Brittany DeFeis, M.S.


Brittany L. DeFeis, M.S., received her Bachelor of Arts (Russian and Eurasian Studies) from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Her subsequent experiences in the fields of diplomacy and veterans services pushed her towards a career in clinical psychology. Following post-baccalaureate work in psychology at Columbia University, she worked as a research coordinator for Dr. Yaakov Stern the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City where she coordinated two large-scale cognitive aging studies on cognitive reserve and reference ability neural networks. Brittany also performed research concerning metacognition in dementia as part of Dr. Stephanie Cosentino’s laboratory, where she led projects investigating how patient healthcare utilization is impacted by disordered awareness of cognitive deficits, and by lack of disclosure of the dementia diagnosis. During this time she received her Master of Science degree from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in Neuroscience and Education. She entered the doctoral program in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida in Fall 2017, and is part of Dr. Glenn Smith’s MCI and Dementia Prevention Lab. Brittany is broadly interested in examining the neuroanatomical and functional outcomes of cognitive and behavioral interventions in pathological cognitive decline, delaying the onset of dementia, and exploring potential targets for intervention.