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Mirella Diaz Santos, PhD

Mirella Díaz-Santos, PhD is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Director of Research of the Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and Research Psychologist at the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research. By training, she is a neuropsychologist with an expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias working primarily with the Latino/a older adult community and their families. Dr. Díaz-Santos completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, before moving to the States and receiving her doctorate degree in clinical psychology-neuropsychology from Boston University. She completed two post-doctoral fellowships at UCLA: a clinical neuropsychology fellowship from the Medical Psychological Assessment Clinical (MPAC)/Cultural Neuropsychology Program (CNP; now part of the Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence), and, a combined research fellowship with the Human Connectome Project –Aging, and the Depression Grand Challenge. Dr. Díaz-Santos is currently the chair of the mentoring and education committee from the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS), and an active member of the UCLA’s Psychiatry Diversity Advisory Committee.