Mauricio Garcia-Barrera

Mauricio Garcia-Barrera
Associate Professor. Graduate Advisor (

Ph.D. 2008 (University of Georgia) joined Department in 2008

Office: COR A274

Understanding executive functioning has become a research goal and a passion for me. In a broad scope, the elusive nature of this construct intrigues me, thus I have found myself emerged in the study of human behavior and cognitive processing that is "executive" in nature.

Most of my current research is conducted at CORTEX, where we are: (1) developing a theoretical and evidence-based model of executive functioning that we call INTERACT; (2) developing ecological, psychometric and cross-culturally valid instruments to assess executive functioning; (3) examining the role of monitoring systems in the prediction of speech dyfluencies in developmental stuttering; and (3) exploring the associations between exercise, concussion history and executive functions in young athletes using structural and functional neuroimaging, electrophysiological markers, and computerized testing.

Furthermore, I am interested in methods and issues in neuropsychological assessment of clinical populations in North and Latin America. As such, I serve as an Associate Editor in the APA journal Psychological Assessment, and as President-Elect for the Asociación Latinoamericana de Neuropsicología (ALAN). I am also teaching courses in neuroanatomy and clinical assessment.


  • Clinical Neuropsychology

  • Executive Functioning

  • Sports Concussions

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Mauricio discusses his research in clinical neuropsychology, which is focused on looking at a person's executive function and self-regulation. His work is particularly focused on individuals who have neurological disorders.

Recent Publications

* NOTE: Underlined are the names of students leading or contributing to the publications

Kenny, R. A., Mayo, C. D., Kennedy, S. Varga, A. A., McQuarrie, A., Stuart-Hill, L., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., Christie, B. R., Gawryluk, J. R. (2019). Does repetitive, intentional heading in soccer practice cause sub-concussive injury?  Submitted, Journal of Concussion.

Halliday, D. W. R., Gawryluk, J., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., MacDonald, S. W. S. (2019). Intraindividual variability in neuropsychological test performance is associated with white matter integrity in healthy older adults. Revise and Resubmit, JINS.

Mayo, C. D., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., Mazerolle, E. L., Ritchie, L. R., Fisk, J. D., Gawryluk, J. R. (2019). Relationship between white matter integrity and cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 10, 436. PP 1-10.  

Agate, F. T. & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (In press). Assessment issues within neuropsychological settings.   Suhr J, & Sellbom M. Cambridge Handbook of Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis, pp. 1-25. Cambridge University Press

Wong, R. E., Sakaluk, J. K., Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2018). Deriving an Adolescent Executive Behaviour Screener from the Behavior Assessment System for Children – 2. Advance Online Publication, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Abreu-Mendoza, R. B., Chamorro, Y., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., Matute, E. (2018). The contributions of executive functions to mathematical learning difficulties and mathematical talent during adolescence. PLoS ONE, 13(12): e0209267. PP: 1-21.

Cook, N. E., Karr, J. E., Brooks, B. L., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., Holdnack, J. A., Iverson, G. L. (2018). Multivariate base rates for the assessment of executive functioning among children and adolescents. Advance Online Publication. Child Neuropsychology.

Santana, S.  & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2018). Executive functions and memory: Review of empirical studies. Revista de Neuropsicología, Neuropsiquiatría, y Neurociencias, 18(2), 25-33.

Duggan, E. C., Awakon, L. M., Loaiza, C. C. & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2018). Contributing towards a cultural neuropsychology assessment decision-making framework: comparison of WAIS-IV norms from Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Spain, United States, and Canada. Advance Online Publication. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Duggan, E. C., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., & Müller, U. (2018). Derivation, replication, and validity analyses of a screener for the behavioral assessment of executive functions in young adults. Assessment, 25(7), 867-884. 

Karr, J. E., Areshenkoff, C. N., Rast, P., Hofer, S. M., Iverson, G. L., & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2018). The unity and diversity of executive functions: a systematic review and re-analysis of latent variable studies. Psychological Bulletin, 144(11), 1147-1185.

Karr, J. E., Hofer, S. M., Iverson, G. L., & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2018). Examining the Latent Structure of the Delis–Kaplan Executive Function System. Advance Online Publication. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 1-14.

Müller, U., & Garcia-Barrera, M. (2018). Developmental g: Lost in the Construct Jungle. Human Development, 61(1), 49-53.

Karr, J. E., Kibby, M. Y., Jagger-Rickels, A. C., & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2018). Sensitivity and specificity of an executive function screener at identifying children with ADHD and reading disability. Advance online publication, Journal of Attention Disorders, pp. 1-7.

Halliday, D. R. W., Hundza, S. R., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., Klimstra, M., Commandeur, D., Lukyn, T., Stawski, R., & MacDonald, S. W. S. (2018), Comparing Executive Function, Evoked Haemodynamic Response, and Gait as Predictors of Variations in Mobility for Older Adults. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 40(2), 151-160.

Karr, J. E., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., Holdnack, J. A., & Iverson, G. L. (2018): Advanced clinical interpretation of the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System: multivariate base rates of low scores.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 32(1), 42-53.

Halliday, D. W. R., Mulligan, B. P., Garrett, D. D., Schmidt, S., Hundza, S. R., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., Stawski, R. S., & MacDonald, S. W. S. (2018). Mean and variability in functional brain activations differentially predict executive function in older adults: an investigation employing functional near-infrared spectroscopy, Neurophotonics, 5(1), 011013-1-10,

Karr, J. E.  & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2017). The Assessment of Executive Functions Using the BASC-2. Psychological Assessment, 29(9), 1182-1187.

Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2017). Test review of Nonverbal Stroop Card Sorting Test. In J. F. Carlson, K. F. Geisinger, & J. L. Jonson (Eds.), The twentieth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 531-536). Lincoln, NE: Buros Center for Testing.

Trujillo, S. P., Trujillo, N., Ugarriza, J. E., Uribe, L. H., Pineda, D. A., Aguirre-Acevedo, D. C., Ibáñez, A., Decety, J., & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2017). How Empathic Are War Veterans? An Examination of the Psychological Impacts of Combat Exposure. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 23(4), 422-426.  

Cochrane, M. M., Smart, C. M., & Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2017). Do generation and regulation of emotions interact? Examination of their relationships in young adults. Motivation & Emotion, 41(3), 393–401.

Karr, J. E., Garcia-Barrera, M. A., Holdnack, J. A., & Iverson, G. L. (2017). Using multivariate base rates to interpret low scores on an abbreviated battery of the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 32(3), 297-305.

Garcia-Barrera, M. A., Karr, J. E., Trujillo-Orrego, N., Trujillo-Orrego, S., & Pineda, D. A. (2017). Evaluating empathy in Colombian ex-combatants: Examination of the internal structure of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) in Spanish. Psychological Assessment, 29(1), 116–122.