Carol Persad, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor and Director, Neuropsychology Program


Dr. Carol Persad is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, with an Adjunct Professor appointment in Psychology. She is the Director of the Neuropsychology Program in the Department of Psychiatry, and the Director of the University Center for Language and Literacy in the Mary A. Rackham Institute.

Dr. Persad trained as a Clinical Psychologist, with a specialization in Neuropsychology and has focused both her clinical and research work to understanding cognitive changes that are associated with neurological disorders across the life span and the underlying neural pathways. Dr. Persad’s research interests focus more specifically on cognitive changes associated with aging and neurodegenerative disorders. She is currently co-investigator on a number of grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Dr. Persad has published numerous scientific papers and given dozens of conference presentations. In addition, she is involved in the training of Postdoctoral Fellows in Neuropsychology, as well as interns, practicum students and undergraduates in both clinical placements and research projects.

Areas of Interest

  • Understanding the cognitive and behavioral profile associated with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
  • Evaluation of cognitive, psychiatric and motor outcomes of Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s disease and Essential Tremor
  • Driving performance as a method of identifying early cognitive decline in older adults
  • Relationship between cognition and mobility in older adults
  • Neuroendocrine factors and cognition


  • University of Toronto, B.Sc.
  • Michigan State University, Ph.D.
  • University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Residency

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