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Andrew Bryant

Andrew Bryant

Graduate Student

Psychology
Porter Hall
ab859013@ohio.edu


Year of Entry

Fall 2014

Program

Clinical Psychology

Adviser

Dr. Julie Suhr

Education

M.A. Psychology (2014) New York University, New York, NY

B.S. Psychology (2011) University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Research Interests

Mr. Bryant's current research interests include the use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to measure relative blood flow changes to the brain that result from orthostatic hypotension and its effect on cognitive performance.  Previously, he investigated the effects of neurostimulation on memory and mood functioning in people with epilepsy. Overall, Mr. Bryant is interested in the application of neuropsychology and functional neuroimaging to study health related cognitive changes in the aging population.

Curriculum Vitae

Andrew M. Bryant, M.A.
Department of Psychology
Ohio University
269 Porter Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701

Education

Ph.D. Graduate Student, Ohio University, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, 2014 -Present
Advisor: Julie Suhr, Ph.D.

M.A., New York University, General Psychology, 2014
Thesis topic: Efficacy of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Depression in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Advisor: Anli Liu, M.D. (NYU Langone Medical Center)

B.S., University of California, San Diego, Psychology, 2011
Area of Concentration: Cognitive Neuropsychology

Clinical Experience

July 2016 - Present, Neuropsychology Trainee
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Supervisors: Laura Boxley, Ph.D.; Erica Dawson, Ph.D.
Neuropsychological assessment of adult inpatients and outpatients drawn from departments of the medical center and outside referrals, including referrals for neuropathological conditions such as dementia, epilepsy, degenerative disorders, ADHD, and traumatic brain injury. Supervised experience in planning test selection, implementing, interpreting, and writing up, and results of neuropsychological evaluations using a broad range of tests and procedures.

Sept. 2015 - Present, Outpatient Psychology Trainee
Psychology and Social Work Clinic (PSWC) Ohio University
Supervisors: Chantel Weisenmuller, Ph.D.; Timothy Anderson, Ph.D.; Sarah Racine, Ph.D.
Individual outpatient therapy for adults (18+). Utilized several treatment modalities including CBT, emotion- focused therapy, integrative techniques to treat adults with a wide range of diagnoses, including depression, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety and phase of life-related distress.

July - August 2015, Classroom Teacher
Center for Research and Intervention in Schools (CIRS) Camp BOOST at Ohio University
Supervisors: Brian Wymbs, Ph.D.
Camp BOOST is a 3-week summer-treatment program setting for children ages 6-13 with either Attention- Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, related behavior problem and no behavior or learning problems. Implementation of an extensive behavior modification treatment program during classroom activities, focused on improving children’s on-task behavior, following teacher directives, appropriate classroom behavior in addition to providing practice at the children’s current grade level to avoid summer learning loss.

Research Experience

Ohio University

Jan 2015 - Present, Primary Investigator
Cognitive Variability Associated with Orthostatic Hypotension in Older Adults
Supervisor: Julie Suhr, Ph.D.
The aim of this study to examine the effects of orthostatic hypotension, a rapid decrease in blood pressure upon standing or changes in body position, on cognitive abilities in the elderly using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to measure relative blood flow changes to the prefrontal cortex. Administration of neuropsychological measures including the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status Update, Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task, Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System: Color-Word Interference subtest

June 2015 - Present, Research Assistant, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Unravelling the Neural Contributions of Dynapenia in the Elders
Supervisors: Brian Clark, Ph.D, Julie Suhr, Ph.D.
NIH funded study seeks to better identify the neurological causes of muscle weakness associated with aging. Administration of neuropsychological measures including: Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status Update, Controlled Oral Word Association Test, Trails Making Test A and B

Sept. 2014 - Present, Research Assistant
Variables Affecting Student Performance on Psychological Tests When Assessing ADHD
Supervisor: Julie Suhr, Ph.D.
Simulation study to detect indicators of malingering; participants are instructed to feign ADHD when completing assessments; responses will be compared to ADHD patients and controls. Administer symptom and neuropsychological measures (WAIS-IV: Digit-Symbol and Symbol Search subtests; Iowa Gambling Task; Columbia Card Task; Word Memory Test; MMPI-2-RF; Conners’ Adult ADHD Rating Scales; Wender Utah Rating Scale; and World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule)

March 2015 - Present, Research Assistant
The Impact of Dementia Caregiving on Caregiver Physical, Psychological, and Cognitive Health
Supervisor: Julie Suhr, Ph.D.
Study is expanding on the nature of the relationship between dementia caregiver status and physical and psychological health outcomes as compared to a control group. Neuropsychological test administration (Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status Update, Controlled Oral Word Association Test, Trails Making Test A and B) to caregivers and non- caregivers adults ages 50 years and older.

June 2015 - Present, Research Assistant, Biopsychosocial Examination of Eating Patterns (BEEP) Lab at Ohio University
Emotion Regulation Strategies in Response to Ostracism: Effects on Mood and Eating Behavior in Individuals with and without Binge Eating
Supervisor: Sarah Racine, Ph.D.
Administration of the semi-structured Abbreviated Eating Disorders Examination to assess for current and past binge eating episodes, compensatory and/or restrictive eating behaviors, and compulsive and/or compensatory exercise behaviors in undergraduate females ages 18-21.

June 2015 - Present, Co-Investigator
A Study of Psychotherapy
Supervisor: Timothy Anderson, Ph.D., Andrew McClintock, M.S.
A randomized clinical trial comparing psychotherapy as usual to psychotherapy as usual with a common factors enhancement (CFE) system. CFE consist of three factors: 1) outcome expectations 2) therapeutic empathy and 3) the therapeutic alliance. Individual outpatient therapy for undergraduate students. I utilized several treatment modalities including CBT, emotion-focused therapy, integrative techniques to treat adults with mild, moderate, and severe levels of depression.

June 2015 - Present, Research Assistant
Center for Research and Intervention in Schools Lab at Ohio University
Administration of the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence-II: Vocabulary and Matrix Reasoning subtests and conduction of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children-IV with parent for lifetime diagnoses of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Major Depression/Dysthymia Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Separation Anxiety, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

June 2015 - Aug. 2015, Research Assistant
Camp BOOST Intake Evaluations
Supervisor: Brian Wymbs, Ph.D.
Conducted a semi-structured parent interview for the diagnosis of ADHD and/or conduct disorder, administration of Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence-II: Vocabulary and Matrix Reasoning subtests, Child Health Questionnaire, Child Parent Checklist, Math and Reading Level Indicators

New York University

Dec. 2012 - July 2014, Research Assistant
Efficacy of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Depression in People with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center
Supervisor: Anli Liu, M.D.
Randomized, double-blind study examining the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on modulating memory and mood in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (age 18-65). Application of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), operation and management of EEG (microEEG system), administration and scoring of neuropsychological and symptom measures including: Tower of London, WAIS-III: Digit-Span and Number-Letter-Sequencing subtests, Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Task, Quality of Life in Epilepsy Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory-II

University of California, San Diego

Sept. 2010 - Aug. 2012, Research Assistant, Center for Brain and Cognition
Influences of Multisensory Information on Self-Perception Using the Rubber-Hand Illusion
Supervisors: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D.; David Brang, Ph.D.
EEG research at the Center for Brain & Cognition. Data contribution for diffusion tensor imaging study on individual differences

Teaching Experience

Ohio University

Spring 2014 - Present, Teaching Assistant
Various courses throughout graduate education: Intro to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Intro to Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Psych of Adulthood and Aging

Fall 2015 Guest lecturer (Epilepsy; Physiological Psychology )

New York University

Spring 2013 - Fall 2014, Teaching Assistant
Various courses throughout graduate education: Abnormal Psychology, Intro to Psychology

Publications

Liu, A., Bryant, A., Jefferson, A., Friedman, D., Minhas, P., Barnard, S., . . . Schachter, S. (2016). Exploring the efficacy of a 5-day course of transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) on depression and memory function in patients with well-controlled temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior , 55, 11-20. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2015.10.032

Brang D., Bryant A., Plass J., Suzuki S., Taich Z.J., Ramachandran V.S., Grabowecky M. (Invited Revision). Right frontoparietal connectivity supports the rubber hand illusion and dynamic body representations. Brain, Structure, and Function.

Published Abstracts

Plass J., Brang D., Bryant A., Suzuki S., Taich Z., Ramachandran V.S., Grabowecky M. Frontoparietal connectivity supports dynamic body representation (2014). Journal of Vision , 14, 1108. doi: 10.1167/14.10.1108

Jefferson A., Bryant A., Devinsky O., Fusco H., Shafi M., Barr W… Liu A.A. Efficacy of tDCS for treating working memory dysfunction and depression in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (2013). Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation , 7, e3- e4. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2014.01.016

Conference Abstracts     

Bryant A., Lee E., Mei Ng H., Suhr J. (October 2016). What Is Related to Complaints of ADHD Symptoms? The Forgotten Contribution of Sleep. Poster presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Seattle, WA.

Bryant A., Suhr J. (February, 2016). Family History of Alzheimer's Disease Predicts Performance on Executive Functioning Measures in Cognitively Intact Adults. Poster presentation at the International Neuropsychological Society. Boston, MA.

Lee, E., Clark, R., Buelow, M., Patel, K., Cook, C., Morgan, B., Howell, A. N., Menatti, A. R., Bryant, A.,Suhr, J. (November, 2015). Malingered ADHD on the CAARS: Do reasons for malingering matter? Poster presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Austin, TX.

Bryant A., Lee E., Howell A., Morgan B., Cook C., Patel K., Menatti A., Clark R., Buelow M., Suhr J. (November, 2015). Malingered Functional Impairment in the Context of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Simulation Study. Poster presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Austin, TX.

Patel, K., Bryant, A., Menatti, A. R., Howell, A. N., Morgan, B., Cook, C., Lee, E., Buelow, M., Clark, R., Suhr, J. (November, 2015). MMPI-2-RF profiles in malingered ADHD: Does reason for malingering matter? Poster presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Austin, TX

Liu A.A., Bryant A., Jefferson A. (April, 2014). Efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation on working memory and mood in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Platform presentation at the American Academy of Neurology. Philadelphia, PA.

Bryant A., Liu A.A. (April, 2014). Efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation for treating depression in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Poster presentation at the New York University Master’s Psychology Research Conference. New York, NY.

Bryant A., Liu A.A. (March, 2014). Efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation for treating depression in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Poster presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, MA.

Honors, Awards, & Grants

2016  Martin And Wilson Geropsychology Fund, Ohio University – $150
2014  Professional Thought Leadership Award, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – $100
2014  2nd Place for Best Poster, NYU Psychology Research Conference – $50
2014  Master’s Scholar, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
2013  Dean’s Student Travel Grant, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - $500
2013  Certificate of Merit, NYU Psychology Research Conference
2007  Provost’s Honor List – Sixth College, UC San Diego

Skills & Qualifications  

Knowledge of EEG/tDCS techniques
Experience working with youths and patients
Familiar with clinical setting
Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Medical Record review/HIPAA Compliant
Skilled in Windows and Mac operating systems
Software Package for Statistical Analysis (SPSS)
Experienced in financial management

Professional Associations

2014 – Present   American Psychological Association, Student Affiliate
2013 – Present   American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, Student Member
2013 – Present   Eastern Psychological Association, Associate Member
2013 – Present   Psi Chi, Student Member
2013 – 2014    The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
2012 – 2014    Graduate Psychological Association, New York University, Student Member

Co-Curricular Activities

June – Aug. 2013, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Summer Lecture Series
Lectures on various topics conducive to productive research (Basic Neurology, Antiepileptic Drugs, Neuropsychology)

Aug. 2008 – Sept. 2012, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, UC San Diego
Recruited and mobilized members into healthy, goal-oriented groups

June  – Aug. 2010, University of Cambridge, England
Study Abroad Program: University of California, Education Abroad Program

References

Julie Suhr, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Training
Ohio University
205 Porter Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-1090
Suhr@ohio.edu

Anli Liu, M.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York University
223 East 34th Street
New York, New York 10016
(646) 558-0876
Anli.Liu@nyumc.org

David Brang, Ph.D. Research Fellow
Department of Psychology
Northwestern University
2029 Sheridan Road
Evanson, Illinois 60208
(510) 371-1703
DBrang@ucsd.edu


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