Erica Appleman, MA

Title
Second-year graduate student
Email
ericaa@bu.edu
Education
BA Psychology and Biology, Boston University, 2009
MA Psychology, Boston University, 2010

Relevant experience

While at BU for my masters, I assisted with a doctoral research project examining sleep and cognition in Parkinson’s disease. My personal research involved data gathering and analysis examining issues of quality of life, motor subtypes, and cognitive deficits in Parkinson’s.

Professionally, I worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Androgen Clinical Research Unit at Boston Medical Center from 2009-2012. I was the Boston site coordinator for The Testosterone Trial – a 12-site national NIH-funded clinical trial examining the effects of testosterone treatment on walking, vitality, sexual function, memory, blood count, and cardiovascular risk in older men

Hobbies and Interests

I am a former competitive figure skater and was a member of Boston University’s synchronized skating team; I currently coach for a skating school in Boston’s North End. I also enjoy traveling, reading, running, photography, and exploring the city of Boston.

Research Interests

I am interested in cognitive disorders in aging populations, particularly Parkinson’s disease. I hope to investigate cognitive markers for Parkinson’s that may be evident pre-diagnosis, as well as continue to examine for differences in subtypes of the disease. My research is currently being funded by the Framingham Heart Study – a longitudinal epidemiological study with data spanning over six decades. I am working to collect neuropsychological data from multiple generations of participants and aim to examine Parkinson’s disease in this group.

I have also been involved for several years in coordinating data analysis of a research study examining the effects of changing school start times on sleep patterns of elementary through high school age children in a New England school district for research presentation and publication.

 

Publications and Book Chapters

Huang, G., Basaria, S., Travison, T., Ho, M.H., Davda, M., Mazer, N.A., Miciek, R., Knapp, P., Zhang, A., Collins, L., Urinso, M., Appleman, E., Dzekov, C., Stroh, H., Ouellette, M., Rundell, T., Baby, M., Bhatia, N.N., Khorram, O., Friedman, T., Storer, T.W., & Bhasin, S. (In press). Testosterone Dose-Response Relationships in Hysterectomized Women with and without Oophorectomy: Effects on Sexual Function, Body Composition, Muscle Performance and Physical Function in a Randomized Trial.Menopause.

Au, R., Appleman, E.R., & Stavitsky, K. (2013). Systematic strategies: Case of school start times. In Wolfson, A. & Montgomery-Downs, H. (Eds.) In The Oxford Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Sleep: Development and Problems. New York: Oxford University Press.

Travison, T.G., Basaria, S., Storer, T.W., Jette, A.M, Miciek, R., Farwell, W.R., Choong, K., Lakshman, K., Mazer, N.A., Coviello, A.D., Knapp, P.E., Ulloor, J., Zhang, A., Brooks, B., Ngyen, A.H., Eder, R., LeBrasseur, N., Elmi, A., Appleman, E., Hede-Brierly, L., Bhasin, G., Bhatia, A., Lazzari, A., Davis, S., Ni, P., Collins, L., Bhasin, S. (2011). Clinical meaningfulness of the changes in muscle performance and physical function associated with testosterone administration in older men with mobility limitation. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 66: 1090-9.

Appleman, E.R., Stavitsky, K. & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2011). Relation of Subjective Quality of Life to Motor Symptom Profile in Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease, 2011, Article ID: 472830, 5 pages.doi:10.4061/2011/472830.

Basaria, S., Coviello, A., Travison, T., Storer, T., Farwell, W., Jette, A., Eder, R., Tennstedt, S., Ulloor, J., Zhang, A., Choong, K., Lakshman, K., Mazer, N., Miciek, R., Krasnoff, J., Elmi, A., Knapp, P., Brooks, B.,Appleman, E., Agarwal, S., Bhasin, G., Hede-Brierly, L., Bhatia, A., Collins, L., Fiore, L., & Bhasin, S. (2010).Adverse events associated with testosterone administration in a randomized placebo-controlled trial of older men with mobility limitation. New England Journal of Medicine, 363: 109-122.

 

Posters and presentations

Pistorino, L., Neargarder, S., Appleman, E., Au, R., Buyny, A., Bryant, K., Rivera, K., Auerbach, S., & Gilbert, K. (2013). Examining the effects of an earlier school start time on sleep patterns in school-aged children. Poster presentated at the Sleep Health & Safety Conference in Washington D.C.

Buyny, A., Neargarder, S., Appleman, E., Au, R., Bryant, K., Pistorino, L., Rivera, K., Auerbach, S., & Gilbert, K. (2013). Impact of School Start Time Changes on Behavior in Elementary-Aged Students.Poster presentated at the Sleep Health & Safety Conference in Washington D.C.

Bryant, K, Neargarder, S., Appleman, E., Au, R., Buyny, A., Pistorino, L., Rivera, K., Auerbach, S., & Gilbert, K. (2013). The Effects of Earlier School Start Times on Cognitive Performance in Children ages 7-9.Poster presentated at the Sleep Health & Safety Conference in Washington D.C.

Appleman, E.R., Stavitsky, K. & Au, R. (2012). Impact of school start time changes on sleep patterns in elementary through high school age students. Poster presented at the Sleep, Health, and Safety Conference in Washington, D.C.

Cann, A. Appleman, E.R., Stavitsky, K. & Au, R. (2012). The effects of health comorbidities on sleep duration in school-aged children. Poster presented at the Sleep, Health, and Safety Conference in Washington, D.C.

Homsi, M., Appleman, E.R., Stavitsky, K. & Au, R. (2012). The effect of parent opinion on responses to a survey on the change of school start times. Poster presented at the Sleep, Health, and Safety Conference in Washington, D.C.

Kim S., Appleman, E.R., Stavitsky, K. & Au, R. (2012). The impact of parenting styles on children’s sleep duration. Poster presented at the Sleep, Health, and Safety Conference in Washington, D.C.

Monge, Z., Appleman, E.R., Stavitsky, K. & Au, R. (2012). The effects of caffeine on sleep duration in young children and adolescents. Poster presented at the Sleep, Health, and Safety Conference in Washington, D.C.

Appleman, E.R., Stavitsky, K., Phillips, B., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2010). Quality of Life and Motor Symptom Profile in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA, as well as the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society Symposium in Boston, MA.

Phillips, B.D., Stavitsky, K., Appleman, E., Cronin-Golomb, A. (2010). Gender differences in the association of mood and cognition in Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA as well as at the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society Symposium in Boston, MA.