Virginia is the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Endowed Professor. She is an Associate Professor at UCSF in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. Her research focuses on the neural systems that support emotion and social behavior in neurodegenerative disease and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Emotions offer a critical window into mental health and can be modified with simple strategies to improve well-being and reduce dementia risk.
After undergraduate work at Georgetown University, Virginia received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF in neuropsychology.