Supervised Research and Scholarly Activity

Supervised Research and Scholarly Activity

Although the focus of this fellowship is clinical service, all fellows are expected to engage in research activities. Activities typically involve participation in ongoing research projects with core faculty, but there is also opportunity to develop independent research projects.

Research endeavors should average approximately 20% of the trainee’s time and effort.

Trainees are expected to produce two, first-author, accepted presentations. They are also expected to have submitted a manuscript for peer-reviewed publication by the end of their second year. The presentations can reflect preliminary work for the manuscript. A grant submission may also meet this requirement.

There are a variety of research opportunities including multi-disciplinary collaboration within the Department of Neurology and Biggs Institute for innovative and independent research goals. The UT Health San Antonio Department of Neuropsychology also offers the use of an archival database from previous clinical evaluations. The Biggs Institute runs several very large population-based studies, partnering with academic medical centers across the world. We have industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical trials for neurodegenerative disorders. We partner with several companies investigating rare and familial diseases.

View some of the available research opportunities

Core Faculty Members’ Research Interests

Brittany Cerbone, PhD

Research interests: Neurodegenerative diseases.

Jeremy J. Davis, PsyD, ABPP

Research interests: Performance and symptom validity in neuropsychological evaluation, clinically optimized evaluation methods and fiscally viable practice models.

Robin C. Hilsabeck, PhD, ABPP 

Research interests: Early detection of cognitive impairment in older adults, use of technology to identify and treat neurocognitive disorders, collaborative and integrated care models for dementia, health disparities in dementia, and the role of chronic immune system activation in cognitive impairment.

Gabrielle Hromas, PhD 

Research interests: Cognitive outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury and Repetitive Head Impacts, CTE/TES and health disparities. Dr. Hromas is involved in ongoing multi-site research projects including Diagnose CTE and Diverse VCID.

Johanna M. Messerly, PsyD

Research interests: Performance validity.


A. Campbell Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP

Research interests: Young onset and atypical dementias, language presentations of ALS and ALS-FTD, Care Ecosystem, disparities in treatment for diverse populations. Dr. Sullivan serves as the site PI for ALLFTD and BEYONDD. Interested fellows have the opportunity to participate in either study.

Amy E. Werry, PsyD

Research interests: Evaluating different neuropsychological test norming practices, with a primary aim to align neuropsychological practices with socially just and culturally appropriate testing and norming.