Emily V. Flores

Emily V. Flores

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
Graduate Research Assistant




Emily V. Flores

Emily is a student in clinical psychology doctoral program at Wayne State University, with minors in neuropsychology and statistics. She is a predoctoral training fellow of the Institute of Gerontology.
Emily's research interests include improving the ecological validity of neuropsychological assessments for individuals with acquired brain impairment, such as dementia and traumatic brain injury. She is especially interested in lessening the healthcare equity gap by researching, creating, and norming neuropsychological tests that can be used for assessing Spanish-speaking individuals. Her current project is validating a Spanish translation of scales designed to assess financial capacity and risk of exploitation among older adults.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Clinical neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, psychological assessment, dementia, financial exploitation and cross-cultural neuropsychology


  • B.S., Psychology & Child Learning and Development, University of Texas at Dallas 2018
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology specialization Neuropsychology, University of Texas at Tyler 2020

Awards and grants

  • Agency: Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer's Disease (MCCFAD): Mercedes Florez Memorial Research Fund. Financial exploitation among Spanish-speaking older adults. PI. 2023-2024 ($10,000)
  • Award for Graduate Students who Obtain External Support - Office of the Vice President for Research, Wayne State University. $2,000.

Selected publications

  • Peter A. Lichtenberg, Vanessa Rorai, Emily V. Flores & Wassim Tarraf (2024). The WALLET Study: Financial Decision Making and Key Financial Behaviors Associated with Excess Spending, Clinical Gerontologist, DOI: 10.1080/07317115.2024.2348049
  • Lichtenberg, P. A., Rorai, V., & Flores, E. V. (2024). A Person-Centered Approach to Financial Capacity: Early memory loss, financial management and decision-making, Aging and Mental Health,  DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2024.2338199
  • Emily V. Flores & Peter A. Lichtenberg (2023). Cross-Validation of the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Rating Scale, Clinical Gerontologist, DOI: 10.1080/07317115.2023.2196989