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Melissa Lamar

InstitutionRush University, Rush Medical College
DepartmentNeurological Sciences
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    2017Arthur Benton Award for Mid-Career Research, The International Neuropsyological Society
    2016Society for Clinical Neuropsychology Fellow (Division 40), American Psychological Association
    2015Early Career Reviewer, The Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health
    2016Lecturer (courtesy appointment), Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
    2014Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Minority Research, University of Illinois
    2014Affiliated Investigator, Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos
    2013Associate Professor (courtesy appointment), Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
    2012 - 2016Research Associate, Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women's Health Career Development Programs, University of Illinois at Chicago
    2014 - 2016Scholar, Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health
    2014 - 2015Member, Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Year Seven Class, Committe on Women in Psychology, American Psychological Association
    2014Travel Scholarship, The Emory Center for AIDS Research and Atlanta Geriatric Education Center
    2014 - 2015Member, Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, American Psychological Association
    2014Travel Scholarship, The Emory Center for AIDS Research and Atlanta Geriatric Education Center
    2013Featured Researcher, Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships , Healthy City Collaborative, University of Illinois at Chicago
    2009 - 2011Honorary Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiary King's College London, London, England
    2009Fellow, 15th Annual NIMH Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry
    2009Travel Grant, Brain
    2007 - 2009Honorary Research Scientist, Department of Cardiac & Vascular Sciences' , Centre for Clinical Neuroscience, St. George's University of London, London, England
    2000 - 2002Scientific Director's Award in Research, National Institute on Aging
    2000Butters and Rennick Award Finalist, International Neuropsychological Society
    1998Henry Hecaen Neuropsychology Scholar, Amer. Psych. Fo. & the Amer. Psych. Assoc. Division 40: Clinical Pathology
    1998President's Award, Philadelphia Neuropsychological Society
    1997Recipient, Neuropsychiatric Institute Student Dissertation Fellowship
    1996President's Award, Philadelphia Neuropsychological Society
    1996Graduate Student Research Award, National Academy of Neuropsychology

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    Melissa Lamar, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Rush University Medical Center, and a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from Drexel University and completed her postdoctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience within the intramural program of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. She worked at the Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London and the University of Illinois at Chicago prior to joining the Rush faculty in 2016. Her research focuses on cardiovascular disease risk factors, brain aging and cognition with a particular focus on Latinos and African Americans. Dr. Lamar employs novel neuroimaging and data analytic techniques to identify modifiable factors associated with health disparities in brain aging. Additionally, she incorporates translational tasks and digital technology into her work assessing cognitive functioning in order to strengthen the accuracy of her work. Together with the Boston Process Approach to Neuropsychology, Dr. Lamar is able to detect subtle alterations in behavior and pin-point their roots in brain. Dr. Lamar has published extensively on brain-behavior profiles of risk and disease in aging and has received numerous honors and awards for her work including Fellows status of the American Psychological Association and the 2017 Arthur Benton Award for Mid-Career Research from the International Neuropsychological Society.

    My Scopus ID is 6701739395.

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    1. Vásquez E, Strizich G, Isasi CR, Echeverria SE, Sotres-Alvarez D, Evenson KR, Gellman MD, Palta P, Qi Q, Lamar M, Tarraf W, González HM, Kaplan R. Is there a relationship between accelerometer-assessed physical activity and sedentary behavior and cognitive function in US Hispanic/Latino adults? The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Prev Med. 2017 Oct; 103:43-48. PMID: 28765082.
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    2. Camacho A, Tarraf W, Jimenez DE, Gallo LC, Gonzalez P, Kaplan RC, Lamar M, Khambaty T, Thyagarajan B, Perreira KM, Hernandez R, Cai J, Daviglus ML, Wassertheil-Smoller S, González HM. Anxious Depression and Neurocognition among Middle-Aged and Older Hispanic/Latino Adults: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Results. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Feb; 26(2):238-249. PMID: 28684241.
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    3. Karstens AJ, Ajilore O, Rubin LH, Yang S, Zhang A, Leow A, Kumar A, Lamar M. Investigating the separate and interactive associations of trauma and depression on brain structure: implications for cognition and aging. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Nov; 32(11):1190-1199. PMID: 28643948.
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    4. Tussing-Humphreys L, Lamar M, Blumenthal JA, Babyak M, Fantuzzi G, Blumstein L, Schiffer L, Fitzgibbon ML. Building research in diet and cognition: The BRIDGE randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Aug; 59:87-97. PMID: 28600159.
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    5. Gonzales MM, Ajilore O, Charlton RC, Cohen J, Yang S, Sieg E, Bhaumik DK, Kumar A, Lamar M. Divergent Influences of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Domains on Cognition and Gray and White Matter Morphology. Psychosom Med. 2017 Jun; 79(5):541-548. PMID: 28498826.
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    6. Lamar M, Wu D, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Brickman AM, Gonzalez HM, Tarraf W, Daviglus ML. Cognitive Associates of Current and More Intensive Control of Hypertension: Findings From the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Am J Hypertens. 2017 Jun 01; 30(6):624-631. PMID: 28402388.
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    7. Charlton RA, Lamar M, Zhang A, Ren X, Ajilore O, Pandey GN, Kumar A. Associations between pro-inflammatory cytokines, learning, and memory in late-life depression and healthy aging. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Jan; 33(1):104-112. PMID: 28271543.
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    8. Karstens AJ, Rubin LH, Shankman SA, Ajilore O, Libon DJ, Kumar A, Lamar M. Investigating the separate and interactive associations of trauma and depression on neurocognition in urban dwelling adults. J Psychiatr Res. 2017 Jun; 89:6-13. PMID: 28130995.
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    9. Tarraf W, Rodríguez CJ, Daviglus ML, Lamar M, Schneiderman N, Gallo L, Talavera GA, Kaplan RC, Fornage M, Conceicao A, González HM. Blood Pressure and Hispanic/Latino Cognitive Function: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Results. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017; 59(1):31-42. PMID: 28582859.
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    10. Piers RJ, Devlin KN, Ning B, Liu Y, Wasserman B, Massaro JM, Lamar M, Price CC, Swenson R, Davis R, Penney DL, Au R, Libon DJ. Age and Graphomotor Decision Making Assessed with the Digital Clock Drawing Test: The Framingham Heart Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017; 60(4):1611-1620. PMID: 29036819.
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    11. Jenkins LM, Barba A, Campbell M, Lamar M, Shankman SA, Leow AD, Ajilore O, Langenecker SA. Shared white matter alterations across emotional disorders: A voxel-based meta-analysis of fractional anisotropy. Neuroimage Clin. 2016; 12:1022-1034. PMID: 27995068.
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    12. Yang S, Wu M, Ajilore O, Lamar M, Kumar A. Metabolic Aberrations Impact Biophysical Integrity of Macromolecular Protein Pools in the Default Mode Network. Diabetes. 2016 Nov; 65(11):3464-3472. PMID: 27543086.
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    13. Nation DA, Preis SR, Beiser A, Bangen KJ, Delano-Wood L, Lamar M, Libon DJ, Seshadri S, Wolf PA, Au R. Pulse Pressure Is Associated With Early Brain Atrophy and Cognitive Decline: Modifying Effects of APOE-e4. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2016 Jul-Sep; 30(3):210-5. PMID: 27556935.
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    14. Lamar M, Ajilore O, Leow A, Charlton R, Cohen J, GadElkarim J, Yang S, Zhang A, Davis R, Penney D, Libon DJ, Kumar A. Cognitive and connectome properties detectable through individual differences in graphomotor organization. Neuropsychologia. 2016 05; 85:301-9. PMID: 27037044.
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    15. Souillard-Mandar W, Davis R, Rudin C, Au R, Libon DJ, Swenson R, Price CC, Lamar M, Penney DL. Learning Classification Models of Cognitive Conditions from Subtle Behaviors in the Digital Clock Drawing Test. Mach Learn. 2016 Mar; 102(3):393-441. PMID: 27057085.
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    16. Ahmed S, Brennan L, Eppig J, Price CC, Lamar M, Delano-Wood L, Bangen KJ, Edmonds EC, Clark L, Nation DA, Jak A, Au R, Swenson R, Bondi MW, Libon DJ. Visuoconstructional Impairment in Subtypes of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Appl Neuropsychol Adult. 2016; 23(1):43-52. PMID: 26397732.
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    17. Peters AT, Jacobs RH, Crane NA, Ryan KA, Weisenbach SL, Ajilore O, Lamar M, Kassel MT, Gabriel LB, West AE, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA. Domain-specific impairment in cognitive control among remitted youth with a history of major depression. Early Interv Psychiatry. 2017 10; 11(5):383-392. PMID: 26177674.
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    18. Lamar M, Rubin LH, Ajilore O, Charlton R, Zhang A, Yang S, Cohen J, Kumar A. What Metabolic Syndrome Contributes to Brain Outcomes in African American & Caucasian Cohorts. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2015; 12(7):640-7. PMID: 26239040.
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    19. Bezdicek O, Libon DJ, Stepankova H, Panenkova E, Lukavsky J, Garrett KD, Lamar M, Price CC, Kopecek M. Development, validity, and normative data study for the 12-word Philadelphia Verbal Learning Test [czP(r)VLT-12] among older and very old Czech adults. Clin Neuropsychol. 2014; 28(7):1162-81. PMID: 25247611.
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