Robert Salazar, MA

Sixth Year Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology

  • Title Sixth Year Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology
  • Office 648 Beacon St., room 210
  • Education 2011 BA, Psychology, University of South Florida
    2013 MA, Psychology, Boston University

Research Interests

Parkinson’s disease: dual tasking, attention and executive function, self-reported mood, self-perceived stigma

Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology

Computational and qualitative measurement of neuropsychological performance

Sleep and cognitionCurrent Projects

Relevant Experience

Undergraduate research assistant: University of South Florida (advisor: Cynthia Cimino, Ph.D.)

Current Projects

Dissertation: Interaction of Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease [Defended: May, 2017]: My dissertation considered the interaction of motor and non-motor symptoms in PD. Since the symptomatology of PD is heterogeneous, I am interested in how the interaction of PD symptoms affects common aspects of daily living like walking, visuospatial judgment, and mood. My hope is to inform assessments and interventions that are sensitive to the complexities of movement disorders such as PD.

Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology: I am interested in cross-cultural influences on neuropsychological assessment. I recently completed a study assessing the impact of stereotype threat on neuropsychological performance of White and Latino undergraduate students. With this dataset, I am interested in considering how a variety of cultural factors (e.g,. acculturation, language, self-efficacy, domain identification) relate to performance on neuropsychological assessment.

Computational and qualitative measurement of neuropsychological performance: I am interested in computational approaches to the qualitative interpretation of neuropsychological assessments. For example, methods exist for assessing qualitative aspects of verbal fluency such as clustering and switching, though existing hand scoring methods are time consuming and error-prone. I am interested in computational approaches that may be easily integrated into the neuropsychology clinical to improve diagnosis of neurocognitive disorders.

Sleep and cognition: I have conducted additional research with the Framingham Heart Study, with specific interest in the impact of sleep on cognitive function. I am interested in the relation of cognition to sleep indices such as cardiopulmonary coupling and blood oxygenation.

Self-Perceived Stigma in Parkinson’s Disease: I am currently recruiting participants for an online assessment of non-motor symptoms, particularly self-perceived stigma, in PD. I am interested in considering which motor and non-motor symptoms best predict stigma in PD. I am also collecting responses from an informant to assess the congruence of patient-informant responses.Hobbies & Interests

I love all sports, but am a huge baseball fan. I have been a Rays fan since ’98 so being in another AL East city has been an adjustment. Watching the Red Sox win the ’13 World Series was quite an experience! I also enjoy playing music. I have played the tuba most of my life and have recently picked up the guitar. I enjoy a range of recreational activities including tennis, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, hiking, and especially beach volleyball.

I’m interested in how cognitive load affects walking in PD and currently collaborating with Sargent college on a study involving dual-tasking in hopes of better understanding the relation between cognition and gait in PD. I’m also interested in how side-and-type of motor symptom affects cognition and gait, as well as how motor symptoms influence self-report mood measures in PD.

Hobbies and Interests

Sports such as baseball, volleyball, and spikeball.

Publications

Salazar, R.D., Le., A., Neargarder, S., Cronin-Golomb, A. (in press). The impact of motor symptoms on self-reported anxiety in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders.

Salazar, R.D., Ren, X., Ellis, T.D., Toraif, N., Barthelemy, O.J., Neargarder, S., Cronin-Golomb, A. (in press). Dual tasking in Parkinson’s disease: Cognitive consequences while walking. Neuropsychology.

Ren, X., Salazar, R., Neargarder, S., Roy, S., Ellis, T.D. Saltzman, E. & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2015). Veering in hemi-Parkinson’s disease: Primacy of visual over motor contributions. Vision Research, 115, 119-127.

Wu, J.Q., Appleman, E.R., Salazar, R.D., & Ong, J.C. (2015). Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia comorbid with psychiatric and medical conditions: a meta-analysis. JAMA internal Medicine, 175(9), 1461-1472.

Butterfield, L., Cimino, C., Salazar, R., Lee, C., Haley, W., Sanchez-Ramos, J., Bowers, D., and Okun, M. (2017). The Parkinson’s Active Living (PAL) Program: A behavioral intervention targeting apathy in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 30(1), 11-25.

Pavawalla, S.P., Salazar, R., Cimino, C., Belanger, H., Vanderploeg, R. (2013). An exploration of the limits of diagnosis threat following concussion injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19, 1-9. PMID: 23298459

Posters and Presentations

Neuropsychological Society Conference, New Orleans, LA, Feb  . 2017.

Manieri, M, Salazar, R., Cronin-Golomb, A. (2016). Effect of stereotype threat on neuropsychological performance. Presented at the Boston University UROP Summer Symposium, Summer 2016.

Le, A, Salazar, R., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2016). Effect of tremor symptoms on anxiety scores in Parkinson’s disease. Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA. Feb. 2016.

Moon, K., Salazar, R., Neargarder, S.,  & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2016). Spatial bias in normal aging and Parkinson’s disease: Effects of a dynamic stimulus on perceived center. Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA. Feb. 2016.

Salazar, R. & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2016). Self-perceived stigma in Parkinson’s disease: Relation to motor symptoms, age, gender, and mood. International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA. Feb. 2016.

Salazar, R., Ren, X., Barthelemy, O., Dorr, T., Toraif, N., Neargarder, S., Cronin-Golomb, A. (2015). Effects of cognitive deficits on gait in Parkinson’s disease. International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, CO. Feb. 2015.

Toraif, N., Salazar, R., Ren, X., Barthelemy, O., Dorr, T., Neargarder, S., Cronin-Golomb, A. (2015). The effect of dual-tasking on cognition and gait in Parkinson’s disease. Presented at the Boston University UROP Summer Symposium, Spring 2015.

Toraif, N., Salazar, R., Ren, X., Barthelemy, O., Dorr, T., Neargarder, S., Cronin-Golomb, A. Relationship between gait, side of onset and mood in Parkinson’s disease (2015). Presented at the Boston University UROP Summer Symposium, Summer 2015.

Salazar, R., Appleman, E.R., Cronin-Golomb, A. (2014). Impairments of executive and visuospatial function in motor symptom subtypes of Parkinson’s disease. International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, WA. Feb. 2014

Salazar, R., Barthelemy, O., Cronin-Golomb, A., Neargarder, S. (2014). Contribution of anxiety and depression to quality of life in Parkinson’s disease. Cognitive Aging Conference. Atlanta, GA. Feb. 2014.

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