Research Associate - Neuroscape
UCSF – Mission BaySandler Neuroscience CenterMC 0444, 675 Nelson Rising LaneSan Francisco, CA 94158
Originally from Long Beach, California, Olivia graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. She started her career in neuroscience research at Neuroscape during her freshman year of college, 2014, as a research assistant with Dr. Peter Wais. This is when she was first exposed to long term memory research, primarily looking at the roles of different brain regions in high-fidelity memory retrieval and becoming proficient in the application of rTMS. Olivia was brought on as a Research Associate in 2016 to continue learning about the complexities of the Hippocampus’ functions and aid in the development of a cognitive training program focused on improving way-finding capabilities. She continues her work with older adults, healthy and impaired, to gain a better understanding of the clinical applications of Virtual Reality.
Olivia also has varied interests in health psychology and nutritional sciences, specifically in how clinicians can best encourage behavioral changes to improve individual’s physical and mental health long term. She focused her senior thesis on the effects of age-stereotypes on younger adults’ health locus of control and motivation to learn about healthy aging. Olivia is currently working for Neuroscape as a research associate while continuing her studies in data analysis and visualization through UC Berkeley.