Laura del Hoyo

Laura del HoyoDr. Laura del Hoyo graduated in Psychology from the University of Barcelona in 2011. After finishing her degree and completing the official master’s degree in Pharmacology, she received her PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (2016). Her doctoral thesis, focused on understanding potential factors contributing to cognitive and behavioural variability in people with Down syndrome, with the intention of improving the design of clinical trials in this population, was awarded the Ramon Trías Fargas prize as the best research study on Down syndrome in 2016. Her disertation also received an extraordinary doctoral award and a cum laude mention from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. From January 2017 to December 2021 Laura carries out her stay as a postdoctoral researcher at the MIND Institute of the University of California, Davis (UCD) with the intention of improving cognitive tools that allow capturing cognitive variability in people with intellectual disabilities. She obtains funding for three projects as principal investigator that allow her to validate an expressive language sampling tool in Spanish and in a bilingual and distance-delivered computerized format as well as a training program to qualify multiple experts located in Spanish-speaking countries in this naturalistic tool. From 2021 to 2023 Laura becomes faculty at UCD. Since June 2023, Laura is an investigator at the Alzheimer Down Unit. Her research interests are focused on validating naturalistic cognitive tools that allow to efficiently capture the real skills of people with Down syndrome through computerized formats with a special interest in language and bilingualism.