Psychology

Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP, Professor, Psychiatry, Professor, Psychology
My research focuses on advancing our understanding of how and why aging impacts the brain and associated cognitive abilities. I use neuroimaging scans of brain function and structure together with measures of cognition and health status to identify those factors that influence brain aging and the risk for Alzheimer's disease. My work also includes identifying how health and lifestyle interventions can help to delay or prevent the effects of brain aging and Alzheimer's disease.
Distinguished Professor, Member of the Graduate Faculty, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cognitive Science - GIDP, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Professor, Psychology
Depression is a major health problem that is often chronic or recurrent. Existing treatments have limited effectiveness, and are provided wihtout a clear indication that they will match a particular patient's needs. In this era of precision medicine, we strive to develop neurally-informed treatments for depression and related disorders.
Director, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute, Director, Neural Systems-Memory and Aging, Endowed Chair, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute for Learning-Memory Aging, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Professor, Psychology, Regents Professor, Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science - GIDP, Assistant Professor, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Member of the Graduate Faculty
Research Assistant Professor, Psychology, Research Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Fabian-Xosé Fernandez's work includes a focus on parsing the logic used by the circadian pacemaker to interpret multidimensional light patterns, developing light-emitting diode (LED) photo-stimulation protocols to improve mental and physical health across the lifespan, and understanding the role that nocturnal wakefulness plays in suicide risk and developing countermeasures centered around light exposure.
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science - GIDP, Assistant Professor, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Assistant Professor, Psychology
My research interests are broadly focused on understanding how and why we store and retrieve memories. The clinical and cognitive neuroscience research conducted in my laboratory combines neuropsychological, cognitive, social psychological, and neuroimaging approaches. An emphasis of my current research is autobiographical memory, which refers to memories of personal experiences. Ongoing projects are investigating how autobiographical memory is affected in several populations, including older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and individuals with acquired brain injury. We also are interested in understanding how changes to autobiographical memory impact other aspects of cognition, and we seek to develop new interventions to improve autobiographical memory and everyday functioning.
Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science, Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science - GIDP, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Assistant Professor, Second Language Acquisition / Teaching - GIDP
Dr. Lai uses behavioral and neuroscience methods to study contextualized language meaning. Her current research include figurative language, emotion and language, and language and thought about motion and time. Dr. Lai received her PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder. She conducted postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics first and then at the University of South Carolina. She has been a faculty in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona since Fall 2016. She is an elected fellow at the Psychonomic Society.
Associate Professor, Family Studies-Human Development, Associate Professor, Psychology, Associate Professor, Public Health, Member of the Graduate Faculty
Dr. John M. Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ruiz’s program of research focuses on psychosocial influences on health. His NIH-funded research examines relationships between individual level psychosocial factors, social behaviors, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with an emphasis on biobehavioral mechanisms. In addition, Dr. Ruiz has recognized expertise in sociocultural aspects of racial/ethnic health disparities, particularly the epidemiological phenomenon referred to as the Hispanic Health Paradox. He is increasingly recognized for his efforts to advance health equity.