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Catherine Diaz-Asper

Academic Credentials

B.A., University of Auckland, New Zealand
M.A., University of Auckland, New Zealand
Ph.D., The George Washington University
Post-doctoral : Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences); National Institute of Mental Health (Clinical Brain Disorders Branch)
Licensed Psychologist (Maryland)


Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Learning & Cognition
  • Research Design for Psychology
  • Senior Seminar

Research Interests

  • Neuropsychological profiles in dementia and mental illness
  • Using automated analyses of language to predict aspects of cognition and mental state

Dr. Diaz-Asper is a neuropsychologist with a strong background and interest in conducting clinical research. She has worked both as a clinician and researcher and has completed two different post-doctoral internships, at Johns Hopkins and NIMH. During this time, she conducted neuropsychological evaluations of cognitively-impaired adults, and also designed and implemented a number of research studies.

Dr. Diaz-Asper first examined semantic memory function in Alzheimer’s disease for her Master’s dissertation and later tested aspects of visual and spatial memory in epilepsy for her doctoral dissertation. More recently, her research has focused on using computational methods to analyze the content of speech in various patient groups, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease.  She has received grant funding from the National Institute on Aging to test the feasibility and sensitivity of automated analyses of speech recorded over the telephone to detect early cognitive decline.

Dr. Diaz-Asper is excited to introduce students to the world of research and the amazing capabilities of our brains.




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