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Neuropsychology Team

Tamar Gollan Photo Tamar H. Gollan, PhD Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. Dr. Gollan investigates how bilingualism affects cognitive functioning by working primarily with the Hispanic Cohort at the ADRC. Dr. Gollan is a life-long Hebrew-English bilingual and is also fluent in Spanish. Dr. Gollan received her PhD in clinical and cognitive neuropsychology from the University of Arizona. She is a faculty member of the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and also mentors undergraduate research as part of the Faculty Mentor Program and the McNair Program for students who are underrepresented in graduate education. Dr. Gollan’s research is funded by a Career Development Award (K23) from NIDCD/NIH.
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Diane M. Jacobs, PhD is a licensed neuropsychologist and clinical researcher in the Department of Neurosciences at UCSD. Dr. Jacobs received her PhD from the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins. Her research focuses on assessment of cognition in aging and dementia, with an emphasis on early detection and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Sandy jerkins photo Sandra Jerkins, BS received her BS in Psychology from UCSD in 1998.  She has since worked as part-time psychometrist for our longitudinal study and is currently involved in the Memory in Aging Project.
Chi Kim photo Chi Kim, BS received his degree from the University of California, San Diego in Cognitive Science. He administers neuropsychological testing for several ADRC studies as well as the SOCARE clinic. He also supervises weekly outings for the Out and About Program. Additionally, he provides technical and computer expertise for the ADRC and SOCARE program staff.
Guerry Peavy photo Guerry M. Peavy, PhD is a licensed neuropsychologist and faculty member of the UCSD Department of Neurosciences. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut and has worked at the ADRC since 1990. Her research has focused on cognitive functioning in patients with Alzheimer's disease. She initially studied patients in severe stages of dementia, and is currently examining the effects of chronic psychological stress on the development of Alzheimer's disease. Of particular interest are those subjects who are already experiencing some memory loss but are otherwise functioning normally (MCI).
Amanda Rodriguez photo Amanda Rodriguez, BA was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, but moved to California at 11 years old, where she has lived ever since. She later moved to La Jolla, California to attend the University of California, San Diego and obtain a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience/Physiology with a minor in Psychology. In pursuits of finding my true passion, she has involved herself with both hospital and lab work, including the Infectious Diseases Center in Hillcrest Hospital, a research lab assistant at the Orthopaedic Surgery Research Center and the Memory, Aging and Resilience Clinic. She is currently working at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center as a bilingual psychometrist.
David Salmon Photo David P. Salmon, PhD Professor in Residence in the Department of Neurosciences and Co-Director of the Clinical Core of the ADRC. Dr. Salmon received his PhD in Biopsychology from Rutgers University in 1984 and completed post-doctoral training in Animal and Human Neuropsychology at UCSD in 1986. He has been affiliated with the ADRC since 1985. His research focuses on the neural basis of memory and cognition examined through the psychological and neurological analysis of the cognitive deficits associated with diverse dementing disorders. He was awarded the prestigious Helen A. Jarrett Chair Award in Alzheimer's Research in 2000.