Lena Polejaeva, B.S., is a first year graduate student in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Track) at the University of Florida, and a graduate research assistant in the Clinical-Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. William Perlstein. Lena graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2009 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. After graduation, Lena worked as a Research Assistant/Study Coordinator at the Naval Medical Research Center as well as National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) within the National Institutes of Health(NIH).
Lena’s primary research interests include cognitive functioning across the lifespan, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), neurodegenerative disorders, and neurorehabilitation.
Brioschi Guevara, A., Demonet, J.F., Polejaeva, E., Knutson, K.M., Wassermann, E.M., Grafman, J. & Krueger, F. (2015). Association between traumatic brain injury related brain lesions and long-term caregiver burden. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000151
Carr, W., Polejaeva, E., Grome, A., Crandall, B., LaValle, C., Eonta, S.E., & Young, L.A. (2015). Relation of repeated low-level blast exposure with symptomology similar to concussion. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30, 47-55. doi:10.1097/HTR.0000000000000064
Brioschi Guevara, A., Demonet, J.F., Polejaeva, E., Knutson, K.M., Wassermann, E.M., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2015). Association between long-term cognitive decline in Vietnam veterans with TBI and caregiver attachment style. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30, E26-E33. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000046
Polejaeva, E. (November 2014). Blast Pressure Update: Survey Results and Ongoing Study.
Presented at the 14th International Breachers Symposium, Memphis, TN.
Featherman, S. & Polejaeva, E. (October 2013). Blast Pressure: Explosives, Ballistics, and
Distraction Devices. Presented at the 13th International Breachers Symposium, Lakeland, FL.
Polejaeva, E. (January 2013). Breacher Injury Research Program: Update. Presented at the
Breaching Circle Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
Polejaeva, E. (May 2011). A Chaotic Analysis Method for Examining Speech. Presented at the Aerospace Medical Association Meeting, Anchorage, AK.
Polejaeva, E. (November 2009). Speech Under Conditions of Sleep Loss: A Preliminary Review. Presented at the Department of Defense Technical Advisory Group Meeting, Key West, FL.
Smith, A.M., Carr, W., Polejaeva, E., LoPresti, M.L., McCarron, R.M., & Wassermann, E.M. (March 2015). Low Level Blast Exposure Associated with Sub-Clinical Neuropsychological Effects Similar to Those Observed in Blast Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Preliminary Results. Presented at National Capital Area TBI Research Symposium, Bethesda, MD.
Carr,W., LoPresti, M.L., Kamimori, G.H., Stone, J.R., Tate, C.M., Polejaeva, E.,…McCarron, R.M. (August 2014). Repeated Low Level Blast Exposure: Human Subjects Studies. Presented at Military Health System Research Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Stone, J.R., Tustison, N.J., Wassermann, E.M., Polejaeva, E., Tierney, M., McCarron, R.M., LoPresti, M., & Carr, W.S. (August 2013). Neuroimaging correlates of repetitive blast exposure in experienced military breachers. Presented at the 31st Annual Symposium of the National Neurotrauma Society, Nashville, TN.
Knutson, K., Polejaeva, E., LoPresti, M., Carr, W., Tierney, M., Stone, J., & Wassermann, E.(June 2013). fMRI Evaluation of the Effects of Chronic Exposure to Low-Level Blast. Presented at Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference, Seattle, WA.
Polejaeva, E., Young, L.A., Grome, A., LaValle, C., Crandall, B., & Carr, W. (August 2011). Breacher Survey II: Symptomology of Low-Level Blast Exposures. Presented at the Advance Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Polejaeva, E., Shiomi, K., Rupp, T., Neubauer, K., Raitch, T., & Carr, W. (June 2011). A Chaotic Analysis Method for Examining Speech. Presented at the Navy Medical Research Conference, Bethesda, MD.
Polejaeva, E., Young, L.A., Grome, A., Crandall, B., & Carr, W. (August 2010). Prevalence of Bio-Effects from Repeated Low-Level Blast Exposure Associated with Breaching. Presented at the Advance Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care, St. Pete Beach, FL.
Polejaeva, E., & Carr, W. (April 2010). Automated Speech Analysis as an Indicator of Neurocognitive Impairment. Presented at the Navy Medicine Research Symposium, Lansdowne, VA.
Polejaeva, E., Young, L.A., Paggi, M., & Carr, W. (November 2009). Prevalence of Bio-Effects from Repeated Low-Level Blast Exposures Within the Breaching Profession. Presented at the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States Conference, St. Louis, MO.
Polejaeva, E., Morasch, K.C., & Bell, M.A. (November 2008). Working memory correlations from infancy to toddlerhood and early childhood. Presented at the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Conference, Washington, DC.
Honors and Awards
Most Outstanding Senior Award, Virginia Tech Department of Psychology, May 16, 2009.
Undergraduate Award for Research Excellence, Virginia Tech Department of Psychology, May 16, 2009.
Travel Award, NIH (NICHD) and the Sackler Institute, Fall 2008.