Mariella Lauriola, Ph.D.

Psychological Assistant

mariella.lauriola@gmail.com

 

Current Position:
September 2018-present: Clinician (psychological assistant) at Winfield Consulting,  Inc.(Fred Peipman, PhD), Palo Alto, CA.
March 2018-present: Clinician (psychological assistant) at La Selva residential (Momentum for Mental Health), Palo Alto, CA.
March 2018-June 2018: contractor therapist for Olivos (private division of Caminar), San Mateo, CA.

Pre-doctoral internship: 
As a part of my Italian PhD program, I collected almost 2000 hours of supervised clinical and research expertise performing neuropsychological evaluations of research patients and help collecting cognitive experimental data as a visiting scholar at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, San Francisco (CA). In particular, I have been working on a project on atypical (early onset) and typical (late onset) presentations of Alzheimer's Disease, supervised by Dr. Joel Kramer and Dr. Gil Rabinovici


Education & Qualifications:

2009 – 2011                    BSc in  Cognitive and Biological Psychology, 
                                             University of Padova, Italy (2nd class  honours, 104/110)


2011-2013                      MSc in Clinical Psychology
                                           University of Trento, Italy (1st class honours, 110/110)

2014-2017                     Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology/neuroscience
                                            University “G. d’Annunzio”, UCSF Memory and Aging Center (final vote: Excellent)

2016 – 2017                   Master in psychological counseling
                                            University Niccolo’ Cusano, Italy
    
2017-2018                     Graduate certificate in couples’ therapy and clinical sexology
                                           Centro de formacion en psicologia Codex, Spain


2017-2018                      Graduate certificate in systemic family therapy   
                                            Centro de formacion en psicologia Codex, Spain
 
2018-present                Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy student
                                            Palo Alto, CA
                                            

Languages: 
Italian (mother language), English (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

Skills and Achievements:    

Clinical: 

  • Psychological assessment
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT) and  interpersonal social rhythm therapy (IPSRT)
  • Perform, interpret and provide written reports of neuropsychological evaluations of older adults with and without a neurodegenerative condition
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Counselling skills
  • Client centred psychotherapy
  • Dementia differential diagnosis
  • Sleep clinical assessment
  • Psychological support  for people suffering from dementia and their relatives/caregivers
  • Psychological support for clients experiencing an acute crisis (e.g. suicide attempt/ideation, psychosis) 
  • Development of dementia preventive strategies based on single patient needs and presentation
  • Sexual assault counselor (SAC) and trauma counselor certified in California
  • Crisis counselor
  • Certified laughter yoga leader 


Scientific:

  • Scientific writing
  • Experience in writing grant proposals
  • Experience in managing and creating big databases 
  • Experience in presenting research findings at international and national conferences
  • Data collection and analysis (sleep, behavioral and cognitive data)
  • Research project development 
  • Statistical analysis 
  • Familiar with: Polysomnography (PSG). Zeo device. Actigraphy. OSAS syndrome screening equipment (ApneaLink Air; Embletta). Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Windows and Office environment; SPSS


Volunteer  Experience:
     
                                    
June-August 2017:
 Volunteer at the orphanage Misión México, Tapachula (Chiapas, México)

January 2017-June 2017: Caregiver Support group co-facilitator for the Alzheimer‘s Association 

February 2017-current: Friendship line counselor for the Institute on Aging

March 2016-April 2017: Crisis hotline counselor at StarVista (suicide prevention)

November 2016- current: Sexual Assault Counselor (SAC certification) and trauma counselor

Honors:

2017: Prize for second best doctoral thesis in biomedicine among the Università degli Studi Abruzzesi  (Italy)
2016: Recipient of the travel fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Association to attend the 2016 AAIC in Toronto
2015: Winner of a limited scholarship at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center for demonstrating a strong interest/track record of leadership in dementia research or clinical work
2014: Winner of a competitive PhD national fellowship  for the entire length of the 3-year program
2013: Winner of an International student fellowship from the Alzheime’s Association to attend the 2013 AAIC in Boston


Manuscripts and Publications:

Lauriola, M., Esposito, R., Delli Pizzi, S., de Zambotti, M., Londrillo, F., Kramer, J.H., Rabinovici, G. D., Tartaro, A. Sleep changes without medial temporal lobe or brain cortical changes in community-dwelling individuals with subjective cognitive decline (Alzheimer's & Dementia, December 2016).

Esposito, R., Cieri, F., Chiacchiaretta, P., Cera, N., Lauriola, M., Di Giannantonio, M.,  Tartato, A., Ferretti, A. Modifications in resting state functional anticorrelation between DMN and DAN: comparison among young adults, healthy elders and MCI patients (Brain, Imaging and Behavior, February 2017). 

Bejanin, A., Schonhaut, D.R., La Joie, R., Kramer, J.H., Baker, S.L., Sosa, N., Ayakta, N., Cantwell, A., Janabi, M., Lauriola, M., O’Neil, J.P., Gorno-Tempini, M., Miller Z. A., Rosen H. J., Miller, B.L., Jagust, W.J., Rabinovici, G.D. Tau pathology and neuronal impairments in Alzheimer’s Disease (Brain, October 2017).


Abstracts:


Cellini, N., de Zambotti, M., Covassin, N., Sarlo, M., Lauriola, M., Kluge, A., Stegagno, L. Cardiovascular hypoactivation during sleep in essential hypotension. Psychophysiology 2011 Sep, 48 (S1): S55 (abstract).


Oral presentations:

a. July 25th 2016: Lauriola, M., Esposito, R., Delli Pizzi, S., de Zambotti, M., Londrillo, F., Kramer, J.H., Rabinovici, G. D., Tartaro, A.  “Disrupted sleep in subjective cognitive decline”. Oral presentation at the Alzheimer Association International Conference (AAIC), Toronto (Canada)

b. December 12th 2014: Invited for a seminar presentation at the Biosciences Division at SRI International (Menlo Park, CA; United States). Title of the seminar “Subjective Memory Impairment (SMI) as a pre-clinical stage of Alzheimer Disease: a combined sleep and neuroimaging study”.

c. January 2014-July 2015: lecturer as neuropsychology expert on aging, memory and sleep for the no profit association “Culture and Third Age Association-Onlus” of Chieti-Pescara (Italian name of the Association: “Associazione cultura e terza età-Onlus ”; cities where presentations took place: Tocco da Casauria, Castiglione, Montesilvano).

Posters:

a) Lauriola, M., Esposito, R., Delli Pizzi, S., de Zambotti, M., Londrillo, F., Kramer, J.H., Rabinovici, G. D., Tartaro, A.  “Sleep changes in the absence of medial temporal lobe changes in subjective cognitive decline”. Poster presented at the Alzheimer’s Research Symposium at UC Davis (Davis, California) July 8th 2016

b) Esposito, R., Cieri, F., Chiacchiaretta, P., Cera, N., Lauriola, M., Di Giannantonio, M.,  Tartato, A., Ferretti, A."Anti-correlation between Default mode network and dorsal attention network in MCI patients: a resting state fMRI study”. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Società Italiana Neurologia delle Demenze (SinDem) Genova (Italy)  26-28 March , 2015

c) Cellini, N., de Zambotti, M., Covassin, N., Sarlo, M.,Lauriola, M., Kluge, A., Stegagno, L. Cardiovascular hypoactivation during sleep in essential hypotension. Poster presented at 51th Annual Meeting of Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), Boston, MA, 14-18 September, 2011. 

d) de Zambotti, M., de Bortoli, M., Lauriola, M., Lucchetti, E., Kluge, A., Covassin, N., Cellini, N., Stegagno, L. Andamento temporale dell’attività cardiovascolar e notturna nell’ipotensione cronica (Nocturnal cardiovascular modification in chronic hypotension: temporal pattern). Poster presented at XVI Annual Meeting of Italian Society of Sleep Research (SIRS). Aquila (AQ), Italy, 27-28 May, 2011.

e) Cellini, N., de Zambotti, M., Covassin, N., Lauriola, M., de Bortoli, M., Lucchetti, E., Kluge, A., Stegagno, L. Ridotta attività cardiovascolare durante il sonn o nell’ipotensione essenziale (Reduced cardiovascular response during sleep in essential hypotension). Poster presented at XVI Annual Meeting of Italian Society of Sleep Research (SIRS). Aquila (AQ), Italy, 27-28 May, 2011.