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Mario Parra Rodriguez


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Research interests: Mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cognitive ageing. Cognitive and behavioural changes in neurodegenerative diseases, with emphasis on Alzheimer’s Disease. The investigation of functional brain changes (fMRI, EEG, ERP, Brain Connectivity) in the course of dementing illnesses and other brain disorders. Development of cognitive tests for the early detection of dementia with emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease. Development of technology-based intervention procedures to enhance functions of everyday life in older people who are experiencing cognitive decline. I also have an interest in the biopsychosocial mechanisms of abnormal behaviours (e.g., violence) in the context of social conflicts.  

Biography: I graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1993 and as a Clinical Neurophysiologist in 1997. I worked at the Cuban Neuroscience Centre and at different University Hospitals in Cuba and in Colombia. During my clinical work I focused on neuropsychological and neurophysiological aspects of dementia syndromes and other neurological disorders. I taught neuroscience related subjects in the field of medicine and psychology. My motivation for teaching and research led me to a major career change into academia. This started with my PhD in 2005 at the University of Edinburgh and continued with three Postdoctoral Fellowships and a position as a Clinical Studies Officer within the NHS Scotland. I was as an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 2015 until 2018. I am currently a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Teaching and Learning, University of Edinburgh

10 Sep 200915 Jul 2013

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

1 Aug 20057 Jul 2009

Master in Science, Superior Institute of Medical Science, Cuban Neuroscience Centre

1 Sep 199320 Oct 1997

Bachelor of Medicine, Superior Institute for Medical Science

1 Aug 19887 Jul 1993


  • Dementia
  • Ageing
  • Cognition
  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • EEG
  • MRI

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 1997 2020

Alzheimer disease and Parkinson dementia distinguished by cognitive marker

Kozlova, I., Parra, M. A., Titova, N., Gantman, M. & Della Sala, S., 12 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Alzheimer Disease
ROC Curve
Differential Diagnosis
Sensitivity and Specificity

Clustering executive functions yields MCI profiles that significantly predict conversion to AD dementia

Junquera, A., García-Zamora, E., Parra, M. A. & Fernández-Guinea, S., 14 Jul 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Executive Function
Cluster Analysis
Alzheimer Disease
Cognitive Dysfunction

Activities 2018 2019

  • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Technologies for mental health: recent developments at Strathclyde

Mario Parra Rodriguez (Recipient), Graham Wilson (Recipient)
20 Dec 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation