Addressing Dementia With Prestigious Grant

Graduate Center Ph.D. candidate Crystal Quinn and Professor Laura Rabin
Graduate Center Ph.D. candidate Crystal Quinn and Professor Laura Rabin

Crystal Quinn (Clinical Psychology), a rising fifth-year student, received a prestigious National Institutes of Health predoctoral award to support her research in psychometrics, the study and technique of psychological measurement.
Quinn is a member of the clinical neuropsychology lab headed by Professor Laura Rabin (GC/Brooklyn, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience/Psychology), where she works on the assessment and detection of subtle declines in judgment ability in the preclinical stages of dementia using standardized, validated measures.
The award provides approximately $65,000 of funding over two years. Quinn will use the award to support her dissertation research, which focuses on making a standardized test developed by Rabin more appropriate for older adults from a diverse range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Quinn, who has a background in social work, became interested in working with older adults while working as a psychometrician and research coordinator at a memory clinic in New York. She was inspired to pursue a Ph.D. in the field. “The Graduate Center has a wonderful neuropsychology program, and they support their students academically and financially,” says Quinn, who also has degrees from Hunter College and SUNY’s University at Albany. “I feel so grateful to the CUNY and SUNY system, and wouldn’t have been able to have this education otherwise.”
After graduation, which she hopes will be in 2021, she plans to work as a clinical scientist, evaluating patients for care, while also continuing to work in research. “Alzheimer’s disease is increasing in prevalence in the United States,” Quinn says. “I really enjoy working with older adults and helping to safeguard this vulnerable population.”
There are currently an estimated 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and deaths from the disease increased by 89 percent from 2000 to 2014, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Submitted on: JUL 31, 2019

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