Clara Li

Clara Li, PhD

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Psychiatry

Specialty:

Psychology-PhD

Research Topics:

Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Memory

Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a neuropsychologist of the Clinical Neuropsychology Division in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is a clinical supervisor and neuropsychologist in the Neuropsychology Testing and Evaluation Center (Neuropsychology Services) and the Adult Psychology Pre-doctoral Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a minor in neuropsychology from Yeshiva University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She provides dementia talks and education at local churches and senior centers. Dr. Li is also a researcher at Mount Sinai’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

As neuropsychologist of the Neuropsychological Testing and Evaluation Center, Dr. Li provides neuropsychological assessment for memory disorders and teaches Neuropsychological Test Administration. Dr. Li conducts and supervises neuropsychological assessments, in addition to teaching and lecturing on topics of memory and aging. Dr. Li’s research interests focus on healthy aging in the elderly, Alzheimer’s Disease, and dementia. At present, she is working on developing diagnostic tools for early detection of cognitive loss and dementia. She receives research support from Mount Sinai’s ADRC. Currently, she is the principle investigator for a study examining the effects of exercise on cognitive function and on biological markers of Alzheimer’s Disease in older adults with mild memory loss at the ADRC (EXERT) (GCO #16-2044). She is also the principle investigator for a clinical trial looking at whether or not a daily dose of nicotine, through a transdermal patch, will have a positive effect on early memory loss in older adults (MIND) (GCO #91-0208 (30)). In addition, Dr. Li is a Co-Investigator for a study looking at the ability of a drug (LY2062430 or solanezumab) to delay Alzheimer’s disease-related memory loss in older people who have elevated levels of amyloid or beta amyloid proteins in their brain but are not yet displaying symptoms of the disease (A4) (GCO#91-0208 (0018) and 91-0208 (0019)). She was a Co-Investigator to test the Safety and Efficacy of Pioglitazone (AD 4833SR 0.8mg QD) to Delay the Onset of MCI due to AD in Cognitively Normal Subjects (TOMM40) (GCO# 13-1688).  
 

Language

English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Clinical Focus

Mild Cognitive Impairment
Alzheimer’s Disease
Vascular Dementia
Dementia
Anxiety
Depression
Malingering

Research Interests

Memory and Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Dementia

Publications

  • Li, C., Neugroschl, J., Luo, X., Zhu, C., Aisen, P., Ferris, S., & Sano, M. (2017). The Utility of the Cognitive Function Instrument (CFI) to Detect Cognitive Decline in Non-Demented Older Adults. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 60, 427-437. PMID: 28854503
  • Li, C., Neugroschl, J., Umpierre, M., Martin, J., Huang, Q., Zeng, X., Cai, D., & Sano, M. (2016). Recruiting U.S. Chinese Elders into Clinical Research for Dementia: Modeling Efficient Minority Recruitment. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 30 (4), 345-347. PMID: 27819841
  • Li, C., Neugroschl, J., Zhu, C., Umpierre, M., Martin, J., Huang, Q., Zeng, X., & Sano, M. (2016). Mobility Marker Associated with Cognitive Impairment in Elderly Chinese. Presented at the 2016 IPA Asian Regional Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Li, C., Neugroschl, J., Zhu, C., Umpierre, M., Martin, J., Huang, Q., Zeng, X., & Sano, M. (2016). Assessing Cognitive Function in Elderly Chinese Immigrants. Presented at the 2016 IPA Internationl Congress, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Li, C., Neugroschl, J., Umpierre, M., Martin, J., Huang, Q., Zeng, X., Cai, D., & Sano, M. (2016). Beijing Version of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment for Elderly Chinese Americans. Presented at the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Sewell, M., Li, C., & Sano, M. (2015). Neuropsychology in the diagnosis and treatment of dementia. In: Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (pp. 389-397). Philadelphia, Saunders, Elsevier.
  • Sewell, M., Neugroschl, J., Li, C., & Sano, M. (2015). Decision Making Concening Braing Donation in Alzheimer’s Research Among Research Participants and Thier Families. Presented at the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Washington, D. C.
  • Martin, J., & Li, C. (2015). Normal Cognitive Aging. In: Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric and Clinical Gerontology (pp. 170-177). Philadelphia, PA, Elsevier.
  • Li, C., Spat, J., & Shuman, M. (2015). Neuropsychological assessment with the Asian/Pacific Islander Populations. In F. R. Ferraro (Ed.): Minority and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Assessment (Chapter 9). Psychology Press.
  • Spat, J., Shuman, M., & Li, C. (2015). Neuropsychological assessment with the Latino/Hispanic Populations. In F. R. Ferraro (Ed.): Minority and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Assessment (Chapter 14). Psychology Press.
  • Li, C., Verghese, J., Holtzer, R. A comparison of two walking while talking paradigms in aging. (2014). Gait Posture, 40(3), 415-9. PMID:24973141
  • Mitsis, E. M., Bender, H. A., Kostakoglu, L., Machac, J., Martin, J., Woehr, J. L., Sewell, M.C., Aloysi, A., Goldstein, M.A., Li, C., Sano, M., & Gandy, S. (2014). A consecutive case series experience with [18 F] florbetapir PET imaging in an urban dementia center: impact on quality of life, decision making, and disposition. Mol Neurodegener, 9(1), 10. PMID: 24484858
  • Li, C., Holtzer, R., & Verghese, J. (2013). The Effects of Attention Resources and Dual-Task Strategies on Gait Performance in Aging: a Comparison of Two Walking While Talking Paradigms. Presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.
  • Li, P. C. C., & Holtzer, R. (2011). A Comparison of Two Cognitive Interference Tasks in Walking While Talking Paradigms. Presented at the 7th Annual Yeshiva University Behavioral Sciences Student Research Conference, New York, NY
  • Mahoney, J. R., Li, P. C., Oh-Park, M., Verghese, & J., Holtzer, R. (2011). Multisensory integration across the senses in young and old adults. Brain Res. 1426, 43-53. PMID: 22024545
  • Mahoney, J. R., Li, P. C. C., Oh-Park, M., Verghese, J., & Holtzer, R. (2011). Multisensory Integration in Young and Old Adults: A Simple Reaction Time Study. Presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Li, P. C. C., Mahoney, J. R., & Holtzer, R. (2009). The Age Effect on Multisensory Integration. Presented at the 6th Annual Yeshiva University Behavioral Sciences Student Research Conference, New York, NY.
  • Clinical Focus

    • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Anxiety
    • Dementia
    • Depression
    • Lewy Body Disease
    • Malingering
    • Mental Health Services
    • Mild Cognitive Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Vascular Dementia

    Education

    Internship, Neuropsychology, Mount Sinai Hospital

    Fellowship, Neuropsychology, Mount Sinai Hospital

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