People

Mieke Voges

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Jet Vonk

Asst Professor in Residence

Jet Vonk received her PhD degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the City University of New York Graduate Center, with a focus on neurolinguistics and cognitive science. She also maintains an affiliation with the Department of Epidemiology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where she is currently obtaining a second PhD in Epidemiology.

Anil Vora

Executive Analyst

Anil Vora joined the Memory and Aging Center in December 2022 as the Executive Analyst. He is responsible for managing Dr. Bruce Miller’s schedule, travel, research collaborations and other advanced administrative objectives related to the executive office. He also partners with the center’s six leadership committees acting as a primary resource for committee operations and strategic priorities.
 

Christine Walsh, PhD

Associate 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.

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.

Wes Warren

Assistant CRC

Caitlin Watson

Neuropsychology Fellow

Wei-Ming Watson, PhD, is a queer, Chinese-Swedish American neuropsychology fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She is focused on providing culturally-informed neuropsychological care to diverse adults with cognitive disorders, in particular LGBTQIA+ individuals. Her research investigates how experiences of social adversity influence cognition and daily functioning in marginalized communities. She also examines the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects of cannabinoids in pro-inflammatory diseases.
 

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.

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.

Arabella Williams

Care Team Navigator

Arabella graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2021 with a BA degree in intensive psychology. At UC Santa Cruz, she conducted various research projects on topics such as age and mental health, media exposure and queer theory. She also worked in Dr. Dominic Massaro’s lab, investigating multiple sources of speech exposure and their relative impact on vocabulary development in young children.

Aya Williams

Postdoctoral Scholar

Aya Williams is a clinical psychologist and a postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She is passionate about research on bilingualism and using language as a tool to understand, manage and communicate emotions. She also provides clinical services to families at the Dyslexia Center in collaboration with the Intensive Family Therapy Program. She received her BA degree in Linguistics and Psychology at Stanford University and her PhD degree in Clinical Psychology at UC Berkeley.

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