Dr. Pedraza is Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and received his doctorate with specialization in clinical neuropsychology from the University of Florida. Dr. Pedraza completed an internship at Emory University School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Dr. Pedraza served on the Scientific Committee of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA Division 40), the Culture and Diversity Committee of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Foundation. He currently serves as oral examiner for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.
Born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Pedraza has clinical and research interests in cultural neuropsychology and neuroscience, with particular emphasis on the application of measurement theory and methods to mitigate ethnic disparities in cognitive assessment instruments; the study of cognitive endophenotypes and genetic risk variants in neurodegenerative dementia; and the use of biomarkers to aid in the early and accurate identification of dementia prodromes. Dr. Pedraza is Editor of Clinical Cultural Neuroscience: An Integrative Approach to Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology (Oxford University Press), and serves on the Editorial Board for The Clinical Neuropsychologist and Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.