People

Catherine Wang

Clinical Social Worker

Cathy earned a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University in New York. She has worked with adults and seniors in hospitals, patients’ homes, and clinics. She is also a consultant who trains and supports social workers in long-term care facilities to maintain state licensure and accreditation. Before joining UCSF, she was a social work discharge planner, ensuring that patients had services in place upon leaving the hospital. She is an advocate for patients, families and caregivers through supportive education and linking them to appropriate resources to meet their needs.

Sophia Weiner-Light

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Sophia joined UCSF in September 2018 as a research coordinator in Dr. Joel Kramer’s lab. She is currently coordinating a study examining the effects of chronic inflammation on brain aging in healthy elderly individuals and in those with mild cognitive impairment. She also works as a research coordinator on the Care Ecosystem team as well as the Community Outreach Program, working with both English and Spanish speakers.

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.

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. 

Hannah Wiest

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

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

Charles Windon, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Laura Wise

Administrative Officer

Amy Wolf

Imaging Core Manager

Amy is the imaging core manager for the Memory and Aging Center.

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.

Kristine Yaffe, MD

Professor and Vice Chair

Kristine Yaffe, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology, the Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Research in Psychiatry at UCSF. Dr. Yaffe is dually trained in neurology and psychiatry and completed postdoctoral training in epidemiology and geriatric psychiatry, all at UCSF. In addition to her positions at UCSF, Dr. Yaffe is the Chief of Neuropsychiatry and the Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.

Stacey Yamamoto

Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst, GBHI

As a Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst for the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), Stacey Yamamoto uses program data to inform continuous improvement and, over time, demonstrate the impact of the organization.

Stacey has experience in public health research, evaluation and practice with a focus on health disparities among underserved populations. Her academic training and past experiences have ignited her passion for translational research with a focus on social impact.

Jennifer Yokoyama, PhD

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Yokoyama obtained her doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics from UCSF in December 2010 with Dr. Steven Hamilton (Department of Psychiatry and Institute for Human Genetics). Her dissertation comprised work within the Canine Behavioral Genetics Project, utilizing purebred dogs as genetic models for studying neuropsychiatric disease. Utilizing community-based canine DNA samples, Dr.

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