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April Thames PhD

Associate professor-in-residence, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

April Thames, PhD, is an associate professor-in-residence in the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Alliant International University/CSPP in 2009. After receiving her doctorate, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at UCLA. Dr. Thames is the principal investigator of several National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant-supported projects and has received an NIH (K23) career development award. She developed a translational research program in social neuroscience that focuses on the impact of HIV/AIDS, aging, substance abuse, socioeconomic disadvantage, and race/ethnicity on neurological and neurobehavioral outcomes. She has also published and is actively involved in studies examining psychosocial factors that obscure the validity of neuropsychological test performance among underrepresented ethnic/racial minority groups. Dr. Thames served as member-at-large for the American Psychological Association’s Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN) and is a past chair of SCN’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee.