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Deirdre O’Shea, MSc

BiographyO'Shea

Deirdre M. O’Shea, MSc, is a first year doctoral student in the Clinical and Health Psychology program (neuropsychology track). She received her Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Psychology) from University College Cork in Ireland and her Master of Science (Cognitive Neuropsychology) from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Following graduation from her Master’s degree she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Yaakov Stern at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York city. There she worked on two intervention studies investigating the effects of aerobic exercise and cognitive training on cognitive function in young and older adults. She was also responsible for the preprocessing of structural neuroimaging scans using FreeSurfer across all studies.

Research Interests

Deirdre works in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging and Depression Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Vonetta Dotson. Broadly, Deirdre is interested in the identification of risk and resilience factors as predictors of cognitive impairment and decline. As such, her interest in late-life depression (a known risk factor for cognitive decline), is centered on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying this disorder using neuropsychological measures and neuroimaging techniques.

Publications

Tsapanou, A., Gu Y., O’Shea, D. M., Manly, J. J., Schupf, N.,Scarmeas N., & Stern, Y. (In Press). Self-reported sleep disordered breathing as risk factor for mortality in the elderly. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

O’Shea, D. M., Dotson, V. M., Fieo, R. A., Tsapanou, A., Zahodne, L. B., & Stern, Y. (In press). Older adults with poor subjective memory have less depressive symptoms and better memory performances when perceived self-efficacy is high. The International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1002/gps.4392.

Steffener, J., Habeck, C., O’Shea, D., Razlighi, Q., Bherer, L., & Stern, Y. (2016). Differences between chronological and brain age are related to education and self-reported physical activity. Neurobiology of Aging40, 138-144.

Gazes, Y., Bowman, F. D., Razlighi, Q. R., O’Shea, D., Stern, Y., & Habeck, C. (2016). White matter tract covariance patterns predict age-declining cognitive abilities. NeuroImage. 125, 53-60.

Tsapanou, A., Gu, Y., O’Shea, D., Eich, T., Tang, M. X., Schupf, N., Manly, J. J., Zimmerman, M., Scarmeas, N., & Stern, Y. (2015). Daytime somnolence as an early sign of cognitive decline in a community‐based study of older people. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. doi: 10.1002/gps.4318

Steffener, J., Barulli, D., Habeck, C., O’Shea, D., Razlighi, Q., & Stern, Y. (2014). The role of education and verbal abilities in altering the effect of age-related gray matter differences on cognition. PloS one, 9(3), e91196.

O’Shea, D. M., Fieo, R. A., Hamilton, J. L., Zahodne, L. B., Manly, J. J., & Stern, Y. (2015). Examining the association between late‐life depressive symptoms, cognitive function, and brain volumes in the context of cognitive reserve. International journal of geriatric psychiatry30(6), 614-622.

O’Shea, D. M., & Fieo, R. A. (2014). Individual differences in fluid intelligence predict inattentional blindness in a sample of older adults: A preliminary study. Psychological research, 1-9.

Gazes, Y., Habeck, C., O’Shea, D., Razlighi, Q., Steffener, J., & Stern, Y. (2015). Functional network mediates age-related differences in reaction time: a replication and extension study. Brain and Behavior.5(5)

Publications under review

Razlighi, Q., Oh, H., Habeck, C., O’Shea, D., Parker, D., Lee, S., & Stern, Y. (post revision) Dynamic patterns of brain structure-behavior correlation across the lifespan. Cerebral Cortex.

De Wit, L., Kirton, J., O’Shea D. M., Szymkowicz, S. M., McLaren & Dotson, V.M. (post revision). The influence of cognitive reserve on the association between body mass index and cognition across the lifespan. Neuropsychology of Aging and Cognition.

Publications in final preparation

O’Shea, D.M., De Wit, L., Szymkowicz, S. M., McLaren, M. E., Talty, F. & Dotson, V. M. Anxiety modifies the association between fatigue and cognition in healthy adults.

O’Shea, D. M., Dotson V. M., & Fieo, R. A., Self-efficacy and aging perceptions mediate the association between personality traits and depressive symptoms in non-demented older adults.

Presentations

O’Shea, D. M., Dotson, V. M., & Fieo, R. A, Examining sources of psychological resilience in the association between ‘at risk’ personality traits and late-life depressive symptoms. Poster presented at the Sixth ILR Student Research on Aging Exposition, Gainesville, Florida (2016)

O’Shea, D. M., Dotson, M., Fieo, R. A., Tsapanou, A., Zahodne, L. B., & Stern, Y. Older adults with poor subjective memory have less depressive symptoms and better memory performances when perceived self-efficacy is high. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychology Society conference, Boston, Massachusetts, (2016).

Razlighi, Q. R., Habeck, C., O’ Shea, D., Liu D., & Stern, Y. Neural Underpinnings of Age-related Alterations in cognitive Domains. Poster presented at the Human Brain Mapping conference, Honolulu, U.S.A, (2015).

O’Shea, D. M., Hill B., Barulli, D.J., Razlighi, Q.R., Liu, D., & Stern, Y. The differential influence of extraversion on the association with cognition, and the brain. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychology Society conference, Denver, Colorado (2015)

Tsapanou, A., Scarmeas, , Gu, Y., O’Shea, D. M., Eich, T., Stern, Y. Relationship of Self-reported Sleep Problems to Cognition in Aging. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Denver, Colorado, (2015).

O’Shea, D., M. & Fieo, R. A. Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices: an index for predicting inattentional blindness in older adults. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference , Amsterdam (2013)

O’Shea, D., M., Fieo R.A. & Huey, E. Validating a caregiver-based questionnaire to assess sexual behaviors in patients with brain injury, frontotemporal lobar degeneration and corticobasal syndrome. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Seattle, WA, (2014).

O’Shea, D., ; Manly, J.J. & Stern, Y. Examining the association between late life depressive symptoms and cognitive function in the context of cognitive reserve. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference, Seattle, WA, (2014).

Upcoming presentations

O’Shea, D.M., Dotson, V.M. and Fieo, R. A. Aging perceptions and self-efficacy mediate the association between personality and depressive symptoms in non-demented older adults. Poster to be presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, (April, 2016).

O’Shea, D.M., De Wit, L., Szymkowicz, S. M., McLaren, M. E., & Dotson, V. M. Anxiety but not depressive symptoms modify the association between fatigue and cognition in healthy adults. Posted to be presented at 14th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, Chicago, Illinois (June, 2016)

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (PSB 4934), Spring 2016.

Professional Memberships and Awards

Member, British Psychological Society

Member, American Psychological Society

Member, International Neuropsychological Society

Graduate Student Council travel award (2016) , University of Florida

Awarded title of College Scholar by the Academic Council of National University of Ireland 2003.(noted on academic transcript)