Healthy Aging

People who primarily work on topics related to healthy aging.

Lauren Goldberger

Clinical Research Coordinator

Lauren joined the Kramer lab at the MAC as a research coordinator in 2019. She coordinates a study on the relationship between cardiovascular risk factors and the aging brain in healthy older adults. Lauren received her BS degree in biological sciences from UCSB and worked at a biopharmaceutical company in protein engineering before joining Dr. Kramer's team.

Adam Staffaroni, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Staffaroni is neuropsychologist in the UCSF Department of Neurology. He provides clinical neuropsychological assessments, and his research focuses on predicting disease progression and improving endpoints for clinical trials in neurodegenerative diseases. He obtained a MS degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, with an emphasis in neuropsychology. He completed a clinical internship at the West Los Angeles VA Health Care system and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC).

Collette Goode

Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from San Rafael, CA, Collette pursued a BS degree in biology at the Robert Clark Honors College, University of Oregon. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Philip Washbourne investigating the mechanisms underlying synapse formation in the zebrafish animal model. She completed her undergraduate thesis in the Washbourne Lab, analyzing how the gut microbiota control synaptic protein distribution in the developing zebrafish brain and the correlation between disrupted synapse formation and behavioral deficits in zebrafish.

Sophia Weiner-Light

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Sophia joined UCSF in September 2018 as a research coordinator in Dr. Joel Kramer’s lab. She is currently coordinating a study examining the effects of chronic inflammation on brain aging in healthy elderly individuals and in those with mild cognitive impairment. She also works as a research coordinator on the Care Ecosystem team as well as the Community Outreach Program, working with both English and Spanish speakers.

Nina Djukic

Research Coordinator

Nina Djukic graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2018 with a BS degree in Environmental Health & Communications. She currently works with Dr. Joel Kramer, coordinating the Aging & Cognitive Decline project, a longitudinal study to identify the cognitive mechanisms and neural structures that underlie aging-related declines in executive functioning. She is also the study coordinator for Dr.

Michelle You

Research Coordinator

At the Memory and Aging Center, Michelle works primarily on a longitudinal study on healthy aging. Lead by Dr. Joel Kramer, this study looks at the multiplicity of factors that influence cognitive aging in older adults, from lifestyle factors to relevant biomarkers.

Kaitlin Casaletto, PhD

Assistant Professor

Kaitlin obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in 2015. She completed her clinical internship as part of the UCSF Clinical Psychology Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry, and her post-doctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology.

Aili Golubjatnikov, MS, BS

Research Coordinator

Aili joined the MAC in January of 2017 as a research coordinator in Dr. Michael Geschwind’s lab where she coordinated his studies on Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease and other rapidly progressive dementias. As of January 2019, she works in Dr. Joel Kramer’s lab, where she coordinates the Lifestyle Medicine for Alzheimer’s Disease study.

Sabrina Erlhoff

Research Coordinator

Originally from San Diego, California, Sabrina graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science and a minor in Spanish language and literature. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Robert Clark at UC San Diego to investigate the effects of hippocampal lesions in the spatial cognition of rats and later worked with Dr. David Whitney at UC Berkeley to create online tests to study human visual perception.

Devyn Cotter

Research Coordinator

Devyn joined UCSF in June 2017 as a research coordinator in Dr. Joel Kramer’s lab, where she coordinates a study examining the effects of chronic inflammation on brain aging in healthy elderly individuals and in those with mild cognitive impairment.

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