Matthew Fillingim, B.S.
BS, Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Woods Lab, Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
College of Public Health and Health Professions
University of Florida
Matt joined the Woods Lab in the summer of 2018 where he works as a Research Coordinator in the ACT Study. Matt is responsible for administration of cognitive batteries and neuroimaging procedures to participants as well as analysis of cognitive data and recruitment. Matt began his research involvement as an undergraduate in Susan Bluck’s Life Story Lab, studying the role of self-defining memories (narrative-identity and autobiographical memory) in predicting self-esteem. He continued his research contribution in the laboratory of Rehabilitation and Neuroscience under Dr. David Vaillancourt, where he investigated how impaired cortical networks are linked to Parkinson’s disease in murine models, with a specific focus on how functional neuroimaging techniques can be used to predict dystonia symptoms. Matt furthered his understanding of functional imaging techniques while assisting PhD/MD student, Adam Grippin on his immunology research by conducting analyses of murine MRI data to determine associations between lymph node size and hypointensity with absolute dendritic cell counts. Matt ultimately aspires to achieve a PhD and pursue a career in clinical neuropsychology.