Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Neuropsychiatry Section

Neuropsychiatry Section

Azurii Collier, PhD

Azurii CollierDr. Collier is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Neuropsychiatry Section of the Department of Psychiatry. Her cognitive neuroscience research centers around understanding the neural correlates of executive function (namely problem solving and decision making) and episodic memory. Dr. Collier has been the recipient of numerous research awards including an NIH Pre-doctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA), Society for Neuroscience- Neuroscience Scholars Fellowship, and a UNCF-Merck Graduate Dissertation Fellowship. Currently, she is integrating clinical, cognitive and neuroimaging data to investigate episodic memory deficits in patients with schizophrenia. She aims to articulate how distinct phases of memory, including encoding and retrieval, are processed biologically and how these processes are altered in the context of mental illness.


Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. Emory University. Atlanta, Georgia
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Cognitive Neuroscience. Northwestern University. Evanston, Illinois
2012- Present
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Neuropsychiatry Section, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Collier, A.K., Wolf, D.H., Valdez, J.N., Turetsky, B.I., Elliott, M.A. (in preparation). Comparison of auditory and visual oddball fMRI in schizophrenia.

Collier, A.K., Gur, R.E., & Gur, R.C. (under review). The effects of age and stimulus modality on recollection and familiarity.

Collier, A.K., Calkins, M.E., Gur, R.E., & Gur, R.C. (under review). Age effects and sex differences in recollection and familiarity for faces, words and shapes in youths age 8-21.

Collier, A.K., & Beeman, M. (2012). Intuitive tip of the tongue judgments predict subsequent problem solving one day later. The Journal of Problem Solving, 4 (2), 23-37.

Jung-Beeman, M., Collier, A., & Kounios, J. (2008). How insight happens: learning from the brain. NeuroLeadership Journal, 1, 20-25.