Alyssa DeVito, a clinical psychology PhD student in Dr. Matthew Calamia’s laboratory,
is one of the winners of the 2018 Psychological Science Research Grant awarded by
the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). This $1,000 grant
is intended to fund innovative psychological science research projects designed by
graduate student members of APAGS in good standing at a regionally accredited university.
Alyssa’s project, titled “The Predictive Utility of Differing Measures of Intraindividual
Cognitive Variability as an Early Marker of Cognitive Decline in Individuals with
Mild Cognitive Impairment” will examine intraindividual cognitive variability (IIV)
across three cognitive domains: executive function, memory, and simple reaction time
to determine which area(s) are the best predictors of cognitive and functional decline
at 1-year follow-up in individuals with mild cognitive impairment. This work, if validated,
would provide further support for using IIV as a cognitive marker of future cognitive
and functional decline. It would extend previous IIV research by determining in which
cognitive domain(s) IIV is the best predictor(s) of future cognitive decline as well
as examining how IIV impacts functional status.
For more details about this grant, see: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/apags-science.aspx?tab=1