Emma Weizenbaum, MA

Clinical Psychology (on internship/post-doc)

  • Title Clinical Psychology (on internship/post-doc)
  • Office 900 Commonwealth Ave.
  • Education Wesleyan University B.A. in Psychology
    Boston University M.A. in Psychology

Research Interests

I’m interested in developing innovative ways of measuring cognition that can capture how we think from moment to moment in everyday life. Ultimately, I hope this research program contributes to more sensitive detection of cognitive deficits and gives rise to personalized and precise targets for intervention.

Current Projects

With funding support from the Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy at BU, I am working with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists and computer scientists to gather and analyze cognitive and ecological momentary assessment data collected via smartphone.

We have gathered a large volume of smartphone assessment data from young adults, and we are currently working to understand how contextual factors (location, social environment) and internal factors (mood, alertness, motivation) influence one’s attentional and working memory abilities across timepoints in a burst-methods design.

We have now begun to apply these methods to a sample of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. We are looking at the feasibility of smartphone-based cognitive assessment in Parkinson’s disease and its convergent validity with lab-based pencil and paper methods. Similar to our research questions in young adults, we are interested in how context and fluctuation of Parkinson’s disease motor symptoms influence cognitive function.

Previous Experiences

Prior to entering the PhD program at BU, I worked at the John R. Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where my research focused on headache, pain, and healthcare utilization.  I also have worked as a psychometrist in the Cognitive Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

Hobbies and Interests

I seek out any chance to absorb sunlight which leads to biking, kayaking, and exploring Boston’s parks as often as possible. I love creating and consuming tasty food with friends, and am not above ending a long day with some reality TV.

Selected Publications

Torous, J., Wisniewski, H., Bird, B., Carpenter, E., David, G., Elejalde, E., Fulford, D., Guimond, S., Hays, R., Henson, P., Hoffman, L., Lim, C., Menon, M., Noel, V., Pearson, J., Peterson, R., Susheela, A., Troy, H., Vaidyam, A., Weizenbaum, E., & Keshavan, M. (2019). Creating a digital health smartphone app and digital phenotyping platform for mental health and diverse healthcare needs: An interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science.

Salazar, R., Weizenbaum, E., Ellis, T.,  Earhart, G., Ford, M., Dibble, L., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2019). Predictors of self-perceived stigma in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 60, 76-80.

Doyle Strauss, L., Weizenbaum, E., Loder, E., Rizzoli, P. (2016). Amitriptyline dose and treatment outcomes in specialty headache practice: a retrospective cohort study. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 56(10), 1626-1634.

Rizzoli, P., Iuliano, S., Weizenbaum, E., Laws E. (2016). Headache in patients with pituitary lesions: A longitudinal cohort study. Neurosurgery, 78(3), 316-323.

Patalano, A., Weizenbaum, E., Lolli, S. & Anderson, A. (2015). Maximization and search for alternatives in decision situations with and without loss of options. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 28(5), 411-423.

Loder, E. & Weizenbaum, E. (2014). Migraine pain location and measures of healthcare use and distress: An observational study. The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 15(Suppl 1), J8.

Loder, E., Weizenbaum, E., Frishberg, B. & Silberstein, S. (2013). Choosing wisely in headache medicine: the American Headache Society’s list of five things physicians and patients should question. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 53(10), 1651-9


Selected Posters and Presentations

Weizenbaum, E., Torous, J., Fulford, D. (2019). Cognitive variability in the wild: Internal and contextual correlates of cognitive performance as assessed by smartphone. Poster presented at 31st Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Washington DC

Weizenbaum, E., Salazar, R., Manieri, M.C., Nardi, J., Cronin-Golomb, A, & Richardson, M. (2018). Cross-cultural differences in neuropsychological performance: The contributions of acculturation and academic self-identification. Poster presented at 46th Annual International Neuropsychological Society Meeting. Washington DC

Boettcher, H., Carpenter, J., Weizenbaum, E., & Smith, L. (2017). Increasing clinical diversity in an academic training setting. Poster presented at 51st Annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention. San Diego, CA

Weizenbaum, E., Salazar, R., Ellis, T., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2016). Predictors of self- perceived stigma in Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented at 45th Annual International Neuropsychological Society Meeting. New Orleans, LA

Barthelemy, O., Weizenbaum, E., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2016). Dual task performance as an objective correlate of subjective cognition and neuropsychiatric functioning in Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented at Cognitive Aging Conference. Atlanta, GA

Loder, E., Weizenbaum, E., Anderson, N., Hurwitz S., & Giddon, D. (2014). Migraine pain location and measures of healthcare use and distress. Poster presented at The European Headache Migraine Trust International Congress. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Weizenbaum, E. (2014). New research in headache pain lateralization and distress. Invited presentation at The Headache Cooperative of New England 24th Annual Stowe Headache Symposium. Stowe, VT.

Kerne, V., Weizenbaum, E., Benton, H. & Nussbaum, N. (2012). Social functioning variables in ADHD. Poster presented at 40th Annual International  Neuropsychological Society Meeting. Montreal, Canada.

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