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Michael Seidenberg, PhD


Dr. Michael Seidenberg is a Professor of Psychology. Dr. Seidenberg obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia after completion of an internship at University of Maryland Hospital. Dr. Seidenberg subsequently completed a fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at University of Virginia Hospital. He joined RFUMS in 1983. His research interests focus on identifying risk factors for developing Alzheimer's Dementia. Dr. Seidenberg teaches courses in Neuropsychological Assessment within the Department. Dr. Seidenberg is involved in a number of professional activities including being a member of the editorial staff of Neuropsychology, and an ad-hoc reviewer for other journals. He is licensed in Illinois.


  1. Identification of cognitive and neural markers of risk for developing Alzheimer’s Dementia
  2. Neural basis of person identity and temporal gradient in long-term memory
  3. Neurodevelopment in children with new onset epilepsy

Research Lab

Graduate Student Involvement in Research

Current Graduate Students

Sara Pillay  Sara Pillay. Sara is an 8th year doctoral student.  
Elizabeth Mitchell Elizabeth H. Mitchell, M.S. Elizabeth is a Ph.D. student working on her dissertation and completing her clinical internship at the Detroit VA Medical Center.  Current dissertation topic is focused on overlap between psychometric measures of psychological response bias and neurocognitive performance validity, and IQ in criminal defendants. Other areas of research interest include affective components of cognitive dysfunction, symptom exaggeration, and age related cognitive decline. Estimated graduation year is June 2014. She recently accepted a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with a specialty focus in neuropsychology at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital in Connecticut this fall.
Julia Novitski Julia Novitski, M.S. Julia is an advanced doctoral student, with a Master's of Science in Clinical Psychology. She also earned her terminal Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from RFU in 2010. She attained her Bachelor's degree at Colorado State University, where she majored in psychology. Her research interests include studying the biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease (AD), including the neuropsychological profiles of early AD and amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Julia's dissertation examines spatial and autobiographical verbal fluency in healthy older adults and those diagnosed with MCI and mild AD. She will be starting her pre-doctoral internship at Rush University Medical Center in July, 2014. 
Christina Kay Christina D. Kay, M.A., M.S.  Christina is a 5th year doctoral student with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from RFUMS. Christina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Tufts University, and went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to enrolling in Rosalind Franklin’s doctoral program, Christina worked as a therapist and psychometrician with both forensic and clinical populations. She has also worked as a research coordinator conducting clinical trials examining the efficacy of investigational medications for various psychiatric and neurological diagnoses. Christina is currently involved in the Person Identity Network project, an NIH-funded grant focused on examining predictors of cognitive decline in aging. Her specific research interests involve examining intra-individual variability in motor and cognitive performance in conjunction with genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. 
Dana Rosado Dana L. Rosado M.S. Dana is a 5th year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She previously received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin in 2010 and successfully passed the LPC exam before graduation and is currently a licensed professional counselor. Dana completed her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University where she majored in Psychology. After graduation she worked at St. Alexius Medical Center on a cardiac and stroke unit for one year before enrolling at Rosalind Franklin University. Her clinical training thus far has included practica at Vista Medical Center, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Dana’s research interests within the lab have included participating in the adult aging project (Famous Names Task) and researching factors affecting behavioral adjustment in new-onset epilepsy within an adolescent population.
Kyle Srnka Kyle Srnka. Kyle is a 2nd year doctoral student. He graduated magna cum laude from Ripon with a degree in psychobiology. His research interests include the neurodevelopment of children with new onset epilepsy.
Dana Kelly Dana Kelly.  Dana is a 3rd year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2013 where she majored in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience.  Her current research interest is using neuropsychology measures to identify cognitive changes in older adults at risk of Alzheimer’s Disease in the interest of identifying the disease early for potential intervention.
Emily Hoida Emily Hoida. Emily is a 3rd year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. Originally from Green Bay, WI, she earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she majored in psychology and minored in chemistry. Her research interests relate to the the neurobehavioral functioning of individuals with neurodegenerative disorders, specifically Alzheimer’s dementia. 
Margaret Abraham Margaret Abraham. Margaret is a 1st year doctoral student.
Alec Neale  Alec Neale. Alec is a 1st year doctoral student.  
 Andriana Hamm Andriana Hamm. Andriana is a first year Clinical Counseling Masters student who is currently involved in the PIN project, and is interested in Alzheimer’s disease and its preventative factors. In 2012, she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Andriana volunteers at RFUMS’ student run clinic as a Clinic Manager, and is an active member of GASP. She also works part-time at a local nursing home as the Life Enrichment Manager.  Andriana plans on pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology after completion of her Master’s degree.
 Angelica Olson Angelica Olson. Angie is a 1st year Clinical Counseling Masters student who is currently involved with the Epilepsy project.  She received her B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University in Vancouver, WA.  At WSU, she was involved in Dr. Michael Morgan’s PAG pain pathway neuroscience research lab focusing on various analgesic responses including those with chronic pain.  She plans on pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology with research interests in the neuroscience of mood and psychotic disorders.

Lab Alumni

Melissa Lancaster Melissa Lancaster, M.S., Ph.D. Melissa is an advanced doctoral student within the Neuropsychology track who is currently on internship at Rush University Medical Center. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from West Virginia University and a Master's of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from RFUMS. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery assisting in presurgical fMRI evaluations that were used to guide brain tumor resections in the operating room. Her research interests include multimodal neuroimaging predictors of cognitive change in neurologic populations. She currently is very interested in the ability of diffusion tensor imaging to identify cognitively asymptomatic individuals who will later progress to Alzheimer's disease and has an NRSA fellowship from the National Institute on Aging to fund her work in this area.
Dalin Pulsipher Dalin Pulsipher, Ph.D.  Dr. Pulsipher obtained his degree from RFUMS in 2010 after completing an internship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in pediatric neuropsychology/psychology. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the New Mexico VA Health Care System. He currently works at Akron Children's Hospital as a neuropsychologist and director of the APPCN neuropsychology fellowship. His primary clinical interests are epilepsy, TBI, and brain tumor, serving on the epilepsy, neuro-oncology, and inpatient rehabilitation teams. He has several ongoing research projects in the areas of concussion, generalized epilepsy, and pseudoseizures.
Leslie Breting Leslie Guidotti Breting, Ph.D.  Dr. Guidotti Breting obtained her Ph.D. from RFUMS in 2010 after completing an internship at Rush University Medical Center in adult neuropsychology. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at NorthShore University Health System. She became a board certified neuropsychologist (ABPP-CN) in November 2013. Dr. Guidotti Breting currently works at NorthShore University Health System as a neuropsychologist and director of clinical training. Her academic appointment is through the University of Chicago. Her primary clinical interests are epilepsy, TBI, concussion, brain tumor, forensic evaluations, clinical trials, and inpatient evaluations. She is the team neuropsychologist for the Epilepsy Program at NorthShore and conducts pre- and post-surgical neuropsychological evaluations related to epilepsy, wada test, and intracranial language and motor function testing during surgery. Dr. Guidotti Breting serves on the Student Advocacy Committee for AACN and is the regional representative on the AACN/ABCN’s Board Certification Promotion committee. Prior to graduate school, she graduated from the University of Michigan… Go Blue! 

Lab Pictures

Lab Pictures
INS 2014 Seattle

Brenda Milner

Pictured above are students with Dr. Brenda Milner

Student with Dr. Muriel Lezak

Pictured above is a student with Dr. Muriel Lezak


Dabbs, K., Becker, T., Jones, J., Rutecki, P., Seidenberg, M., & Hermann, B. (2012) Brain structure and aging in chronic temporal epilepsy. Epilepsia.

Woodard, J.L., Sugarman, M.A., Nielson, K.A., Smith, C.J., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Butts, A., Hantke, N., Lancaster, M., Matthews, M.A., & Rao, S.M. (2012) Lifestyle and genetic contributions to cognitive decline and hippocampal structure and function in healthy aging. Current Alzheimer Research, 9, 1-11.

Smith, J., Nielson, K., Woodard, J., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Autuono, P., Butts, A. et al. (2011). Interactive effects of physical activity and apoe-episolon 4 on BOLD semantic memory activation in healthy elders. NeuroImage, 54, 633-644. 

Smith, C., Nielson, K., Woodard, J., Seidenberg, M., Verber, M., Durgerian, S., Autuono, P. et al. (2011). Does physical activity influence semantic memory activation in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 193, 60-62.

Bell, B., Lin, J. J., Seidenberg, M., & Hermann, B. (2011). The neurobiology of cognitive disorder in temporal lobe epilepsy. Nature Reviews Neurology, 7, 154-164.

Tosun, D., Caplan, R., Siddarth, P., Seidenberg, M., Suresh, G., Toga, W. A., Hermann, B. (2011) Intelligence and cortical thickness in children with complex partial seizures. Neurolmage, 57, 337-345

Jackson, D.C., Irwin, W., Dabbs, K., Lin, J.J., Jones, J.E., Hsu, D.A., Stafstrom, C.E., Seidenberg, M., & Hermann, B.P. (2011). Ventricular enlargement in new-onset pediatric epilepsies. Epilepsia, 52, 2225–2232.

Nielson, K. A., Seidenberg, M., Woodard, J.L., Durgerian, S., Zhang, Q., Gross, W., Gander, A., Guidotti, L., & Rao, S.M. (2010). Common neural systems associated with the recognition of famous faces and names: an event-related functional-MRI study. Brain and Cognition, 72, 491-498.

Woodard, J.L., Seidenberg, M., Nielson, K.A., Antuono, P., Durgerian, S., Zhang, Q., & Rao, S.M. (2010). Prediction of 18-month cognitive decline in healthy older adults using functional MRI. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 21, 871-885.

Pulsipher, D.T., Dabbs, K., Tuchsherer, V., Sheth, R.D., Koehn, M.A., Hermann, B.P., Seidenberg, M. (2010). Thalamofrontal neurodevelopment in new onset pediatric idiopathic generalized epilepsy. Neurology, 76, 28-33. 

Hermann, B.P., Dabbs, K., Becker, T., Jones, J.E., Guiterrez, A., Wendt, G., Koehn, M.A., Sheth, R., Seidenberg, M. (2010). Brain development in children with new onset epilepsy: A prospective controlled cohort investigation. Epilepsia, 51, 2038-46. 

Woodard, J.L., Seidenberg, M., Nielson, K. A., Antuono, P., Guidotti. L., Durgerian, S., Zhang, Q., Lancaster, M., Hantke, N., Butts, A., & Rao, S.M. (2009). Semantic memory activation in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Brain, 132(8), 2068-2078.

Seidenberg, M., Guidotti, L., Nielson, K., Woodard,J.L., Durgerian, S., Autuono, P., Zhang, B.S., & Rao, S.M. (2009). Semantic memory activation in individuals at risk for developing Alzheimer disease. Neurology, 73, 612-620.

Seidenberg, M., Guidotti, L., Nielson, K.A., Woodard, J.,L., Durgerian, S., Zhang, Q., Gander, A., Antuono, P., Rao, S.M. (2009). Semantic knowledge for famous names in Mild Cognitive Impairment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, 9-18.

Pulsipher, D., Seidenberg, M., Guidotti, L., Tuchscherer, V., Mortin, J., Parrish, J., & Hermann, B.P. (2009). Thalamofrontal circuitry and executive dysfunction in recent-onset juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Epilepsia, 50, 1210-1219. 

Seidenberg, M., Pulsipher, D.T., Hermann, B. (2009). Association of epilepsy and comorbid conditions. Future Neurology, 4, 663-668.