Neuropsychology Faculty offering Research Placements
[For Neuropsychology, the BOLD descriptions indicate faculty who are potentially able to sponsor research rotations 20-21. Faculty ability to sponsor research rotations is subject to change.]
Jessica Alber: Biomarkers for the early detection and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, contributions of cerebrovascular disease to neurodegenerative disease, retinal biomarkers of neurodegenerative disease, implementation of AD risk algorithms in clinical practice.
Melissa Buttaro: Mild Cognitive Impairment, vascular risk factors and cognitive functioning in older adults, and lifestyle factors that promote healthy aging.
Steve Correia: Application of diffusion tensor imaging to neurologic populations, particularly aging and TBI.
Jennifer Davis: Behavioral interventions for MCI/dementia, including driving, caregiver programs, and healthy lifestyle; neuropsychological predictors of functional decline in instrumental activities of daily living in MCI/mild dementia (e.g., driving, medication and financial management); psychosocial aspects of living with epilepsy
Margaret DiCarlo: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Driving and dementia.
Laura Frakey: Cognition in Parkinson’s Disease; Apathy in neurological disorders.
Thomas Guilmette: Assessment of effort and malingering; Forensic Neuropsychology; Laypersons knowledge of concussion.
Karen Holler: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Verbal Dyspraxia, and Executive Control in Inpatient Child/Adolescent Populations.
Melissa Jenkins: Attention and memory disorders, PTSD, symptom validity, forensics, and clinical trials research.
Beth Jerskey: Autism spectrum disorder and developmental delay; ethical considerations in research and clinical practice
Athene Lee: Identification of preclinical and prodromal Alzheimer’s disease using biological, cognitive, and behavioral markers; Impact of disclosure of Alzheimer's disease risk biomarkers; Cognitive outcome of shunting in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Brian Kavanaugh: Treatment of executive functioning deficits in childhood psychiatric disorders
Katarina Lukatela: Normal aging: effects of lifestyle on age sensitive cognitive functions.
Seth Margolis: Psychosocial aspects of living with epilepsy; neuropsychological aspects of medication adherence; predictors of functional decline in MCI and mild dementia; ecological validity of cognitive testing; neuropsychological side effects of medications; cognitive outcomes following Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Frontotemporal Dementia; case studies of rare neuropsychological disorders and presentations.
Nicole McLaughlin: Functional and structural connectivity after neurosurgical interventions for intractable obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Rebecca McLean: Autism Spectrum Disorder; Influences on typical and atypical child neurodevelopment. For example, a current project assesses environmental (defined broadly) impacts on cognition and white matter development (utilizing MRI) (http://www.echochildren.org/)
Anjali Palav: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Developmental language disorders, oral and written.
Sherri Provencal: Neurodevelopment disabilities, traumatic brain injury, sports concussion, and cognitive remediation.
Gregg Selke: Sleep Disturbance in Children with ADHD, TBI, and Cancer; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Megan Spencer: Dementia and comorbid psychiatric disorders, particularly PTSD.
Christine Trask: Late effects and quality of life issues related to pediatric cancer treatment.
Geoffrey Tremont: Telephone and App-Based Interventions with Dementia Caregivers; Validity of a Telephone-Based Cognitive Screening for Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment; and Non-pharmacologic interventions for aging and MCI, particularly yoga and meditation.
Julie Wilson: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Reading Fluency, Phonological Processing, and Dyslexia; and Developmental language disorders, oral and written.
Additional research rotations may be available in collaboration with non-neuropsychology faculty from other related disciplines:
Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN). This VA Center of Excellence is focused on the use of neurotechological interventions to improve outcomes in veterans. Past opportunities have involved projects focused on mental health outcomes and use of advanced prosthetic devices.
Jennifer Barredo: Neurocognitive approaches to suicide research using functional MRI and diffusion imaging.
William Curt LaFrance Jr: Cognitive, behavioral, and imaging markers of CBT response for individuals with TBI and either seizures, non-epileptic seizures, or persistent post-concussion syndrome.
Noah Philip: Neurostimulation and neuroimaging for depression and treatment of PTSD.
(NOTE: Other CfNN investigators/projects may be available)
Brown Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences (CLiPS). Past projects have focused on neurocognitive aspects of Alzheimer's disease.
David Badre: Basic cognitive neuroscience of cognitive control and executive function. Behavioral, fMRI, and brain stimulation methods.
William Heindel & Elena Festa: Neural mechanisms underlying the cognitive deficits associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Methodologies include pupillometry, EEG, and cognitive neuropsychology.
(NOTE: Other CLiPS investigators/projects may be available)
Bradley Hospital - Pediatric psychiatric hospital
Daniel Dickstein: The PediMIND Program (Pediatric Mood, Imaging, and NeuroDevelopment; www.pedimind.org) focuses on brain and behavior mechanisms of psychiatric illnesses to improve our diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these conditions. We have a focus on mood and behavioral disorders--including bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and suicide/non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI; i.e. self-cutting). We have neuroimaging, behavioral task, and symptom data from children, adolescents, and adults in these conditions for talented interns to work on a mentor-assisted project.