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Stephanie Langella, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Langella joined the Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (MAPP) as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2021 after finishing her PhD in Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her main research interests are in the investigation of cognitive and biological markers of the development of Alzheimer’s disease, particularly within preclinical stages. Her research has focused on brain-based biomarkers for dementia, including functional network properties and accumulation of tau pathology. Dr. Langella was awarded a research fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Association (AARF) to investigate subregional amygdala tau accumulation in autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease, along with its relationship to cognition and neuropsychiatric symptoms. She is a 2022-2023 Research Education Component Affiliate at the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Outside of her time at MAPP, she enjoys hiking with her dog, cooking, and (loudly) cheering on Boston sports teams.

Maira Okada de Oliveira, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Maira Okada de Oliveira, MSc, PhD, joined the Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (MAPP) as a postdoctoral fellow in March 2023 after finishing her PhD at University of São Paulo – Brazil. Her research is focused on studying aging in Latinos, using cognitive tests to evaluate cognition in populations with low levels of education improving early detection of neurodegenerative diseases and developing screening tools to identify cognitive decline in vulnerable populations. Dr. Okada de Oliveira is an Atlantic Fellow at Global Brain Health institute. Outside of her time at MAPP, she enjoys cooking, and cheering for the Boston Celtics.

Nadine Schwab, PhD

Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow at MARC

Dr. Schwab is a Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow at the Multicultural Assessment and Research Center (MARC). She attended the University of Florida where she earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Outside of her clinical work within MARC, her research within the Alzheimer’s Clinical and Translational Research Unit focuses on identification of novel digital biomarkers of cognition collected through passive game play. In her free time she enjoys going on roadtrips, gardening, and hiking with her dog, Pepito .

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