Francesca V. Lopez, M.S.
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 and recently received a NIH F31 Kirschstein Individual Research Fellowship Diversity award to fund her dissertation, “Cognitive Correlates of Mitochondrial Function in Older Adults”. 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.
Lauren 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. Her current research interests include the influence of methodological variation on how cognitive changes are characterized in Parkinson’s Disease and whether certain methods have greater validity in predicting future decline. For fun, she enjoys traveling, visiting history museums, and attending theatre productions.
Adrianna M. Ratajska, B.S.
Adrianna 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.