People

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.

Amy Wolf

Imaging Core Manager

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

Evelyn Wong

Finance, GBHI

Evelyn serves as the UCSF Finance and Operations Manager for the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI). In this role, she works closely with Trinity College Dublin to manage GBHI finances and financial reporting, as well as managing many of the site-specific operations at the UCSF site.

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.

Golnaz Yadollahikhales

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Dr. Golnaz Yadollahikhales graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 2014 with honors. During her seven years of medical school, she worked on animal studies on the pathophysiology of memory using scopolamine and ketamine. She started working as a research fellow at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts in 2015.

Kristine Yaffe, MD

Professor and Vice Chair

Kristine Yaffe, MD, is the Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Epidemiology, and Director of the Center for Population Brain Health at the University of California, San Francisco. 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 Evaluation Clinic at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

Stacey Yamamoto

Monitoring & Evaluation Program Manager, GBHI

As a Monitoring and Evaluation Program Manager for the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), Stacey is responsible for collecting and analyzing program data to inform continuous improvement efforts and over time, demonstrating the impact of the GBHI community. Stacey’s academic training and past experience in health disparities research, program evaluation and public health practice have ignited her passion for translational research with a focus on social impact.
 

Lucy Yan

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Claire Yballa

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Claire is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator working with the PET Core team in the Rabinovici Lab. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Claire was previously an undergraduate research assistant in the High Level Perception Lab and Samaha Lab at UC Santa Cruz, where she worked on projects studying music cognition and the neural basis of confidence in decision making. 

Jennifer Yokoyama, PhD

Associate 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.

Clayton Young

Data Engineer

Clayton was introduced to research during his time at UC Davis, where he obtained his BS degree in psychology (biology emphasis). As an undergraduate, he assisted in investigating attention, visual working memory and language processing using EEG/ERPs and eye-tracking. Upon graduating, he gained clinical experience as a psychometrist in a private neuropsychology practice, which led to his interest in working with aging populations.

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