Liana Mendes Santos, Ph.D.

Visiting Researcher

  • Title Visiting Researcher
  • Office 900 Commonwealth Ave.
  • Education 2006 BA Psychology, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil
    2008 MA Psychology, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil
    2012 PhD Neuropsychiatric and Behavioral Science, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
    2013-2016 Postdoctoral training in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology), Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Research Interests

I am interested in the wonderful and perfect functioning of the brain, in particular the functioning of the visual cortex. But I’m also very interested in the aging brain and when it is affected by neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Neuropsychological assessment of elderly adults is also my area of interest.

Current Projects

I am working with Dr. Alice Cronin-Golomb as part of a research team that studies the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on quality of life and health in patients with Parkinson’s disease – the “PD-COVID”. This project was carried out in 2021 and aimed to assess how participants in the “Boston University Online Survey Study of Parkinson’s Disease – BOSS-PD” were coping during the pandemic. I am also working on data analysis from BOSS-PD study. Further, I am working on a research project entitled “Stress, Family Support and Memory Loss in Older Latinos”, whose main objective is to verify how chronic stress and social support affect memory. This study is coordinated by Dr. Martha Tompson and is being carried out in collaboration with Dr. Alice Cronin-Golomb and Dr. Yakeel Quiroz. It examines stress (as measured by self-report questionnaires and biological measures) along with measures of family support to better understand its effect on cognition over time and risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in elderly Latinos.

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