Dr. Casas' research interests focus broadly on the cultural contributions to cognition and brain development, and her postdoctoral work is funded by a fellowship in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and Neuroscience from the Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR). Previously, Dr. Casas has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Diversity Program in Neuroscience.
In addition to her research, Dr. Casas also provides clinical neuropsychological services to patients with various types of brain injury. Her specific expertise is in neuropsychological assessment of cultural and linguistic minorities, including patients with limited English proficiency (LEP).
Dr. Casas’ leadership experience includes election to the three-year Chair cycle of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), the largest organization of graduate students in psychology worldwide. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association (APA) and as a liaison to the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
Dr. Casas identifies as a scientist-activist and has experience communicating research findings to local, state, and federal legislators. She has spent time working on Capitol Hill as the 2009 Dalmas A. Taylor Summer Minority Policy Fellow and is currently a trustee for the California Psychological Association’s (CPA) Political Action Committee (PAC).
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Culture, Neuroscience, & Psychosis, University of Southern California
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Iowa
Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, California State University, Northridge