Dr. Tamar H. Gollan is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Arizona and completed an Internship at the UCSD-Consortium/Vet Affairs, a postdoc at the UCSD Center for Research in Language, and a fellowship at Pomona College.
Dr. Gollan’s research on bilingualism, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease is most cited for its contributions to theories about how bilinguals differ from monolinguals, development of objective measures of language proficiency (e.g., the Multilingual Naming Test or MINT), linguistic retrieval failures (the tip-of-the-tongue or TOT phenomenon), and relationships between bilingual language switching and domain general executive control. Her research has been funded continuously since 2002 by independent investigator awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH, including NIA, NICHD, and NIDCD).
Dr. Gollan is faculty in two Joint Doctoral Programs between UCSD and SDSU (Clinical Psychology, and Language and Communicative Disorders), she is director of the Latino Core of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UCSD and serves on the editorial board of five journals focused on (Bilingualism: Language and Cognition; Psychology and Aging; the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition; the Journal of Memory and Language; and Cognition).