Lauren Drogos, PhD
Lauren finished her doctorate in Psychology in 2014. She began working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Women’s Mental Health Research Program in 2005 and completed her Master’s Thesis in 2009 on “Endogenous Oxytocin across the Menstrual Cycle and with Oral Contraceptive Use: Effects on Verbal Memory and Mood (Advisor: Dr. Pauline Maki)” Lauren continued her training at UIC with the WMHRP and did her dissertation on “Autonomic Nervous System Activity and Menopausal Symptoms (Advisor: Dr. Pauline Maki).” Throughout her training, Lauren won a number of awards for her work, including the North American Menopause Society’s New Investigator Award (2006), and the Provost’s Award for Graduate Research (2013). She is currently an Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Human Cerebrovascular Physiology at the University of Calgary. Her research remains focused on identifying and increasing awareness of sex differences in cognition and the brain.
Dr. Drogos’ publications
Vanessa Meyer, PhD
Vanessa joined the lab in 2008 and received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award training grant to study the effects of drug use on prefrontal cortex function in HIV+ women. Vanessa finished her doctorate in Neuroscience in 2013 and successfully defended her dissertation: “Effects of Cocaine Use on Verbal Memory and Prefrontal Cortex Function in Women Infected with HIV (Advisor: Dr. Pauline Maki).” Vanessa did postdoctoral research in New Orleans at the University of New Orleans and Tulane University focused on understanding development of autonomic and neuroendocrine stress response systems and how these systems related to subjective stress response in adulthood.
Dr. Meyer’s publications
Erin Sundermann, PhD
Erin came to UIC in 2006 after completing her Master’s in Biopsychology at San Diego State University. She received a Mount Sinai Summer Institute for NeuroAIDS Disparities (MSINAD) Scholar Grant, as well as a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award training grant in 2008 to study genetic predictors of prefrontal function in HIV+ women. Erin was also the recipient of the Alice Dan Dissertation Research Award from the UIC Center for Research on Women in Gender in 2011 for her work entitled, “Genetic Predictors of Cognition in HIV+ Women (Advisor: Dr. Pauline Maki)” She received her PhD in Psychology at UIC and is currently doing postdoctoral research as a neurology fellow with the Einstein Aging Study (EAS) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her research with the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) recently made national headlines with the findings that women maintain better verbal memory than men despite evidence of moderate hippocampal atrophy.
Dr. Sundermann’s publications
Leah H. Rubin, PhD, MPH
Leah began her graduate training at UIC in 2003 after receiving her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She received a Psi Chi Graduate Research Grant, as well as a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award training grant for her research on “Effects of Sex Steroid Hormones on Cognition in Women with Schizophrenia.” Leah was also the recipient of the Alice Dan Dissertation Research Award from the UIC Center for Research on Women in Gender in 2009 for her dissertation on, “Effects of Sex Hormones on Cognition in Schizophrenia (Advisor: Dr. Pauline Maki).” Leah is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Women’s Mental Health Research Program at UIC.
Dr. Rubin’s publications