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James F. Sumowski, PhD: Principal Investigator

Faculty Appointment:
Associate Professor of Neurology and of Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS

 

Educational Background:
Clinical Research Fellowship in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience:
Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School & Kessler Foundation
Internship in Clinical Neuropsychology:
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Ph.D., Columbia University:
School Psychology with a Neuropsychology Focus
B.A., Philosophy and Psychology:
Seton Hall University

 

Our laboratory seeks to advance understanding, measurement, prevention, and treatment of functional disabilities in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS), with a particular focus on cognition and memory. We are developing innovative assessment tools to evaluate functional outcomes, and reevaluating and revising old assumptions about cognition and memory to improve treatment. My current NIH R01 is a longitudinal study of risk and protective factors associated with cognitive changes over time, with a focus on potentially modifiable factors that may inform clinical decision making.  As a member of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS, I have the good fortune to collaborate with and learn from our expert team of MS neurologists. Frequent contact and feedback from our patients has also been essential for identifying clinically important questions with the greatest promise for improving quality of life for the persons striving to accomplish goals and live fully in the context of this disease.

 

Clinical Research Coordinators

Robin Graney graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2018 (Major: Neuroscience).

Erin Staker graduated from Virginia Tech in 2019 (Major: Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology).

 

Clinical Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Sarah Levy received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology from Suffolk University.  She has training in neuropsychological assessment and her research currently examines structural and functional neuroimaging in multiple sclerosis to examine patterns of early disease progression and understand how the brain may adapt to these changes.

Dr. Jordyn Anderson received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and completed her internship in Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment and behavioral health interventions. Her current clinical work and research focuses on wellness in persons with multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Margaret Lorenzetti received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University where her dissertation examined effects of sleep restriction on biological, psychological, and cognitive outcomes. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment and is interested in diet and sleep in persons with multiple sclerosis.

 

Current Graduate Students

Emily Dvorak earned a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Ph.D. student at Teachers College, Columbia University, and currently examining contributions of language to memory in persons with MS.

Rosemarie Kurtz earned a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College. She is now a Ph.D. student at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation will investigate contributions of sleep disturbance to cognitive function in persons with MS.

 Laura Johanson earned a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University. She is now a Ph.D. student at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation will investigate contributions of psychological resilience to functional outcomes in persons with MS.

 

Previous Clinical Researchers

Rachel B. Brandstadter, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

 

Previous Clinical Postdoctoral Fellows

Lisa Glukhovsky, Ph.D. (2018-2020)

Colleen Marino, Ph.D. (2018-2020)

Elizabet Santana, Psy.D. (2018-2020)

 

Previous Research Staff

Alexandra Buchanan: Clinical Research Coordinator

Christina Lewis: Associate Researcher/Lab Manager

Gabrielle Pelle: Clinical Research Coordinator