduates Program’ at Washington State University.  She subsequently worked as a post-baccalaureate research assistant at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, where she was involved in studies of emotional and cognitive sequelae of Parkinson’s disease under the mentorship of Drs. Vince Filoteo and Dawn Schiehser.  At UF, she has examined unique characteristics of SWEDDs patients, performance based tasks of iADLs in Parkinson’s disease, and the clinical utility of a widely used subjective cognitive complaints scale in Parkinson’s disease.  She is also a Fellow on an NINDS-funded predoctoral T32 in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.  Current research interests include novel interventions for improving quality of life and everyday functions in individuals with Parkinson disease and older adults experiencing cognitive and motivational changes. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and pet-siblings.

 

Lauren E. Kenney, B.S.

lkLauren Kenney is a doctoral student in the Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience track of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She earned her B.S. in neuroscience from Muhlenberg College before working for two years as a clinical research assistant in the neuropsychology program at Rhode Island Hospital. In this position, she split her time between serving as a psychometrist in the clinic and coordinating studies on mind-body interventions for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and on changes in daily functioning (i.e. medication management) that accompany MCI and dementia. She is excited to extend her research interests at UF by exploring the relationship between aging and Parkinson’s Disease. For fun, she enjoys traveling, visiting history museums, and attending theatre productions.

 

 

Adrianna Ratajska, B.S.

ARAdrianna Ratajska is a doctoral student in the Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience track of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She received a B.S. in psychology from Union College and worked for 3 years as a research assistant at the Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In this role, she recruited patients, administered cognitive and motor measures, and managed the data for a longitudinal multiple sclerosis research database. Her research interests include mood disorders among patients with neurological disease, as well as protective and risk factors for cognitive impairment. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, riding her bike, and trying new restaurants with friends.