Language

People primarily focused on studying speech and language.

Michael Erkkinen, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Michael Erkkinen received his medical degree from Dartmouth College. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, residency in Neurology at the combined Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Program, and fellowships in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School until 2020, when he re-joined the Memory and Aging Center team to serve as the clinic’s medical director.

ABIGAIL LICATA

Staff Research Associate

Abigail Licata is a research associate within the  ALBA Language Neurobiology laboratory, focused on neuroimaging of PPA and dyslexia. She completed her BS degree in neuroscience and examined preliterate assessment of dyslexia and sound symbolism. Her MSc degree in neuro-cognitive psychology centered around a multi-modal analysis of primary progressive aphasia (PPA) within a German cohort.

Eduardo Caverzasi, MD, PhD

Associate Specialist

Dr. Caverzasi is a radiologist working as an associate specialist in the Memory and Aging Center. His research specializes in primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and dyslexia.

Morgan Ebbert

Clinical Research Coordinator

Morgan is an assistant clinical research coordinator at the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

Rian Bogley

Clinical Research Coordinator

Rian is an assistant clinical research coordinator in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab.

Melissa Brown

Technical Assistance Coord

Melissa is a clinical research analyst in the ALBA Lab and Dyslexia Center.

Maxime Montembeault, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Montembeault is a postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab led by Dr. Marilu Gorno Tempini. He completed a BS degree with honors in psychology and a PhD degree in clinical neuropsychology from University of Montreal. He aims at using multimodal neuroimaging and innovative assessment tools to better understand semantic and social cognition impairments in patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

Carly Miller

Research Speech-Language Pathologist

Carly is a speech language pathologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab led by Dr. Marilu Gorno Tempini. Prior to joining the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2019, she worked at the Centre for Neuro Skills, a post-acute rehabilitation center for patients with traumatic and acquired brain injuries.

Eleanor Palser, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Palser joined the Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Lab in December 2018. Eleanor works with the UCSF Dyslexia Center, studying social and emotional processing in neurodevelopmental conditions, such as dyslexia and autism. To do this, she combines self-report, physiological and neuroimaging methods. Previously, she received a PhD degree in cognitive neuroscience from University College London.

Nicole Yabut

Clinical Research Coordinator

Nicole graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with an AB degree in psychology. Before joining the Alba Lab in 2018, Nicole worked with Dr. Jeffrey Sall in the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care and Dr. Simona Ghetti in the UC Davis Memory and Development Lab to investigate the relationship between anesthesia exposure and recognition memory in children. She is interested in studying the conditions that modulate the limitations of cognitive and perceptual processes.

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