Dr. Butterfield is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clinical and Health Psychology Department at the University of Florida and the Program Coordinator of the VITAL program at The Village. Dr. Butterfield completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Florida in 2012 and obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of South Florida in 2013. Her doctoral research focused on increasing motivation, initiative and mood in individuals with Parkinson’s disease through the use of goal-setting and personal coaching. Other research involvement has included investigations into cognition and emotion in individuals with Huntington’s disease, epilepsy and cancer. Her current research interests include improving mood, motivation, cognitive functioning and active living in older adults.
In addition to research, Dr. Butterfield has had extensive clinical assessment and psychotherapy experience with individuals across the age span. She specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of adults and older adults, including those who are cognitively healthy as well as those with memory disorders, movement disorders, acquired brain injury, learning disabilities, and other medical complications and psychological disturbances. Dr. Butterfield has provided individual psychotherapy for a range of psychological issues and cognitive rehabilitation for individuals concerned with memory and other cognitive problems.
Dr. Bowers is a Professor and clinical/research neuropsychologist in the Departments of Clinical and Health Psychology and Neurology at the University of Florida. She is a “3 degree Gator,” obtaining her B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from UF. She directs the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, is area head of the Neuropsychology division at UF, coordinates the clinical neuropsychology post-doctoral program, and is the lead neuropsychologist at the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. She is a Fellow of Division 40 of the American Psychological Association and on the board of directors of the International Neuropsychological Society. Dr. Bowers has been continuously research funded since 1981 and is recognized for her expertise in the neuropsychology of emotion. Her research has spanned attention and memory, laterality, and emotion using various tools including TMS, ERP and psychophysiology, computational modeling, and face digitizing procedures.
Current research focuses on novel treatment approaches for apathy and executive dysfunction, predictors of decline and well-being, and “neural” signatures of cognitive/emotional changes in older adults and those with dopaminergic depletion disorders. She recently initiated the UF Brain Health Clinic which provides novel “brain health” interventions and clinical services to older adults who wish to “improve” or maintain optimal cognitive and emotional health.
Dr. Marsiske is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. He also serves as the department’s Associate Chair for Research. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology at the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Marsiske has served as a principal investigator on the NIH-funded study ACTIVE, which examined long-term cognitive training effects on elders’ everyday function, and he collaborates on several other federally funded studies and centers at UF. Marsiske is also the Training Director of a NIA-funded predoctoral training program (T32) entitled “Physical, Cognitive and Mental Health in Social Context.”
In his research, Dr. Mariske focuses on older adults’ ability to maintain and improve cognitive performance due to training interventions and practice, and older adults’ everyday problem solving abilities and their relationship to basic cognitive and intellectual performance.
Jacob Jones, M.S. is a Neuropsychology graduate student at UF. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal. State University Channel Islands. Currently, Jacob is studying under the mentorship of Dr. Dawn Bowers. His research focuses on cognitive and emotional functioning among older adults, including individuals with Parkinson’s disease. His dissertation is focused on the impact of cardiovascular risk factors (i.e., hypertension) on cognitive functioning and structural brain changes.
Kelsey R. Thomas, M.S., is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, working with Dr. Michael Marsiske. Kelsey’s undergraduate degree was in Psychology and Biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego. At UF, her interests are, broadly, in neuropsychology, aging, and particularly in the area of everyday functioning and cognitive interventions. Kelsey’s work has included an examination of the effect of simple prompts to improve the performance of older adults on tasks like medication use and financial management; her work further shows that persons with cognitive impairment or from disadvantaged populations show particularly strong benefit from such prompts. Current work focuses on achieving better measurement of elders’ complex everyday task performance, particularly examining the kinds of errors and difficulties that elders experience. Her work also examines whether particular neurocognitive factors put elders at risk for making such errors. Kelsey has received awards including the Leighton E. Cluff Award for Aging Research, and the Dean’s Scholar Award from the College of Public Health and Health Professions.
Paul Mangal is a clinical neuropsychology graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Center for Neural Science at New York University, and received his Master of Science degree from the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. Under the mentorship of Dr. Dawn Bowers, his master’s research examined neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric contributions to memory modulation, as well as the electrophysiology of arousal processes across younger adulthood, older adulthood, and in Parkinson’s disease. In the next stage of this investigation, he plans to explore neuroanatomical mechanisms of arousal and emotional memory through volumetric and functional neuroimaging studies. In a future area of inquiry, Paul will research the cognitive and emotional effects of an applied neurotherapeutic technology in older adults and individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
Jacqueline Maye, M.S.
Graduate Student Collaborator
Jacqueline Maye, M.S., is a neuropsychology graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Marsiske at UF, her master’s research examined relationships between cognitive and sensorimotor functioning in elderly adults. Her primary research interests involve cognitive aging and interventions targeted at delaying cognitive and functional decline in older adults.