Department of Psychology
Teaching Laboratory 3108
UNCW 601 College Road,
Wilmington, NC 28403
UNCW Neuropsychology Lab
The Neuropsychology lab is led by Antonio E. Puente,
Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of North
Carolina Wilmington. Main areas of research in the lab include:
cross cultural, forensic, and military neuropsychology.
The lab has two post-doctoral fellows: Inmaculada (Inma) Ibanez-Casas and
Zara Melikyan, three graduate students: Andrea Mejia, Angie Sekely, and Hana Kuwabara,
and two honors undergraduate students: George Daniel and Connor McMahan.
This group represents three different countries as well as North Carolina.
Work in neuropsychology lab focuses on two major areas - research and clinical service.
The major interest is in the relationship of culture and neuropsychological functioning with
specific emphasis on Spanish- and Russian-speaking individuals. This work is done in collaboration
with colleagues from Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, and Russia. In the area of military
neuropsychology work focuses on the development of a large (N>1,000 individuals) data set and
data analysis of returning veterans who have undergone a comprehensive neuropsychological
assessment. This work is done in close collaboration with alumni of Neuropsychology lab who work
as neuropsychologists in a military base Camp Lejeune, NC. Increasingly, attention has been paid
to understanding how neuropsychology interfaces with the legal system. In addition, the group
helped establish and staffs mental health service in Cape Fear Clinic (CFC) - mental health
facility for un- and under-insured individuals. CFC mental health services include assessment,
therapy, and long-term follow-up (both psychological and psycho-pharmacological) as a
volunteer-based free service for low-income individuals from Southeastern North Carolina
in English and Spanish. Several members of the group are also employed in a variety of
capacities (e.g., psychometric technicians) at University Neuropsychology.