Veronica Perez

Title(s)Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolHealth Sciences
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    Cornell University, Ithaca, NYBA05/1998Psychology
    San Diego State University, San Diego, CAMA06/2003Experimental Psychology
    University of Oregon, Eugene, ORPhD06/2008Clinical Psychology
    University of California, San Diego/VA San Diego Healthcare System , San Diego, CAInternship06/2009Clinical Psychology
    UCSF, San Francisco, CAPostdoctoral Fellow2012Clinical Neuroscience
    MIRECC VA/UCSD, San Diego, CAAdvanced Fellow2014Clinical Neuroscience

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    Dr. Veronica Perez’s expertise is focused on the diagnostic assessment and treatment of severe mental illness (SMI), specifically schizophrenia spectrum illnesses, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. These disorders may be largely overlapping when patients present with psychosis that occurs transdiagnostically. Dr. Perez is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27421) in the UCSD CARE Early Psychosis Program, and provides individual, family, and group treatment. She works with the patient and their families to incorporate new information through psychoeducation, to develop skills to address symptoms, and to capitalize on the strengths of the individual from a recovery-model perspective. Dr. Perez provides empirically-supported treatments (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for psychosis, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based CBT, etc) to engage patients and their families to develop skills to rebuild their lives.

    Dr. Perez is the PI of the Treatment and Assessment of Cognitive Effectiveness (TRACE) lab. The aim of Dr. Perez’s research is 1) to trace the neurocognitive deficits that occur in SMI, 2) to understand how these deficits may predict the clinical presentation in individuals with co-morbid illnesses, 3) to improve the efficacy of interventions that reduce stigma against individuals with mental illnesses, and 4) to repair the neurocognitive domains that most deleteriously pervade the lives of those suffering with mental illness. Her research has yielded important studies using a variety of neurophysiological biomarkers and their relationships to clinical, cognitive, and functional impairments of schizophrenia patients, and other severe mental illnesses (SMI). From this work, she has developed her current research program to examine predictors of impairment in social cognition, and markers of efficacy after cognitive remediation interventions. All of her research is informed by her work with her patients – Dr. Perez aims to have a truly translational research program that can only come to fruition with direct contact with patients to generate research questions, and with the application of research outcomes in the clinic.

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    1. Perez VB, Miyakoshi M, Makeig SD, Light GA. Mismatch negativity reveals plasticity in cortical dynamics after 1-hour of auditory training exercises. Int J Psychophysiol. 2019 Jun 06. PMID: 31176741.
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    2. Mathalon DH, Roach BJ, Ferri JM, Loewy RL, Stuart BK, Perez VB, Trujillo TH, Ford JM. Deficient auditory predictive coding during vocalization in the psychosis risk syndrome and in early illness schizophrenia: the final expanded sample. Psychol Med. 2018 Sep 25; 1-8. PMID: 30249315.
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    3. Hamilton HK, Perez VB, Ford JM, Roach BJ, Jaeger J, Mathalon DH. Mismatch Negativity But Not P300 Is Associated With Functional Disability in Schizophrenia. Schizophr Bull. 2018 04 06; 44(3):492-504. PMID: 29036701.
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    4. Perez VB, Tarasenko M, Miyakoshi M, Pianka ST, Makeig SD, Braff DL, Swerdlow NR, Light GA. Mismatch Negativity is a Sensitive and Predictive Biomarker of Perceptual Learning During Auditory Cognitive Training in Schizophrenia. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2017 Oct; 42(11):2206-2213. PMID: 28139679.
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    5. Tarasenko M, Perez VB, Pianka ST, Vinogradov S, Braff DL, Swerdlow NR, Light GA. Measuring the capacity for auditory system plasticity: An examination of performance gains during initial exposure to auditory-targeted cognitive training in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2016 Apr; 172(1-3):123-30. PMID: 26851143.
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    6. Mathews CA, Perez VB, Roach BJ, Fekri S, Vigil O, Kupferman E, Mathalon DH. Error-related brain activity dissociates hoarding disorder from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychol Med. 2016 Jan; 46(2):367-79. PMID: 26415671.
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    7. Perez VB, Swerdlow NR, Braff DL, Näätänen R, Light GA. Using biomarkers to inform diagnosis, guide treatments and track response to interventions in psychotic illnesses. Biomark Med. 2014; 8(1):9-14. PMID: 24325220; PMCID: PMC4043396.
    8. Perez VB, Woods SW, Roach BJ, Ford JM, McGlashan TH, Srihari VH, Mathalon DH. Automatic auditory processing deficits in schizophrenia and clinical high-risk patients: forecasting psychosis risk with mismatch negativity. Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Mar 15; 75(6):459-69. PMID: 24050720; PMCID: PMC4028131.
    9. Perez VB, Roach BJ, Woods SW, Srihari VH, McGlashan TH, Ford JM, Mathalon DH. Early auditory gamma-band responses in patients at clinical high risk for schizophrenia. Suppl Clin Neurophysiol. 2013; 62:147-62. PMID: 24053038.
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    10. Drummond SP, Anderson DE, Straus LD, Vogel EK, Perez VB. The effects of two types of sleep deprivation on visual working memory capacity and filtering efficiency. PLoS One. 2012; 7(4):e35653. PMID: 22530064; PMCID: PMC3329471.
    11. Perez VB, Shafer KM, Cadenhead KS. Visual information processing dysfunction across the developmental course of early psychosis. Psychol Med. 2012 Oct; 42(10):2167-79. PMID: 22717191.
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    12. Schlosser DA, Pearson R, Perez VB, Loewy RL. Environmental Risk and Protective Factors and Their Influence on the Emergence of Psychosis. Adolesc Psychiatry (Hilversum). 2012 Apr; 2(2):163-171. PMID: 23125956.
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    13. Ford JM, Perez VB, Mathalon DH. Neurophysiology of a possible fundamental deficit in schizophrenia. World Psychiatry. 2012 Feb; 11(1):58-60. PMID: 22295012; PMCID: PMC3266755.
    14. Mathews CA, Perez VB, Delucchi KL, Mathalon DH. Error-related negativity in individuals with obsessive-compulsive symptoms: toward an understanding of hoarding behaviors. Biol Psychol. 2012 Feb; 89(2):487-94. PMID: 22227169; PMCID: PMC3292435.
    15. Perez VB, Ford JM, Roach BJ, Woods SW, McGlashan TH, Srihari VH, Loewy RL, Vinogradov S, Mathalon DH. Error monitoring dysfunction across the illness course of schizophrenia. J Abnorm Psychol. 2012 May; 121(2):372-87. PMID: 22060947; PMCID: PMC3358508.
    16. Perez VB, Ford JM, Roach BJ, Loewy RL, Stuart BK, Vinogradov S, Mathalon DH. Auditory cortex responsiveness during talking and listening: early illness schizophrenia and patients at clinical high-risk for psychosis. Schizophr Bull. 2012 Nov; 38(6):1216-24. PMID: 21993915; PMCID: PMC3494053.