Our Team


Dr. Sara Weisenbach, PhD, ABPP

Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist

Principal Investigator

Dr. Weisenbach is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Utah and a Clinical Psychologist in the Research & Development Program at VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System, as well as a GRECC affiliated faculty member.  She is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist studying the mechanisms and deficits underlying depression during late life in a developmental/longitudinal context and translating this knowledge into effective neuropsychological and neuroimaging tools to monitor course of illness and cognitive decline. She has a Career Development Award through the VA Rehabilitation, Research, & Development Program that investigates reward, memory, and executive functioning brain networks in older adults with depression, and how patterns in these networks might predict cognitive decline.  Dr. Weisenbach is also funded with a NARSAD Young Investigator Award through the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for a project of epigenetic mechanisms of late life depression and cognitive decline. Dr. Weisenbach earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University in 2005. She completed post-doctoral fellowships in Clinical and Research Neuropsychology and Advanced Geriatrics at University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, respectively. She joined the faculty at University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor in 2008/2009. She accepted a position as Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in 2013, until her transition to Salt Lake City in 2015.




Research Coordinators:


Anna Marie Arp, B.S.

Anna Marie Arp earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Brigham Young University-Idaho. She has worked and volunteered in a variety of research settings including Pathology and Neurology before moving to Psychiatry. She has trained in phlebotomy and neuropsychological assessment administration.


Nathalie Hovatta Li, B.A.

Nathalie was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. There she obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She has worked in both research and clinical settings, with patients diagnosed with severe mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia. She is experienced in conducting both neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessments. Her passion for the field and desire to help others recently influenced her to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Utah, and looks forward to her future role as a counselor.

Post-Doctoral Fellows:


Heidemarie Lex, PhD

Heidemarie is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Utah, Department of Psychiatry. Her research focuses on quality of life of those with chronic illness and/or mental illness. She not only wants to understand more about the quality of life of affected individuals, but what is needed to improve their quality of life. Heidemarie also studies the situations of  support persons, their needs, burdens, and benefits.

Heidemarie’s research interests are: Quality of Life, Cognitive Disorders, Depression, Brain Abnormalities, Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analyses, Mindfulness, Chronic Illness

Joseph Kim, PhD

David Rozek, PhD

Undergraduate Students:

Natalie Bina

Anna Bradford