Diana Oviedo, PhD

Research Areas:

Cognition, aging, neurodegenerative diseases, neuropsychology, psychological processes, mental health.

Summary of CV:

Dr. Oviedo completed her B.A. in Psychology from the Santa María La Antigua University(USMA) (2009), a M.A. in Cognitive Neuropsychology (2009-2011), and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (2012-2017). Her research is associated with studying cognition of older adults. The main goal of her research is to analyze the different neuropsychological profiles associated to mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in a Panamanian population over 60 years of age, thus determining the factors linked to MCI progression into AD. Additional to this, Dr. Oviedo is interested in the early  identification of cognitive symptoms and deficits, allowing for the development of appropriate therapeutic interventions. Dr. Oviedo is currently collaborating and designing new lines of research about mental and cognitive health in older adults afflicted by different pathologies (HIV, COVID-19, etc). She has been the recipient of grants from Convocatorias I + D from the USMA. She is a member of the Panama Aging Research Initiative (PARI), and of the Ciencia en Panamá movement. Dr. Diana Oviedo is currently a USMA faculty member, research coordinator, and associated researcher of the School of Psychology.

Selected publications:

Oviedo, DC., Perez-Lao, AR., Villarreal, AE., Carreira, MB., Britton, GB. (Submitted, In review). The role of clinical researchers during COVID-19: balancing individual, scientific and social benefits of research. Frontiers in Public Health: Public Mental Health.

Villarreal, AE., Rangel, G., Zhang, X., Wong, D., Britton, GB., Fernández, PL., Perez-Lao, AR., Oviedo, DC., et al.(Submitted, In review). Seroprevalence of IgM and IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in blood donors and health care workers in Panama. Frontiers in Medicine: Infectious Diseases.

Flores-Cuadra, JA., Madrid, A., Fernández, PL., Perez-Lao, AR., Oviedo, DC., Britton, GB., Carreira, MB. (2020). Critical review of the Alzheimer’s disease non-transgenic models: can they contribute to disease treatment? Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 79(s1). 

Oviedo, DC., Perez-Lao, AR., Flores-Cuadra, JA., Villarreal, AE., Carreira, MB., Grajales, SA., Britton, GB. (2020). Apolipoprotein ε4 affects multiple domains of neuropsychological functioning in a sample of elderly Hispanics. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 79(s1). 

Flores Cuadra, J., Mojica, M., Perez, A.R., Oviedo C, D., & Britton, G. B. (2020). Relación entre las funciones ejecutivas y el rendimiento escolar en alumnos de Educación Primaria. Investigación y Pensamiento Crítico, 8(3), 78–88.

Pérez-Lao, A. R., Oviedo, D. C., & Britton, G. B. (2020). Asociación entre cognición y depresión en adultos mayores panameños con cognición normal y deterioro cognitivo leve. Investigación y Pensamiento Crítico, 8(3), 05–17.

Alcibiades E. Villarreal PhD, Ambar R. Pérez-Lao BS, Diana C. Oviedo PhD, Shantal Grajales MS Eng, Maria B. Carreira PhD, Gabrielle B. Britton PhD, and the PARI Research Group (2019). The Panama Aging Research Initiative Longitudinal Study. MEDICC Review, 21, 2.

Pérez AR, Oviedo D, Britton GB (2018). Deterioro cognitivo leve y depresión en el adulto mayor. Investigación y Pensamiento Crítico, 6(2), 5-12.

Britton GB, O’Bryant SE, Johnson LA, Hall JR, Villareal AE, Oviedo DC, Perez-Lao AR, Carreira MB, Panama Aging Research Initiative (2018). Inflammatory Biomarkers, Depressive Symptoms and Falls Among Elderly in Panama. Current Aging Science, 11: 00-00. Doi 10.2174/1874609812666190215125104.

Oviedo DC, Lezcano H, Pérez AR, Villareal AE, Carreira MB, Isaza B, Wesley L, Grajales S, Fernández S, Frank A, Britton GB. (2018). Vascular biomarkers and ApoE4 expression in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer´s disease. Aims Neuroscience. 5 (2): 148– Doi: 10.3934/Neuroscience.2018.2.148.

Villarreal AE, Grajales S, López L, Oviedo DC, Carreira MB, Gómez LA, Montalván A, Vásquez V, Britton GB, Panama Aging Research Initiative (2018). Limitations in activities of daily living among dementia-free older adults in Panama. Ageing International.Doi: 10.1007/s12126-018-9321-2.

Oviedo D, Villareal AE, Britton G. (2016). Deterioro cognitivo leve y enfermedad de Alzheimer. Revisión de conceptos. Investigación y Pensamiento Crítico. Agosto; 4 (2): 64-81.

Diana Oviedo, PhD

Diana Oviedo, PhD

Highest degree of studies: Ph.D., Neurociencias. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España 2017.

Category: Researcher

National Research System Level (SIN):  National Researcher Level I