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Janet                          Shucard

Janet L. Shucard PhD

Department of Neurology

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Professional Summary:

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.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo (1995)
  • Associate Professor, Neurology, University at Buffalo

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • June 2017–June 2020
    The effects of working memory training on brain function, structure, and cognition in MS
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • August 2014–April 2016
    Does working memory training improve brain function and cognition in healthy individuals and in patients with Multiple Sclerosis?
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • September 2014–August 2015
    Does working memory training improve brain function and cognition in MS?
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2006–January 2011
    Neurological indices of CNS involvement in non-CNS SLE
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2006–December 2006
    Neurological Indices of CNS Involvement in SLE
    James H. Cummings Foundation
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • June 2003–June 2004
    Electrophysiological Measures of Processing Speed and Working Memory Deficits in Multiple Sclerosis
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Contact Information

Sherman Hall Annex
room 111
3435 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-829-2099

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