Current Graduate Students

Sonya Kaur:
Graduate Student
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Sonya graduated from Monash University in 2008 with a BA(honors) in psychology. After graduation, she worked as a research psychologist at the National University Health System in Singapore, where she ran clinics and conducted research on post stroke patients as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease patients. She is currently interested in examining the relationship between vascular risk factors and cognitive decline, as well as brain function.


Alex Birdsill:
Graduate Student
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Alex graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in psychology and molecular and cellular biology. Previously, Alex conducted research in molecular biology at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute and in neuroimaging at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alex is primarily interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying modifiable risk factors for dementia.


Stephanie Oleson M.A.:
Graduate Student
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Stephanie graduated with a BS in Biopsychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011. Afterward, she earned a MA in Psychology at San Diego State University where she studied Alzheimer’s and Metabolic Syndrome patient populations using assessments of chemosensory functioning, memory tasks, and neuroimaging methods. Stephanie’s current research interests include delineating vascular mechanisms of cognitive decline as well as identifying modifiable lifestyle habits and risk factors that may contribute to dementia.