Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Binghamton
M.S., Neuroscience in Education, Columbia University
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fordham University
Dr. Franchesca Arias is an Assistant Scientist I at the Aging Brain Center. She is a bilingual Clinical Neuropsychologist and her research focuses on identifying factors that propel, or interfere with, healthy cognitive aging across all ethnoracial and socioeconomic groups. Dr. Arias is particularly interested in the role of preoperative patient and environment –specific characteristics on clinical outcomes in medically compromised older adults. Clinically, Dr. Arias provides neuropsychological services (i.e., assessments, psychoeducation to patients and their families, and consultation) in English and Spanish at the Cognitive Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Arias is currently funded by an Alzheimer’s Association research fellowship (2019-AARFD-644816). Her work explores the association between social factors and health trajectories across different groups. Her hope is to develop a conceptual model of social determinants of health (SDOH) that is appropriate for older adults and to understand how SDOH associate with postoperative delirium incidence as well as long term postoperative outcomes. Prior to joining the Aging Brain Center, Dr. Arias completed a NIA-funded T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pain and Aging through the Department of Dentistry at the University of Florida (T32-AG049673, Fillingham, PI) where she received specialty training in perioperative cognition. Her work has linked preoperative patient-specific characteristics to postoperative outcomes in minimally invasive procedures. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Florida and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University (neuropsychology track).