Dr. Kesler is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a licensed neuropsychologist, a Member of the Cancer Center and a Member of the Bio-X Program at Stanford University. She is the Director of the Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging Lab. Her research focuses on the neurobiologic effects of cancer as well as the development of practical methods for cognitive assessment and rehabilitation. She has received the NIH Director's New Innovator Award and an NCI Career Development Award for her work in cancer-related cognitive impairment. Dr. Kesler has published several studies utlizing neuroimaging techniques that demonstrate neurobiologic effects of cancer and its treatments as well as studies describing the implementation of computerized cognitive training and rehabilitation methods. Dr. Kesler is also an attending neuropsychologist in the Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine outpatient clinics at Stanford University Medical Center. She treats children and adults who have cancer-related cognitive disorders.
Assessment and treatment of cognitive deficits related to medical problems, particularly cancer. Multi-level research involving neuropsychology, neuroimaging and genetics. Measurement and enhancement of neuroplasticity mechanisms through targeted interventions.