Miranda Skurla, BS
Miranda joined the Geriatric Psychiatry Research Program in December 2018 and also works in the Technology & Aging Lab. She graduated from Lafayette College earlier that spring with a BS in Neuroscience and a BA in Government/Law. As an undergraduate, she completed an Honors Thesis that used literature from neuroscience and cognitive psychology on age-related changes in brain activity and cognitive function to predict the behavior of aging Supreme Court Justices. She also carried out an independent study in the Neuroscience Program that analyzed data for a study on the effects of a polyphenols on the motor ability, lifespan, and dopaminergic neuron degeneration in a fruit fly LRRK2 knockout model. In the GPRP, she works on an industry-sponsored clinical trial of a disease-modifying therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease, a longitudinal study on cognition and mood in older adults, and a pilot trial of a therapy for behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s. In the future, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience.