Research Team



Paul Cirino

Dr. Cirino completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Houston, and his APA/Division 40 clinical internship at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Subsequently he was the Kirk Dornbush postdoctoral fellow in developmental neuropsychology at Georgia State University, which was completed in 1998; he also obtained licensure as a psychologist at that time, and has been continuously licensed since. From 1998-2000, Dr. Cirino was a staff neuropsychologist in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. During that time, he was also appointed as Instructor in Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Cirino was subsequently a Clinical Research Psychologist and Associate Director of the Regents Center for Learning Disorders. Dr. Cirino returned to the University of Houston in 2002 where he joined the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics as Research Assistant Professor. In 2008 he was promoted to Research Associate Professor, and in 2009, he was appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. His published work reflects interests related to math learning and difficulty, reading and language, and neuropsychological populations. Dr. Cirino recently edited (with Daniel B. Berch of the University of Virginia) a special issue of the Journal of Learning and Individual Differences.

Dr. Cirino currently enjoys collaborations with researchers within the University of Houston, and from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, The University of Texas at Austin, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Clinical Psychology Graduate Students (Neuropsychology)

Becca Martin

Becca Martin

Becca Martin joined the lab in September 2009. She is currently in her fourth year of the clinical neuropsychology doctoral program. She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in clinical and biological psychology. She then spent two years working as a research assistant in the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. Becca defended her thesis in July 2011 which was titled "Counting procedural skill and conceptual knowledge in kindergarten as predictors of grade 1 math skills." She is currently working on her dissertation which involves memory and executive functioning skills in children who have undergone surgery for intractable epilepsy at Texas Children's Hospital. Her research interests also include neuroimaging and brain behavior relationships in neurologic populations

John Elias

John Elias

John Elias is in his first year as a clinical neuropsychology doctorate student. He graduated from Rice University in 2009 with a B.A. in psychology and chemistry. He then spent a year working as a special education teacher at the Monarch School in Houston where he taught math and science and led trainings in executive functioning skills for students. John's current research interests are learning disabilities in children.

Elyssa Gerst

Elyssa Gerst is currently in her first year of the clinical neuropsychology doctoral program. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology and Communication & Rhetoric. Elyssa worked for 3 years as a research assistant in the SCORE (Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education) Program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Her research interests include cognitive functioning in children with learning disabilities and neurological disorders."

Emily Maxwell

Emily Maxwell

Emily Maxwell joined the lab in September 2010 and is currently in her first year of the clinical neuropsychology doctoral program. She graduated Cum Laude from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon in 2008 with a B.A. in Psychology. She then worked for two years as a research assistant in the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Emily's current research interests include learning disabilities and traumatic brain injuries in children and cognitive rehabilitation.

Research Assistants

  • Taylor Page
  • Sarah Violetta