59618-Garcia, Patricia

Patricia Garcia, PsyD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

GH 4300
Indianapolis, IN


Patricia Garcia, PsyD, HSPP is a clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor of clinical neurology who specializes in the neurocognitive and psychiatric assessment of adult populations. She joined Indiana University School of Medicine in 2023, and prior to her appointment, she worked as a staff neuropsychologist and was an adjunct clinical professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, affiliated with IU School of Medicine from 2020-2022. Clinically, Dr. Garcia evaluates a variety of adult patient populations who present with acquired and neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognition and personality. Her research interests include cognitive aging after a brain injury, neuropsychiatric sequelae following brain lesions and cultural adaptations of psychological/behavioral interventions addressing neuropsychiatric symptoms in adult populations. She went to Albizu University-Miami campus for her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a focus in neuropsychology. She then completed her residency in neuropsychology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital where she received extensive training on the neurocognitive assessment of trauma populations, including brain injury and stroke, both at acute/inpatient settings at the nation-renowned Ryder Trauma Center, and outpatient clinics. 
Dr. Garcia currently serves as the chair of Culture and Diversity Task Force in Traumatic Brain Injury from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; is faculty with the Outreach Recruitment and Engagement (OREC) core of the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (IADRC); and co-created the Hispanic Community Advisory Board for OREC that looks to promote brain health education and increase Hispanic participation in ADRD clinical trials in the state of Indiana.

Key Publications

Garcia P., Mendoza L., Padron D., Duarte A., Duara R., Loewenstein D., Greig-Custo M., Barker W., Curiel R., Rosselli M., & Rodriguez M. Sex significantly predicts medial temporal volume when controlling for the influence of ApoE4 biomarker and demographic variables: A cross-ethnic comparison. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1–10, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617723000358

Hewitt, K.C., Block, C., Bellone, J.A., Dawson, E.L., Garcia, P., Gerstenecker, A., Grabyan, J.M., Howard, C., Kamath, V., LeMonda, B.C., Margolis, S.A., McBride, W.F., Salinas, C.M., Tam, D.M., Walker, K.S., & Del Bene, V.A (2022). Diverse experiences and approaches to tele-neuropsychology: Commentary and Reflections over the past year of COVID-19. The Clinical Neuropsychologist
Mendoza, L., Garcia, P., Duara, R., Loewenstein, D., Greig-Cusco, M., Barker, W., Dahlin, P., Rosselli, M & Rodriguez, M (2022). The effects of acculturation on cognitive performance among older Hispanics in the United States. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult. DOI: 10.1080/23279095.2020.1725888

Lang, M., Rosselli, M., Greig, M., Torres, V., Velez-Uribe, Idaly., Arruda, F., Barker, W., Garcia, P., Loewenstein, David A., Curiel, Rosie E., and Duara, R. (2021). Depression and the diagnosis of MCI and dementia in a culturally diverse sample of the United States. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Education
    2017 PsyD Albizu University
    2012 MS Albizu University
    2010 BA Spalding University
  • Professional Organizations
    American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)
    American Psychological Association
    International Neuropsychological Society
    National Association of Neuropsychology

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