Urbana, IL 61801
Dr. Schwarb is an experimental psychologist who studies human learning and memory and applies neuroimaging techniques to answer questions about the organization and structure of the human brain. Her research leverages multiple behavioral, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging (primarily structural MRI, functional MRI, and elastography) tools to explore the organization and control of the memory system.
Memory is foundational to the human experience and, in many ways, governs how we interact with the world and shapes our identities. Dr. Schwarb's current research is dedicated at understanding the structure and function of the hippocampus (a part of the brain that is essential for supporting memory) and related memory-network structures and how this system is altered under various typical and pathological conditions. Her current research program has two related focuses: One basic and the other applied. The basic science focus seeks to investigate the organization of human memory and to identify the ways in which that organization biases behavior. This work has been foundational in driving her applied research focus which seeks to both develop sensitive behavioral measures of human learning and memory and to apply sensitive neuroimaging tools to promote early detection of atypical memory concerns as well as track changes in both memory outcomes and the integrity of its supporting brain structures. She currently apply this approach of combining creative behavioral paradigms with multiple, complementary neuroimaging techniques to patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, as well as healthy aging and mild cognitive impairment.
Post Doc (2012-2017) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD (2012) Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
MS (2008) Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
BA (2005) University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
R21MH127503-01A1 National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH): Changes in hippocampal microstructure and hippocampal-dependent memory accompanying hormonal fluctuation in naturally cycling women. Role: PI
R03AG065894-01A1 National Institutes of Health (NIA): Viscoelastic and volumetric contributions to age-related cognitive decline. Role: PI
R01NS110661-01A1 National Institutes of Health (NINDS): Relational Memory as a Model of Behavioral (Dys)Function in Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury This project seeks to characterize the role of the hippocampus in traumatic brain injury. Role: co-PI (PI: Duff)
R01AG058853 National Institutes of Health (NIA): Mechanical integrity of memory systems in mild cognitive impairment. Role: Co-I (PI: Johnson)
PSYC 403 Memory and Amnesia