• Ph.D. Neuroscience 2001, University of California, Davis
  • B.A., Psychology 1994, University of California, Los Angeles


Krista Schendel Parker

Krista Schendel Parker, Ph.D.

Health Science Research Specialist, (Focus: Cognitive Neuroscience)

Research Interests

My research focusses on cognitive deficits after brain damage, particularly in stroke patients. I am currently a Cognitive Neuroscience Research Investigator at the VANCHCS and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA. I have been conducting neuropsychological assessments along with computerized neurocognitive tests in both healthy and neurological patient populations for more than 20 years. My research focusses on hemispheric specialization of cognitive functions, aspects of visual attention and perception, and the impact of brain injury on cognition. Specific neuropsychological syndromes that I study include hemispatial neglect, extinction, and Balint’s syndrome, as well as patients with mild to moderate aphasia. During my time at the VA, I have developed expertise in the areas of human lesion analysis, attention and speech disorders caused by brain injury, and more recently the impact of strokes on visuospatial and verbal working memory.

Selected Publications