Dr. Alexandra Atkins is a psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in cognitive assessment, clinical trial methodology, and the cognitive neuroscience of memory. Over the past seven years, she has worked alongside Dr. Keefe to spearhead the development of valid and reliable assessments of cognition and function for use in CNS clinical trials and clinical practice. As Vice President of Scientific Development, Dr. Atkins provides scientific oversite to VeraSci project teams across CNS indications and serves as PI on several ongoing technology-based research initiatives supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
Dr. Atkins has received National Research Service Awards from both NIMH and NIA to support research using cognitive testing in conjunction with functional neuroimaging techniques to examine the cognitive and neural mechanisms of memory distortion and executive functioning. Her current interests include the strategic use of innovative technology to support valid clinical ratings in clinical trials and improving assessment of subtle functional impairments in prodromal MCI/AD.
Dr. Atkins earned her PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan and completed her research fellowship at Duke University’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.
Therapeutic Focus: CNS Disorders