Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neuropsychology Training Program
Division of Neuropsychology
Professional Background: Psy.D., School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, 2006
Office: 650 Sparks Center, 1720 7th Ave S, Birmingham AL 35294
Dr. Kristen Triebel joined the faculty September 1, 2008.
Dr. Triebel obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (2002) from Pittsburg State University and Masters in Art degree in psychology (2005) from the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Mo. Dr. Triebel completed her Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in adult neuropsychology in 2006 from the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute (APA accredited), where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her dissertation focused on the development and validation of a a malingering test for use in forensic settings. As a doctoral student, she trained at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, an inpatient neurological rehabilitation hospital, and a geriatric psychiatric hospital for persons with dementia. She completed an APA-approved clinical internship with specialization in neuropsychology at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, Pennsylvania in 2005-2006, and completed an APPCN approved postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at UAB from 2006-2008.
Professionally, Dr. Triebel focuses on geriatric and adult neuropsychology, evaluating and studying patients with a variety of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, brain cancer, among others. Dr. Triebel's research focus is on cognitive and functional change in patients with primary and metastatic brain cancer. She is the lead investigator of a study examining decisional capacity in patients with metastatic brain cancer. Dr. Triebel is also the principle investigator of a NIA funded Resource Centers and Coordinating Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) pilot grant titled Racial Differences in Progression and Conversion in Mild Cognitive Impairment. She is a co-investigator on a NIH/NIA funded study Functional Change in Mild Cognitive Impairment (Marson, PI) and a NICHD/NCMRR funded study Medical Decision-Making Capacity in Traumatic Brain Injury (Marson, PI).
Dr. Triebel is also the Director of the Neuropsychology Training Program in the Department of Neurology. She also directs the weekly Neuropsychology Case Conference program.
Specialty / Interests
Dr. Triebel's clinical specialties are adult/geriatric neuropsychology, neuropsychological evaluation, and criminal and civil forensic neuropsychology. Her research interests include neurocognitive and functional change in patients with primary and metastatic brain cancer, Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson’s disease, and cultural diversity issues.
Triebel, K. L. & Denney, R. L. The reliability of the Lees-Haley Fake Bad Scale. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 2005;20: 886.
Guay, J. & Triebel, K. Working memory and CPT-II differences in children with ADHD or dyslexia. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 2006;21: 567.
Triebel, K., Viamonte, S., Griffith, H. R., Hebert, K., Harrell, L., Clark, D., Brockington, J., & Marson, D. Differences between UDS Logical Memory and the CVLT-II in discriminating levels of cognitive impairment. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 2007;22: 793.
Hebert, K., Triebel, K., Okonkwo, O., Marceaux, J., Griffith, H. R., Martin, R. & Marson, D. Medical decision-making capacity in patients with mild cognitive impairment: Differential effects of race and cognition. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 2007;22: 857.
Triebel, K., Okonkwo, O., Griffith, H. R., Martin, R., & Marson, D. Racial differences in the financial abilities of patients with mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimer’s and Dementia 2008;4(4): 655.
Marson, D., Hill, J., Triebel, K., Griffith, H.R., Martin, R., Griffith, H. Differential impairment of financial abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease dementia. Alzheimer’s and Dementia 2008;4(4)((Suppl 2)): T654.
Triebel, K., Griffith, H. R., Marceaux, J., Martin, R., & Marson, D. Declining financial abilities over one-year in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 2008;23: 712-713.
Marceaux, J., Triebel, K., Griffith, H. R., & Marson, D. Accuracy of trail making tests in detecting early Alzheimer’s disease. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 2008;23: 713.
Marceaux, J., Triebel, K.L, & Marson, D. Cognitive profiles and early risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease [Abstract] Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 2009; 15(Suppl. 1): 211.
Triebel, K.L, Martin, R.C., Marceaux, J., & Marson, D.C. Multivariate models of medical decision-making capacity in the prodromal dementias of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease [Abstract] Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 2009;15(Suppl. 1): 217.
Triebel, K., Denney, R., & Halfaker, D. The utility of a short Fake Bad Scale for detecting malingered neurocognitive dysfunction on the 370-item MMPI-2. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. [Abstract] Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 2009;24(5): 536.
Marceaux, J., Triebel, K., & Griffith, H. R. Contributions of Genetic and Vascular Risk Factors to the Neurocognitive Profiles of Patients with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease. [Abstract] Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 2009;24(5): 437.