Emanuel Boutzoukas, M.S.

Emanuel BoutzoukasBiography

Emanuel Boutzoukas, BS, is a doctoral student at the University of Florida (UF) in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Woods.  He graduated from Florida State University (FSU) in 2016 where he received Honors Distinction in Psychology, with minors in Biology and Computer Science. He then worked for two years as a Research Coordinator at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, D.C., under the supervision of Dr. Madison Berl, ABPP-CN, in the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program. In this position, he administered neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging (structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging) protocols to pediatric epilepsy patients and typically developing volunteers, assisted in data collection and developed research projects.

Research Focus

Emanuel’s research focuses on counteracting cognitive declines in aging using non-invasive brain stimulation paired with cognitive training. He aims to use multimodal neuroimaging and neuropsychological testing to characterize mechanisms of cognitive improvement in older adults.

Publications

Boutzoukas, E.M., Crutcher, J., Somoza, E., Sepeta, L.N., You, X., Gaillard, W.D., Wallace, G.L., Berl, M.M. (In Preparation). Cortical Thickness in Childhood Left Focal Epilepsy: Thinning Beyond the Seizure Focus.

Berl, M.M., Boutzoukas, E.M., You, X., Gaillard, W.D., Sepeta, L.N., Terwilliger, V. (In Preparation). Right Hemispheric Language Activation Related to Working Memory in Children with Epilepsy.

Sepeta, L.N., Berl, M.M., You, X., Wilke, M., Zachery, A.N., Boutzoukas, E.M, Inati, S., Xu, B., Roopchansingh, V., Bissou, N., Suthana, N., Bookheimer, S., Theodore, W.H., Gaillard, W.D. (In Preparation). Total Encoding Total Recall.

Boutzoukas, E.M., Peters, R.E., Borovsky, A. (2016). Semantic Representation in Language. Florida State University Digital Repository

Presentations

Boutzoukas, E.M., Sepeta, L.N., You, X., Gaillard, W.D., Berl, M.M. (2018). Verbal Working Memory Contributes to Atypical Language Dominance in Pediatric Epilepsy as Shown by FMRI. Poser Session presented at: INS 46th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society, Washington, D.C.

Fanto, E.J., Sepeta, L.N., You, X., Boutzoukas, E.M., Gaillard, W.D., Berl, M.M. (2018). The Relationship of Language and Explicit Memory in Pediatric Epilepsy. Poster Session presented at: INS 46th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society, Washington, D.C.

Berl, M.M., You, X., Boutzoukas, E.M., Vaidya, C., Kenworthy, L. (2018). Data Driven Profiles of Executive Function Distinguish Psychiatric Behaviors in Pediatric Populations.Poster Session presented at: INS 46th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society, Washington, D.C.

Berl, M.M., Boutzoukas, E.M., You, X., Gaillard, W.D., Sepeta, L.N., Terwilliger, V. (2017). Right Hemispheric Language Activation Related to Working Memory in Children with Epilepsy. Poser Session presented at: AES 71st Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, Washington, D.C.

Black, C.L., Boutzoukas, E.M., Sepeta, L.N., You, X., Gaillard, W.D., Oluigbo, C., & Berl, M.M. (2017). Language and working memory skills following pediatric epilepsy surgery. Poser Session presented at: AES 71st Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, Washington, D.C.

Sepeta, L.N., Berl, M., You, X., Wilke, M., Inati, S., Xu, Benjamin, Roopchansingh, V., Zachery, A., Boutzoukas, E.M., Bookheimer, S., Suthana, N., Theodore, W.H., Gaillard, W.D. (2017) Verbal and Visual Memory fMRI in Children with Focal Epilepsy. Poser Session presented at: AES 71st Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, Washington, D.C.

Suwannachote, S., Wiwattanadittakul, N., You, X., Tsuchida, T.N., Cabacar, D.D., Zelleke, T., Schreiber, J., Conry, J.A., Kao, A., Vu, T.A., Bartolini, L., Oluigbo, C., Ho, C.Y., Havens, K., Boutzoukas, E.M., Whitehead, M., Gaillard, W.D. (2017). Age-related clinical onset with volume of brain imaging in focal cortical dysplasia and hemimegalencephaly of intractable childhood epilepsy. Poser Session presented at: AES 71st Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, Washington, D.C.

Boutzoukas, E.M., Sze, A., Sepeta, L.N, Berl, M.M. (2017). Executive Functioning Profiles in Children with Intellectual Disability. Poster Session presented at: INS 45th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, New Orleans, LA.

Worts, P.R., Schatz, P., Boutzoukas, E.M., Burkhart, S.O. (2017). Utility of the Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS) Tool During High School Sport Participation. Poster Session presented at: American College of Sports Medicine 64th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Worts, P.R., Boutzoukas, E.M., Burkhart, S.O, Ormsbee, M.J., Panton, L.B., Kim, J. (2016). Changes in Oculomotor Function with Exercise in High School Student-Athletes.Oral Presentation at: American College of Sports Medicine 63rd Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Boutzoukas, E.M., Peters, R.E., Borovsky, A. (2016). Semantic Representation in Language. Honor’s Thesis Defense Presented at: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Peters, R.E., Boutzoukas, E.M., McRae, K., Borovsky, A. (2016). Validating a New Tool to Explore Psycholinguistic Processing in Infancy. Poster Session presented at: CUNY 29th Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Gainesville, FL.

Boutzoukas, E.M., Worts, P.R., Stowers, K., Mejia, H., Burkhart, S.O. (2016). Efficacy of Amantadine Treatment During the First Week Following Sports-Related Concussion. Poser Session presented at: INS 44th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.

Boutzoukas, E.M., Zayat, M., Smith, G., Yewale, S., Sady, M.D., Gioia, G.A. (2016). Relationship between School Concussion Policy and Symptoms, Self-Efficacy, and Supports. Poser Session presented at: INS 44th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.

Professional Memberships

Association of Neuropsychology Students & Trainees (ANST)

International Neuropsychology Society, Student Member

Psi Chi National Psychology Honors Society

Honors and Awards

Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) Research Excellence Award for “Best Poster” during CNMC Annual Research and Education Week; 2018. Verbal Working Memory Contributes to Atypical Language Dominance in Pediatric Epilepsy as Shown by FMRI.