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

Jeremy J. Davis, PsyD, ABPP

  • Performance and symptom validity in neuropsychological evaluation
  • Clinically optimized evaluation methods
  • Fiscally viable practice models

A. Campbell Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP

  • Young onset and atypical dementias
  • Language presentations of ALS and ALS-FTD
  • CareEcosystem in FTD
  • Disparities in treatment for diverse populations

Johanna M. Messerly, PsyD

  • Performance validity

Amy E. Werry, PsyD

  • Evaluating different neuropsychological test norming practices with a primary aim to align neuropsychological practices with socially just and culturally appropriate testing and norming

Mitzi M. Gonzales, PhD, ABPP

  • Identifying mechanisms and biomarkers of advanced age-related cognitive decline and dementia in effort to aid timely diagnosis, prevent progression and advance treatment discovery.

Her research leverages clinical neuropsychology, structural and functional neuroimaging and geroscience approaches. A primary aim is to understand the underlying mechanisms linking biological aging with increased dementia incidence and develop interventions that slow the rate of cognitive decline.