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Dr. Lacritz obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UT Austin in 1989 with highest honors. She went on to obtain her doctorate degree at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Clinical Psychology where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Lacritz completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at UT Southwestern in Neuropsychology from 1995 to 1997. She joined the UT Southwestern Faculty in 1997 where her departmental activities include neuropsychological/cognitive evaluation of persons with known or suspected neurological disorders, involvement with the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UT Southwestern, and teaching/training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She serves as a member of the Steering,Clinical Training, Admissions and Research Committees in the doctoral Clinical Psychology program.

Dr. Lacritz’s clinical expertise is in the area of neuropsychological assessment, with particular interest in working with individuals who have dementia, epilepsy, movement disorders, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis and head injury. Dr. Lacritz’s research foci are in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, movement disorders, epilepsy, and psychometric assessment. She is also interested in how to best use neuropsychological assessment in the early detection of dementia.


Undergraduate School
University of Texas at Austin (1989), Psychology
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1994), Psychology
Children's Health Dallas (1995), Psychology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1997), Neuropsychology

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Cognitive Effects of Medical or Psychiatric Disorders
  • Dementia
  • Differential Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder or Other Cognitive or Emotional Disorders
  • Effects of Toxic Exposure or Chronic Substance Abuse
  • Memory Loss
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Research Interest

    • Detection of cognitive change with interventions
    • Early detection of dementia
    • Movement Disorders
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Test development and interpretation
    • Traumatic Brain Injury


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    Honors & Awards

    • Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award
      The University of Texas System (2017)
    • Distinguished Teaching Professor
      UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016)
    • UT Kenneth I Shine, MD Academy of Health Science
      UT System, Elected Member (2016)
    • Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT)
      UT Southwestern Medical Center, Selected Member (2015)
    • Most Influential Mentor
      UT Southwestern Clinical Psychology Program (2013)
    • Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology
      American Psychological Association (2011)
    • Outstanding Teacher Award
      UT Southwestern Clinical Psychology Program (2009)
    • Distinguished Alumni Award
      UT Southwestern Clinical Psychology Program (2008)
    • Fellow
      National Academy of Neuropsychology (2005)
    • PACT
      Patient Care and Service Recognition, UTSW (2005)
    • Chief Resident
      UT Southwestern Clinical Psychology program (1993)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
    • American Psychological Association (Division 40)
    • International Neuropsychological Society
    • National Academy of Neuropsychology