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Christine Walsh, PhD

Assistant Professor

Christine M. Walsh, PhD, received her BA degree in physiology from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin in Ireland. Dr. Walsh did her doctoral work at the University of Michigan studying the effects of REM sleep modulation on learning and memory. She also studied the neural correlates of cognitive aging. In 2011 Dr. Walsh joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where she has been studying sleep in both healthy older adults and in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Walsh is particularly interested in the contribution of sleep disturbance to cognitive decline.

Kathy Wang

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Kathy Wang is an assistant clinical research coordinator in the MAC Clinical Trials program and Boxer lab.

Catherine Wang

Clinical Social Worker

Cathy earned a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University in New York. Her extensive knowledge about social service systems is based on her work experience at the local, state and federal level. She was a consultant, training social workers in nursing homes to maintain state licensure. Cathy is also a registered yoga teacher and a Grief Recovery Specialist.

Liz Weis

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Liz graduated in December 2016 from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA degree in psychology and neuroscience. She has a background in collecting and analyzing electroencephalogram data and working in a clinical setting with all age groups. Liz joined the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab in May 2018 and is working as a research coordinator for Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini.

Fattin Wekselman

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Fattin Wekselman received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Syiah Kuala in Indonesia. Following the 2004 tsunami, she joined the United Nations World Food Program and other NGOs to reunite families, organize the feeding of displaced people, train teachers and mothers, and assist families in rebuilding their independence. She has also worked with the French Engineering Consulting Firm SOGREAH, and in Sepon, Laos as the Sustainability and Community Development Manager at one of the largest gold and copper mines.

Ariane Welch

Speech Language Pathologist

Ariane is a speech language pathologist from Australia. She performs diagnostic speech and language assessments for research participants with primary progressive aphasia (PPA), treats patients with PPA via our PPA Speech Therapy trial and researches the diagnosis and treatment of motor speech disorders in PPA. 

Emma Wellman

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from Los Angeles, Emma attended college at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with degrees in Psychology and Gender and Health. At the University of Michigan, Emma was a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research and Michigan Psychoneuroendocrinology Affective Laboratory, studying high-intensity drinking behavior and mood disorders in teens and young adults. She also served as a leader of Ann Arbor’s Take Back the Night chapter, working to empower survivors of sexual violence in the community.

Hannah Wiest

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Hannah Wiest is an assistant clinical research coordinator in the MAC Clinical Trials program and Boxer lab.

Samuel Wilson

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Charles Windon, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

Charles Windon, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. In this role, he participates in the clinical care of those with neurodegenerative disease and also participates in the research evaluations of those referred to the Memory and Aging Center with a multitude of neurological conditions. Charles is also involved in the community outreach program at the MAC, with a particular interest in outreach to underserved communities, especially the African American community within the San Francisco Bay Area.

Amy Wise

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Amy graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2020, where she majored in Molecular & Cellular Biology – Neurobiology and minored in Interdisciplinary Human Rights. Throughout her time at Cal, Amy completed an independent research project on the effects of individualized music on symptoms of agitation in persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

Laura Wise

Administrative Officer

Laura Wise was born and raised in San Francisco. She has a bachelor of science degree in health education from San Francisco State University. Laura always had a passion for promoting health education in underserved communities and serving as an advocate for access to better healthcare and medical treatment resources for people of color. She also has a passion for supporting troubled youth in navigating mental and physical health challenges.

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