Xavier Cagigas, PhD, is Director of the Cultural Neuropsychology Initiative (CNI) and Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, at UCLA. The CNI consists of three components: the Culture and Neurocognition Assessment Service, providing bilingual and bicultural neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessments for a variety of neurological and psychiatric patients within the Los Angeles Community; a training program designed to produce the next generation of culturally and linguistically competent clinical and research neuropsychologists; and an emerging research program seeking to study historically underrepresented populations within a culturally inclusive neurocognitive research model. Dr. Cagigas initially trained as a clinical neuropsychologist at the University of California, San Diego, before coming to UCLA where he completed his clinical internship in Neuropsychology and Exceptional Abilities, postdoctoral research fellowship in Neurobehavioral Genetics, and eventually received a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences within the David Geffen School of Medicine. He is also an active investigator within the Consortium for Neuropsychiatric Phenomics (CNP), a transdisciplinary research team charged with addressing major unsolved challenges in research on neuropsychiatric disorders through the systematic study of phenotypes on a genome-wide scale by integrating basic, clinical, and information sciences. Dr. Cagigas has previously received funding from NINDS, NIMH, and most recently from FPR. His current research interests examine the neurocognitive correlates of bilingualism and other cultural variables within psychosis, healthy community members, and neurosurgical populations.
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