Department of Neurology
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology
I am a clinical psychologist trained in the areas of clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience. My clinical psychotherapy practice within the Department of Neurology focuses on the treatment of the psychological consequences that an individual experiences as a result of a neurological disorder or other chronic medically related problem. I use cognitive behavioral techniques to treat stress disorders, insomnia, depression and other emotional or behavioral problems that arise as a result of a medical condition. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term and effective method that helps people identify and change thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that affect their feelings and behaviors. By restructuring patterns of thoughts, people are able to develop more effective coping skills, problem-solving strategies and emotional responses. I see patients in my office at the medical school on UB’s south campus. Neurologists or other health care professionals may refer patients to me or the patient may call my office directly using the contact information on my profile.
I am the associate director of the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences in the Department of Neurology. My research interests are in the area of cognitive neuroscience. In our research laboratory, we apply electrophysiological (event-related brain potentials), neuropsychological and behavioral measures to the study of cognitive functions such as working memory/information processing speed, cognitive control and response inhibition. Specifically, the research areas include: working memory/processing speed deficits in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and multiple sclerosis (MS); neuropsychological and electrophysiological aspects of attention, inhibitory control and other executive functions in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and the relationships among cognitive function, psychological function and quality of life in patients with SLE and MS.
I mentor and train undergraduate and graduate students from the neuroscience program and UB’s Department of Psychology. Undergraduates and beginning graduate students learn about electrophysiological, behavioral, and cognitive testing methods, and they gain an understanding of the field of cognition and brain function. More advanced students conduct research projects in our laboratory, leading to undergraduate honors theses, master’s theses, and PhD dissertations.