Brittany Rohl, B.S.

Brittany Rohl
Brittany Rohl, B.S.

Biography

Brittany Rohl is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology (Neuropsychology Track), under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Porges. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University in 2014 with a major in psychology. In 2013, she received a Fordham Undergraduate Research Grant to fund her work studying attentional biases and set-shifting abilities in a sample of young adults reporting non-suicidal self-injury. Following graduation, Brittany worked in various research assistant roles at the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center at Columbia University Medical Center, the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Columbia University Medical Center, and the Movement Disorders Division at Yale School of Medicine. In these roles, she studied neuropsychological correlates of temporal lobe epilepsy, Essential Tremor, and Parkinson’s disease. She joined the department of Clinical and Health Psychology in 2017 and focused her master’s thesis work on presurgical neuropsychological assessment of Parkinson’s disease and Essential Tremor patients.

Research Focus

To date, Brittany’s research focuses on cognitive, psychological, and physiological contributors to mood in Essential Tremor (ET) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Her first year project aims to validate and demonstrate the predictive utility of a brief cognitive rating scale for Deep Brain Stimulation candidacy for both ET and PD patients.

Publications

Kenney, L., Rohl, B., Lopez, F.C., Lafo, J.A., Jacobson, C., Okun, M.S., Foote, K.D., & Bowers, D. (2020). The UF Deep Brain Stimulation Cognitive Rating Scale (DBS-CRS): Clinical decision-making, validity, and outcomes. Frontiers of Neuroscience. Doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.578216

Lopez, F., Rohl, B., Wagle Shukla, A., & Bowers, D. (2019). B-26 Predictors of Cognitive Decline Over a 2-year Follow up: Olfaction and Scans Without Evidence of Dopaminergic Deficit Status (SWEDD). Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology34(6), 972-972.

Lopez, F.V., Ferencz, B., Rohl, B. , Trifilio, E., Scott, B., Okun, M.S., Marsiske , M., Bowers, D. (2018). Everyday functioning in Parkinson’s disease: Evidence from the Revised – Observed Tasks of Everyday Living (OTDL-R). Parkinsonism Relat Disord. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2018.08.026

Huey, E.D., Cosentino, S., Chapman, S., Azar, M., Rohl, B., Collins, K., Morgan, S., Liu, X., Louis, E.D. (2018). Self-report depressive symptoms are dissociated from tremor severity in essential tremor. Parkinsonism Relat Disord, 50, 87-93. 

Kellner, S., Morgan, S.M., Gutierrez, J.G., Collins, K., Rohl, B., Migliore, F., Cosentino, S., Huey, E.D., Louis, E.D., Monin, J.K. (2017). Psychological suffering in essential tremor: A study of patients and those who are close to them. Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements.

Kellner, S., Morgan, S.M., Gutierrez, J.G., Collins, K., Rohl, B,. Migliore, F., Cosentino, S., Huey, E.D., Louis, E.D., Monin, J.K. (2017). Perceived embarrassment and caregiver burden in essential tremor caregivers. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 383, 205-210.

Morgan, S., Kellner, S., Gutierrez, J., Collins, K., Rohl, B., Migliore, F., Cosentino, S., Huey, E.D., Louis, E.D., Monin, J. (2017). The experience of essential tremor caregivers: Burden and its correlates. Frontiers in Neurology, 8 (396), doi:10.3389/fneur.2017.00396.

Holman, C., Rohl, B., Andover, M. (2017). Functional assessment of obsessive-compulsive related disorders. In E. Storch, J. Abramowitz, & D. McKay (eds.), Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders. Wiley Publications.

Azar, M., Bertrand, E., Louis, ED., Huey, E., Collins, K., Rohl, B., Cosentino, S. (2017). Awareness of cognitive impairment in individuals with essential tremor. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 377. 155-160. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2017.04.009

Louis, E.D., Kellner, S., Morgan, S., Collins, K., Rohl, B., Huey, E.D., Cosentino, S. (2017). Cognitive dysfunction is associated with greater imbalance and falls in essential tremor. Frontiers in Neurology. 8 (154). doi:10.3389/fneur.2017.00154

Collins, K., Rohl, B., Morgan, S., Huey, E.D., Louis, E.D., Cosentino, S. (2017). Mild cognitive impairment subtypes in a cohort of elderly essential tremor cases. Journal of the  International Neuropsychological Society, 3. 1-10. doi: 10.1017/S1355617717000170

Rohl, B., Collins, K. Morgan. S., Cosentino, S., Huey, E.D., Louis, E.D. (2016). Daytime sleepiness and nighttime sleep quality across the full spectrum of cognitive presentations in essential tremor. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 371, 24-31. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2016.10.006

Louis, E.D., Collins, K., Rohl, B., Robakis, D., Huey, E.D., Cosentino, S. (2016). Self-reported physical activity in essential tremor: Relationship with tremor, balance, and cognitive function. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 366. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2016.05.034

Louis, E.D., Rohl, B., Collins, K., Cosentino, S. (2015). Poorer cognitive performance in patients with Essential Tremor-Parkinson’s disease vs. patients with Parkinson’s disease. Frontiers in Neurology 6(106). doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00106

Louis, E.D., Rohl, B., Rice, C. (2015). Defining the treatment gap: What essential tremor patients want that they are not getting. Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements 4(331). doi: 10.7916/D87080M9

Honors & Awards:

Fordham University James C. Higgins Memorial Award in Psychology, 2014

Fordham University Undergraduate Research Grant, 2013

Dean’s List, Fordham University, 2012-2014

Dean’s Scholarship, Fordham University, 2011-2014

Fordham University Alumni Club of Long Island Scholarship, 2011-2014

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for the Liberal Arts

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

Psi Chi International Honor Society for Psychology

Professional Memberships:

International Neuropsychological Society, Student Affiliate

American Psychological Association, Graduate Student Affiliate

APA Division 40 (Neuropsychology), Student Affiliate

APA Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging), Student Affiliate

Teaching Experience:

Teaching Assistant (2020-2021). Measurement, Research Design, & Statistics I & II. (Graduate). Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.

Teaching Assistant (2018 & 2020). Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (Undergraduate). Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Lead Teaching Assistant (Fall 2018). Therapeutic Communications (Undergraduate), College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. 

Guest Lecturer (2018, 2020, 2021). “Cognition & Neuropsychology”. In Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (Undergraduate), Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.

Guest Lecturer (November 27, 2017). “Introduction to Neuropsychology.” In Clinical Psychology (Undergraduate), Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Guest Panelist (2017). “Careers in Psychology”. In Introduction to Counseling Psychology (Undergraduate), Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Leadership & Community Outreach:

Co-director, Free Neurocognitive Screening Initiative – HealthStreet (University of Florida, 2018-present)

Volunteer Therapist, Equal Access Behavioral Health Clinic – HealthStreet (University of Florida, 2019-present)

Student Representative, Technology Committee, University of Florida Psychology Clinic (2018-2019)

Chapter President, Psi Chi International Honor Society for Psychology (Fordham University; 2013-2014)