Dr. Curiel Cid, is a Neuropsychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chief of Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging. Dr. Curiel Cid specializes in the early cognitive and functional assessment of neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. She is Principal Investigator of a longitudinal study funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging entitled: Precision-based Computerized Assessment for the Detection of MCI in Older Adults, and is an active Co-investigator on various state and federally funded studies related to aging and cognition including the 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Her program of research focuses on the development of novel and cross-culturally applicable cognitive assessment paradigms. She along with Dr. David Loewenstein and their team have generated promising data that these novel cognitive outcome measures are sensitive enough to detect subtle cognitive deficits specific to preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, and are highly associated with biological markers of early AD brain pathology including CSF markers, amyloid imaging and structural and functional neuroimaging. Dr. Curiel Cid’s work focuses on technologically enhancing these innovative cognitive paradigms into user-friendly clinical outcome measures with the goal of advancing cognitive assessment efforts in clinical trials targeting preclinical disease. She and her team have led the development of the brief computerized version of the renowned LASSI-L, a cognitive stress test that has shown sensitivity and specificity at detecting cognitive change in preclinical and prodromal Alzheimer’s disease.