CE Workshop Speakers

Unai Díaz-Orueta

Unai Díaz-Orueta, Ph.D. is currently a Lecturer in Psychology and the International Psychology Students’ Coordinator within the Department of Psychology at Maynooth University, Ireland. He received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Deusto, Spain in 2006; although, since 2000, he has worked as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings in the United States and Spain. While Dr. Díaz-Orueta’s initial research focused on psychological intervention for cognitive decline in residentialized older adults, from 2008-2012 Dr. Díaz-Orueta worked as a research psychologist at Fundación INGEMA on several projects related to aging and physical disability. Since that time, Dr. Díaz-Orueta became the R+D+I Director of Nesplora S.L. (Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain), and a Collaborator Professor for the Neuropsychology and Education Master’s Degree of the UNIR -International University of La Rioja (Spain). He was the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellow (Research Fellow) at Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland) working on the EC funded project “E-SPACE: European Standardised Process Approach to Cognitive Evaluation in older people” (2016-2018). Dr. Diaz-Orueta has also taught courses and workshops in maintenance of cognitive functions and wellbeing in older adults. His recently published review article in Frontiers (2020) posed the question: Is the Future of the Process-Based Approach [to neuropsychology] Technology-based?


Andreas Monsch

Dr. Andreas U. Monsch studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Zurich and received his doctorate in 1991. From 1991-1994, he worked at the University of California, San Diego (USA), one of the best Alzheimer’ disease research centers in the world at the time. From 1994-2002, he was head of research at the Memory Clinic of the Geriatric University Hospital in Basel. In 2001 he received his habilitation and was promoted to Professor of Psychology at the University of Basel in 2003. Since 2002, he has been in charge of one of the largest memory clinics in Switzerland, which has relocated to the Felix Platter Hospital in 2016, Basel, which is now called University Department of Geriatric Medicine FELIX PLATTER. Prof. Monsch’s research and teaching focus on “Early diagnosis of dementia” and “Rare causes of dementia”. He has published more than 150 papers and book chapters.


Christine Mrakotsky

Dr. Christine Mrakotsky is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Attending Neuropsychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Vienna, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as research training and career development awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since 2013 she has served as the lead neuropsychologist of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Boston Children’s, establishing an in- and outpatient neuropsychological service for pediatric stroke patients. Dr. Mrakotsky’s current research focuses on brain-immune and brain-gut interactions and their effects on memory development and mood in pediatric inflammatory illness, as well as the cognitive outcomes of childhood stroke. Her studies integrate multimodal brain imaging, neuropsychological assessment, gene-expression and microbiome analysis. She has received extramural funding from NICHD and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, is the recipient of the NIH Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence, and the Harvard Medical School Shore Scholar award.


Yana Suchy

Yana Suchy, Ph.D., is a tenured Professor of Psychology and an adjunct Professor of Neurology at the University of Utah. She also holds faculty appointments at the University of Utah’s Brain Institute and the Utah Center on Aging. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and also served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. She is the Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (American Psychological Association), and is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Psychological Association. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Suchy’s research has focused on improving our understanding, and the assessment methods, of the construct of executive functioning, with a particular focus on improving methods for predicting lapses in daily functioning. She publishes broadly in peer-reviewed journals and professional texts, and has also authored two books: Clinical Neuropsychology of Emotion (Guilford Press, 2011), and Executive Functioning: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinical Practice (Oxford University Press, 2015).