Neuropsychiatric and Cognitive Issues of Aging Research Lab

Psychological Treatments for Neuropsychiatric and Cognitive Issues of Aging


Dr. Sherry A. Beaudreau


Topics: This group focuses broadly on the empirically supported treatment of neuropsychiatric and cognitive issues of aging.  More specifically, the main treatment of interest  is problem solving therapy, a therapeutic approach that falls under the umbrella of cognitive behavioral therapy.   The population of interest are veterans and community-dwelling older adults with anxiety disorders with normal to mildly impaired neurocognitive functioning.  Examples of research conducted in this laboratory can be found here:

Students with a strong interest  in both geropsychology and empirically supported treatments are encouraged to apply. An interest in neuropsychology, while not required, strongly informs the delivery of treatment to older adults in this lab. The group has a particular focus on late-life anxiety symptoms and disorders, but other symptoms such as depressive symptoms and sleep issues are also studied. Based on a student’s interests, research opportunities to develop topics or co-author studies relevant to the theory, understanding, or outcomes of problem solving therapy are a lab priority. Research projects will allow the students to gain research skills from designing a study, literature reviews, recruiting subjects, administering tests and interviews, delivery of psychotherapy in the context of a manualized protocol, data entry and data analysis, presenting at professional conferences, and possibly writing manuscripts or contributing to the writing of competitive grant applications. Students will also be encouraged to conduct their own research projects and compete for student awards, fellowships, and grants through professional organizations. This training is aimed to help the student because a more independent researcher in preparation for dissertation and beyond.

Openings: One new member to join the lab in August 2019.

Apply:  Interested students should submit the following materials to Dr. Beaudreau by midnight, April 5, 2019:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. One or two page letter discussing past research experience, how and why the student became interested in aging. Also include a description of specific research and clinical interests.
  3. A writing sample - usually a paper submitted for a psychology class while a student at PAU.

Notification: Students accepted into this research lab will be notified by phone on Monday, April 29, 2019.

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