Josh is currently completing his APA pre-doctoral internship in adult/geriatric neuropsychology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Boston University (BU) where he is co-mentored by Dr. Alice-Cronin-Golomb and Dr. Yakeel Quiroz (MGH). Josh’s dissertation – which was supported by an F31 NRSA and was defended in May of 2022 – examined working memory in the preclinical and early clinical stages of autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease. Josh also has developed an additional line of research relating to the development of computerized cognitive assessments and the administration of traditional face-to-face cognitive tests over telehealth. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis, watching lots movies, playing board games with friends, and going to the dog park with his partner, Kate, and their Golden Doodle (Sully). As Josh prepares to graduate in the coming year, he aspires apply what he has learned from working with Dr. Quiroz and the MAPP team to reducing mental health disparities, particularly in the field of clinical neuropsychology. To see some of Josh’s research, click here
Celina Pluim, BS, MA
Celina is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Boston University (BU) where she is co-mentored by Dr. Alice Cronin-Golomb and Dr. Yakeel Quiroz (MGH). After graduating with her B.S. in psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2014, she worked as a study coordinator in the Neurocognition and Movement Lab at the San Diego VA studying neuropsychological changes and cognitive rehabilitation for Parkinson’s disease with mild cognitive impairment. She is interested in understanding predictive and protective factors of cognitive decline, and recently received a T32 predoctoral training grant through the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School to examine the relationships between sleep, circadian rhythms and cognitive functioning in older adults with and without cognitive impairment. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors hiking, camping, and backpacking with her fiancé Ryan, baking delicious treats, and exploring Boston.
Jairo E. Martinez, BA, MA
Jairo is a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program of Boston University (BU). He matriculated in BU in the fall of 2021 where he is co-mentored by Dr. Alice Cronin-Golomb and Dr. Yakeel Quiroz. He completed his bachelor’s degree in 2018 with a major in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University. Prior to becoming a student at BU, he worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (MAPP) from 2018-2021. He also completed summer internships with the Harvard Aging Brain Study and MAPP in 2016 and 2017. Currently, his interests include investigating how subjective cognitive decline, stress, emotional memory, and/or cardiovascular risk factors may be related to cognitive decline and pathology in a population with autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease. In his free time, he enjoys sketching, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.
Averi Giudicessi, BS, MA
Averi is a first-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Boston University (BU). She is co-mentored by Dr. Yakeel Quiroz and Dr. Alice Cronin-Golomb. She completed his bachelor’s degree at Fordham University with a major in Psychology and an MS in Neuropsychology from Benemerita Universidad Autonomy de Puebla. Prior to becoming a student at BU, she worked as a Research Assistant for UCSD. Broadly, her research interests include sex differences in aging populations and how reproductive factors unique to women may be related to higher rates of AD and dementia in women. In his free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and hanging out with her dog.
Erika Pugh, MA
Erika is a pre-doctoral Intern within the Multicultural Neuropsychology Elective at the Multicultural Assessment and Research Center (MARC). She is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Louisiana State University and and a Huel D. Perkins Fellowship recipient. Her research is largely focused on utilizing neuropsychological approaches to examine predictors of cognitive decline and mechanisms that may underlie ethnic disparities in cognitive aging. Her clinical interest are cognitive disorders, especially in culturally and linguistically diverse older adults. Fun fact about Erika is that she started teacher herself French in middle school!