Dr. Farias is an Associate Professor in Neurology at the UC Davis. Primary research interests involve the development of new measures of everyday functioning applicable to older adults with cognitive impairment and dementia, and the study of the how cognitive and non-cognitive impairments (i.e. motor and neuropsychiatric impairments) influence everyday functioning. Other active research interests in the area of aging related to the influence of vascular disease on cognitive decline, the role of cognitive reserve in moderating the effects of disease on cognition, and the development of new approaches to measure cognitive reserve in older adults (i.e. the use of idea density). Dr. Farias also maintains an active interest in cognitive function in temporal lobe epilepsy. In particular, whether cognitive impairment is progressive in temporal lobe epilepsy and what are the underlying mechanisms of this progression.
In terms of her clinical work, Dr. Farias is Director of Neuropsychology Services through the Neuroscience Clinic at UC Davis. This clinic evaluates patients with a wide variety of neurological illnesses and injury, the most common of which include: brain tumor, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, and various forms of dementia. Dr. Farias also works closely with the UC Davis Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and oversees the pre- and post-surgical neuropsychological evaluations of patients undergoing surgery for epilepsy, as well as regularly conducting Wadas and intra-operative/extra-operative language mapping.
Ph.D., University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 2000
B.S., Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1993
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 2002
International Neuropsychological Society
National Academy of Neuropsychology
Honors and Awards
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry, 2002
Clinical Fund Scholarship, 1994
Select Recent Publications
Kile, S., Ellis, W.G., Olichney, J.M., Tomaszewski Farias, S., & DeCarli, C. Alzheimer's pathology of the amygdala presenting with Kluver-Bucy Symptoms: An amygdaloid variant of Alzheimer's disease. Archives of Neurology, 66, 125-129. 2009
Tomaszewski Farias, S. Cahn-Weiner, D., Reed, B.R., Mungas, D., Kramer, J.H., Chui, H. Longitudinal changes in memory and executive functioning are associated with longitudinal changes in instrumental activities of daily living in older adults. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23, 446-461. 2009
Tomaszewski Farias, S., Mungas, D., Reed, B., Cahn-Weiner, D., Jagust, W., Baynes, K., DeCarli, C. The measurement of everyday cognition (ECog). Scale development and Psychometric properties. Neuropsychology, 22, 531-544. 2008
Harrington, G.S. & Tomaszewski Farias, S. Sex differences in language processing: Functional MRI methodological consideration. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 27, 1221-1228. 2008
Hinton, L., Tomaszewski Farias, S., Wegelin, J. Neuropsychiatric symptoms are associated with disability in cognitively impaired Latino elderly with and without dementia: Results from the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22:1-7. 2008
Seritan, A, Nguyen, A, Farias, S., Hinton L., Grigsby' J., Bourgeois J.A, Hagerman, R. Dementia in Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS): Comparison with Alzheimer's Disease. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 147B, 1138-1144. 2008
Cahn-Weiner, D., Tomaszewski Farias, S., Julian, L., Kramer, J.H., Reed, B.R., Mungas, D., Chui, H., Wetzel, M. Cognitive and neuroimaging predictors of instrumental activities of daily living. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 13: 737-757. 2007
Harrington, G Tomaszewski Farias S, Buonocore M, Yonelinas A. The intersubject and intrasubject reproducibility of FMRI activation during three encoding tasks: Implications for clinical applications, Neuroradiology, 48:495-505. 2006
Harrington, G., Buonocore MH, Tomaszewski Farias, S. Intra-Subject Reproducibility of FMRI Activation in Language Tasks. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 27:938-944. 2006
Tomaszewski Farias S., Mungas D, Reed, BR, Harvey D, Cahn-Weiner D, DeCarli, C. MCI is associated with deficits in everyday functioning. Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders, 20: 217-223. 2006
Tomaszewski Farias, S., Mungas, D., Jagust, W. (2005). Degree of discrepancy between self and other-reported everyday functioning by cognitive status: dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and healthy elders. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20:1-8.
Tomaszewski Farias, S., & Jagust, W. Neuroimaging in non-Alzheimer’s dementias. (2004). Clinical Neuroscience Research, 3, 383-395.
Tomaszewski Farias, S., Mungas, D., Reed, B., Haan, M., & Jagust, W. (2004). Functional status in relation to cognitive functioning and neuroimaging in community dwelling Hispanic and Non-Hispanic older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 342-354.
Pirio Richardson, S., Tomaszewski Farias, S. Lima, A.R., Alsaadi, T.M. (2004). Improvement in seizure control and quality of life in medically refractory epilepsy patients converted from polypharmacy to monotherapy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 5, 343-347.
Alsaadi, T.M., Koopman, S., Apperson, M., Tomaszewski Farias, S. (2004). Levetiracetam monotherapy for elderly patients with epilepsy. Seizure, 13, 58-60.
Alsaadi, T.M., Thieman, C., Shatzel, A., & Tomaszewski Farias, S. (2004). Video-EEG telemetry can be a crucial tool for neurologists experienced in epilepsy when diagnosing seizure disorder. Seizure, 13, 32-34.
Baynes, K., Tomaszewski Farias, S., Gospe, S.M. (2003). Pyridoxine-dependent seizures and cognition: A case study. Developmental Medicine Child Neurology, 45, 782-785.
Tomaszewski Farias, S., Thieman, C., Alsaadi, T. (2003). Nonepileptic seizures: Acute changes in seizure frequency after presentation of the diagnosis. Epilepsy and Behavior, 4, 424-429.
Tomaszewski Farias, S. Harrell, E., & Neumann, C. (2003). The relationship between neuropsychological performance and daily functioning in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease: Ecological validity of neuropsychological tests. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 18, 655-672.
Vinter Marquez, A., Tomaszewski Farias, S., Apperson, M., Koopmans, S., Shatzel, A., Alsaadi, T.M. (2003). Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures are associated with an increased risks of obesity. Epilepsy and Behavior 5, 88-93.
Lane, A., Tomaszewski, S., Corey, D., Black, F. W. (2001). Memory test performance supports the TOMM as a measure of dissimulation [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 7, 144.
Tomaszewski, S. Harrell, E. & Neumann, C. (2000). The relationship between neuropsychological performance and daily living skills in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6, 154.