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Cristina Pinheiro

Research Interests
  • Cognitive aging
  • Executive function
  • Adaptive plasticity
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Geropsychology
  • Neuropsychology

Enrolled as a Clinical Psychology, PhD student

B.S. in Psychology, Neuroscience minor, University of Kentucky, 2017


During my undergraduate career at the University of Kentucky I worked on two NIH funded research studies in Dr. Suzanne Segerstrom's Psychoneuroimmunology Lab. In my senior year I presented a poster titled Socioeconomic Context Predicts White Matter Integrity using Diffusion Tensor Imaging on 19 older adults at The National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April 2018. Upon graduation I recieved an offer to work in Dr. Suzanne Segerstrom's lab to manage an MRI scanning substudy of the Thoughts, Stress, and Immunity (TSI) Study which involves a biennial MRI scan of over 80 older adults. I am now part of the incoming class for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.

I love to spend my weekends hiking and camping inside the Red River Gorge! I have a 7-year-old German Shepherd named Dom, a black cat named J.J. Binks, and a tabby and white cat named Tucker. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about the lab or my research.