People

William Ackerman

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Gloria Annette Aguirre

Clinical Research Coordinator

To help increase diversity in the MAC research programs, Gloria coordinates and assesses Latino participants who join MAC research studies. She also participates in bilingual community outreach and educational events.

Carolina Alquezar Burillo, PhD

Assistant Researcher

Carolina Alquezar Burillo is an assistant researcher in the Kao Lab.

Alinda Amuiri

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Rea Antoniou

Associate Specialist

Rea obtained her BA degree in psychology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece). As a bachelor thesis student, she was introduced to the fascinating world of research by undertaking a behavioral study probing the association between cheating, creativity and moral reasoning. The question which psychological mechanisms tilt our moral compass sparked her interest. However, pieces were definitely missing from understanding such a perplex topic in depth.

Jorge Archila Puac

Psychometrist

Jorge Archila is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator at the Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology at the University of San Francisco, California. He has a BS degree in psychology and BA degree in psychopedagogy. He is a Bilingual Certified Specialist in Psychometry.

Jorge moved from Guatemala in 2011 and began working in psychometry, administering psychological test batteries in English and Spanish in a neuropsychological private practice in San Francisco.

Andrea Argouarch

Assistant Specialist

Andrea Argouarch is an assistant specialist in the Kao Lab. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with an MS degree in biomedical engineering and a specialization in stem cell research.

Michelle Barclay

Program Manager, Care Ecosystem

Michelle received her master’s degree in Lifespan Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Gerontology from Louisiana State University. She has over 25 years of experience working with people with dementia and their care partners as a researcher, consultant, educator and program planner. Her areas of expertise include timely detection, early intervention and improving health care quality for people with dementia.

Anthea Bell

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Anthea relocated to the Bay Area after completing her BA degree in Biology at Bowdoin College. While at Bowdoin, she studied the Spaetzle protein family and its possible role in the cricket central nervous system. At the Memory and Aging Center, she works as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator for the frontotemporal dementia research team on the Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Images and Emotions study.

Phaedra Bell, PhD

Program Lead UCSF Dyslexia Ctr

After over a decade in education leadership, teaching, leading teams, and developing programs in the arts, humanities, and medical education, I am putting those skills to use in approaching dementia as a global public health challenge. As an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Global Brain Health, I am working with colleagues at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, the Division of Geriatrics, and at Trinity College Dublin to develop protocols for intervening in modifiable risk factors for dementia across the life course.

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