Dr. Ellen Woo is a neuropsychologist on faculty at the UCLA Easton Center and Director of the Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory. She has expertise in both clinical and cognitive neuropsychology and bridges these fields of research. The overarching goal of the lab is to refine neurocognitive theory and examine models of executive and memory processes in very early Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to utilizing standard neuropsychological measures, the lab employs cognitive paradigms and experimental tasks to identify the particular processes that are affected in this population. Their findings indicate that impairment in complex executive skills, such as strategy use, prospective memory, temporal order memory, and source memory, represent early changes in mild cognitive impairment. Furthermore, executive skills predict changes in everyday functioning above and beyond episodic memory ability, which is more traditionally assessed in dementia. The research of the Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab indicates the importance of identifying the novel skills that impact individuals in their everyday lives.