Awards and Recognitions

Alice Cronin-Golomb

  • 2020-2024  Senior Editor, Psychological Science (Association for Psychological Science)
  • 2020-21  Visiting Professor, Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, EPFL and the Brain Mind Institute, Campus Biotech, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2020  Outstanding Mentor Award, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Boston University
  • 2016  Mentorship Award in Aging, American Psychological Association, Division 20, Adult Development and Aging
  • 2013-2014 Visiting Professor, Unit of Functional Imaging, Geriatric Institute Research Centre, Université de Montréal, Montréal QC, Canada
  • 2012 Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, Boston University
  • 2005 Visiting Scholar, School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2005 Honorary Senior Research Associate, Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, Randwick NSW, Australia
  • 1996-1997 Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychology, Stanford University
Professional Societies, Officer or Fellow:
  • International Society for Behavioral Neuroscience (President 2002-2006; Vice President 1999-2002; Executive Committee 1994-1996)
  • American Psychological Association (Fellow of Division 6, Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology; Division 20, Adult Development and Aging; Division 40, Clinical Neuropsychology [Society for Clinical Neuropsychology]; Membership Board 2010-2013)
  • Association for Psychological Science (Fellow)
  • Psychonomic Society (Fellow)
  • Gerontological Society of America (Fellow)
  • Eastern Psychological Association (Fellow)
Professional Societies, Member:
  • Society for Neuroscience, Movement Disorders Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society

Sandy Neargarder

  • Recipient of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching at Bridgewater State University. Two faculty members are chosen per year by a committee of faculty and students to receive this award. Recipients are chosen based on classroom observation, teaching philosophy, syllabi, course evaluations, and letters of recommendation from faculty and students, 2008
  • Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Education Honors Society, Kappa Delta Pi at Bridgewater State University. I was the first-ever faculty member to receive the award, 2007

Emma Weizenbaum:

  • Walter G. McMillen Award for Parkinson’s Disease Research, American Psychological Association, Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) (2020)
  • BU Institute of Health System Innovation & Policy Summer Fellowship (2019)
  • Graduate Student Organization at BU, Travel Grant (2019)
  • Clara Mayo Memorial Research Fellowship, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (2019)
  • Society for Science of Clinical Psychology Student Poster Competition Winner (2019)
  • Digital Health Initiative at Boston University, Research Incubation Award (2018-2020) 
  • Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University, 2016-2017
  • Professional Development Grant, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE), 2015

Ryan Piers

  • Paper featured by Medscape Psychiatry, July 2016: Piers, J., Nishtala, A., Preis, S. R., DeCarli, C., Wolf, P. A., Benjamin, E. J., & Au, R. (2016). Association between Atrial Fibrillation and Volumetric MRI Brain Measures: Framingham Offspring Study. Heart Rhythm, 13(10), 2020-2024.
  • Student Liaison Committee Research Award (one of best research submissions by a student), 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Denver, CO, 2015. For: Piers et al., Clock Drawing in a Healthy Community Sample: A Principal Component Analysis.

Joshua Fox-Fuller:

  • International Neuropsychological Society Phillip Rennick Award for best research presented by a graduate student at the 2020 Annual Meeting, for his work, Relationships between Cortical Thickness with Episodic Memory, Age, and In Vivo Pathology in a Colombian Cohort with Familial Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Student Liaison Committee, election as member-at-large for the 2020-2022 term
  • NRSA from NIH, Working Memory in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease: a Neuropsychological and Neuroimaging Investigation

Rini Kaplan:

  • Presidential Fellowship, Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Celina Pluim, Rini Kaplan:

  • Representatives to the Association of Neuropsychology Students and Trainees (ANST), the trainee organization of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN), Division 40 of the American Psychological Association (APA).


  • Juliana Wall, Dong-Ho Kim, Lucía Cerón Giraldo:  Boston University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program research awards, summer and fall (Juliana, Dong-Ho) and fall (Lucía)

Recognition of our some of our former lab members for noteworthy achievements:

Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NIH).  Predoctoral:  Gretchen Reynolds, Abhishek Jaywant, Mirella Diaz-Santos, Dan Norton, Justin Centi, Karina Stavitsky, Yelena Bogdanova, Karen Sullivan, Uraina Clark, Courtney Dirksen.  Postdoctoral:  Haline Schendan.

American Psychological Association, Walter G. McMillen Award for Parkinson’s Disease Research, Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and Division 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology):  Ollie Barthelemy, Deepti Putcha, Justin Centi.

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship:  Mirella Diaz-Santos, Uraina Clark

American Psychological Association, Award for Completed Doctoral Research, Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging):  Uraina Clark

American Psychological Association, Henry Hécaen Award in Clinical Neuropsychology:  Lena Bogdanova

Ford Foundation Fellowship, honorable mention:  Ollie Barthelemy

Sigma Xi, the National Honor Society for Science, administered by the National Academy of Sciences, Grant in Aid of Research:  Daniel Seichepine, Tom Laudate, Veronica Gross, Sigurros Davidsdottir, Saumya Sharma, Melissa Amick, Courtney Dirksen, Tracy Dunne

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Summer Student Fellowship: Ivy Miller, Tom Laudate

Fostering New Directions in Parkinson’s Research selected for attendance (May, 2015).  Erica Appleman, Rob Salazar.  Prizes in research proposal competition (Salazar 1st, Appleman 2nd).

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Andrus Gerontology Fellowship:  Kristine Hanna

Rossano Mind, Brain & Behavior Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowship, McLean Hospital:  Dan Norton

Presidential Fellowship, Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:  Dan Norton, Ivy Miller

World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders Travel Award:  Gretchen Reynolds, Dan Norton, Mirella Diaz-Santos, Daniel Seichepine, Karina Stavitsky

Rising Star (and travel scholarship), 2017 Geriatrics Research conference: From Bench to Bedside Workshop, National Institute on Aging U13/American Geriatrics Society:  Uraina Clark, Daniel Seichepine

Society for Neuroscience, Women in Neuroscience Travel Award:  Tracy Dunne, Fred Rocco

Assembly of Scientist/Practitioner Psychologists, APA Council of Representatives Meeting, Travel Award:  Gretchen Reynolds

Clara Mayo Research Award, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University:  Erica Appleman, Jade Wu (2017)

Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training, Chapter Representative,  Erica Appleman (2015 – 2017)

Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society:  Presidential Star Award for Exceptional Service to the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society, Erica Appleman (2017); Board of Directors, Student Representative, (2015-2017) and Education Committee Co-Chair (2016 – 2017); Erica Appleman.  Nelson Butters Award (best student research):  Fred Rocco (award); Rob Salazar (honorable mention); Beyza Sahin (honorable mention)


Special mention of students with multiple additional individual awards:

Jade Wu:  Featured Trainee, Sleep Research Society (January 2017 newsletter); First place, Boston University 3-Minute Thesis competition 2017 (video)

Mirella Diaz-Santos:  Tony Wong Diversity Student Award, National Academy of Neuropsychology Culture and Diversity Committee; Implementation Grant Funds (IGF) Award, American Psychological Association (APA)/Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training II; Psychology Summer Institute Fellowship, APA Minority Fellowship Program; Advanced Training Institute Fellowship: Research Methods with Diverse Racial & Ethnic Groups, APA Science Directorate/Michigan State University

Uraina Clark:  2016 – 2018 Suffrage Scientist Award (Women in Science Award), Medical Research Council, Clinical Sciences Centre, United Kingdom (one of 11 recipients worldwide); 2017 Travel Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Publications and presentations by lab members for work done with the Vision and Cognition Lab