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    Elsa Baena, PhD

    Neuropsychologist (602) 406-3671

    Elsa Baena, PhD, is a neuropsychologist in the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology and the inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit at Barrow Neurological Institute.

    Dr. Baena’s expertise includes the neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with a variety of neurological diagnoses, including neurodegenerative conditions, acquired brain injuries, cardiovascular diseases, and brain tumors. She also conducts pre- and postsurgical evaluations for deep brain stimulation (DBS) and epilepsy surgery. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is a member of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, the National Latinx Psychological Association, the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

    Dr. Baena earned her master’s degree in psychology and doctorate in neuropsychology from the University of Arizona. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Spanish/cross-cultural adult neuropsychology at Baylor College of Medicine.

    Dr. Baena’s research interests include the neuropsychological assessment of Spanish-speaking individuals; cultural neuroscience of cognitive aging, healthy aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer’s disease among Hispanic and Latin American peoples; culturally appropriate cognitive rehabilitation interventions for treatment of MCI and Alzheimer’s disease, and effective training strategies to work with underserved and linguistically diverse communities.

    For more information or to request an appointment with Dr. Baena, please call (602) 406-3671.

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    Education & Training
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Spanish/Cross-cultural Adult Neuropsychology, 2017-2019
    • PhD, University of Arizona, Neuropsychology, 2017
    • Predoctoral Clinical Internship, Baycrest Centre, 2014-2015
    • MA, University of Arizona, Psychology, 2011
    • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program, Duke University, 2006-2008
    • BA, University of Akron, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology, 2006
    • Certification, University of Akron, College of Arts and Sciences, Life-Span Development and Gerontology, 2006
    Professional Memberships
    • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
    • Hispanic Neuropsychological Society
    • International Neuropsychological Society
    • National Academy of Neuropsychology
    • National Latinx Psychological Association
    Honors and Awards
    • Louise Foucar Marshall Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2014
    • Travel Grant Awards, University of Arizona, Graduate and Professional Student Council, 2013-2014
    • Mountain States Alliance Graduate Fellowship, 2013
    • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship: Honorable Mention, 2013
    • Travel Award, RAND Summer Institute, 2013
    • First Prize in Student Showcase Poster Presentation, University of Arizona, 2012
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Honorable Mention, 2010
    • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship: Honorable Mention, 2010
    • Travel Award, American Psychological Association, Advanced Training Institute on Research Methods with Diverse Racial & Ethnic Groups, 2010
    • National Institutes of Health Neuroscience Predoctoral Training Grant, University of Arizona, 2008-2009
    • Magna Cum Laude, University of Akron, 2006

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