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Molly Sullan, M.S.

BiographySullan

Molly Sullan, M.S., is a graduate student at the University of Florida (UF) in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Molly graduated cum laude from the University of Denver in 2007 with a major in International Business. After graduation, Molly completed an internship with a non-profit agricultural value chain development company in Washington, D.C. She then moved to New York City, where she worked for Gilt Groupe, an e-commerce company, first as a quality assurance software test engineer, and later as a manager of both on- and offshore quality assurance testing teams in New York and Jordan. She later completed post-baccalaureate courses at the University of Colorado in Psychology and worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Jim Grigsby, completed a research internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for Dr. Thomas Bergquist and a Research Assistant at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Denver with Dr. Lisa Brenner. During that time, she volunteered with the Rape Crisis Hotline in Denver as well as with the Multiple Sclerosis Center Outreach Team and King Adult Day Enrichment Program at the Rocky Mountain MS Center. Molly is in the Neuropsychology track, and she works as a Graduate Research Assistant under the mentorship of Dr. Russell Bauer. In her free time, Molly enjoys hiking, playing soccer, skiing and spending time outside.

Research Focus

Molly’s primary research interests include determining the relationship between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and sleep disruption. She is interested in psychosocial, behavioral, and neurobiological factors associated with disrupted sleep and cognitive functioning secondary to TBI. Molly’s master’s thesis focused on determining a methodology to segment the locus coeruleus, a brainstem structure, in vivo, as well as analyzing the relationship between LC volume and sleep symptom severity in veterans with mild TBI. Molly hopes to focus her doctoral dissertation on analyzing the ways in which sleep dysfunction affects biological, psychological, and symptomatic outcomes (recovery) in patients with TBI.

Publications

Sullan MJ, Bohsali AA, Gullett JM, Goldstein J, Bauer RM, et al. (2014) The Locus Coeruleus and Sleep-Wake Disturbances in Veterans with mTBI. J Sleep Med Disord1(1): 1004.

Carlson ML, Tveiten Ø, Driscoll C, Boes C, Sullan MJ, Goplen F, Lund-Johansen M, Link M. (2015) Risk factors and analysis of long-term headache in sporadic vestibular schwannoma: A multicenter cross-sectional study. Journal of Neurosurgery.

Bergquist TF, Yutsis M, Sullan MJ. (2014) The effect of cognitive rehabilitation delivered via instant messaging on functional independence in persons with acquired brain injury. International Journal of Telerehabilitation: Vol. 6, No. 2 (10.5195/ijt.2014.6142).

Maloney PR, Murphy M, Sullan MJ, Van Abel KM, Cofer SA, Cheville JC, Wetjen NM (Under Review). Clinical and Surgical Management of a Congenital Type II Split Cord Malformation Presenting with Progressive Cranial Neuropathies. JNS Peds.

Asken BA, Sullan MJ, Snyder A, Houck Z, McLaren ME, Hizel LP, Bryant V, Dede D, DeKosky S, Bauer RM (In Preparation). Complications of Neurobehavioral Changes Associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

Asken BA, Gaynor L, Snyder A, Sullan MJ, Clugston JR, Bauer RM (In Preparation).  Prevalence of Concussion-Like Symptoms in Healthy Collegiate Athletes.

Presentations

Sullan MJ, Asken BM, Snyder AR, Crew EC, Clugston JR, Bauer RM. The relationship between post-concussive sleep symptoms and recovery time in Division 1 collegiate athletes. Submitted to the International Neuropsychological Society 44th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massacusetts, February 4-7, 2016. Accepted for poster presentation.

Crew EC, Asken BM, Sullan MJ, Clugston JR, Bauer RM.  Acute sleep changes following sport-related concussion are associated with intra-individual cognitive variability on ImPACT. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in Boston, Massachusetts, February 2016.

Sullan MJ, Bohsali AA, Gullett JM, Goldstein JB, Bauer RM, Mareci TH, FitzGerald DB. The relationship between locus coeruleus volume and measures of sleep and attentional control in veterans with mild TBI. Submitted to the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology 13th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, June 17-20, 2015. Accepted for poster presentation.

Sullan MJ, Bohsali AA, Gullett JM, Goldstein JB, Bauer RM, Mareci TH, FitzGerald DB. Proof-of-concept for in vivo mapping of the human locus coeruleus using Fast Gray Matter Acquisition T1 Inversion Recovery (FGATIR) Imaging Data. Submitted to the International Neuropsychological Society 43rd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, February 4-7, 2015. Accepted for poster presentation.

Sullan MJ, Baxter J, Hamman RF, Porter R, Grigsby J. Adiposity and cognitive functioning among older people in the San Luis Valley Health and Aging Study (SLVHAS). Submitted to the International Neuropsychological Society 43rd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, February 4-7, 2015. Accepted for poster presentation.

Grigsby J, Sullan MJ, Sharma A, Baxter J, Hamman RF. Sensory loss and cognitive decline among older people: The San Luis Valley Health and Aging Study (SLVHAS). Submitted to the International Neuropsychological Society 43rd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, February 4-7, 2015. Accepted for poster presentation.

Sullan MJ, Bergquist TF, Yutsis M. The effect of cognitive rehabilitation delivered via instant messaging on functional independence in persons with acquired brain injury.  The International Neuropsychological Society 41st Annual Meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii, February 6-9, 2013. Accepted for poster presentation.

Carlson ML, Driscoll CL, Neff BA, Tombers NM, Sullan MJ, Pollock BE, Link MJ. Quality-of-life comparing observation, microsurgery, and radiosurgery for small-to-medium sized vestibular schwannoma using a validated disease-specific instrument. North American Skull Base Society Meeting, Miami, FL, February 15-17, 2013. Accepted for poster presentation.

Sullan MJ, Van Abel KM, Schmitt WR, Cofer SA. Incomplete split cord malformation presenting with unilateral vocal cord palsy and torticollis in a newborn.  The Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, January 24-26, 2013. Accepted for poster presentation.

Awards and Memberships

Research Travel Award, Graduate Student Council, University of Florida (2016)

Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and APA Division 40 (2014 – Present)

Gilt Groupe Employee Medal of Excellence, New York, New York (2011)

Dean’s Citation for Excellence, University of Denver (2007)

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Female All-Star Athlete of the Year (2005)

Leadership

Student Representative, Curriculum Committee (Fall 2015 – Present)

Volunteer Therapist, Free Therapy Night (Spring 2016 – Present)

Executive Certificate in International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management (2007)