Lesley Guarena Espinosa

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology Faculty Advisor: Lee Ryan

Lesley Guarena Espinosa

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology Faculty Advisor: Lee Ryan

My name is Lesley A. Guareña, and I am a clinical psychology doctoral student in the neuropsychology track. Prior to coming to the U of A, I graduated from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) with a major in Psychology. Upon graduation, I worked in the Diversity in Aging Research Lab administering neuropsychological assessments in English and Spanish to community-dwelling Latinos with and without HIV. I also held an administrative role supporting early career researchers in their research via the San Diego Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (SD AD-RCMAR). 

 

Research Interests:

  • Influence of stress on neurocognition in diverse adults 
  • Neuroimaging correlates and neurocognitive outcomes of perceived discrimination 
  • Development of normative data for diverse aging groups 

Selected Publications: 

  • Guareña, L.A., Kamalyan, L., Watson, C. W., Karcher, K., Umlauf, A., Morgan, E., Moore, D.J., Ellis, R.,
    Grant, I., Cherner, M., Moore, R., Zlatar, ZZ., Heaton, R.K., Marquine, M.J. (revised and resubmitted). Journal
    of the International Neuropsychological Society. Associations of Emotional Health and Neurocognition in
    Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Persons with HIV.

  • Kamalyan, L., Guareña, L., Díaz-Santos, M., Suarez, P., Cherner, M., García Alcorn, M., . . . Marquine, M. (2021). Influence of Educational Background, Childhood Socioeconomic Environment, and Language Use on Cognition among Spanish-Speaking Latinos Living Near the US–Mexico Border. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2022; 1-15. doi:10.1017/S1355617721001028

  • Morlett-Paredes A., Guareña, L.A., Stickel, A., Schrairer, C., González, H.M. (2022). To Donate, or not to
    Donate, that is the Question: Latino Insights into Brain Donation. Alzheimer's Dement. 2022; 1- 7. https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.12755 

 

 

Updated: 01/31/23

Degrees

  • B.A. in Psychology
Ph.D. Students Clinical
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