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Scott, Julia


Julia Scott received her training in neuroscience at the University of California campuses (Davis, San Diego, and San Francisco). She has published widely on normal and abnormal neurodevelopment as well as brain aging. She taught a range of courses in Biology and Bioengineering, including physiology, neural engineering, and medical imaging. At Santa Clara University, she directs the Brain and Memory Care Lab, which focuses on XR applications in healthcare.


Ph.D., University of California Davis, Neuroscience, 2010
M.S., University of California San Diego, Neuroscience, 2006
B.S., University of California Davis, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, 2003

Areas of Expertise

Medical imaging, EEG, virtual reality, brain computer interfaces, cognitive neuroscience, Alzheimer’s and dementia

Recent Publications

  1. Scott JA, Sims M, Harrold L, Jacobus N, Avelar C, Durham J. Transformation of Buddhist Mandalas into a Virtual Reality Installation. Leonardo. 2022; 55(3):216-219; DOI: 10.1162/leon_a_02145.

  2. Scott JA, Bouvos E, Hendricks MP, Asuri P. Cultivating Student Adoption of Design Thinking and Entrepreneurial Skills by Addressing Complex Challenges in Healthcare Through Industry Partnerships. ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Proceedings. 2021. DOI: 10.18260/1-2—36885.

  3. Scott JA, Sims M. Acceleration of Therapeutic Use of Brain Computer Interfaces by Development for Gaming. Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. 2021; LNICST 377: Ch. 18.  Vol. 377, p. 267-281. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-76426-5_18.

  4. Scott JA, Braskie, MN, Tosun D, Malliard P, Thompson PM, Weiner M, DeCarli C, Carmichael OT for Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Cerebral amyloid is associated with greater white matter hyperintensity accrual in cognitively normal older adults. Neurobiology of Aging. 2016; 48:48. DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2016.08.014

  5. Scott JA, Grayson D, Fletcher E, Lee A, Bauman MD, Schumann CM, Buonocore MH, Amaral DG. Longitudinal analysis of the developing rhesus monkey brain using magnetic resonance imaging: birth to adulthood. Brain Struct Funct. 2015 Jul 10. DOI: 10.1007/s00429-015-1076-x.

  6. Habas PA, Scott JA, Roosta A, Rajagopalan V, Kim K, Rousseau F, Barkovich AJ, Glenn OA, Studholme C. Early cortical folding patterns and asymmetries of the normal human brain detected from in utero MRI. Cereb Cortex, 2012 Jan; 22(1):13-25.

  7. Schumann CM, Hamstra J, Goodlin-Jones BL, Lotspeich LJ, Kwon H, Buonocore MH, Lammers CR, Reiss AL, Amaral DG. The amygdala is enlarged in children but not adolescents with autism; the hippocampus is enlarged at all ages. J Neurosci, 2004 Jul 14; 24(28):6392-64401.
Julia Scott

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering