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VETSA Faculty and Staff

Project Directors:

Project Staff and Bios:

  • Olivia K. Puckett, B.S. (MRI Testing Lead, UC San Diego)
  • Madel Penaloza, B.S. (Testing Lead, UC San Diego) 
    • Madel received her B.S. in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Clinical Aspects of Cognition from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining VETSA, she worked on the Cognitive Aging Longitudinal Study at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center as a bilingual psychometrist specializing in the recruitment and testing of Hispanic participants. Currently, she is one of the coordinators/testers for VETSA where she oversees day-to-day testing, train staff and students on testing protocols and conducts neuropsychological testing.



  • Lindon Eaves, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Bruce Fischl, Ph.D. (Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Kristen Jacobson, Ph.D. (University of Chicago)

Other Collaborators:

  • Nicholas Smith, Ph.D. (Vietnam Era Twin Registry, University of Washington)
  • Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D. (University of Florida)
  • Eero Vuoksimaa, Ph.D. (University of Helsinki, Finland)