Alissa Butts

Alissa Butts began her graduate career in clinical psychology at Marquette University in 2008. Her research interests include the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques in the earliest detection and prediction of cognitive impairment with older adults at-risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Alissa received her M.S. in 2010, with her master’s thesis examining functional differences in memory regions during the resting state of the brain in older adults at-risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Her dissertation project aims to identify a combination of indicators with structural and functional MRI, genetic risk factors, and physical activity levels that accurately predict cognitive decline. Ultimately, Alissa would like to incorporate neuroimaging to inform clinical decision-making while working in an academic medical center as a clinical neuropsychologist.  Alissa enjoys playing and watching sports, running in the rain, and spending time with family and friends.

PEER REVIEWED RESEARCH PAPERS AND CHAPTERS



Butts, A. M., Nielson, K.A., Hantke, N., Lancaster, M., Durgerian, S., Woodard, J. L., Seidenberg, M., Matthews, M., & Rao, S. M. (in preparation, anticipated submission to Neuropsychology December 2011). FreeSurfer vs. manual tracing: Distinguishing stable from cognitively declining using prospectively measured hippocampal volume.

Seidenberg, M., Guidotti-Breting, L. M., Woodard, J. L., Nielson, K. A., Smith, J. C., Lancaster, M., Matthews, M., Hantke, N., Butts, A. M., & Rao, S. M. Temporal gradient for recent and remote famous names and episodic memory decline in cognitively intact elders. Submitted to Neuropsychologia.

Woodard, J.L., Nielson, K.A., Sugarman, M. A., Smith, J. C., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Butts, A. M., Hantke, N., Lancaster, M., Matthews, M. A., & Rao, S.M. (2011). Lifestyle and genetic contributions to cognitive decline and hippocampal integrity in healthy aging. Accepted to Current Alzheimer’s Research.

Smith, J. C., Nielson, K. A., Woodard, J. L., Seidenberg, M., Verber, M. D., Durgerian, S., Antuono, P., Butts, A. M., Hantke, N., Lancaster, M. A., & Rao, S. M. (2011). Does physical activity influence semantic memory activation in amnestic mild cognitive impairment?  Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 193, 60-62.

Smith, J. C., Nielson, K. A., Woodard, J. L., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Antuono, P., Butts, A. M, Hantke, N., Lancaster, M. A. & S., Rao, S.M. (2010). Interactive effects of physical activity and APOE e4 on BOLD semantic memory activation in healthy elders. NeuroImage. 52, 635-44.

Woodard, J. L., Seidenberg, M., Nielson, K. A., Smith, J. C., Antuono, P., Durgerian, S., Guidotti, L., Zhang, Q., Butts, A. M., Hantke, N., Lancaster, M., & Rao., S. M. (2010) Prediction of cognitive decline in healthy older adults using fMRI. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 871-885.

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

Hertenstein, M. J., Hansel, C., Butts, A. M, & Hile, S. (2009). Smile intensity in photographs predicts divorce later in life. Motivation & Emotion, 33, 99-105.

Hertenstein, M. J., Butts, A. M, & Hile, S. (2007). The communication of anger: Beyond the face. In E.I   Clausen (Ed.), Psychology of Anger (pp. 7-11). Nova Publications.


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