Biography

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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 Competency Committees in the graduate 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, 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.

Education

Undergraduate University of Texas at Austin (1989)
Graduate School University of Texas Southwestern Med Ctr Dallas (1994)

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

Publications

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Can a Direct IADL Measure Detect Deficits in Persons with MCI?

Binegar, D.L., Hynan, L.S., Lacritz, L.H., Weiner, M.F., Cullum, C.M. Current Alzheimer Research in press in press

Honors & Awards

  • 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