Leadership Team

Linda Ercoli, PhD

Dr. Linda Ercoli, PhD, is a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute, in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and also serves as the Interim Director of the Longevity Center, Director of Geriatric Psychology, in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. She is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in geropsychology-neuropsychology and cognitive training. Her research background is in the neuroimaging and neuropsychology of age-related cognitive disorders, as well as in clinical trials testing the effects of healthy lifestyle interventions and cognitive stimulation on cognition and brain function. She has worked with individual patients for the remediation of cognitive difficulties secondary to age-related cognitive changes and dementia. She developed a peer-based manualized cognitive rehabilitation and remediation interventions for community residing middle-aged and older adults with cognitive difficulties associated with aging. The interventions have been implemented in many settings such as memory disorders clinics in several states in the U.S.


Helen Lavretsky

Dr. Helen Lavretsky is a Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and a geriatric integrative psychiatrist with federally funded research program in geriatric depression and cognitive decline, and integrative mental health (NIMH, PCORI, and NCCIH) using mind-body interventions. She is a recipient of the Career Development award from the NIMH and the NCCIH, and other prestigious research awards. Her current research studies include investigations of psychopharmacological treatment of geriatric depression, mild cognitive impairment and the use of Tai Chi and yoga for treatment and prevention of late-life mood and cognitive disorders. She is the Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Investigator awards for research in geriatric psychiatry from the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. She is the Director of the Late-life mood, stress and wellness program and the Integrative Psychiatry clinic. She is the Leader of the Research Pillar of the UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative.

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Karen Miller

Director of Practicum Training

Dr. Karen Miller is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. In addition to overseeing weekly neuropsychological assessments, she has been active in research at the UCLA Longevity Center for the three decades. As Director of the UCLA Practicum Training Program, she oversees 20+ psychotherapy/assessment tracks throughout the medical center, where dozens of graduate students receive training on a yearly basis. Her clinical and research career has focused on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and memory enhancement for age-related memory decline. In addition to her book, The Estrogen-Depression-Connection, Dr. Miller co-authored the curriculum and workbook for the Memory Fitness Program and was the principal investigator for the clinical trials of Dakim Brain Fitness, a computerized memory training program for older adults by Dakim Brain Fitness, Inc. Dr. Miller is the director of UCLA’s Memory Care program and is part of the leadership team for the UCLA’s Brain Boot Camp program. In the past, she has served as a consultant to Dakim Brain Fitness, Inc., Erickson Foundation, and OPICA. She continues to serve as faculty advisor for the Universal Gerontology and Alzheimer's Disease Awareness at UCLA in their pursuit for developing tools and education regarding memory disorders and cognitive enhancement. In addition, Dr. Miller has received several awards, including: National Academy of Neuropsychology Award for Exceptional Educator (2013), American Psychological Association - Blue Ribbon Award for Research (2012), UCLA Outstanding Housestaff Teaching Award (2011), The Semel Scholar Award (2008), and the UCLA Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (2006).


Prabha Siddarth

Biostatistician

Dr. Siddarth is an applied biostatistician - She designs studies, formulates hypotheses, does power calculations, analyses data, interprets and reports results and write grants. She concentrates on data from medicine, public health, and biology; in particular, she has developed and applied novel statistical methods in Alzheimer's disease, mood disorders, memory and aging, traumatic brain injury, pediatric epilepsy, learning and communication disorders, and schizophrenia. She is fascinated by early neuroimaging and genomic biomarkers of these disorders that can be useful for designing preventive and treatment approaches, and has also worked in other fields such as environmental health and kinesiology, and even has experience modeling stock markets! This variety is precisely what makes her passionate about statistics.