Carr, Valerie

Head shotAssociate Professor, Psychology

Associate Chair for Faculty Success, Psychology

Advisor, minor in Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Sciences

PI, Carr Lab Investigating Memory and the Brain (CLIMB)




(Virtual) Office hours

Fall 2021:

Tues/Thurs 2-3pm, email me for a Zoom link


Fall 2021:

ENGR 120 (Prorgramming for Social Sciences)

PSYC 121e (Advanced Research Methods: Physio Psych)


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology, Stanford
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, UCLA, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Psychology, The College of William & Mary, 2001


Dr Valerie Carr earned her PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA and afterwards completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. She is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Faculty Success in the SJSU Department of Psychology, where she leverages her knowledge of cognitive neuroscience to understand factors that influence the content, quality, and durability of memories across the lifespan. 

Students in her lab conduct research investigating whether and how factors such as aerobic fitness, mobile device use, and wakeful rest affect long-term memory and executive function. Additionally, Dr Carr maintains strong collaborative relationships with researchers at Stanford University and members of the Hippocampal Subfields Group regarding the structure and function of medial temporal lobe subfields. Finally, given Dr Carr’s passion for teaching social science students how to program (see: Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Sciences), she is involved in pedagogical research regarding interdisciplinary computing and is an advisor for the minor.

Recent Publications

(See CLIMB website for a full list and links to papers)

Carr, V. A., Smith, M. C., Wei, B. W., & Jones, M. E. (2021). Learning experiences of social science students in an interdisciplinary computing minor. In 2021 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings.

Trelle, A. N., Carr, V. A., Wilson, E. N., Swarovksi, M. S., Hunt, M. P., Toueg, T. N., ... Mormino, E. C. (2021). Association of CSF biomarkers with hippocampal-dependent memory in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Neurology.

Wisse, L. E. M., Chetelat, D., Daugherty, A. M., de Flores, R., la Joie, R., Mueller, S. G., Shinohara, R. T., Stark, C. E. L., Wang, L., Yushkevich, P. A., Olsen, R. K., & Carr, V. A. (2020). Best practices for hippocampal subfields research using structural MRI. Human Brain Mapping.

Carr, V. A., Wei, B. W., & Jones, M. E. (2020). A Technology Pathway Program in data technology and applications. In 2020 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings.

Trelle, A. N., Carr, V. A., Guerin, S., Thieu, M. K., Jayakumar, M., Guo, J., … Wagner, A. D. (2020). Hippocampal and cortical mechanisms at retrieval explain variability in episodic remembering in older adults. eLife.

Carr, V. A., Wei, B. W., & Jones, M. E. (2020). Interdisciplinary Computing: Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Sciences Minor. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science.

Olsen, Carr, V. A., Daugherty, A. M., la Joie, R., … Wisse, L. E. M., for the Hippocampal Subfields Group (2019). Progress update from the hippocampal subfields group. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment, & Disease Monitoring, 11, 439-449.

Marbouti, F., Carr, V. A., Wei, B. W., Jones, M. E., & Strage, A. (2018). Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Sciences (ACBSS) Minor. In 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.

Carr, V.A., Bernstein, J. D., Favila, S. E., Wagner, A. D. & Kerchner, G. A. (2017). Individual differences in associative memory among older adults explained by hippocampal subfield structure and function. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114, 12075-12080.

Wisse, L. E. M., Daugherty, A. M., Olsen, R. K., Berron, D., Carr, V. A., …, la Joie, R., for the Hippocampal Subfields Group (2017). A harmonized segmentation protocol for hippocampal and parahippocampal subregions: Why do we need one and what are the key goals? Hippocampus, 27, 3-11.

Brown, T. I., Carr, V. A., LaRocque, K. F., Favila, S. E., Gordon, A. M., Bowles, B., & Wagner, A. D. (2016). Prospective representation of navigational goals in the human hippocampus. Science, 352, 1323-1326.

Yushkevich, P. A., Amaral, R. S. C., Augustinack, J. C., Bender, A. R., Bernstein, J. D., Boccardi, M., Bocchetta, M., Burggren, A. C., Carr, V. A., ... Zeineh, M. M. (2015). Quantitative comparison of 21 protocols for labeling hippocampal subfields and parahippocampal cortical subregions in in vivo MRI: Initial steps towards a harmonized segmentation protocol. Neuroimage, 11, 526-541.

Carr, V. A., Castel, A.D., & Knowlton, B. J. (2015). Age-related differences in subsequent memory performance after attending to distinctiveness or similarity during learning. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 22, 155-169.