Psi Chi

Joan Ballard

What is your general area of specialty or interest?

Clinical Neuropsychology; Cognitive Neuropsychology; Applied Behavioral Analysis; Behavioral and Learning Disorders; Behavioral Correlates of Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury; Functional Neuroimaging

 

What are your specific research interests?

Factors affecting Sustained Attention; Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) research on sustained attention and response inhibition

 

What are your current active research projects?

Pilot studies of the effects of movement restriction and fMRI noise on performance of attention tasks. Preparation of project to be conducted at the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging.

 

Would you be willing to work with students as assistants with your research projects at this time?

Yes.

 

If yes, how many?

I currently have two research assistants and I'd be pleased to take on a couple more.

 

Do you prefer to choose your research assistants yourself or are you willing to be approached by students?

Either is fine.

 

In what aspects of your research are student assistants involved (e.g. data collection, data analysis, hypothesis formation, literature reviews, writing)?

All. Students who begin with me early (i.e., first- or second-year students) will have more opportunities.

 

Are there any special comments/instructions you would like interested students to know about you, your projects, or what you are looking for?

I prefer students who are first-years or sophomores, but I will sometimes recruit first semester juniors. My first choices would be psychology majors, but the nature of my work could provide opportunities for majors in biology, physics, computer science, or math, as well as pre-med students. I am only interested in working with students who have a sincere interest in the study of brain-behavior relationships and the use of fMRI to explore them.