Dr. Morimoto is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. She conducts research at the NIMH-supported Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research (ACISR) on multiple aspects of late life depression including: neuropsychological deficits, treatment remission, and cognitive remediation. She completed an NIMH T32 research fellowship at the Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry at Weill Cornell during which she focused on the relationship of specific cognitive deficits to treatment remission in geriatric depression. Her work identified a singular cognitive deficit that predicts non-remission with conventional antidepressants, regardless of the task by which it is elicited. Based on these findings, Dr. Morimoto developed a computerized cognitive remediation intervention (CCR-GD) targeted to treat these cognitive deficits. The goal of the treatment is to target and change the underlying neural circuit dysfunction that may predisposes patients to non-remission. The computer programs are based on the principles of neuroplasticity in the aging brain and are designed to treat both cognitive and affective symptoms of the disorder.
Dr. Morimoto has partnered with both basic animal scientists at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and cognitive remediation specialists at Yale to continue to advance neuroplasticity based computerized cognitive remediation as a viable treatment for geriatric depression. Dr. Morimoto holds an NIMH K23 Career Development Award entitled " Computerized Cognitive Remediation for Geriatric Depression"; and a Clinical Translational Science Center Pilot F1 award