Alyssa Mae Weakley, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Alyssa Mae Weakley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

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Specialties

Neuropsychology

Neurodegenerative Conditions

Movement Disorders

Epilepsy

Department

Neurology

Locations and Contact

Midtown Neurology Clinic UC Davis Medical Group - Midtown Family Medicine

3160 Folsom Blvd 3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento Sacramento, CA CA 95816 95816

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Additional Numbers

Clinic Referral Phone

800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I utilize a cultural and biopsychosocial approach to my neuropsychological evaluations. Above all, I strive to provide compassionate and person-centered care to my patients.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Weakley is a neuropsychologist offering comprehensive cognitive evaluations to geriatric and adult patients with a wide range of neurologic conditions. She has clinical and research expertise in neurodegenerative disorders including mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease. She is also part of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program and Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and provides pre- and post-surgical evaluations, Wada procedures, and intra-operative language mapping.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Weakley's research broadly focuses on aging, cognitive rehabilitation, and gerontechnology, a multidisciplinary academic field combining gerontology and technology. Dr. Weakley's research involves 1. developing and evaluating technology that enhances everyday independence in older adults with cognitive impairment and reduces caregiver burden, 2. improving assessment methods to better detect, reflect, and predict real-world functioning, and 3. enhancing sensitivity of cognitive assessments for the early and accurate detection of cognitive impairment.

Division

Neurology

Undergraduate School

B.S., Washington State University, Pullman WA 2009

Other School

M.S., Eastern Washington University, Cheney WA 2012

Other School

Ph.D., Washington State University, Pullman WA 2018

Residency

Geriatric Psychology & Neuropsychology , UCLA - David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles CA 2017-2018

Fellowship

Neuropsychology, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2018-2020

Society for Clinical Neuropsychology Early Career Pilot Award,

American Psychological Association Dissertation Award,

National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship,

Washington State University Graduate Student of Excellence,

Russ and Anne Fuller Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship,

Marchionne Research Fellowship,

Burgess Brothers Memorial Research Award,

Farias ST, Gravano JT, Weakley A, Schmitter-Edgecome M, Harvey D, Mungas D, Chan M, Giovannetti T. The Everyday Compensation (EComp) Questionnaire: Construct validity and associations with diagnosis and longitudinal change in cognition and everyday function. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society (JINS). 2020;26(3):303-313.

Weakley A, Weakley AT, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. Compensatory strategy use improves real-world functional performance in community dwelling older adults. Neuropsychology. 2019;33(8):1121-1135.

Weakley A, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. Naturalistic assessment of task interruption in individuals with mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychology. 2019;33(1):1-12.

Alberdi Aramendi A, Weakley A, Aztiria Goenaga A, Schmitter-Edgecombe M, Cook DJ. Automatic assessment of functional health decline in older adults: A smart home approach. Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 2018;81:119-130. 

Farias ST, Schmitter-Edgecombe M, Weakley A, Harvey D, Denny K, Barba C, Gravano JT, Giovannetti T, Willis S. Compensation strategy use among older adults: Association with diagnostic status, neuropsychological function and everyday function. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias. 2018;33(3):184-191.

Weakley A, Tam JW, Van Son C, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. Effectiveness of a video-based aging services technology education program for health care professionals. Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology Education. 2017;40(3):1-18.

Van Etten E, Weakley A, Schmitter-Edgecombe M, Cook D. Subjective cognitive complaints and objective memory performance influences prompt preference in instrumental activities of daily living. Gerontechnology. 2016;14(3):169-176.  

Weakley A, Williams J, Schmitter-Edgecombe M, Cook D. Neuropsychological test selection for cognitive impairment classification: A machine learning approach. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology. 2015;37(9):899-916. 

Weakley A, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. Analysis of verbal fluency in Alzheimer's disease: The role of clustering, switching, and semantic proximities. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 2014;29(3):256-268.  

Weakley A, Schmitter-Edgecombe M, Anderson J. Analysis of verbal fluency in amnestic and non-amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 2013;28(7):721-731.