Aliyah Snyder, M.S.

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Aliyah R. Snyder is a doctoral candidate in the neuropsychology track of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. After her undergraduate studies, Aliyah volunteered as a laboratory assistant at Connecticut College studying neurogenesis in mice, and she also assisted with ongoing research projects at the East Central Florida Memory Disorders Clinic in Melbourne, FL.  Aliyah completed her Master of Science degree in Clinical and Health Psychology in 2013 at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Russell Bauer. Her work at this time focused on researching aspects of baseline concussion testing in youth athletes. She served as the primary research coordinator for the CTSI’s Health IMPACTS for Florida network, Concussion Surveillance and Monitoring Program. While working on her Master’s degree Aliyah also founded Athlete Brain, a student-run organization based in the College of Public Health and Health Professions that is dedicated to promoting concussion education, safety, and awareness on campus and in the greater Gainesville community. In 2012, she was awarded a TL1 predoctoral training grant from UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and completed her certificate in clinical and translational science through the TL1 program in 2015. Aliyah has been a part of the Equal Access Clinic’s Free Therapy Night for four years and served as its co-director from 2014-2015. She will be completing her predoctoral training internship next year in the Adult/Pediatric track at the Emory University School of Medicine Doctoral Psychology Internship Program in Atlanta, GA. Aliyah is an amateur gardener and also enjoys athletic activities in her free time including cycling, rowing, and surfing.

Research Focus

Aliyah’s current research interests are focused on the influence of experience-dependent neuroplasticity on recovery processes after mild traumatic brain injury. More specifically, her work examines the role of behavioral interventions for post-injury neurorehabilitation and the translation of pre-clinical models of mTBI into treatment approaches. Her dissertation project is an interdisciplinary effort examining the safety and tolerability of implementing a brief aerobic exercise intervention during the post-acute period after mild traumatic brain injury.

Publications

Snyder, A. R., & Bauer, R. M. (2014). A normative study of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT2) in children and adolescents. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28(7), 1091-1103.

Snyder, A.R., Szymanski, S., Greif, S., Bauer, R., & Health IMPACTS for Florida Network (2015).

Concussion education training and healthcare provider knowledge. International Journal of Sport and Society. 4(4) 119-133.

Asken, B., McCrea, M., Clugston, J., Snyder, A.R., Houck, Z., & R. Bauer. (In Press) “Playing Through It”: Delayed Reporting and Removal from Athletic Activity Following Concussion Predicts Prolonged Recovery. Journal of Athletic Training.

Snyder, A.R. & Bauer, R. Chromosomal Abnormalities. (Expected 2016). SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.

Selected Abstracts and Presentations

Snyder, A.R., Asken, B., Clugston, J.R., & Baur, R.M. Confirmatory Factor Analysis on the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) at Baseline. Published Abstract. International Neuropsychological Society Conference, February 3-6th, 2016.

Asken, B., McCrea, M., Clugston, J.R., Snyder, A.R., Houck, Z., & Bauer, R.M. “Playing Through It”: Delayed Reporting and Removal from Athletic Activity Following Concussion Predicts Prolonged Recovery Published Abstract. International Neuropsychological Society Conference, February 3-6th, 2016..

Sullan, M., Asken, B., Snyder, A.R., Crew, E.C., Clugston, J.R., & Bauer, R.M. The relationship between post concussive sleep symptoms and recovery time in Division 1 collegiate athletes. Published Abstract. International Neuropsychological Society Conference, February 3-6th,

Snyder, A. R., Asken, B., Houck, Z., Bauer, R., & the Health IMPACT for Florida Network. The effects of age and gender on baseline performance on the Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (Child SCAT3). Published Abstract. 3rd Annual Sport Concussion Symposium, May 1st, 2015, Atlanta, GA.

Snyder, A.R. The effect of exercise on neurorecovery following mild traumatic brain injury: A pilot study. Oral presentation at the Translational Science Meeting, April 16-18th, 2015, Washington, D.C.

Snyder, A.R., Asken, B., Zaremski, J.L., Smith, M.S., & Bauer, R. Normative values and the impact of demographics at baseline for the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) in teenagers. Published Abstract. International Neuropsychological Society conference, February 4-7, 2015, Denver, CO.

Asken, B., Snyder, A.R., Zaremski, J.L., Smith, M.S., & Bauer, R. Pre-morbid characteristics of adolescent student-athletes: A sport-related concussion perspective. Published Abstract. International Neuropsychological Society conference, February 4-7, 2015, Denver, CO.

Snyder, A.R., Gibbons, C., Glotfelty, O., Asken, B., Bauer, R., & Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. A comparison of baseline symptom reporting on the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT2) and Child SCAT3. Published Abstract. Sports Concussion Conference sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. July 11-13, 2014, Chicago, IL.

Snyder, A.R., Houck, Z., Greif, S., Asken, B., Tripp, B., Bauer, R., & the Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. Preliminary normative analysis of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) in teenagers. Published Abstract. 12th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference. June 25-28th, 2014 in New York, NY.

Snyder, A.R., Gullett, J., FitzGerald, D., & Bauer, R. The relationship of loss of consciousness accompanying head Injury with brain volume and executive Functioning in OIF/OEF Veterans. Poster presented at the Translational Science 2014 Annual Meeting. April 9-11th, 2014. Washington, D.C.

Snyder, A.R., & Bauer. R. Athlete Brain: A community concussion outreach Initiative. Poster presented at University of Florida’s PHHP Diversity Day. March, 19th, 2014, Gainesville, FL.

Reid, A. M, Ewigman, N., Kuhn, T., Fernandez, A., Snyder, A.R, Lafo, J., Fernandez, L., Bertone, A., Petruzzelli, J., Gylys, J., Harmon, J., & Bauer, R. Using video conferencing to increase psychological care for the underserved: Updated findings from the skype trial. Poster presented at the Society of Student Run Free Clinics, Nashville, TN. February 1-2nd, 2014. Nashville, TN.

Snyder, A.R., Schonfeld, D., Greif, S., & Bauer, R. The relationship between symptom report and component performance on the SCAT2 at Baseline: Predictive value of symptom factors.  Poster presented at Florida Psychological Association Conference. July 20th, 2013. West Palm Beach, FL.

Snyder, A.R., Greif, S., Tripp, B., & Bauer, R. Exploratory factor analysis of baseline concussion symptom reporting in children and adolescents. Published Abstract. 11th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference. June 19-22, 2013. Chicago, IL.

Vinson, M., De Leon, J., Snyder, A.R., Stanford, J., Bauer, R., & Health IMPACTS for Florida Collaborative. Implementation of an iPad-based concussion assessment tool within a practice-based research network (PBRN): Preliminary results, challenges, and strategies for success. Poster presented at the North American Primary Care Research Group Physician Based Research Network Conference. June 18-19, 2013. Bethesda, MD.

Snyder, A.R., Szymanski, S., Taylor, K., & Bauer, R. Technology and training: Virtual healthcare provider training in concussion assessment and management. Oral presentation at 4th International Conference on Sport and Society. June 13-15, 2013, Chicago, IL.s

Awards

JENNY SIVISNKI MEMORIAL AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE, Dept. of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida

EILEEN FENNELL GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING AWARD, Dept. of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida

BERT SAPERSTEIN COMMUNICATIONS SCHOLARSHIP, Bert Saperstein Communications Scholarship Fund

MOLLY HARROWER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PSYCHODIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT, Dept. of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida

2ND PLACE, STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION, Florida Psychological Association Conference

SAM AND CONNIE HOLLOWAY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida

DISTINGUISHED STUDENT IN PSYCHOLOGY AWARD, Dept. of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology

SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD, Athletic Department, Florida Institute of Technology

OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN PSYCHOLOGY AWARD, Dept. of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology

Grants

Dissertation Research Award, American Psychological Association

Benton-Meier Neuropsychology Award, American Psychological Foundation

Clinical and Translational Science Institute Patient-Oriented Research Grant, University of Florida

Conference Scholarship, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology

Graduate Student Council Travel Grant, University of Florida

Office of Research Travel Grant, University of Florida

UF Pepsi Gators Give Back Refresh Grant, Pepsi Co. (on behalf of Athlete Brain)

Clinical and Translational Science Institute TL1 Predoctoral Training Grant, University of Florida

PHHP Student Collaboration Grant, University of Florida

 

Leadership

Clinic Co-Director, Volunteer Therapist, Free Therapy Night, Equal Access Clinic, University of Florida

Community Service Officer, Association for Neuropsychology Students in Training, UF Chapter

Volunteer Camp Counselor for Camp TBi Florida

Volunteer Camp Counselor for Craniofacial Camp

Capitol Hill Political Advocate, Translational Science Conference, Washington DC

Student Representative to the Department Travel Committee, Dept. Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida

Founder and Graduate Student Liaison, Athlete Brain, University of Florida

Graduate Student Cohort Representative, Dept. Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida

Secretary, Psi Chi Honors Society, Florida Institute of Technology