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Xavier Cagigas, PhD

Xavier E. Cagigas, PhD, is a bilingual and bicultural clinical and research neuropsychologist who has been a faculty member within the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences since 2010. He currently serves as associate director of the UCLA Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence, and co-director of the Cultural Neuropsychology Program, as well as, the LACDMH-partnered Bilingual and Spanish Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Program (BASIC-T). His scholarly interests include examining the interface of cultural practices, bilingualism, and neurocognition. He was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Annual Frances J. Bonner Diversity Award from the MGH/Harvard Department of Psychiatry & Center for Diversity, and is a Past-President of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society. Dr. Cagigas has emerged as a champion for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion both within UCLA and across academic circles both nationally and internationally, and is a recognized expert in the emerging disciplines of cultural neuropsychology and cultural neuroscience.