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Franchesca Arias, Ph.D., MS

Assistant Scientist I

Dr. Franchesca Arias is an Assistant Scientist I at the Aging Brain Center. She is a bilingual Clinical Neuropsychologist and her research focuses on identifying factors that propel, or interfere with, healthy cognitive aging across all ethnoracial and socioeconomic groups. Dr. Arias is particularly interested in the role of preoperative patient and environment –specific characteristics influence outcomes in medically compromised older adults. Clinically, Dr. Arias will provide neuropsychological services (i.e., assessments, psychoeducation to patients and their families, and consultation) at the Cognitive Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Arias completed a NIA-funded T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pain and Aging through the Department of Dentistry at the University of Florida (T32-AG049673, Fillingham, PI). During her postdoctoral fellowship she completed specialty training in perioperative cognition. Her work has linked preoperative patient-specific characteristics to postoperative outcomes in minimally invasive procedures. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Florida and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University (neuropsychology track). Her award-winning dissertation investigated how executive functioning and characterological facets of inhibitory control associated with participation in risky behaviors in a group of adults stabilized on opioid agonist therapy.