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Tanisha Hill-Jarrett, M.S.

BiographyHill-Jarrett

Tanisha Hill-Jarrett, M.S., is a fifth year doctoral candidate and a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in the University of Florida (UF) Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. Following graduation, Tanisha completed a one year post baccalaureate fellowship through the Hot Metal Bridge Program at the University of Pittsburgh where she worked in the Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience lab and conducted research on schizophrenia and cognition. She is in the Neuropsychology Track of her program and works under the mentorship of Drs. Russell Bauer and William Perlstein. She will be completing her predoctoral internship at Emory University/Grady Health System in the Adult/Geriatric Neuropsychology track starting July 2016.

Research Focus

Tanisha’s research interests are two fold: Tanisha’s primary research interest includes include traumatic brain injury and the effects of injury of visuospatial attention, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging. Her dissertation uses diffusion MRI to examine white matter changes in the visuospatial attention system following moderate and severe traumatic brain injury. Additionally, Tanisha has secondary interests in cultural neuropsychology and psychometrics. She is particularly interested in the implementation of advanced statistical methods to understand the measurement and assessment of cognitive functioning within racial and ethnic minority groups.

Publications

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

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., & Bauer, R.M. (Submitted). Test Equivalence. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Manly, J.J., & Bauer, R.M. (In preparation). Measurement Invariance of the Brief Test of Adult Cognition by Telephone (BTACT) in Caucasian and African-American Adults.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Burrell, Larry E. II, Whitehead, N.E., Huggins-Manley, A.C., Bauer, R.M., Malloy, P.F., & Cohen, R.A. (In preparation). Rasch analysis of the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale (FrSBe) in a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) sample: Implications for clinical assessment.

Professional Presentations

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Ukonu, N.A., & Pritchett-Johnson, B.L. (April 2016). Identifying factors that influence decisions to apply to graduate psychology programs among underrepresented minority students, Poster presented at the Association ​of ​Black ​Psychologists ​Student ​Circle’s ​7th ​Annual ​Regional ​Conference, Daytona, FL.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Whitehead, N.E., Bauer, R.M., Huggins-Manley, A.C., & Cohen, R. A. (November 2015). Rasch Analysis of the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale (FrSBe) in a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Sample. Poster presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Austin, TX.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Hamilton, J., Manly, J., & Bauer, R.M. (February 2015). Measurement invariance of the Brief Test of Adult Cognition by Telephone (BTACT) in Caucasian and African American adults. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, CO.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Burrell, L., Whitehead, N.E., & Cohen, R.A. (October 2014). Psychometric assessment of the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale (FrSBe) HIV-infected individuals: Critical considerations for healthcare providers. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Public Health and Health Professions Diversity Day, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Gravano, J.T., Sozda, C.N., & Perlstein, W.M. (February 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. (February 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.

Gravano, J.T., Hill-Jarrett, T., Sozda, C.N., & Perlstein, W.M. (February 2014). Neurocognitive and emotional correlates of attentional networks in traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, WA.

Sozda, C.N., Kaufman, D.A., Gravano, J.T., Hill-Jarrett, T., & Perlstein, W.M (February 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.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Sozda, C.N., Gravano, J.T., & Perlstein, W.M. (October 2012). Lateralized attentional networks in Traumatic Brain Injury: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence for lateralized orienting-executive control deficits. Poster presented at Graduate Student Research Day, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

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

Hill-Jarrett, T., Polizzotto, N.R., Verbiest, R., Carl, M., Radchenkova, P., Walker, C., & Cho, R.Y.  (June 2011). Normative development of context processing: An investigation using the AX-Continuous Performance Test (AX-CPT) paradigm. Poster presented at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Research Day, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Polizzotto N. R., Hill-Jarrett T., Verbiest, R., Carl, M., Radchenkova, P., Walker, C., & Cho, R. Y.  (May 2011). Developmental trajectory of context processing using the AX-CPT paradigm. Poster presented at Society of Biological Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA.

Hill-Jarrett, T., Guediche, S., Manners, J., Khatami, M., & Fiez, J.A. (2008). Using morse code to understand verbal working memory representations. Poster presented at Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, Carnegie Mellon University & University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Invited Presentations

Hill-Jarrett, T.G. (November 2015). Traumatic Brain Injury and cognition: Assessment and treatment of attention problems. Presented at the Lake County Brain Injury Support Group Meeting, Fruitland Park, FL.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., & Letzen, J. (October 2015). Understanding Depression in Sickle Cell Disease. Presented at the Sickle Cell Disease Symposium of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association, Gainesville, FL.

Hill-Jarrett, T.G., Sozda, C.N., Gravano, J.T., & Perlstein, W.M. (February 2014). Visuospatial attention following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The role of hemispheric specialization. Paper presented at the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Midyear Research and Writing Conference, Tampa, FL.

Grants

TITLE: Attention Systems and Their Interactions Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The Role of White Matter Changes in Frontoparietal Networks (Active)Funding Source: APA Division 40/ Society for Clinical Neuropsychology Dissertation Award

TITLE: White Matter Lateralization of Parietofrontal Orienting Network as a Biomarker Predicting Degree of Attention Impairment Following Traumatic Brain Injury: Insights from Diffusion MRI Tractography (Active) Funding Source: UF Clinical and Translational CTSA grant UL1 Pilot Award Science Institute NIH & NCRR TR000064

TITLE: Concussion Awareness in the Community:  Outreach, Education, and Assessment (Completed) Funding Source: UF College of Public Health & Health Professions

Teaching

Guest Lecturer, Psychiatric Disorders, Title: “Introduction to Schizophrenia” (March 2015)

Guest Instructor, Introduction to Psychological Treatment (July 2014, July 2015)

Teaching Assistant, Clinical Assessment across the Lifespan (Spring 2013)

Awards

UF Molly Harrower Award for Excellence in Psychodiagnostic Assessment (2015)

UF Graduate Student Council Travel Award (2014)

Psi Chi Unrestricted Travel Award (2013)

Shands at UF Auxiliary Scholarship (2013)

Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging fMRI Visiting Fellowship (2012)

Office of Graduate Minority Programs Graduate School Travel Award (2012)

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (2011 – present)

Hot Metal Bridge Post-baccalaureate Fellowship (2010-2011)

Leadership

Psychology Discussion Panel Moderator, 2015 McKnight Doctoral Annual Fellows Meeting (November 2015)

Campus Representative Co-Chair,  APA Division 45 (Psychological Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Culture) (May 2015 – present

Graduate Student Journal Reviewer, University of Florida Journal of Undergraduate Research (May 2015 – present)

Director of Operations, Girls RISE Mentorship Program (April 2015 – present)

Chair of Clinical Psychology Research Panel, 2015 McKnight Doctoral Annual Midyear Meeting (Feb 2015)

Health Initiative Committee Chair, UF Black Graduate Student Organization (2014 – 2015)

Student Representative, North Central Florida Psychological Association Board of Directors (2013-2015)

Student Representative, Department of Clinical & Health Psychology Curriculum Committee (2013-2015)

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association, Division 45 – Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (2015 – present)

American Psychological Association – Student Member (2014 – present)

American Psychological Association, Division 40 – Clinical Neuropsychology (2012 – present)

Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society (2010 – present)