Aubrey Wank

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Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology
Faculty Advisor: Matt Grilli
Degree(s): 
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Conneticut
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
 
 
Telephone: 
520-621-4003
Office: 
Psychology 244
Research Interests: 

I am currently a 5th year in the clinical psychology PhD program and completed the neuropsychology track because of my research and clinical interests. Before starting at the University of Arizona, I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. Post-graduation, I conducted memory research on medial temporal lobe amnesia at the Memory Disorders Research Center (Boston University and Boston VA Healthcare System). Much of my current research focuses on autobiographical memory, with specific interests in understanding: 1) the brain networks involved in autobiographical memory, and 2) the differences in how young and older adults reconstruct and elaborate past, personal experiences. My clinical externship rotations include Department of Neurology at Banner Medical Center, University of Arizona Cancer Center, and Banner Alzheimer's Institute.

Selected Publications: 
Publications:
 
Wank, A. A., Mehl, M. R., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Polsinelli, A. J., Moseley, S., Glisky, E. L., & Grilli, M. D. (2020). Eavesdropping on autobiographical memory: A naturalistic observation study of older adults' memory sharing in daily conversations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 238. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2020.00238
 
Memel, M., Wank, A. A., Ryan, L., & Grilli, M. D. (2020). The relationship between episodic detail generation and anterotemporal, posteromedial, and hippocampal white matter tracts. Cortex, 123, 124-140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2019.10.010
 
Keane, M. M., Bousquet, K., Wank, A., & Verfaellie, M. (2019). Relational processing in the semantic domain is impaired in medial temporal lobe amnesia. Journal of Neuropsychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jnp.12196
Verfaellie, M., Wank, A. A., Reid, A. G., Race, E., & Keane, M. M. (2019). Self-related processing and future thinking: Distinct contributions of ventromedial prefrontal cortex and the medial temporal lobes. Cortex, 115, 159-171. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2019.01.028
 
Grilli, M. D., Bercel, J. J., Wank, A. A., & Rapcsak, S. Z. (2018). The contribution of the left anterior ventrolateral temporal lobe to personal semantics: The retrieval of specific attributes about the self. Neuropsychologia, 117, 178-187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.06.002
 
Grilli, M. D., Wank, A. A., Bercel, J. J., & Ryan, L. (2018). Evidence for reduced autobiographical memory episodic specificity in cognitively normal middle-aged and older individuals at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease dementia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 24(10), 1073-1083. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1355617718000577
 
Grilli, M. D., Wank, A. A., & Verfaellie, M. (2018). The life stories of adults with amnesia:  Insights into the contribution of the medial temporal lobes to the higher-order organization of autobiographical knowledge. Neuropsychologia, 110, 84-91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.03.013
 
Recent Conference Presentations:
 
Wank, A. A., Robertson, A., Rapcsak, S. Z., & Grilli, M. D. (2020, February). Impaired personal trait knowledge in a case of medial temporal lobe amnesia. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Conference, Denver, CO.
 
 
 
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