PSYC 203 Statistics Lab
PSYC 306 Abnormal Psychology
My research focuses on aging, neuropsychology, and assessment, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease. Broadly, I aim to improve assessment of Alzheimer’s disease and our understanding of the clinical expression and course of the disease. I am interested in promoting earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease, refining our understanding of the neuropsychological profile of Alzheimer’s disease, and utilizing modern statistical techniques (e.g., item response theory, structural equation modeling) to improve measurement precision. With my dissertation research, I modeled cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease and analyzed the influences of sex and neuropsychiatric symptoms on the cognitive progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
I am currently completing my clinical internship at the Charleston Consortium, neuropsychology track.
Balsis, S., Benge, J. F., Lowe, D. A., Geraci, L., Doody, R. S., for the ADNI. (2015). How do scores on the ADAS-Cog, MMSE, and CDR-SOB correspond? The Clinical Neuropsychologist. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2015.1119312
Lowe, D. A., Balsis, S., & Doody, R. S. (2015). Adding delayed recall to the ADAS-cog improves measurement precision in mild Alzheimer’s disease: Implications for predicting instrumental activities of daily living. Psychological Assessment.
Balsis, S., & Lowe, D. A. (2015). A fresh perspective revealed by powerful trends in Alzheimer’s disease research. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 43, 289-290.
Lowe, D. A., Balsis, S., Hughes, M., Shine, H. E., & Carpenter, B. D. (2015). Misconceptions of Alzheimer’s disease. The Clinical Gerontologist, 38, 149-156.
Hughes, M. L., Lowe, D. A., Shine, H. E., Carpenter, B. D., & Balsis, S. (2014). Using the Alzheimer’s Association web site to improve knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease in healthcare providers. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 30, 98-100.
Rogers, S. A., & Lowe, D. A. (2013). Neuropsychology. In N. P. Azari (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Springer.
Balsis, S., Lowe, D. A., & Benge, J. F. (2012). Shifts in measuring dementia. Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 2, 443-445
Lowe, D. A., Balsis, S., Miller, T. M., Benge, J. F., & Doody, R. S. (2012). Greater precision when measuring dementia severity: Establishing item parameters for the Clinical Dementia Rating scale. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 34, 128-134.
Lowe, D. A., & Rogers, S. A. (2011). Estimating premorbid intelligence among older adults: The utility of the AMNART. Journal of Aging Research, 2011. doi:10.4061/2011/428132
Miller, T. M., Balsis, S., Lowe, D. A., Benge, J. F., & Doody, R. S. (2011). Item response theory reveals variability of functional impairment within Clinical Dementia Rating scale stages. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 32, 362-366.