Christa Watson, PsyD

Adjunct Instructor
Neurology
+1 415 502-7148

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.

Publications: 

Primary progressive aphasia and the FTD-MND spectrum disorders: clinical, pathological, and neuroimaging correlates.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration

Vinceti G, Olney N, Mandelli ML, Spina S, Hubbard HI, Santos-Santos MA, Watson C, Miller ZA, Lomen-Hoerth C, Nichelli P, Miller BL, Grinberg LT, Seeley WW, Gorno-Tempini ML

Altered topology of the functional speech production network in non-fluent/agrammatic variant of PPA.

Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior

Mandelli ML, Welch AE, Vilaplana E, Watson C, Battistella G, Brown JA, Possin KL, Hubbard HI, Miller ZA, Henry ML, Marx GA, Santos-Santos MA, Bajorek LP, Fortea J, Boxer A, Rabinovici G, Lee S, Deleon J, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Seeley WW, Gorno-Tempini ML

Abnormal age-related cortical folding and neurite morphology in children with developmental dyslexia.

NeuroImage. Clinical

Caverzasi E, Mandelli ML, Hoeft F, Watson C, Meyer M, Allen IE, Papinutto N, Wang C, Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott CAM, Marco EJ, Mukherjee P, Miller ZA, Miller BL, Hendren R, Shapiro KA, Gorno-Tempini ML

Rates of Amyloid Imaging Positivity in Patients With Primary Progressive Aphasia.

JAMA neurology

Santos-Santos MA, Rabinovici GD, Iaccarino L, Ayakta N, Tammewar G, Lobach I, Henry ML, Hubbard I, Mandelli ML, Spinelli E, Miller ZA, Pressman PS, O'Neil JP, Ghosh P, Lazaris A, Meyer M, Watson C, Yoon SJ, Rosen HJ, Grinberg L, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Jagust WJ, Gorno-Tempini ML

Visuospatial Functioning in the Primary Progressive Aphasias.

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS

Watson CL, Possin K, Allen IE, Hubbard HI, Meyer M, Welch AE, Rabinovici GD, Rosen H, Rankin KP, Miller Z, Santos-Santos MA, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML

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

Neuroanatomical substrates of executive functions: Beyond prefrontal structures.

Neuropsychologia

Bettcher BM, Mungas D, Patel N, Elofson J, Dutt S, Wynn M, Watson CL, Stephens M, Walsh CM, Kramer JH

Interleukin-6, age, and corpus callosum integrity.

PloS one

Bettcher BM, Watson CL, Walsh CM, Lobach IV, Neuhaus J, Miller JW, Green R, Patel N, Dutt S, Busovaca E, Rosen HJ, Yaffe K, Miller BL, Kramer JH

Body mass and white matter integrity: the influence of vascular and inflammatory markers.

PloS one

Bettcher BM, Walsh CM, Watson C, Miller JW, Green R, Patel N, Miller BL, Neuhaus J, Yaffe K, Kramer JH

Default mode network connectivity distinguishes chemotherapy-treated breast cancer survivors from controls.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Kesler SR, Wefel JS, Hosseini SM, Cheung M, Watson CL, Hoeft F

Gender differences in the mesocorticolimbic system during computer game-play.

Journal of psychiatric research

Hoeft F, Watson CL, Kesler SR, Bettinger KE, Reiss AL

Fronto-striatal dysfunction and potential compensatory mechanisms in male adolescents with fragile X syndrome.

Human brain mapping

Hoeft F, Hernandez A, Parthasarathy S, Watson CL, Hall SS, Reiss AL