Adrianna Ratajska, B.S.

Adrianna RatajskaBiography

Adrianna Ratajska is a graduate student in the Clinical and Health Psychology program (Neuropsychology track). She graduated from Union College in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, Adrianna worked with Dr. Christopher Chabris to develop a novel assessment of adult social intelligence and Dr. Cay Anderson-Hanley to examine cognitive outcomes of an exergaming intervention for mild cognitive impairment. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at the Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In this role, she was primarily responsible for coordinating a comprehensive, longitudinal multiple sclerosis study. Adrianna joined Dr. Dawn Bower’s lab in Fall 2019.

Research Focus

Adrianna’s primary research interests are at the interface of emotion and cognition in neurodegenerative disease and aging. She is interested in psychosocial risk and protective factors linked to cognitive function (e.g., leisure activities, depressive symptoms, chronic stress) as well as mood and motivational disorders.

Publications

Ratajska, A., Zurawski, J., Healy, B., & Glanz, B. I. (2019). Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of depression in multiple sclerosis: A narrative review of current findings and future directions. International Journal of MS Care, 21, 113-123.

Brown, M. I., Ratajska, A., Hughes, S., Fishman, J. B., Huerta, E., & Chabris, C. F. (2019). The social shapes test: A new measure of social intelligence, mentalizing, and theory of mind. Personality and Individual Differences, 143, 107-117.

Presentations

Ratajska, A., Glanz, B, I., Chitnis, T., & Healy, B. C. (2019, May). Social Support in Multiple Sclerosis: Associations with Quality of Life, Depression, and Fatigue. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, Seattle, WA.

Ratajska, A., Glanz, B, I., Chitnis, T., & Healy, B. C. (2019, May). Social Support in Multiple Sclerosis: Associations with Quality of Life, Depression, and Fatigue. Poster presentation at the annual CLIMB Patient Research Day, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

Ratajska, A. M., & Chabris, C. F. (2016, May). The Square is a Bully: Attributing Social Meaning to Animated Shapes. Oral presentation at the 26th Annual Steinmetz Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY.

Anderson-Hanley, C., Michel, M., VanBrakle, M., Maloney, M., Ratajska, A., Striegnitz, K., Saulnier, T., & Barcelos, N. & (2016, April). The interactive Physical and Cognitive Exercise System (iPACES): Pilot study of in-home use of Memory Lane with older adults pairs. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of NextMed: Virtual Reality Meets Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.

Michel, M., VanBrakle, M., Maloney, M., Ratajska, A., Gregg, D., Gao, Y., Striegnitz, K., Saulnier, T., Barcelos, N. & Anderson-Hanley, C. (2016, April). Flow state when older adults exergame using an interactive Physical and Cognitive Exercise System (iPACES). Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Ratajska, A. M., & Chabris, C. F. (2015, May). Smart Shapes: Can Shapes Help Us Measure Social Intelligence? Oral presentation at the 25th Annual Steinmetz Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY.

Ratajska, A. M., & Chabris, C. F. (2014, May). Reading the Mind: A Study on Social Perception. Oral presentation at the 24th Annual Steinmetz Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY.

Honors & Awards

Grinter Fellowship, University of Florida (2019)

Lisa S. Gerhan (1994) Memorial Award, Union College (2016)

Graduation Summa Cum Laude, Union College (2016)

Scholars Honors Program, Union College (2012 – 2016)