Dr. Gali Weissberger

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Dr. Gali Weissberger
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A. Contact Details 

Email: gali.weissberger@biu.ac.il

Office number: Building 508/3 room 8

 

B. Education

2018-2020 NIA T32 Fellow, Department of Family Medicine and School of Gerontology, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA

2017-2018 Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, USC, Los Angeles, California 

2015-2017 Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics, Postdoctoral Fellow, Brain Behavior and Aging Research Center, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS), CA

2014-2015 Clinical Psychology Intern (specialization: Neuropsychology; minor: Behavioral Medicine), Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), Harvard Medical School, and Boston University, Boston, MA

2009-2015 Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology track), San Diego State University (SDSU) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA

Dissertation title: "The Cognitive Effects of Aging in Hispanic Older Adults"

2009-2012 M.S., Clinical Psychology, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA

Thesis title: "Partially Overlapping Mechanisms of Language and Task Control in Young and Older Bilinguals"

2004-2008 B.A., Psychology major, Theatre minor, UCSD, La Jolla, CA

Thesis title: "Foreigner Talk in Native English Speakers"

 

C. Academic Positions and Appointments 

2020-present Senior Lecturer, Bar-Ilan University, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

2016-2018 Health Sciences Clinical Instructor, David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA

2018 Course Instructor, Neuroaffective Disorders of Aging, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Course Instructor, Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

 

D. Scholarship and Awards

2018 Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center Visiting Scholar, Rush University, Chicago, IL

2017 Postdoctoral Scholar Training and Travel Award, University of Southern California

2016 Makinodan Postdoctoral Research Award

2013 Graduate Student Award, Hispanic Neuropsychological Society

2011 Alzheimer's Association Young Scholar's Award, Honorable Mention

2008 Magna Cum Laude, University of California, San Diego

2004-2008 Provost's Honors, University of California, San Diego

 

E. Research Grants

2018-2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship training grant; National Institute on Aging, Multidisciplinary Research Training in Gerontology, T32-AG000037-39S1 (PI: Eileen Crimmins)

2011-2014 Principal Investigator, 100% time: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute on Aging NIH F31-AG039177-01A1; Executive Control in the Bilingual Brain; Understanding the role of bilingualism in cognitive aging and brain-behavior relationships

F. Editoral Positions and Ad-Hoc Reviewer

Editorial Positions:

2018-present: Associate Editor, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

Ad Hoc Reviewer

The Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, NeuroImage, Behavior Genetics, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews

G. Clinical Experience

2017-2020  USC Department of Family Medicine, Neuropsychology Clinic; Supervisor: Duke Han, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

2016-2017  UCLA, Medical Psychology Assessment Clinic; Supervisor: Kathleen Tingus, Ph.D.

2015-2016   VAGLAHS GRECC; Supervisor: Rebecca Melrose, Ph.D.

2014-2015   VABHS Geriatric Research Evaluation and Clinical Center (GRECC), Inpatient (epilepsy and rehabilitation), Polytrauma Clinic, Neuropsychology Consult Service, Behavioral Medicine Clinic; Supervisors: Nikki Stricker, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, Susan McGlynn, Ph.D, and Amy Silberbogen, Ph.D.

2013-2014   UCSD Neuropsychological Associates; Supervisor: Mark Bondi, Ph.D.

2013-2014   VASDHS Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinic; Supervisors: Amy Jak, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Twamley, Ph.D.

2012-2013    Neuropsychology Laboratory; Supervisor: Robert Heaton, Ph.D.

2012-2013    VASDHS Neuropsychological Assessment Unit; Supervisor: Mark Bondi, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

2011-2012    Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) Anxiety Disorders Clinic; Supervisor: Emmanuel Espejo

2010-2011    SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program Community Psychology Clinic; Supervisors: Michael Taylor, Ph.D. and Brenda Johnson, Ph.D.

H. Keynote and Invited Presentations 

2020 Invited Lecture: The Impact of Contextual Factors on the Cognitive and Psychological Well-Being of Older Adults, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Chicago, USA

2019 Invited Lecture: Neuropsychological deficit profiles, vascular risk factors, and neuropathological findings in Hispanic older adults with autopsy-confirmed Alzheimer’s disease, University of Haifa, Israel

2014 Invited Lecture: Neuropsychological Profiles of Hispanic Older Adults with Autopsy Confirmed Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Hispanic Open House, San Diego, CA

I. Conference Presentations and Active Participation in Conferences

Weissberger, G. H., Mosqueda, L., Nguyen, A. L., Axelrod, J., Boyle, P. A., Spreng, N., & Han, S. D. Insular and hippocampal connectivity is associated with perceived financial exploitation in older adults. Paper will be presented at the Gerontological Society of America virtual conference, November, 2020

Weissberger, G. H., Han, S. D., Yu, L., Barnes, L. L., Bennett, D. A., & Boyle, P. A. Financial and health literacy discrepancies with cognition in older adults. Paper presented at the annual Rush Alzheimer’s Disease center ROSMAP conference, April 2019.

Weissberger, G. H., Gollan, T. H., Bondi, M. W., Nation, D. A., Hansen, L. A., Galasko, D., & Salmon, D. P. Neuropsychological and neuropathological profiles of Hispanic older adults with autopsy-confirmed Alzheimer’s disease. Paper presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Seattle, WA, February 2014.

Weissberger, G.H., & Kraljic, T. Communicative adjustments to non-native speakers. Paper presented at the meeting of the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford University, CA, May 2008.

 

Publications

Publications in Refereed Journals

  1. Weissberger, G. H., Mosqueda, L., Nguyen, A. L., Axelrod, J., Nguyen, C. P., Boyle, P. A., Spreng, N., Han, S. D. Functional connectivity correlates of perceived financial exploitation in older adults. Accepted for publication in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
  2. Weissberger, G. H., Goodman, M. C., Mosqueda, L., Schoen, J., Nguyen, A. L., Wilber, K., Gassoumis, Z. D., Nguyen, C. P., & Han, S. D. (2019). Elder abuse characteristics based on calls to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) Helpline. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication.
  3. Weissberger, G. H., Mosqueda, L., Nguyen, A. L., Samek, A., Boyle, P. A., & Han, S. D. (2019). Physical and mental health correlates of perceived financial exploitation in older adults: Preliminary findings from the Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES). Aging and Mental Health, 24, 740-746.
  4. Weissberger, G. H., Han, S. D., Yu, L., Barnes, L. L., Bennett, D. A., & Boyle, P. A. (2019). Financial and health literacy discrepancies with cognition in older adults. Neuropsychology, 33, 975-985.
  5. Weissberger, G. H., Gollan, T. H., Bondi, M. W., Nation, D. A., Hansen, L. A., Galasko, D., & Salmon, D. P. (2019). Neuropsychological deficit profiles, vascular risk factors, and neuropathological findings in Hispanic older adults with autopsy-confirmed Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 67, 291-302.
  6. Weissberger, G. H., Gibson, K., Nguyen, C. P., & Han, S. D. (2018). A neuropsychological case report of MCI reversion at one-year follow up. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult. Advance online publication.
  7. Weissberger, G. H., Nation, D. A., Nguyen, C. P., Bondi, M. W., & Han, S. D. (2018). Meta-analysis of cognitive ability differences by apolipoprotein E genotype in young humans. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 94, 49-58.
  8. Melrose, R. J., Jimenez, A. M., Riskin-Jones, H., Weissberger, G. H., Veliz, J., Hasratian, A. S., Wilkins, S., & Sultzer, D. L. (2018). Alterations to task positive and task negative networks during executive functioning in Mild Cognitive Impairment. Neuroimage: Clinical, 19, 970-981.  
  9. Weissberger, G. H., Strong, J. V., Stefanidis, K. B., Summers, M. J., Bondi, M. W., & Stricker, N. H. (2017). Diagnostic accuracy of memory measures in Alzheimer’s dementia and mild cognitive impairment: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review, 4, 354-388.
  10. Melrose, R. J., Young, S., Weissberger, G. H., Natta, L., & Sultzer, D. L. (2017). Cerebral metabolic correlates of attention networks in Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychologia, 106, 383-389.
  11. Weissberger, G. H., Melrose, R. J., Fanale, C. M., Veliz, J. V., & Sultzer, D. L. (2017). Cortical metabolic and cognitive correlates of disorientation in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 60(2), 707-719.
  12. Weissberger, G. H., Melrose, R. J., Narvaez, T. A., Harwood, D., Madelkern, M., & Sultzer, D. L. (2017). FDG-PET metabolic activity is associated with distinct “agitation” behaviors in Alzheimer’s disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25, 569-579.
  13. Jurick, S., Weissberger, G. H., Clark, L. R., Wierenga, C. E., Chang, Y-L., Schiehser, D. M., Han, S. D.,…& Bondi, M. W. (2017). Faulty adaptation to repeated face-name associated pairs in Mild Cognitive Impairment. Archives of Neuropsychology, 33, 168-183.
  14. Weissberger, G. H., Gollan, T. H., Wierenga, C. E., & Bondi, M. W. (2015). Language and task switching in the bilingual brain: Bilinguals are staying, not switching, experts. Neuropsychologia, 66, 193-203.
  15. Bangen, K. J., Nation, D. A., Delano-Wood, L., Weissberger, G. H., Hansen, L. A., Galasko, D. R., Salmon, D. P., & Bondi, M. W. (2014). Aggregate effects of vascular risk factors on cerebrovascular changes in autopsy-confirmed Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 11, 394-403.
  16. Weissberger, G. H., Salmon, D. P., Bondi, M. W., & Gollan, T. H. (2013). Which neuropsychological tests predict progression to Alzheimer’s disease in Hispanics? Neuropsychology, 27, 343-355.
  17. Weissberger, G. H., Gollan, T. H., Wierenga, C. E., & Bondi, M. W. (2012). Partially overlapping mechanisms of language and task control in young and older bilinguals. Psychology and Aging, 27, 959-974.
  18. Gollan, T. H., Weissberger, G. H., Runnqvist, E., Montoya, R. I., & Cera, C. M. (2012). Self-ratings of spoken language dominance: A Multi-Lingual Naming Test (MINT) and preliminary norms for young and aging Spanish-English bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 15, 594-615.
  19. Clark, L. R., Schiehser, D. M., Weissberger, G. H., Salmon, D. P., Delis, D. C., & Bondi, M. W. (2011). Specific measures of executive function predict cognitive decline in older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 118-127.

Letters to the Editor

  1. Weissberger, G. H., Yarns, B. C., Chen, S. T., Narvaez, T., Bussel, N., & Sultzer, D. L. (2018). Sertraline for the treatment of depression in vascular cognitive impairment. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26, 908-909.

Courses

Cognitive Aging seminar

Psychopathology

Introduction to Social Sciences

Elder Abuse

 

Research

My research focuses on the impact of contextual factors on the cognitive and psychological well-being of older adults. Although every older adult experiences some degree of cognitive decline during the aging process, some experience a slow and subtle decline while others experience decline to a point where their everyday functioning becomes impaired. Psychosocial, environmental, and lifestyle factors may contribute to some of the variability we see in the trajectory of cognitive changes with aging. These factors can also impact psychological wellbeing in aging. My recent research has focused on the following factors:

1) bilingualism

2) financial literacy and decision making

3) financial exploitation of older adults

4) socioeconomic status

 

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