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Dr. April Thames: Assistant Professor at UCLA Medical Center. Guess Her Major?

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Dr. April Thames
Psychology Major

Psychology Major

Major: Psychology
Degree(s): PhD in Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University – Los Angeles, class of 2009; BA in Psychology, California State University – Long Beach, class of 2003

Dr. April D. Thames is an Assistant Professor at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a Clinical Neuropsychologist. She recently received an NIH Career Development Award (K-23) to develop her laboratory in cultural neuropsychology, neuroscience, and health disparities. Her research has focused on the neurological and neurocognitive effects of infectious disease, substance abuse, and cerebrovascular risk factors among underrepresented groups, particularly ethnic/racial minorities. She is Principal Investigator on studies that target neuroimaging and neurobehavioral correlates of HIV and Hepatitis C disease severity; the impact of stereotype threat and perceived discrimination in neurocognitive performance in ethnic/racial minority groups; and genetic predictors of cognitive impairment.  In her clinical work, Dr. Thames is particularly interested in cognitive issues that are associated with aging.  She currently services as Chair of APA’s Division 40 Ethnic Minority Affairs committee.

April’s Professional Road Map:

  • Assistant Professor, UCLA Medical Center
  • Liaison, American Psychological Association
  • Co-Author, 8 Medical Publications
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Medical Center
  • Clinical Psychology Intern, Patton State Hospital, California
  • Neuropsychology Extern, Coastline Community College
  • Clinical Extern, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences




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