Dr. Guzmán-Vélez is an Instructor at MGH and Harvard Medical School. She joined the Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2016 after completing her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Iowa and internship in neuropsychology at the Boston VA. Her graduate research focused on examining the dissociation between declarative memory and emotions in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). During her postdoctoral fellowship, she studied cognitive tests that are sensitive to the earliest brain changes in AD, as well as changes in functional connections in preclinical AD and their relationship to cognition and pathology burden. She also conducted neuropsychological evaluations at the MGH Multicultural Neuropsychology Program. Her current research focuses on examining non-pharmacological and lifestyle factors that can reduce the risk for dementia. Dr. Guzmán-Vélez was awarded a NIA K23 grant in 2019 to investigate whether greater aerobic fitness may modify the course of AD and the underlying mechanisms (e.g. neuroinflammation). She is the Chair of the Martinos Women in Science and co-Director of the Sagrado-MIT Neuroscience Precollege Program, and an advocate for increasing diversity, inclusion and equity in STEM. She enjoys cooking, reading fiction, spending time with friends and family, traveling, dancing, and exercising.
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