Leslie Gaynor, M.S.

Gaynor

Biography

Leslie Gaynor is a graduate student at the University of Florida (UF) in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Leslie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2015 with a dual degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Neurobiological Sciences and English. Leslie is currently in the Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychology track, where she works under the mentorship of Dr. Russell M. Bauer. With guidance from Dr. Bauer, Leslie recently completed her master’s thesis which involved identifying a novel behavioral biomarker of cognitive impairment in early Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Currently, she also works with Dr. Sara Burke in the Department of Neuroscience to study human disease mechanisms using analogous behavioral paradigms to assess the behavioral function of preclinical aging and disease models.

Research Focus

Leslie’s primary research interest is using animal-human approaches to study structural and functional changes associated with cognitive decline resulting from age and age-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. Her secondary and supportive interests include novel task development, preclinical and amnestic mild cognitive impairment, comparative neuropsychology, and behavioral neuroscience.

Publications

  1. Burke SN, Gaynor LS, Barnes CA, Bauer RM, Bizon JL, Roberson ED, Ryan L. (Accepted for Submission). The Perirhinal Cortex Comes of Age: Perception, Discrimination and Recognition Memory Across the Lifespan. Trends in Neurosciences.
  2. Asken B, Snyder A, Clugston J, Gaynor LS, Sullan M, Bauer RM. (Accepted). Prevalence of Concussion-Like Symptoms in Healthy Collegiate Athletes. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 10, 1-9.
  3. Gaynor LS, Loewenstein D, Bauer RM. (In Preparation). Increasing specificity of prediction of preclinical cognitive impairment with a translational object discrimination task.
  4. Gaynor LS, Mizell JM, Santacroce LS, Mcewen C, Campos K, Johnson SA, Maurer A, Burke SN. (In Preparation). Aging disproportionately affects dual-functions of the perirhinal cortex: Association v Discrimination. Behavioral Neuroscience.
  5. Yoder WM, Gaynor LS, Burke SN, Setlow B, Smith DW, & Bizon JL. (2017). Interaction between Age and Perceptual Similarity in Olfactory Discrimination Learning in F344 Rats: Relationships with Spatial learning. Neurobiology of Aging.
  6. Johnson SA, Sacks PK, Turner SM, Gaynor LS, Ormerod BK, Maurer AP, Bizon JL, Burke SN. (2016) Discrimination performance in aging is vulnerable to interference and dissociable from spatial memory. Learning & Memory. 23:339-348.
  7. Yoder WM, Gaynor L, Windham E, Lyman M, Munizza O, Setlow B, Bizon JL, Smith DW. (2015). Characterizing olfactory binary mixture interactions in Fischer 344 rats using behavioral reaction times. Chemical Senses, 40(5), 325-334
  8. Gaynor LS, Moreno CC, Kuhn T, Bauer RM. (In Preparation). Episodic and Semantic Memory Disorders. In The Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia.
  9. Gaynor LS, Bauer RM. (2017). Neurofibrillary Tangles. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc

Presentations

Invited Lectures

  1. Gaynor LS. Translational object discrimination task identifies preclinical cognitive decline better than traditional neuropsychological tests. 2017 Public Health and Health Professions Research Day Award Ceremony, Gainesville FL (April 2017).
  2. Gaynor LS. Early Detection and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Caregiver Workshop, Gainesville FL (May 2017).

Published Abstracts

  1. Gaynor LS, Curiel R, Penate A, Wicklund M, Loewenstein DA, Bauer RM. Increasing specificity of prediction of preclinical cognitive impairment with a translational object discrimination task. 2017 American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Annual Meeting, Boston MA (June 2017).
  2. Gaynor LS, Sullan M, Gullett J, Amin M, Bohsali A, Bauer R, Mareci T, FitzGerald D. Alteration and/or loss of consciousness is associated with increased symptom report of PTSD, depression, sleep-related anxiety, and larger amygdala volume in OIF/OEF/OND Veterans. International Neuropsychological Society 45th Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA (February 2017). Abstract number: 2593989.
  3. Gaynor LS, Mizell J, Campos KT, Santacroce L, Mcewen C, Chetram DK, Maurer AP, Bauer RM, Burke SN. Stimulus modality affects recognition behavior during spontaneous object recognition and crossmodal object recognition tasks. Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego CA (November 2016). Abstract number: 2016-S-9778-SfN.
  4. Gaynor L, Asken B, Clugston J, Bauer RM. Base Rates of Concussion-like Symptoms in Healthy Collegiate Athletes: A Predictive Tool for Post-Concussive Recovery Time. International Neuropsychological Society 44th Annual Meeting, Boston MA (February 2016). Abstract number:
  5. Gaynor L, Johnson SA, Sacks P, Maurer AP, Bizon JL, Burke SN. Cholinergic modulation of spatial discrimination performance in young and aged rats. Society for Neuroscience Conference, Chicago IL (October 2015). Abstract number: 2015-S-9414-SfN.
  6. Johnson SA, Gaynor L, Sacks P, Turner SM, Yoder WM, Ormerod BK, Maurer AP, Bizon JL, Burke SN. Age-related decline of spatial discrimination performance based on difficulty may reflect pattern separation deficits. Society for Neuroscience Conference, Chicago IL (October 2015). Abstract number: 2015-S-9164-SfN.
  7. Yoder WM, Gaynor L, Windham E, Setlow B, Bizon JL, Setlow B, Smith DW. A psychophysical technique for characterizing age-associated alterations in olfactory function. Society for Neuroscience, Washington D.C. (November 2014).

Presentations- International

  1. Munizza O, Yoder WM, Lyman M, Gaynor L, Setlow B, Bizon JL, Smith DW. A technique for characterizing the time course of odor adaptation in mice. Association for Chemoreception Sciences, Bonita Springs, FL (April 2014).
  2. Lyman M, Yoder WM, Munizza O, Gaynor L, Setlow B, Bizon JL, Smith DW. Characterizing olfactory generalization in Fischer 344 rats using behavioral reaction times. Association for Chemoreception Sciences, Bonita Springs, FL (April 2014).

Presentations- Local

  1. Gaynor LS, Curiel R, Penate A, Wicklund M, Loewenstein D, Bauer R. Translational object discrimination task identifies preclinical cognitive decline better than neuropsychological tests. 2017 Public Health and Health Professions Research Day, Gainesville FL (April 2017).
  2. Gaynor LS, Mizell J, Campos KT, Santacroce L, Mcewen C, Chetram DK, Maurer AP, Bauer RM, Burke SN. Stimulus modality affects recognition behavior during spontaneous object recognition and crossmodal object recognition tasks. 7th Annual ILR Research in Aging Poster Competition, Gainesville FL (February 2017).
  3. Gaynor LS, Mizell J, Campos KT, Santacroce L, Mcewen C, Chetram DK, Maurer AP, Bauer RM, Burke SN. Stimulus modality affects recognition behavior during spontaneous object recognition and crossmodal object recognition tasks. McKnight Brain Institute Meeting at Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, San Diego CA (November 2016).
  4. Gaynor L, Asken B, Clugston J, Bauer R. Base Rates of Concussion-like Symptoms in Healthy Collegiate Athletes: A Predictive Tool for Post-Concussive Recovery Time. Department of Community Health and Family Medicine Research Night, Gainesville FL (June 2016).
  5. Johnson SA, Gaynor L, Sacks P, Turner SM, Yoder WM, Ormerod BK, Maurer AP, Bizon JL, Burke SN. Age-related decline of spatial discrimination performance based on difficulty may reflect pattern separation deficits. 6th Annual ILR Research in Aging Poster Competition, Gainesville FL (February 2016).
  6. Gaynor L, Johnson SA, Sacks P, Turner S, Yoder W, Bizon JL, Maurer AP, Burke SN. Perceptual discrimination deficits underlying age-related cognitive impairment. Undergraduate Research Forum, Gainesville FL (April 2015).
  7. Windham E, Gaynor L, Fantaccione D, Carty K, Santacroce L, Yoder W, Burke S, Johnson S, Bizon J, Smith DW. A psychophysical technique for characterizing age-associated alterations in olfactory function. Undergraduate Research Forum, Gainesville FL (April 2015).
  8. Gaynor L, Johnson SA, Sacks P, Turner S, Yoder W, Bizon JL, Maurer AP, Burke SN. Perceptual discrimination deficits underlying age-related cognitive impairment. North Central Florida Society for Neuroscience, Brain Awareness Week (March 2015)—Third Place Poster Award.
  9. Windham E, Gaynor L, Fantaccione D, Carty K, Santacroce L, Yoder W, Burke S, Johnson S, Bizon J, Smith DW. A psychophysical technique for characterizing age-associated alterations in olfactory function. North Central Florida Society for Neuroscience, Brain Awareness Week (March 2015).
  10. Yoder WM, Windham E, Gaynor L, Burke SN, Setlow B, Smith DW, Bizon JL. Interaction between age and perceptual difficulty in olfactory discrimination learning: relationship with spatial learning information. North Central Florida Society for Neuroscience, Brain Awareness Week (March 2015).
  11. Yoder WM, Gaynor L, Windham E, Burke SN, Ormerod BK, Setlow B, Smith DW, Bizon JL. Interaction between age and perceptual difficulty in olfactory discrimination learning: relationship with spatial learning impairment. Graduate Student Advisory Council, Graduate Student Research Day (October 2014).
  12. Yoder WM, Gaynor L, Burke S, Ormerod BK, Setlow B, Bizon JL, Smith DW. Interaction between age and perceptual difficulty in olfactory discrimination learning: relationship with spatial learning impairment. University of Florida/Florida State University Annual Chemosensory Symposium, Gainesville, FL (June 2014).
  13. Munizza O, Gaynor L, Lyman M, Windham E, Yoder WM, Setlow B, Bizon JL, Smith DW. How your nose knows the signs: olfactory function and cognitive decline. Psychology Undergraduate Research Forum (April 2014).
  14. Lyman M, Munizza O, Gaynor L, Windham E, Yoder WM, Setlow B, Bizon JL, Smith DW. Characterizing olfactory generalization in Fischer 344 rats using behavioral reaction times. University Scholar’s Undergraduate Research Forum (March 2014)
  15. Lyman M, Munizza O, Gaynor L, Windham E, Yoder WM, Setlow B, Bizon JL, Smith DW. Characterizing olfactory generalization in Fischer 344 rats using behavioral reaction times. North Central Florida Society for Neuroscience, Brain Awareness Week (March 2014) – Second Place Poster Award.

Teaching Experience

University of Florida Course Title Course Number Semesters Years
Introduction to Neuropsychology (Lecture) CLP4420 Spring 2017
Clinical Psychological Assessment CLP6430 Spring 2017
Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging (Lecture) PSB4934 Fall 2016
Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging (Lecture) PSB4934 Spring 2016
Functional Human Neuroanatomy GMS6705 Summer 2016
Physiological Psychology (Online) PSB3004 Fall 2014
Physiological Psychology PSB3004 Summer 2014

Honors and Awards

 

  • Greiffenstein-Kaplan Award, AACN Annual Meeting, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), 2017
  • Outstanding Research Award, PHHP Research Day, College of Public Health and Health Professions, 2017
  • Honorable Mention, Psychological Science Research Grant (PSRG), American Psychological Association Graduate Students (APAGS) Science Committee, 2017
  • Graduate Student Council Travel Grant, University of Florida, 2016
  • Travel Grant, UF Chapter, Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST), 2016
  • Travel Award, North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, 2016
  • Graduate Student Council Travel Grant, University of Florida, 2015
  • Graduate Student Fellowship, University of Florida, 2015
  • Graduation Summa Cum Laude (IDS Neurobiological Sciences), University of Florida, 2015
  • Graduation Cum Laude (English), University of Florida, 2015
  • 3rd Place Poster Award, Brain Awareness Week Poster Conference, North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, 2015
  • 2nd Place Poster Award, Brain Awareness Week Poster Conference, North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, 2014

Professional Organizations & Academic Society Memberships

  • North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) – Brain Awareness Week Chair
  • Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST), University of Florida Chapter – Member, Free Therapy Night Volunteer
  • Curriculum Committee, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida – Student Representative
  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) – Student Member
  • American Psychological Association (APA) – Student Member
  • Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Div. 40) – Member
  • American Psychological Association Graduate Students (APAGS) – Member
  • Women in Neuropsychology (WIN) – Listserv Member