Mirella Diaz-Santos

Title(s)Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Neurology
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    University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto RicoB.A.05/2007Psychology
    Boston University, Boston, MAMA05/2010Psychology
    Boston University, Boston, MAPhD05/2015Clinical Psychology
    University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAFellowship08/2017Clinical Neuropsychology
    University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAFellowship08/2018Cognitive Neuroscience/Depression Grand Challenge
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    University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras2004  - 2006NIMH Career Opportunities in Research and Training Program (COR) Scholar
    Boston University2009  - 2011NINDS Research Supplement to Promote Diversity Grant Award
    Boston University 2011  - 2014NINDS F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research and Service Award
    American Psychological Association 2011Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellow (MHSAS)
    American Psychological Association (APA)2013Implementation Grant Funds Award, Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training
    National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)2014Tony Wong Diversity Student Award
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)2018Butler-Williams Scholars Program
    University of California, Los Angeles2019  - 2020RCMAR (Resource Centers on Minority Aging)/CHIME UCLA Scientist
    Alzheimer’s Los Angeles 2020Early Career Investigator’s Award
    Alzheimer’s Los Angeles2020Turken Research Award
    UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences2021Excellence in Teaching Award, Outstanding Faculty Housestaff Teaching Adult/Geri Division

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    Mirella Díaz-Santos, PhD is an Assistant Professor In-Residence in the Department of Neurology with a dual appointment with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is also a faculty neuropsychologist at UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research. Dr. Díaz-Santos is the director of the “Equity for Latine/Hispanic Healthy Aging” (ELHA) Lab with a focus on prevention, early detection/diagnosis, and management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Latine/Hispanic communities. She is an active member of UCLA Psychiatry Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC), where she serves as the co-chair of the Research Subcommittee. She is also the current chair of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS) Mentoring and Education Committee, and an active member of National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Culture and Diversity Committee.

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    Perceptual, Cognitive, and Motor Rigidity in Parkinson's Disease
    NIH F31NS074892Sep 30, 2011 - Aug 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Alzheimer's Disease in Bilingual Latinos: Clinical Decisions for Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. J Health Serv Psychol. 2021; 47(4):171-179. Díaz-Santos M, Yáñez J, Suarez PA. PMID: 34661164; PMCID: PMC8507357.
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    2. Influence of Educational Background, Childhood Socioeconomic Environment, and Language Use on Cognition among Spanish-Speaking Latinos Living Near the US-Mexico Border. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2022 09; 28(8):876-890. Kamalyan L, Guareña LA, Díaz-Santos M, Suarez P, Cherner M, García Alcorn MY, Umlauf A, Franklin DR, Rivera Mindt M, Artiola I Fortuny L, Heaton RK, Marquine MJ. PMID: 34486514; PMCID: PMC8898321.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Updated demographically adjusted norms for the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test-revised and Hopkins Verbal Learning Test-revised in Spanish-speakers from the U.S.-Mexico border region: The NP-NUMBRS project. Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 02; 35(2):374-395. Díaz-Santos M, Suárez PA, Marquine MJ, Umlauf A, Rivera Mindt M, Artiola I Fortuny L, Heaton RK, Cherner M. PMID: 33380275; PMCID: PMC8218787.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Native Spanish-speaker's test performance and the effects of Spanish-English bilingualism: results from the neuropsychological norms for the U.S.-Mexico Border Region in Spanish (NP-NUMBRS) project. Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 02; 35(2):453-465. Suárez PA, Marquine MJ, Díaz-Santos M, Gollan T, Artiola I Fortuny L, Rivera Mindt M, Heaton R, Cherner M. PMID: 33356892; PMCID: PMC8252914.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Increasing Contrast Improves Object Perception in Parkinson's Disease with Visual Hallucinations. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2021 Jan; 8(1):51-59. Díaz-Santos M, Monge ZA, Salazar RD, Gilmore GC, Neargarder S, Cronin-Golomb A. PMID: 33426159; PMCID: PMC7780942.
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    6. Demographically adjusted norms for the Trail Making Test in native Spanish speakers: Results from the neuropsychological norms for the US-Mexico border region in Spanish (NP-NUMBRS) project. Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 02; 35(2):308-323. Suarez PA, Díaz-Santos M, Marquine MJ, Kamalyan L, Mindt MR, Umlauf A, Heaton RK, Grant I, Cherner M. PMID: 32985352; PMCID: PMC8240160.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Education differentially contributes to cognitive reserve across racial/ethnic groups. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 01; 17(1):70-80. Avila JF, Rentería MA, Jones RN, Vonk JMJ, Turney I, Sol K, Seblova D, Arias F, Hill-Jarrett T, Levy SA, Meyer O, Racine AM, Tom SE, Melrose RJ, Deters K, Medina LD, Carrión CI, Díaz-Santos M, Byrd DR, Chesebro A, Colon J, Igwe KC, Maas B, Brickman AM, Schupf N, Mayeux R, Manly JJ. PMID: 32827354; PMCID: PMC8376080.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 31     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. The Neuropsychological Norms for the U.S.-Mexico Border Region in Spanish (NP-NUMBRS) Project: Overview and considerations for life span research and evidence-based practice. Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 02; 35(2):466-480. Rivera Mindt M, Marquine MJ, Aghvinian M, Paredes AM, Kamalyan L, Suárez P, Heaton A, Scott TM, Gooding A, Diaz-Santos M, Umlauf A, Taylor MJ, Artiola I Fortuny L, Heaton RK, Cherner M. PMID: 32727283; PMCID: PMC8725610.
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    9. Hemodynamic latency is associated with reduced intelligence across the lifespan: an fMRI DCM study of aging, cerebrovascular integrity, and cognitive ability. Brain Struct Funct. 2020 Jul; 225(6):1705-1717. Anderson AE, Diaz-Santos M, Frei S, Dang BH, Kaur P, Lyden P, Buxton R, Douglas PK, Bilder RM, Esfandiari M, Friston KJ, Nookala U, Bookheimer SY. PMID: 32474754; PMCID: PMC9254437.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Introduction to the Neuropsychological Norms for the US-Mexico Border Region in Spanish (NP-NUMBRS) Project. Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 02; 35(2):227-235. Marquine MJ, Rivera Mindt M, Umlauf A, Suárez P, Kamalyan L, Morlett Paredes A, Yassai-Gonzalez D, Scott TM, Heaton A, Diaz-Santos M, Gooding A, Artiola I Fortuny L, Heaton RK, Cherner M. PMID: 32431209; PMCID: PMC8150201.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Neuropsychological Norms for the U.S.-Mexico Border Region in Spanish (NP-NUMBRS) Project: Methodology and sample characteristics. Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 02; 35(2):253-268. Cherner M, Marquine MJ, Umlauf A, Morlett Paredes A, Rivera Mindt M, Suárez P, Yassai-Gonzalez D, Kamalyan L, Scott T, Heaton A, Diaz-Santos M, Gooding A, Artiola I Fortuny L, Heaton RK. PMID: 32319851; PMCID: PMC7894577.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Demographically-adjusted norms for the processing speed subtests of the WAIS-III in a Spanish-speaking adult population: Results from the Neuropsychological Norms for the U.S.-Mexico Border Region in Spanish (NP-NUMBRS) project. Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 02; 35(2):293-307. Rivera Mindt M, Marquine MJ, Aghvinian M, Scott TM, Cherner M, Morlett Paredes A, Taylor MJ, Umlauf A, Suarez P, Diaz-Santos M, Kamalyan L, Heaton A, Artiola I Fortuny L, Heaton RK. PMID: 32233833; PMCID: PMC8186464.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. The Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Aging: An overview. Neuroimage. 2019 01 15; 185:335-348. Bookheimer SY, Salat DH, Terpstra M, Ances BM, Barch DM, Buckner RL, Burgess GC, Curtiss SW, Diaz-Santos M, Elam JS, Fischl B, Greve DN, Hagy HA, Harms MP, Hatch OM, Hedden T, Hodge C, Japardi KC, Kuhn TP, Ly TK, Smith SM, Somerville LH, Ugurbil K, van der Kouwe A, Van Essen D, Woods RP, Yacoub E. PMID: 30332613; PMCID: PMC6649668.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 119     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Bistable perception in normal aging: perceptual reversibility and its relation to cognition. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2017 Mar; 24(2):115-134. Díaz-Santos M, Mauro S, Cao B, Yazdanbakhsh A, Neargarder S, Cronin-Golomb A. PMID: 27116194; PMCID: PMC5467698.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Effect of visual cues on the resolution of perceptual ambiguity in Parkinson's disease and normal aging. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Feb; 21(2):146-55. Díaz-Santos M, Cao B, Mauro SA, Yazdanbakhsh A, Neargarder S, Cronin-Golomb A. PMID: 25765890; PMCID: PMC5433847.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Perceptual, cognitive, and personality rigidity in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia. 2015 Mar; 69:183-93. Díaz-Santos M, Cao B, Yazdanbakhsh A, Norton DJ, Neargarder S, Cronin-Golomb A. PMID: 25640973; PMCID: PMC4344854.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Factor Structure of the Escala de Autoeficacia para la Depresión en Adolescentes (EADA). Hisp J Behav Sci. 2011 Nov; 33(4):447-468. Díaz-Santos M, Cumba-Avilés E, Bernal G, Rivera-Medina C. PMID: 29930439; PMCID: PMC6007884.
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    18. Neurocognitive correlates of alexithymia in asymptomatic individuals with HIV. Neuropsychologia. 2010 Apr; 48(5):1295-304. Bogdanova Y, Díaz-Santos M, Cronin-Golomb A. PMID: 20036267; PMCID: PMC2843804.
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    19. [Development and psychometric properties of the Escala de Autoeficacia para la Depresión en Adolescentes (EADA)]. Interam J Psychol. 2008; 42(2):218-227. Díaz-Santos M, Cumba-Avilés E, Bernal G, Rivera-Medina C. PMID: 30498282; PMCID: PMC6258028.
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