Mary Spiers

In the area of women's cognitive health, I study neuropsychological functioning through the influence of sex and gender, the menstrual cycle, genetics/handedness, experience and culture.  Most of my current research, and that of the lab, has focused on issues of younger women (under 30).  I am particularly interested in spatial memory and individual differences among women.

Meredith Gillis

I am in the clinical neuropsychology track in Drexel’s Doctoral Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Currently, I am completing my pre-doctoral internship at Emory University School of Medicine, Neuropsychology Track, in Atlanta, GA. Within the Spiers lab, I have studied the effects of hormones on cognition and memory in aging populations. My ongoing research interests include studying the cognitive and emotional sequelae, functional assessment, and rehabilitation following acquired brain injury. My dissertation focuses on assessing functional performance in a population recovering from acquired brain injuries.  I am also co-authoring a chapter with Mary Spiers on Neuropsychological Disorders in Women for a new book on Women's Health Psychology.

Kara Douglas

I am in the clinical neuropsychology track in Drexel’s Doctoral Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. I am interested in  gender differences in impulsivity, addiction and the brain.  My thesis is on the Neuropsychological Correlates of Impulsivity and Sensation Seeking.

Lindey Bartolucci

I am currently in the Masters Psychology program. I am interested in woman's health and mindfulness. My thesis topic is on Mindfulness and Yoga on Menstruation. My previous research includes gender differences in decision making. 

Emily Reid (In Memoriam 2011)

Sadly, our lab lost Emily on June 14, 2011. Emily had just finished her first year as a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Neuropsychology track. She had began work on her master’s thesis proposal, in which she planned to investigate women’s responses to sports-related concussion and patterns of recovery. She also contributed to a women’s health psychology book alongside Dr. Spiers, Geller, and Kloss, and co-authored an encyclopedia article on traumatic brain injury with Dr. Spiers. Outside of Drexel, Emily volunteered as a student representative for the Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society. In addition, she was spearheading plans to create an online network of past and present Drexel neuropsychology students that would connect people with shared interests and foster a sense of community. This project is being carried on in her honor.  

From Mary Spiers:  Emily's passing is a great loss to our lab and to women's health and neuropsychology.  I became very close to her this year - I looked forward to her smile and can-do attitude. Some days, like on her birthday, Emily just beamed with light. Soon after her birthday she told me that she couldn’t believe she was so happy with her chosen path.  It was spontaneous and heartfelt. How wonderful to be so happy. Thanks, Emily, for the joy you brought to us. That’s what I’ll cherish.