Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
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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.
Dr. Weakley is a neuropsychologist offering comprehensive cognitive evaluations to geriatric and adult patients with a wide range of neurological conditions. She has clinical and research expertise in neurodegenerative disorders including mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. She is also part of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and provides pre- and post-surgical evaluations, Wada procedures, and extra-operative and intra-operative brain mapping for surgical treatment planning.
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.
B.S., Washington State University, Pullman WA 2009
M.S., Eastern Washington University, Cheney WA 2012
Ph.D., Washington State University, Pullman WA 2018
Geriatric Psychology & Neuropsychology , UCLA - David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles CA 2017-2018
Neuropsychology, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2018-2020
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Core Seed Funding,
Society for Clinical Neuropsychology Early Career Pilot Award,
American Psychological Association Dissertation Award,
National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship,
Russ and Anne Fuller Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship,
Farias S, Weakley A, Chan ML, Beech BF, Luna C, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. Compensation training and lifestyle modifications to promote healthy aging in persons at risk for Alzheimer's disease: A digital application supported intervention. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2021 Dec;17(S7). doi:10.1002/alz.055642.
Weakley A, Schmitter-Edgecombe M, Namboodiri S, Randhawa J, Tomaszewski Farias S. Piloting of a compensatory memory digital health intervention in a group of individuals with subject cognitive complaints. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2021 Dec;17(S7). doi:10.1002/alz.055642.
Chan ML, Weakley A, Harvey DJ, Carsey J, Farias S. Using the Everyday Cognition Scales (ECog), depression, and vascular risk to predict conversion to cognitive impairment in different ethnoracial groups. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2021 Dec;17(S7). doi:10.1002/alz.056598.
Farias ST, Weakley A, Harvey D, Chandler J, Huss O, Mungas D. The Measurement of Everyday Cognition (ECog): Revisions and Updates. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2021 Jul-Sep 01;35(3):258-264. doi:10.1097/WAD.0000000000000450. PMID:33901047.
Schmitter-Edgecombe M, Cunningham R, McAlister C, Arrotta K, Weakley A. The night out task and scoring application: an ill-structured, open-ended clinic-based test representing cognitive capacities used in everyday situations. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 May 21;36(4):537-553. doi:10.1093/arclin/acaa080. PMID:33089318.
Weakley A, Liu X, Duvvur S, Kaushal H, Mussi N, Namboodiri S, Choi Y, Tomaszewski Farias S. Interactive care: A web-based platform for remote caregiving and functional independence in older adults with cognitive impairment. Supplement: Dementia Care Practice (Descriptive). 2021;17(S8):e055322. doi:10.1002/alz.055322.
Tomaszewski Farias S, Gravano J, Weakley A, Schmitter-Edgecombe 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 in Older Adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2020 Mar;26(3):303-313. doi:10.1017/S135561771900119X. Epub 2019 Oct 31. PMID:31668159.
Weakley A, Weakley AT, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. Compensatory strategy use improves real-world functional performance in community dwelling older adults. Neuropsychology. 2019 Nov;33(8):1121-1135. doi:10.1037/neu0000591. Epub 2019 Aug 26. PMID:31448941.
Weakley A, Tomaszewski Farias S. Rehabilitation of neuropsychological deficits: Compensatory approaches. Brown GG, Crosson B, Haaland KY, King TZ (Eds). APA handbook of neuropsychology, Vol 2, Neuroscience and neuromethods, American Psychological Association. 2023;2:357-374. doi:10.1037/0000308-017.