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Luis D. Medina, PhD

Luis D. Medina

Associate Professor
Collaborative on Aging Research and Multicultural Assessment (CARMA)
Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., San Diego State University/University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program

Heyne Building, Room 229C

Dr. Medina will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2024-2025 academic year. Application deadline is Dec 1, 2023. Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for details.

Biographical Summary

Dr. Luis D. Medina is a licensed clinical psychologist and cultural neuropsychologist. He received his B.A. in psychology from Yale University and Ph.D. in clinical psychology/neuropsychology from the San Diego State University/University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Medina completed his clinical internship at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center (geropsychology track) followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in adult clinical neuropsychology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research examines the cultural neuroscience of cognitive aging, particularly in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), as well as the clinical assessment and diagnosis of ADRD in historically underrepresented populations. For more information about his research, please visit the CARMA Lab website.

Research Interests

  • Cultural Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  • Brain Health Equity


  • PSYC 7339: Cognitive Disorders and Lifespan Neuropsychology III (graduate)
  • PSYC 6308: Foundations of Neuropsychology (graduate)
  • PSCY 4303: Advanced Seminar in Psychological Research (undergraduate)
  • PSYC 4397: Selected Topic in Psychology – Latino Health and Disparities (undergraduate)

Selected Publications

Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography

  • *Garcia, J. M., *Sehgal, J., *Thompson, J. L., Woods, S. P., & Medina, L. D. (in press). The relationship between apathy and cognitive impairment among Hispanics/Latin Americans: A PRISMA Systematic Review. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Kiselica, A. M., Karr, J. E., Mikula, C. M., Ranum, R. M., Benge, J. F., Medina, L. D., & Woods, S. P. (in press). Recent advances in neuropsychological test interpretation for clinical practice. Neuropsychology Review
  • Medina, L. D., Woods, S. P., Mullen, R., John, S. E., Kunik, M. Pressman, P., *Moeller, S., *Martinez, M., *Arroyo Miranda, M., Stocker, M., Lopez-Esquibel, N., & Vardeman, J. (2023). A boot camp translation of Alzheimer’s disease in Hispanic/Latino communities. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 9:e12390. doi: 10.1002/trc2.12390
  • Arce Renteria, M., *Mobley, T. M., *Evangelista, N. D., Medina, L. D., Deters, K. D., *Fox-Fuller, J. T., *Minto, L. R., Avila-Rieger, J., & Bettcher, B. M. (2023). Representativeness of samples enrolled in Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 15:e12450. doi: 10.1002/dad2.12450
  • Medina, L. D., *Henry, S., *Torres, S. MacDonald, B., & Strutt, A. M. (2023). The measurement of acculturation in neuropsychological evaluations of Hispanic/Latino individuals across the lifespan: A scoping review of the literature. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. ePub ahead of print doi: 10.1093/arclin/acac114
  • *Garcia, J. M., *Morales Mejia, Y.L., *Ochoa Lopez, A.P., Woods, S.P., Valier, H., & Medina, L. D. (2022). Evidence for the reliability and validity of a Spanish translation of the Medication Management Ability Assessment administered via tele-assessment. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult. ePub ahead of print doi: 10.1080/23279095.2022.2114356
  • *Ochoa Lopez, A., *Martinez, M. N., *Garcia, J., Kunik, M. E., & Medina, L. D. (2021). Self-report depression screening measures for older Hispanic/Latin American adults: A PRISMA systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 294, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.06.049
  • *Garcia, J. M, Gallagher, M. W., O’Bryant, S. E., & Medina, L. D. (2021). Differential item functioning of the Beck Anxiety Inventory in a rural, multi-ethnic cohort. Journal of Affective Disorders, 293, ¬36-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.06.005
  • Medina, L. D., Woo, E., Rodriguez-Agudelo, Y., Chaparro Maldonado, H., Yi, D., Coppola, G., Zhou, Y., Chui, H. C., & Ringman, J.M. (2021). Reaction time and response inhibition in autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease. Brain and Cognition, 147, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2020.105656
  • Medina, L. D., *Heffernan, K., Holden, S., *Simpson, A., & Bettcher, B. M. (2021). Neural correlates of daily function: A pilot study of the white matter retrogenesis hypothesis and three separate performance-based functional assessments. Neuropsychology, 35, 103-110. doi: 10.1037/neu0000649
  • Medina, L. D., *Torres, S., *Gioia, A., *Ochoa Lopez, A., *Wang, J., & Cirino, P. T. (2021). Reporting of demographic variables in neuropsychological research: Update of O’Bryant et al.’s Trends in the current literature. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 27, 497-507. doi: 10.1017/S1355617720001083
  • *Torres, S., *Alexander, A., O’Bryant, S., & Medina, L. D. (2020). Cognition and the predictive utility of three risk scores in an ethnically diverse sample. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 75, 1049-1059. doi: 10.3233/JAD-191284
  • Medina, L. D., Sadler, M., Yeh, M., Filoteo, J. V., Woods, S. P., & Gilbert, P. E. (2019). Collectivism is associated with greater neurocognitive fluency in older adults. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13:122, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00122