Caroline A. Racine PhD

Caroline Racine PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiation Oncology


Dr. Racine is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment of cognition and mood in patients with neurological disorders. She serves as part of the multidisciplinary team for three main patient groups: neurooncology, radiation oncology, and surgical movement disorders. Specifically, she provides neuropsychological assessment for patients prior to surgery or intervention (baseline evaluations) and also provides ongoing assessment in order to monitor cognitive function over time. The results of these evaluations are used to assist with treatment planning and return-to-work strategies. Dr. Racine also takes a limited number of referrals to evaluate other individuals with cognitive complaint secondary to neurosurgical and/or neurological conditions.

With respect to research, Dr. Racine is interested in the effects of various types of treatment and intervention (i.e. deep brain stimulation, cyberknife vs. whole-brain radiation, total vs. partial tumor resection) on cognition and mood, with the overall goal being to minimize negative side effects and significantly improve quality of life. Dr. Racine received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in 2005, with a specific focus in Neuropsychology and Aging. She subsequently completed an internship in Neuropsychology at Duke University, followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSF Memory & Aging Center focusing on aging and dementia. She was a faculty member in the UCSF Department of Neurology from 2007 to 2009 and is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the departments of Neurological Surgery and Radiation Oncology.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

1997: BA, Psychology, Boston University, Boston, MA
2002; MA, Clinical Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2005: PhD, Clinical Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2004-2005: Clinical Psychology Intern, Duke University Medical Center
2005-2007: Neuropyschology Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept Neurology, UCSF

Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

American Academy of Neurology
American Psychological Association, Division 40, Women in Neuropsychology
International Neuropsychological Society

Selected Honors and Awards

2003-2004: Washington University in St. Louis, Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship
2002-2003: Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Summer Research Fellowship
2002: McDonnell Fellowship for Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College
2002: Travel Fellowship to 8th Annual Intl. Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
2001-2003: Washington University in St. Louis, Travel Fellowship
2000-2002: Washington University in St. Louis, National Institutes of Aging Training Fellowship
1999-2000 : Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tuition Remission Fellowship
1997: Phi Beta Kappa
1997: Boston University, Work-Study Student of the Year (Research Assistant; Brain and Vision Research Lab
1995-1997: Boston University, Dean’s List
1993-1997: Boston University, Academic Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

Paxton JL, Barch DM, Racine CA, Braver TS. Cognitive control, goal maintenance, and prefrontal function in healthy aging. Cereb Cortex 2008;18(5):1010-28.

Racine CA, Lawton MT, Hetts SW, Josephson SA. Neuropyschological profile of reversible cognitive impairment in a patient with a dural arteriovenous fistula. Neurocase 2008;14(3):231-8.

Rabinovici GD, Jagust WJ, Furst AJ, Ogar JM, Racine CA, Mormino EC, O'Neil JP, Lal RA, Dronkers NF, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML. Abeta amyloid and glucose metabolism in three variants of primary progressive aphasia. Ann Neurol 2008;64(4):388-401.

Rabinovici GD, Furst AJ, O'Neil JP, Racine CA, Mormino EC, Baker SL, Chetty S, Patel P, Pagliaro TA, Klunk WE, Mathis CA, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Jagust WJ. 11C-PIB PET imaging in Alzheimer disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Neurology 2007;68(15):1205-12.

Racine CA, Barch DM, Braver TS, Noelle DC. The effect of age on rule-based category learning. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn 2006;13(3-4):411-34.

Braver TS, Satpute AB, Rush BK, Racine CA, Barch DM. Context processing and context maintenance in healthy aging and early stage dementia of the Alzheimer's type. Psychol Aging 2005;20(1):33-46.

Schacter DL, Israel L, Racine C. Suppressing false recognition in younger and older adults: the distinctiveness heuristic. J Mem Lang 1999;40(1):1-24.

Schacter DL, Verfaellie M, Anes MD, Racine C. When true recognition suppresses false recognition: evidence from amnesic patients. J Cogn Neurosci 1998;10(6):668-79.