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Catherine Price, PhD

Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment in the Dept. of Anesthesiology
(Ph.D., 2002, Drexel University)

E-mail: cep23@phhp.ufl.edu
Office: 352-273-6617
Dr. Price’s Lab
Neuropsychology Website

Link to PHHP Research Profile

Full CV

Biography

Dr. Catherine Price is a Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the Department of Anesthesiology in the College of Medicine. Dr. Price received her Ph.D. from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) in 2002 (neuropsychology specialty). Her graduate research and clinical training was completed at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University, with her internship in clinical neuropsychology conducted at UF.

Research Focus

Dr. Price’s research has two aims. First, to understand the relative contribution of white matter integrity, versus subcortical gray matter structure integrity, on the cognitive profiles associated with neurodegenerative subcortical diseases (e.g.,small vessel vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease). Second, to apply this knowledge towards more collaborative and longitudinal research examining the predictive value of these patients’ white and gray matter structure integrity on a) disease associated cognitive decline and b) vulnerability to cognitive change after elective medical interventions (i.e., major orthopedic surgery).   Dr. Price conducts federally funded and privately funded research investigations addressing both of these aims.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Price serves as the Attending Psychologist for the Neuropsychology Area in the UF/Shands Psychology Clinic. Her  primary role is to train and supervise predoctoral, interns, and postdoctoral students in the neuropsychological assessment of adults. She has one clinical day per week where she supervises core practicum students who are assigned to their first neuropsychology practicum, as well as advanced practicum students who are seeking more intensive training in neuropsychology and specifically dementia/movement disorders/post-operative cognitive dysfunction.  Dr. Price  also supervises the short- and long-term psychological and cognitive intervention treatment of individuals with mood disturbances comorbid with a dementing illness, cognitive impairment associated with prodromal dementia, or Parkinson’s disease.

Current Funding:

RCI HL 100195-01 (PI: Beaver) start date to be determined 0.0 calendar
NHLBI $397,631
Invasive Surgical Pulmonary Vein Isolation versus Medical Management in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.
Role: Co-investigator; supervising student who assists with brain imaging analysis Principal Investigator: Price, Catherine, Elizabeth Clinical trial examining two different treatment options for atrial fibrillation and vascular disease contributors (i.e., white matter abnormalities).

K23NS060660_01 (PI/Trainee: Price) 09/31/07-09/30/12 9.0 calendar
NINDS $567,514
White Matter and Cognition in PD
New Investigator Training Grant to investigate the role of white matter on cognitive function in individuals with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease relative to a group of healthy age matched adults. Patients are followed yearly for cognitive change.
Role: PI/ Trainee; Primary Mentor: Dawn Bowers, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

  • Adult Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Neuropsychological Theory and Case Integration 

Professional Memberships

  • The International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders (VAS-COG)
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • American Psychological Association (APA), Division 20, Division 40 

Representative Publications 

Price, C. & Grossman, M. (2005). An on-line study of verb knowledge in individuals diagnosed with AD and FTD. Brain and Language, 92 (2), 217-232. 

Price, C., Jefferson, A. J., Merino, J. G., Heilman, K., Libon, D. J. (2005). Towards an operational definition of the Research Criteria for Subcortical Vascular Dementia: Integrating neuroradiological and neuropsychological data. Neurology, 65(3), 376-82.  

Price C., Garvan C, Monk T. (2008). Type and severity of cognitive impairment in older adults after non-cardiac surgery.  Anesthesiology 108:817. PMID: 18156877  

Price C., Wood MF, Leonard CM, Towler S, Ward J, Montijo H, Kellison I, Bowers D, Monk T, Newcomer JC, Schmlafuss I. (2010). Entorhinal cortex volume in older adults: reliability and validity considerations for three published measurement protocols. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 16:846-855, PMID: 20937164  

Price, C., Cunningham, H., Coronado, N., Freedland, A., Cosentino, S., Penney, D., Pennisi, A., Bowers, D., Okun, M., Libon, D. (2011). Clock Drawing in the Montreal Cognitive Assessment: Recommendations for Dementia Evaluation. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 31(3), 179-187.  

Price C., Favilla C, Tanner J, Towler S, Hass C, Foote K, Okun M.(2011). Lateral ventricular volume poor predictor of DBS gait and motor outcome for idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders 17:343-347. PMID: 21345713

Price C., Mitchell SM, Brumback B, Tanner JJ, Schmalfuss I, Lamar M, Giovannetti T, Heilman KM, Libon DJ. MRI leukoaraiosis (LA) threshold and the phenotypic expression of dementia. Neurology (in press).