• The Center mourns the loss of a dear friend and tireless CVL supporter. click here

  • CVL councilmember and benefactor’s life remembered in the Dallas Morning here

  • Aging-themed issue of Nautilus Magazine explores cognitive benefits of learning a new game such as chess, cites here

  • ‘Fitizen’ group at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas learns about research at CVL. click here

  • CVL research published in JoN finds that some memories persist in the face of strong interference. click here

  • Dr. Sara Festini’s research probes busyness levels and cognitive here

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CVl Annual Review

Charting Our Progress is CVL’s annual review, with archives available

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Alex Lyda

Communications Manager

Phone: 972-883-3783


• Media relations and external communications
• Newsletter, press packets, and other print materials
• CVL website management & social media

Ashley Soria

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 972-883-3757


Camila Cristiani

Associate Director

Phone: 972-883-3756


Denise C. Park

Director of Research, Distinguished University Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, UT Regents’ Research Scholar

Phone: 972-883-3255


Profile | Lab Website

An expert on the aging mind, Dr. Park has made seminal contributions to our understanding of how brain function changes as we get older, how cultural experiences shape brain activity, and how the aging brain might protect itself from structural degradation.

Ieshia Griffith

Research Administration Manager

Phone: 972-883-3727


• Research grant proposals for faculty
• Departmental post-award management
• Training grants and stipends

Lisa Ball

Executive Assistant to Director of Research

Phone: 972-883-3719


Profile | Lab Website

Melonie Corley

Development Associate

Phone: 972-883-3758


• Manages development operations
• Organizes donor-related special events, incl. the Director’s Research Circle
• Administrative support for Development Director

Michael D. Rugg

Center Director, Distinguished Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Phone: 972-883-3725


Profile | Lab Website

Dr. Rugg is a leading researcher in cognitive neuroscience and human memory. His research has helped improve understanding of the basic mechanisms of memory formation and retrieval, as well as how aging and injury impact memory.

Richard Innis

Financial Analyst

Phone: 972-883-3727


Sol Jerome

IT Manager

Phone: 972-883-3745


• Desktop and server support for Center and its research Labs.
• Technical planning, purchasing, and implementation requests.
• Telecommunications requests

Tim Schuurman

IT Specialist

Phone: 972-883-3726


• Desktop support for Center and its research labs
• Technical planning, purchasing, and implementation requests.
• Telecommunications requests

Vivian Brockwell

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 972-883-3717


• Administrative support for Associate Director
• Administrative support for Drs. Kennedy, Rodrigue, and Basak
• Human resources functions
• Departmental new hire orientation