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Catherine Price, Ph.D.
Clinical and Health psychology; Anesthesiology; Neurology; Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration; University of Florida
Areas of Interest:
movement disorders, post operative cognitive decline, white matter abnormalities, leukoaraiosis, Alzheimer's disease
Biography & Research:
I have designed my laboratory and research around two primary aims. First, to understand the relative contribution of brain white matter integrity versus subcortical gray matter structure integrity on the cognitive profiles associated with neurodegenerative subcortical diseases (e.g., small vessel vascular dementia/Alzheimer’s disease spectrum disorder, Parkinson's disease). Second, to apply this knowledge towards more collaborative and longitudinal research examining the predictive value of these patients’ white and gray matter structure integrity on a) disease associated cognitive decline and b) vulnerability to cognitive change after elective medical interventions (e.g., major orthopedic surgery). Federally funded and non-profit institutions have and continue to support both of these primary research aims (NINDS R01; NINR R01; NINDS K23; NIA F-32 post-doctoral training award; Alzheimer’s Association; National Parkinson Foundation). An important research subaim involving furthering appreciation for reliable and valid neuroimaging and cognitive assessment approaches for examining cognitive-structure dissociations/associations. This subaim demonstrates the methodological rigor for my laboratory’s major aims. Over the past seven years I have spent approximately 50-75% of my time acquiring the tools/skills, designing, recruiting, and analyzing the data necessary to build a laboratory devoted to these collective aims. In addition to research, I provide clinical practicum based teaching to graduate students, interns, and post-doctoral fellows. I am a mentor/teacher to honor undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. I am currently an Associate Professor in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida.