Movement Disorder Neuropsychological Team

Filoteo's Team

J. Vincent Filoteo

Professor of Psychiatry and Director of UCSD Neuropsychological Associates. Dr. Filoteo has over 18 years experience working with patients with various movement disorders and dementias. He received his Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology/psychology in 1994 from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. His research and clinical work focuses on the cognitive and clinical neuropsychology of Parkinson's disease.



Eva Pirogovsky, PhD
Eva P. Turk, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and VA Medical Center. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology/psychology in 2012 from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.  During her doctoral program and clinical internship, her training focused on the neuropsychology of aging and neurodegenerative disorders. Her current research and clinical interests focus on the cognitive and functional changes associated with Parkinson’s disease, and developing interventions to improve cognition and everyday functioning. 

Brandon Prendiville
Brandon Prendiville, BA, MBA

Senior Psychometrist, UCSD Neuropsychological Associates, Department of Psychiatry. Mr. Prendiville graduated from the University of Arizona in 2003 with a B.A. in Psychology.  He first started conducting neuropsychological testing in 2009 and later went on to provide training in test administration and scoring to doctoral candidates at the University of Arizona.  He came to UCSD in 2011 and now works as the Clinic Coordinator and Senior Psychometrist for Neuropsychological Associates in the Department of Psychiatry.  He is primarily responsible for testing and scoring neuropsychological protocols for patients with movement disorders (as well as other conditions) as well as overseeing all logistical aspects of our clinic.


Dawn Schiehser, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Neuropsychologist. Dr. Schiehser has been with the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and Psychology Service at the VA Medical Center since 2004, where she has specialized in the neuropsychology of Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Her current research and clinical interests focus on cognitive functioning, brain imaging, and cognitive rehabilitation of individuals with Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and TBI.




Celina Pluim, BS

Research Associate. Ms. Pluim graduated from UCSD with a BS in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology. She began a volunteer research assistantship in 2013 at the VA San Diego where she learned about the neuropsychology of Hoarding Disorder and was first exposed to neuropsychological assessment. She then joined the NeuroCognition and Movement Lab in 2015, where she currently coordinates the study on cognitive rehabilitation in Parkinson's Disease.


Francesca Lopez, BA

Research Associate. Ms. Lopez graduated from SDSU with a BA in psychology. She became interested in neuropsychology as an undergraduate research assistant in the Center for Healthy Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease Research at SDSU, where she investigated the cognitive, behavioral, and motor changes that occur in older adults and individuals diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease. She joined the NeuroCognition and Movement Lab in 2015, where she currently assists with research on the neuropsychology of Parkinson's Disease.


Molly Split, BA

Research Associate. Ms. Split graduated from Temple University with a BA in psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. She began her research career as an undergraduate research assistant in 2014 in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Temple University. Within this laboratory, she learned how to apply cognitive neuroscience methods related to the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia. She then joined the NeuroCognition and Movement Lab in 2015, where she currently assists with research on the neuropsychology of Parkinson's Disease.