Francesca V. Lopez, M.S.


Francesca V. Lopez is a doctoral student at the University of Florida in the Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience track of the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest distinction in psychology from San Diego State University. To gain additional experience, she received funding to participate in an NSF-supported ‘Research Experience for Undergraduates Program’ at Washington State University. She subsequently worked as a post-baccalaureate research assistant at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, where she was involved in studies of emotional and cognitive sequelae of Parkinson’s disease under the mentorship of Drs. Vince Filoteo and Dawn Schiehser. At UF, she has examined unique characteristics of SWEDDs patients, performance based tasks of iADLs in Parkinson’s disease, and the clinical utility of a widely used subjective cognitive complaints scale in Parkinson’s disease. She is also a Fellow on an NINDS-funded predoctoral T32 in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Current research interests include novel interventions for improving quality of life and everyday functions in individuals with Parkinson disease and older adults experiencing cognitive and motivational changes. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and pet-siblings.