Katie Hazlett

David Marra graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with a major in psychology and a minor in statistics. During his time at UF he worked and managed a research project in Dr. Marsiske’s laboratory that explored the cognitive benefits of playing action video games in older adults. Under Dr. Mariske’s supervision, David wrote his senior thesis, which examined the relationship of visual attention and visual distractibility in a simulated driving task in an older adult population. Upon graduation, David continued researching the positive effects of video games with older adults while also working as a psychometrician at the University of Florida Psychology Clinic at Shands Hospital. David is currently in his fourth year at Marquette University. His master’s thesis examined how learning to draw and paint in a digital medium improved the memory and thinking abilities of older adults. David is in the process of beginning to work on his dissertation. He plans on exploring the physical, emotional, and neuropsychological effects of sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury. During his free time, David enjoys playing volleyball at Bradford beach, going on runs, playing guitar, and enjoying a beer.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Guastello, S. J., Marra, D. E., Perna, C., Castro, J., Gomez, M., & Peressini, A. (2016). Physiological Synchronization in Emergency Response Teams, and the Effects of Workload and Fatigue. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences. 20(2), 223-270.

Guastello, S. J., Marra, D. E., Perna, C., Castro, J., & Gomez, M. (2016) Performance and Participation Dynamics in Stag Hunt Games. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences. In Press.

Manuscripts Under Review

Guastello, S. J., Peressini, A., F., Marra, D. E., Castro, J., Gomez, M. (2016) Team Synchronization, Coordination, Participation, and Performance. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Hoelzle, J. B., Ritchie, K., Marshall, P., Vogt, E.,Marra, D. E., & Nikolas, M. Erroneous conclusions: the impact of failing to identify suspect effort when conducting attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) research. Submission anticipated September, 2016.


Selected Presentations:

Marra, D. E., Glass-Umfleet, L., Sabsevitz, D.S., Quasney, E. E., Binder, J. R., Mueller, W. M., Raghavan, M., Swanson, S.J. Greater Cognitive Reserve Predicts Better Post-Operative Cognitive Outcomes in an Epilepsy Population (2017, February). Poster submitted for the 45th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. New Orleans, LA.

Marra, D. E., Vogt, E., Ritchie, K., McCuddy, W. T., Hoelzle, J. An Updated Exploration of the Frequency of Suboptimal Effort in a Healthy Undergraduate Sample. (2017, February). Poster submitted for presentation at the 45th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. New Orleans, LA.

Vogt. E. M., Ritchie, K. A., Marra, D., Schneider, R. K., Hoelzle, J. B., & Marshall, P. (2017, February). Convergence of ADHD symptom report and neuropsychological tests. Poster submitted for presentation at the 45th annual meeting of the InternationalNeuropsychological Society, New Orleans, LA.

Guastello, S. J., Marra, D. E., Perna, C., Castro, J., & Gomez, M. (2016, July) Performance and Participation Dynamics in Stag Hunt Games. Paper accepted at the 25th annual meeting of the Society of Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences. Salt Lake City, UT.

Guastello, S.J., Peressini, A. F., Marra, D. E., Castro, J., & Gomez, M. (2016, July) Development and Validation of a Synchronization Coefficient for Biosocial Interactions in Groups and Teams. Paper accepted at the 25th annual meeting of the Society of Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences. Salt Lake City, UT.

Marra, D. E., Glass Umfleet, L., Sabsevitz, D.S., Quasney, E. E., Binder, J. R., Mueller, W. M., Raghavan, M., Swanson, S.J. (2016, June). The Impact of Cognitive Reserve on Cognitive Outcomes Following Left Anterior Temporal Lobectomy. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. Chicago, IL.

Correro II, A. N., Marra, D. E., Reiter, K., Byers, S. J., & Nielson, K. A. (2016, June). Executive Functioning and Verbal Memory are Predictive of Alexithymia across the Lifespan. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. Chicago, IL.

Marra, D. E., Reiter, K., Correro, A. N., Ruff, J., McCuddy, W. T. , Brandolino, A., Nielson, K. A. (2016, May). Digital Art Intervention Improves Cognition in Healthy Older Adults. Poster presented at the 28th annual meeting of the Association of Psychological Sciences. Chicago, IL.

Berman, M., McCuddy, W.T, Patel, P., Correro, A., Marra, D. E., Weatherton, M., & Nielson K.A. (2016, May). Short versus Long-Term Heart Rate Variability: Effects of Aging and APOE e4. Poster presented at the 28th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, IL.

Patel, P., McCuddy, W.T., Berman, M., Correro, A., Marra, D. E., Weatherton, M., Potts, S., & Nielson K.A. (2016, May). Differential Effects of Cognitive and Physiological Stressors on Autonomic Regulation in Older Adults. Poster presented at the 28th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, IL.

Ruff, J., Marra, D., Brandolino, A., Nielson, K. A. (2016, May). Cognitive Benefits of Creative Achievement in Older Adults. Poster presented at the annual Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Marra, D. E., Ruff, J., Brandolino, A., Nielson, K. A., (2016, April). Video Game Interventions To Improve Cognition in Older Adults. Poster presented at the Marquette University Sigma Xi Advances in the Sciences Poster Symposium. Milwaukee, WI.

Guastello, S., J., Marra, D., Castro, J., Gomez, M., Bishop, K., Equi, M., Hariri, L., Esson, M., Callard, N. (2015, December). Automatic Synchronization, Group Dynamics, and Performance. Poster presented at the 11th annual Marquette University Forward Thinking Research Conference. Milwaukee, WI.

Guastello, S. J., Marra, D. E., Perna, C., Castro, J., & Gomez, M. (July, 2015). Physiological synchronization in emergency response teams: Workload and fatigue, drivers and empaths. Paper presented to the 25 annual conference of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences. Gainesville, FL.

Lafo, J., Bowers, D., Marsiske, M., Marra, D., Thomas, K., Jones, J., Hass, C., Reynolds, B., Steindler, D., Bauer, R. (2015, February) Effects of Combined Cognitive Training and Physical Exercise on Spatial Navigation and Learning in Older Adults. Poster presentation at the 43rd annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Denver, CO.

Guastello, S., Marra, D., Perna, C., Castro, J., Gomez, M. (2014, December) Autonomic Synchronicity, Group Dynamics, and Performance. Poster presented at the 10th annual Marquette University Forward Thinking Research Conference. Milwaukee, WI.

Thomas, K.R, Marsiske, M., Marra, D., Jones, J., & Bowers, D. (2012). Age as a Moderator of Fatigue Severity on a Task of Cognitive Switching. The Gerontologist, 52, 58.


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