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Paul Mangal, M.S.

Biography Mangal

Paul C. Mangal, M.S. is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from New York University in 2009. After graduation, Paul worked as a research assistant in the Visual Neuroscience Laboratory at NYU where he investigated amblyopia and perceptual learning in non-human primates. He also volunteered with as a psychometrist with the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. In 2012, Paul was accepted to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida in the Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation, and Clinical Neuroscience track. Paul received a Master of Science degree from the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida in 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Dawn Bowers.

Research Focus

Paul has broad interests in aging, movement disorders, neurocognitive assessment, and the neural basis of cognition. For his master’s research, he investigated the electrocortical correlates of emotional memory in Parkinson’s disease. Currently, he is examining event related potentials (ERPs) and emotion regulation in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. His dissertation research examines the effects of transcraninial near-infrared light stimulation on cognition and mood in older adults and those with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. An additional aim of this pilot study will utilize resting-state fMRI and 31-Phosphorus Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (31-P MRS) to investigate neurobiological changes.

Publications

Jones, J. D., Mangal, P., Lafo, J., Okun, M. S., & Bowers, D. (2016). Mood Differences Among Parkinson’s Disease Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment. The Journal of
Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences (epub ahead of print). http://doi.org/10.1176/appi.neuropsych.15090221

Scott, B.M., Maye, J., Jones, J., Thomas, K., Mangal, P.C., Trifilio, E., Marsiske, M., Bowers, D. (2015). Post-exercise pulse pressure is a better predictor of executive function than pre-exercise pulse pressure in cognitive normal older adults. Neuropsychology, development and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition (epub ahead of print). PMID:26629911

Kiorpes, L, and Mangal, P. (2015). “Global” Visual Training And Extent Of Transfer In Amblyopic Macaque Monkeys. Journal of Vision. 15(10):14. doi: 10.1167/15.10.14.

Jones, J.D., Hass, C., Mangal, P., Lafo, J., Okun, M.S., Bowers, D. (2014). The Cognition and Emotional Well-Being Indices of the Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire-39: What do they really measure?

Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. Vol 20 (11), 1236-1241. DOI: 10.1016, PMID:25260967 Jones, J. D., Butterfield, L. C., Song, W., Lafo, J., Mangal, P., Okun, M. S., Bowers, D. (2014). Anxiety and Depression are Better Correlates of Parkinson’s Disease Quality of Life than apathy. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13120380
Academic and Community Presentations

Bowers, D., Mangal, P. “10 Practical Tips for Cognitive Health” 12th Annual University of Florida Parkinson’s Disease Symposium. Gainesville, Florida. 5 April 2014. Symposium Presentation.

Mangal, Paul. “Emotional Memory and Electrocortical Indices of Arousal: Influence of Age and Parkinson Disease.” Neurology Video Conference Series 2013-2014, Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Gainesville, Florida. 19 Nov 2013. Guest Lecture.

Bowers, D., Mangal, P. “How to Improve your Thinking and Memory and 10 Practical Tips for Cognitive Health” 11th Annual University of Florida Parkinson’s Disease Symposium. Gainesville, Florida. 20 April 2013. Symposium Presentation.

Abstracts and Poster Presentations

Mangal, P., Lafo, J., Scott, B., Okun, M., Bowers, D. (2016). Intentional Enhancement Of Electrocortical Responses To Emotional Pictures By Parkinson Patients: Relation To Executive Function. Poster presentation at the Forty Fourth Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA. (Abstract: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society).

Trifilio, E., Butterfield, L. C., Mangal, P., Thomas, K. R., Jones, J., Marsiske, M., & Bowers, D. (February, 2016). Cognitive Correlates of Consummatory vs. Anticipatory Anhedonia in Older Adults. Poster presentation at the Forty Fourth Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA. (Abstract: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society).

Mangal, P., Lafo, J., Jones, J., Okun, M., Bradley, M., Bowers, D. (2015). Emotional memory, the Late Positive Potential, and Parkinson’s Disease. Poster presentation at the Forty Third Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, CO. (Abstract: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society).

Mangal, P., Jones, J., Lafo, J., Foote, K., Okun, M.S., Bauer, R., Bowers, D. (2014, February). Cognitive and Brain Reserve in Parkinson’s Disease: Predictors of Cognitive Changes Over Time. Poster presented at the Forty Second Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, Washington. (Abstract: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, i-294.).

Jones, J., Mangal, P., Lafo, J., Okun, M.S., Bowers, D. (2014, February). Mood and Amotivation Symptoms in Parkinson patients with and without Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): Comparison of 3 MCI classification approaches. Poster presented at the Forty Second Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, Washington. (Abstract: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, i-294.).

Lafo, J., Jones, J., Mangal, P., Okun, M.S., Price, C. E., Bauer, R., Bowers, D. (2014, February). Visuoperceptual task impairments in Parkinson’s disease: A pathway-specific association of executive function and memory? Poster presented at the Forty Second Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, Washington. (Abstract: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, i-294.).

Jones, J., Hass, C., Lafo, J., Mangal, P., Okun, M.S., Bowers, D. (2014, February). The Cognition Index of the Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire-39: What does it really measure? Poster presented at the Forty Second Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, Washington. (Abstract: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, i-294.).

Mangal P, Jones J, Lafo J, Okun M, Bauer R, Price C, Bowers D. “Faces of Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson Disease: Classification Approaches Matter.” Poster session presented at: 41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society, February 6-9, 2013, Wailkoloa, Hawaii, USA.

Teaching

Teaching Assistant (Spring 2016). Introduction to Neuropsychology (undergraduate), Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Supervisor: Russell Bauer, Ph.D.

Guest lecturer (February 23, 2016). Wada, Laterality, and Beyond. In Higher Cortical Functions (graduate), Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Guest lecturer (January 27, 2015). Executive Functions. In Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging (undergraduate), Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Funding and Awards

Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program Fellowship (2016-2017)

Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training Travel Award (2016)

National Institute of Aging T32 Predoctoral Fellow (2013-2016)

NIH T-32 Travel Award (2014, 2015, 2016)

Division of Sponsored Research Travel Grant (2013, 2014, 2016)

University of Florida Diversity Scholarship (2013)

Professional Membership

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (2012 – Present)

Division 20 of APA – Adult Development and Aging Division (2012 – Present)

Division 40 of APA – Neuropsychology Division (2012 – Present)

Psi Chi (2012 – Present)

Leadership

Volunteer with Gainesville Equality Youth (GEY; 2014 – Present)

Health Queer Alliance College Representative (LGBT Professional Group; 2014 – 2015)

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Campus Representative (2014 – 2015)

Graduate Student Council Representative (2013 – 2015)