Christa Pereira, PsyD

Asst Adjunct Professor
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Dr. Watson graduated from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford PsyD Consortium in 2014. She has a background in psychology, developmental biology, neuroimaging and neuropsychology. Her research interests include brain development across the lifespan. She is currently working on dyslexia in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab and a pediatric HIV brain imaging study with Dr. Victor Valcour

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, watching movies, playing soccer, and listening to jazz.


Enhanced visceromotor emotional reactivity in dyslexia and its relation to salience network connectivity.


Virginia E. Sturm, Ashlin R.K. Roy, Samir Datta, Cheng Wang, Isabel J. Sible, Sarah R. Holley, Christa Watson, Eleanor R. Palser, Nathaniel A. Morris, Giovanni Battistella, Esther Rah, Marita Meyer, Mikhail Pakvasa, Maria Luisa Mandelli, Jessica Deleon, Fumiko Hoeft, Eduardo Caverzasi, Zachary A. Miller, Kevin A. Shapiro, Robert Hendren, Bruce L. Miller, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini

Cortical developmental abnormalities in logopenic variant primary progressive aphasia with dyslexia.

Brain Communications

Zachary A Miller, Salvatore Spina, Mikhail Pakvasa, Lynne Rosenberg, Christa Watson, Maria Luisa Mandelli, Mercedes F Paredes, Renaud La Joie, Gil D Rabinovici, Howard J Rosen, Lea T Grinberg, Eric J Huang, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini

White matter hyperintensities correlate to cognition and fiber tract integrity in older adults with HIV.

Journal of neurovirology

Watson C, Busovaca E, Foley JM, Allen IE, Schwarz CG, Jahanshad N, Nir TM, Esmaeili-Firidouni P, Milanini B, Rosen H, Carmichael OT, Thompson PM, Valcour VG

Body mass and white matter integrity: The role of vascular and inflammatory factors in healthy aging.

Alzheimer's & Dementia

Brianne Bettcher, Christine Walsh, Christa Watson, Joshua Miller, Ralph Green, Nihar Patel, Bruce Miller, Kristine Yaffe, Joel H. Kramer