Rebecca MacAulay

Rebecca MacAulayAssistant Professor
301 Little Hall, Room 362
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**Note to applicants: Dr. MacAulay does plan to take a new student for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Research Interests

Broadly, my research focuses on understanding cognitive aging processes. My research aims to: (1) better understand factors that increase risk and resilience to cognitive decline across the adult life span, (2) increase the sensitivity and external validity of assessment techniques used to detect preclinical stages of neurological impairment, and (3) apply this research to future intervention models in order to improve functional outcomes in older adults.

Specific programs of research include:

Investigation of link between motor and cognitive decline
Development of motor-cognitive screener measures to use within primary care settings
Role of attention network functioning in motor and affective disturbances
Understanding the relationship between depression and anxiety with cognitive decline
Development of brief cognitive-behavioral interventions for older adult populations

Selected Publications

MacAulay, R. K., Allaire, T., Brouillette, R., Foil, H., Bruce-Keller, A. J., & Keller, J. N. (2016). Apolipoprotein E Genotype Linked to Spatial Gait Characteristics: Predictors of Cognitive Dual Task Gait Change. PloS one, 11(8), e0156732.

MacAulay, R.K., Allaire, T.D., Brouillette, R. M., Foil, H. C., Bruce-Keller, A. J., Han, H., Johnson, W.D. & Keller, J. N. (2015). Longitudinal Assessment Of Neuropsychological and Physical Characteristics Of Elderly Fallers: Taking it all in stride. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 7:34. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2015.00034.

MacAulay, R.K., Brouillette, R.M., Foil, H.C., Bruce-Keller, A.J., & Keller, J. N. (2014). A longitudinal study on dual-tasking effects on gait: Cognitive change predicts gait variance in the elderly. PLOS ONE, 9(6), e99436. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0099436

MacAulay, R.K., McGovern, J.E., & Cohen, A.S. (2014). Understanding Anhedonia: The Role of Perceived Control. In Ritsner (Ed.), Anhedonia: A Comprehensive Handbook Volume One. Conceptual Issues and Neurobiological Advances. New York, NY: Springer Science. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-8591-4_2.

MacAulay, R.K., & Cohen, A.S. (2014). Self-Conscious Emotions’ Role in Functional Outcomes within Clinical Populations. Psychiatry Research, 216(1), 17-23. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2014.01.022.

Cohen, A.S., Auster, T.A., Callaway, D. MacAulay, R.K., & Minor, K.S. (2014). Neurocognitive underpinnings of language disorder: Contrasting schizophrenia and mood disorders. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 5(4), 492-502, doi:

Cohen, A. S., Auster, T. L., McGovern, J. E., & MacAulay, R.K. (2014). The normalities and abnormalities associated with speech in psychometrically-defined schizotypy. Schizophrenia research, 160(1), 169-172.

MacAulay, R. & Cohen, AS. (2013). Affecting coping: Does neurocognition predict approach and avoidant coping strategies within schizophrenia spectrum disorders? Psychiatry Research, 209(2), 136-141, doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2013.04.004.

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