CVL NEWS


Dr. Sara Festini Becomes Aging Mind Fellow

DALLAS -- Dr. Sara Festini has been awarded the Aging Mind Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Vital Longevity.

The Fellowship, funded by the Aging Mind Foundation, supports research and training in the cognitive neuroscience of aging.

More than $200,000 raised at the “Salute to Bob Wilson” event earlier this year will go to support to Dr. Festini over the next three years. She was awarded the fellowship on a competitive basis by a search committee constituted by the Dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Dr. Festini joined the Park Aging Mind lab in 2014 from the University of Michigan, where she earned her Ph.D. in psychology with a focus on cognition and cognitive neuroscience. While at Michigan, Dr. Festini explored the short- and long-term consequences of “directed forgetting” in working memory

She received her bachelor’s from Scripps College in 2009.

“I’m grateful to the Aging Mind Foundation for their enthusiastic support of research in cognitive aging,” Dr. Festini said Oct. 1, 2015. “I’m also honored to serve as an Aging Mind Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow.”

Dr. Michael Rugg, CVL’s director, added, “I too am very grateful to the Aging Mind Foundation for their support, and I’m thrilled that we have been able to appoint such a talented and promising researcher to the fellowship.”

“Sara is doing incredibly innovative work on cognition and brain function in busy people versus people who are more relaxed,” said Dr. Denise Park, whose Aging Mind Lab is where Dr. Festini’s research is being conducted. “I think she’s defining a new research area that will yield some important insights in the best way we can spend our time to maintain a healthy mind. She is most deserving of this support, and we are grateful to the Aging Mind Foundation for recognizing the importance of this research.”