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Jason Gravano, M.S.

BiographyJason Gravano

Jason Gravano, M.S., is a Neuropsychology doctoral student of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. William Perlstein (2010-2016). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2008 and his Master of Science degree in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida in 2010. He is currently completing clinical internship at Emory University, with emphasis in adult rehabilitation neuropsychology and geriatric neuropsychology. He has accepted a neuropsychology postdoctoral position at the University of California, Davis.

Clinical Focus

Jason’s clinical focus is in adult and geriatric neuropsychology.

Research Focus

Jason is interested in the neural mechanisms of cognitive and affective interactions.

Grant & Research Support

Principal Investigator: Dissociating mTBI and PTSD Brain Activity at Rest. NIH 1-F31-NS-083235-01 (2013-2015) (Mentor: Perlstein)

Principal Investigator: An Investigation of Structural Connectivity in PTSD, mTBI, and PTSD/mTBI. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) CTSA grant UL1 TR000064, 2013 ($7,500) (Mentor: Perlstein)

Leadership and Professional Activities

UF Representative, Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST) (Feb. 2014-Feb. 2015).

Member, Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (2013-Present)

Member, American Psychological Association, Division 40: Clinical Neuropsychology (2012-Present)

Student Leader, Functional Connectivity Group, University of Florida (2012-2015)

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Brain Imaging and Behavior (2014)

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (2014)

Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of Psychophysiology (2014)

Teaching

Teaching Assistant & Lecturer, Introduction to Neuropsychology (Undergraduate), UF (Spring 2014; Spring 2011)

Teaching Assistant & Lecturer, Introduction to Clinical Psychology (Undergraduate), UF (Fall 2012)

Guest lectures

“Stress Disorders,” in Psychiatric Disorders (Undergraduate), UF (Feb. 2015)

“A Case of Posterior Cortical Atrophy,” in Adult Neuropsychology Assessment (Graduate), UF (Dec. 2014)

“Mood Disorders,” in Introduction to Clinical Psychology (Undergraduate), UF (Oct. 2014; Oct 2013)

“Frontal Lobe Functions,” in Higher Cortical Functions (Graduate), UF (Mar. 2014)

“The Cognitive Neuroscience of Traumatic Brain Injury,” in Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (Undergraduate), UF (Nov. 2013; Feb. 2013)

Publications

Hill-Jarret, T.G., Gravano, J.T., Sozda, C.N., & Perlstein, W.M. (2015). Visuospatial attention after traumatic brain injury: The role of hemispheric specialization. Brain Injury 29, 1617-1629.

Larsen, B. A., Ryazanov, A. A., Gravano, J. T., & Christenfeld, N. J. (2015). Competition Breeds Desire. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 37(1), 81-86.

Presentations (Posters and Talks)

Gravano, J.T., Stringer, A.Y., & Penna, S.P. (Submitted). A case study of simultagonsia in an anoxic brain injury. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Gravano, J.T., Luc, N., Sanderson-Cimino, M., Bangen, K., Perlstein, W.M., Delano-Wood, L., Nation, D., Edmonds. E., & Bondi, M.W. (2015). White Matter Lesion Burden and Lateralized Recognition Memory Abilities in Old Age. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the International Neuropsychological Society.

Gravano, J.T., Hill-Jarrett, T., Sozda, C.N., & Perlstein, W.M. (2014). Neurocognitive and Emotional Correlates of Attentional Networks in Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the International Neuropsychological Society.

Gravano, J.T., Kaufman, D.A.S., Sozda, C.N., Bowers, D., Okun, M., & Perlstein, W.M. (2014). Neurocognitive and Emotional Correlates of Attentional Networks in Parkinson’s Disease. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the International Neuropsychological Society.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Gravano, J.T., Sozda, C.N., & Perlstein, W.M. (2014). Attention impairment or generalized slowing? Cross-hemispheric influences of Traumatic Brain Injury on reaction time response. Poster presented at the 42nd annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, WA.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Sozda, C.N., Gravano, J.T., & Perlstein, W.M. (2014). Traumatic Brain Injury influences on the hemispheric representation of visuospatial attention: Findings from the Lateralized Attention Network Test. Poster presented at the 42nd annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, WA.

Clark, L.R., Weissberger, G.H., Jurick, S.M., Chang, Y-L., Schiehser, D.M., Wierenga, C.E., Han, S.D., Gravano, J.T., Dev, S.I., & Bondi, M.W. (2014). Faulty Adaptation to Repeated Face-Name Associative Pairs in Mild Cognitive Impairment. Poster presented at the 42nd annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, WA.

Gravano, J.T., Kaufman, D., Sozda, C.N., Bowers, D., Okun, M.S., & Perlstein, W.M. (2013). Variability in Executive Control of Attention in Parkinson’s Disease. Poster presented at the 41st annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, HI.

Sozda, C.N., Kaufman, D.A., Gravano, J.T., Hill-Jarrett, T., & Perlstein, W.M. (2013). The effect of traumatic brain injury on attentional networks: An event-related potential investigation. Poster presented at the 41st annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Waikoloa, HI.

Gravano, J.T., Sozda, C.N., Kaufman, D.A.S., Bowers, D., Okun, M., & Perlstein, W.M. (2012). A Behavioral and Electrophysiological Examination of Attentional Networks in Parkinson’s Disease. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Aging Conference.

Hill-Jarrett, T. G., Sozda, C. N., Gravano, J.T., & Perlstein W. M. (2012). Hemispheric specialization of attention networks following traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North Central Florida Society for Neuroscience.

Gravano, J.T., Sozda, C.N., Kaufman, D.A.S., Bowers, D., Okun, M., & Perlstein, W.M. (2011). Deficits of Attention in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Florida Society for Neurology.

Dev, S.I., Clark, L.R., Liu, T.T., Brown, G.G., Gravano, J.T., McCauley, A., Bondi, M.W., & Wierenga, C. (2011). Reduced Cerebral Blood Flow is Associated with Poorer Cognitive Performance in Younger and Older Adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Jak, A.J., McCauley, A., Gravano, J.T., Jurick, S., & Bondi, M.W. (2011). Impact of a Walking Intervention on Executive Functioning in Older Adults. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Wierenga, C., Dev, S.I., Stricker, N., Jak, A.J., Bangen, K.J., Gravano, J.T., McCauley, A., Liu, T.T., Brown, G.G., Salmon, D.P., & Bondi, M.W. (2011). Does Increased Resting Cerebral Blood Flow Correspond to Better Cognitive Performance in MCI? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Weissberger, G., Chang, Y., Clark, L., Gravano, J.T., Jurick, S., Salmon, D.P., Delis, D.C., & Bondi, M.W. (2010). Quantitative and qualitative features of animal fluency as predictors of global cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 6, 361. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dev, S. I., Wierenga, C.E., Gravano, J.T., McCauley, A., Jak, A.J., Salmon, D.P., Delis, D.C., Liu, T.T., & Bondi M.W. (2010). Genetic, cognitive, and sex effects on resting cerebral blood flow. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Larsen, B., Christenfeld, N., & Gravano, J.T. (2009). (Bachelor) Auction Fever: the effects of competition on appraisal of men and other objects. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Gravano, J.T., Larsen, B., & Christenfeld, N. (2008). Bachelor Auction Fever. Presented at the UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference; UCSD Psychology Honors Poster session.