Priscilla completed her undergraduate degree at Carleton College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. After graduation, she completed a 1-year service project as an AmeriCorp HealthVista for a local non-profit organization to improve and increase access to healthcare to undeserved and uninsured community members. After her service, Priscilla took a clinical research coordinator position in the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. During this time, she also completed a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Cheshire Hardcastle is a graduate student at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Cheshire graduated Summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology. Cheshire then worked at the Stanford Research Institution (SRI) researching alcoholism and HIV. Cheshire then earned her Master’s in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Manchester in Manchester, England. Her thesis involved researching certain imaging methods to measure cerebral blood perfusion in an elderly population.
Jessica Kraft is a third year doctoral student at the University of Florida, in the Department of Neuroscience, under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Woods. She graduated from Penn State University, Harrisburg with her M.A. degree in Applied Psychological Research. Jessica’s research interests include using multi-modal imaging to assess structural and functional neural correlates of cognition. Her most recent project has investigated the role of functional neural correlates of the Double Decision task, a task that has proved efficacious in slowing cognitive declines in older adults. her dissertation work focuses on non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, such as tDCS on improving cognition in older adults.
Understanding the impact of nutrition and metabolic factors on cognition and disease pathogenesis, to inform the development of translational interventions for improving cognition in persons with mild cognitive impairment
Examining how the in vivo physiology of the medial temporal lobe changes in tauopathy
Exploring the interplay of aging and genetic risk factors on tau pathogenesis and synaptic dysfunction
Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Studying the effects of repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the progression of taupathy, as TBI is the most robust environmental risk factor for developing dementia