Dr. Catherine Price is a Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the Department of Anesthesiology in the College of Medicine. Dr. Price received her Ph.D. from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) in 2002 (neuropsychology specialty). Her graduate research and clinical training was completed at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University, with her internship in clinical neuropsychology conducted at UF. She recently completed a NIH post-doctoral fellowship training grant investigating cognitive and neuroanatomical predictors of post-operative cognitive dysfunction in older adults following total knee replacement surgery. Currently, Dr. Price is developing an interventional clinical and research service for older adults undergoing major surgery.

Dr. Price is currently PI of an investigation studying elevations in diurnal cortisol among individual with mild cognitive impairment undergoing total knee replacement (I. Hermann Anesthesia Foundation). She is also a co-investigator on three newly funded grants. (a) MRI/Spect/Diffusion Tensor Imaging measures in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (McKnight Brain Institute), (b) effect of anesthesia on cognitive function in a microgravity environment (NASA), and (c) MRI white matter abnormalities and treatment response to anticholinesterase inhibitors in Alzheimer’s disease (Eisai).

Research Focus

My research focuses on the biobehavioral, neuroanatomical, and cognitive changes associated with pathological aging, with special emphasis on subcortical vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One goal of my research is to understand from a biological and neuroanatomical view why certain older adults are at greater risk for cognitive decline after invasive surgical procedures. Relatedly, I also seek to examine which interventional techniques may be most appropriate for reducing or allaying cognitive decline. Current projects include: (a) examining the predictive value of diffusion tensor imaging, hippocampal proton spectroscopy, and volumetric structural imaging on post-operative cognitive decline; (b) investigating the influence of anesthetic type on biochemical stress responses in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease; (c) understanding the role of white matter abnormalities (i.e., Leukoaraiosis) on the clinical presentation of Alzheimer’s disease; (d) the development and implementation of cognitive strategies for improving function after surgery.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Price is an active clinical neuropsychologist in the department’s Psychology Clinic, located within the UF Health Science Center. She currently directs the Peri-Operative Evaluation and Treatment (POET) Program – a unique monitoring and intervention program for older adults having major surgery. She has expertise in geriatric and dementia evaluations and adult inpatient and outpatient neuropsychology. Her approach to the neuropsychological assessment process is flexible and eclectic.

Representative publications

Lamar M, Price CC, Libon DJ, Penney DL, Kaplan E, Grossman M, Heilman KM (2007). Alterations in working memory as a function of leukoaraiosis in dementia. Neuropsychologia, 45, 245-54.

Libon DJ, Price CC, Heilman KM, Grossman M (2006). Alzheimer's "other dementia". Cogn Behav Neurol, 19, 112-6.

Floyd TF, Shah PN, Price CC, Harris F, Ratcliffe SJ, Acker MA, Bavaria JE, Rahmouni H, Kuersten B, Wiegers S, McGarvey ML, Woo JY, Pochettino AA, Melhem ER (2006). Clinically silent cerebral ischemic events after cardiac surgery: their incidence, regional vascular occurrence, and procedural dependence. Ann Thorac Surg, 81, 2160-6.

Price CC, Jefferson AL, Merino JG, Heilman KM, Libon DJ (2005). Subcortical vascular dementia: integrating neuropsychological and neuroradiologic data. Neurology, 65, 376-82.

Price CC, Grossman M (2005). Verb agreements during on-line sentence processing in Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia. Brain Lang, 94, 217-32.

Curriculum Vitae

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