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Shannon Foster

Assistant professor




  • B.S. Biology, University of California San Diego, 1998
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2006


Dr. Shannon Foster completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of California, San Diego. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in geropsychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She completed a one-year APA-approved clinical internship in the neuropsychology track at the VA Maryland Healthcare System. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in adult/geriatric neuropsychology at the Southern California Consortium for Advanced Training in Neuropsychology. She spent a year in private practice as a geriatric neuropsychologist before deciding to pursue a career in academia where she could share her passions for neuropsychology and geropsychology with students who are forming their own career trajectories. She is passionate about early detection of dementia, and helping individuals with dementia and their caregivers optimize quality of life. She has been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and problem-solving therapy approaches. She favors short-term, goal-focused therapy designed to capitalize on an individual’s strengths and unique history. In her personal time, she enjoys boating, scuba diving, golfing, and traveling.


  • Neuropsychology
  • Geropsychology
  • Early detection of dementia
  • Caregiving

Selected Publications

  • Foster, S. M., Davis, H. P., & Kisley, M. A. (2013). Brain responses to emotional images related to cognitive ability in older adults. Psychology & Aging, 28, 179-190.
  • Foster, S. M., Kisley, M. A., Davis, H. P., Diede, N. T., Campbell, A. M., & Davalos, D. B. (2013). Cognitive function predicts neural activity associated with pre-attentive temporal processing. Neuropsychologia, 51, 211-219.
  • West, J. T., Horning, S. M., Klebe, K. J., Foster, S. M., Cornell, R. E., Perrett, D., et al. (2012). Age effects on emotion recognition in facial displays: From 20 to 89 years of age. Experimental Aging Research, 38, 1-23.
  • Foster, S. M., Layton, H. S., Klebe, K. J., & Qualls, S. H. (2009). Tailored caregiver therapy: Consumer response to intervention. Clinical Gerontologist, 32(2), 177-197.
  • Foster, S. M., Cornwell, R. E., Kisley, M. A., & Davis, H. D. (2007). Clinical geropsychology: Cognitive changes across the lifespan (pp. 25-60). In S. Qualls & M. Smyer (Eds.), Changes in Decision-Making Capacity in Older Adults. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Potter, G. G., Plassman, B. L., Helms, M. J., Foster, S. M., & Edwards, N. W. (2006). Occupational characteristics and cognitive performance among elderly male twins. Neurology, 67, 1377-1382.


  • American Psychological Association
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • International Neuropsychological Society


  • Understanding and Managing Conflict (May, 2013). Invited speaker for the North County Parkinson’s Support Group, Vista, CA.
  • Neuropsychology in Epilepsy Evaluations: Demystifying the Process (November, 2012). Invited speaker for Epilepsy Alliance Fair, Orange County, CA.
  • Foster, S. M., Spray, J., & Schrock, B. J. (February, 2012). Making a difference to outcome: A qualitative look at the various roles of neuropsychology in an acute inpatient rehabilitation setting. Presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Montreal, Canada.
  • Foster, S. M., Dux, M. C., Wittenberg, G. F., Kane, R. L., Macko, R. F., & Cernich, A. C. (November, 2010). Correlations between cognition and gait in stroke survivors. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
  • Foster, S. M., Kisley, M. A., Cornwell, E. R., & Davis, H. P. (February, 2009). Wisconsin Card Sort across the lifespan (5 – 89): Cognitive abilities contributing to performance. Presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Atlanta, GA.