Director of the Clinical Research of Brain and Cognition Unit in Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa (Barcelona-Spain).
Her research interests are in healthy aging and in the late life neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders particularly Mild Cognitive Impairment. Her research has been devoted to the evaluation of cognitive processing (such as attention, emotional processing and memory consolidation). Presently her active areas of research use neuropsychology, neuroimaging and genetics to study the underlying biological mechanism of cognitive effects of cerebrovascular risk factors, and the relationship between cognitive functioning, behavioral control, and reward systems.
Dr. Garolera is interested in clinical trials of computer-based cognitive intervention to prevent dementia or slow its progression. She is also involved in studying the efficacy of cognitive remediation for people with neuropsychiatric diseases and in memory training for improvement of cognitive functioning in normal aging. Her clinical and research expertise focuses in enquires and interviews with elderly people in order to understand their need and in the maintenance of physical, social and cognitive activity. Her clinical experience extends to clinical psychology and neuropsychology and involves both (neuropsychological) diagnostic mainly in early diagnosis work and treatment (cognitive rehabilitation: remediation and compensatory approaches) especially to improve cognitive domains such memory and executive function.