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Directories

Directories

Dr. Alexandra E. Roach Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Penland 208
Cognitive Neuroscience
803-641-3217

Additional Information

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Courses Taught

2019 – 2020: Graduate Neuroscience, Psychological Statistics, Psychological Statistics Lab, Psychopharmacology, Reflective Capstone Experience

2018 – 2019: Graduate Neuroscience, Psychological Statistics, Psychological Statistics Lab, Neuroscience, Neuroscience Lab

2017 – 2018: Graduate Neuroscience, Quantitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis Lab, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Processes Lab, Neurobiology of Stress

2016 – 2017: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Processes Lab, Quantitative Analysis Lab, Psychopharmacology, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Processes Lab, Neuroscience, Neuroscience Lab

2015 – 2016: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Processes Lab, Quantitative Analysis in the Behavioral Sciences, Quantitative Analysis Lab, Neuroscience, Neuroscience Lab, Graduate Neuroscience

2014 – 2015: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Processes Lab, Quantitative Analysis in the Behavioral Sciences, Quantitative Analysis Lab, Neuroscience, Neuroscience Lab, Graduate Neuroscience


Education

Ph.D. University of California Davis, 2014 in Psychology, concentrated in Cognitive Neuroscience

M.S. Western Washington University, 2007 in Experimental Psychology


Professional Memberships

2018: American Association of University Professors
2015: Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology
2014: Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA)
2009: Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
2004: Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)
2013 – 2015: Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
2011 – 2014: International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment (ISTAART)


Honors and Awards

2020: Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Primer Faculty Mentor, Effects of noninvasive brain stimulation on inhibitory control part II: An HD-tDCS study (K. Jones, R. Till, D. Daniels, $2000)

2019: AAUP Summer Institute Scholarship ($1000)

2019: Psi Chi Summer Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Graduate Research Grant Faculty Mentor, Can anodal high definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) over the left V-5 improve reading ability? (A. Prince, $1346)

2019: Summer Scholars Institute (SSI) Faculty Mentor, Using noninvasive brain stimulation to promote neural plasticity: An HD-tDCS study (D. Daniels, $7000)

2019: Mini-Magellan Scholar Faculty Mentor, Using noninvasive brain stimulation: An HD-tDCS study (D. Daniels, $750)

2019: 15th Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night – Honored faculty member

2018: Magellan Scholar Faculty Mentor in collaboration with Exercise Science (Dr. Parr), The Effect of Indoor versus Outdoor Exercise on Mood (M. Bookstaver, $2500)

2018: HAS Travel Award recipient, USC Aiken ($710)

2018: ASPIRE III, Co-PI: Wireless Physiological Sensors to Explore the Pathophysiology and the Effects of Innovative Treatments for Traumatic Stress, Head Injuries and Emotional Dysregulation in Military Veterans, Student Athletes and Adults with ADHD: Out of the Laboratory and into the Field ($67,606.95)

2018: Magellan Scholar Faculty Mentor in collaboration with Dr. Swain, The Effect of Acetaminophen on Mu Suppression During a Pain Empathy Task: an EEG Study (S. McCommon, $2750)

2018: Summer Scholars Institute (SSI) Faculty Mentor, An investigation into the neuroscience of emotion-processing using noninvasive brain stimulation: An HD-tDCS study (M. Rodriguez, $4000)

2018: HAS Excellence in Teaching Award nominee for 2017-2018

2018: HAS Travel Award recipient, USC Aiken ($1200)

2018: Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Extension Faculty Mentor, An investigation into the neuroscience of emotion-processing using noninvasive brain stimulation (M. Rodriguez, $5000)

2018: Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Primer Faculty Mentor, Effects of Anxiety on Inhibitory and Attentional Control (K. Thomas, $2000)

2018: Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Primer Faculty Mentor, The Effects of Vascular Risk Factors on Inhibitory Control in Cognitively Healthy Young Adults (J. Seremak, $2000)

2017: Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Primer Faculty Mentor, Effects of High Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Inhibitory Control (M. Rodriguez, $2000)

2017: Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Award Recipient, USC Columbia ($6000), Efficacy of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for pharmacoresistant major depressive disorder (MDD) in active duty military personnel

2015: Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Primer Faculty Mentor, Effects of Diabetes on Working Memory (T. Coleman, $1500)

2016: Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Primer Faculty Mentor, Diabetes and Inhibitory Control (B. Hall, $1500)

2015: Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Award Recipient, USC Columbia ($5997.11), Diabetes influences inhibitory control performance independent of age in cognitively normal older adults

2015: Early Career Research Award Finalist, Southeastern Psychological Association, (SEPA) 61st Annual Meeting

2015: HAS Travel Award recipient


Research Interests

Dr. Roach researches the effects of noninvasive brain stimulation using high definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS). Her lab looks at cognitive processes such as inhibitory control (impulsivity), attention and working memory, as well as emotion regulation processing particularly as it pertains to anxiety and stress. She also works with Dr. Ellison in their Cognitive and Behavioral Psychophysiology lab using wireless EEG equipment.


Research Experiences

Dr. Roach is part of the USCA INBRE Research Faculty for Biomedical Research.


Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications(^ denotes graduate student author)

Roach, A. E., Hines, C., Stafford, J., & Mooney, S. R. (2020). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression in Active Duty Service Members improves depressive symptoms. In press Journal of ECT.

Arnett, K.^, Roach, A. E., Elzy, M., & Jelsone-Swain, L. (2018). Childhood Emotional Invalidation and Right Hemispheric Mu Suppression During a Pain Empathy Task: An EEG Study. Social Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2018.1441905

Maillard, P., Fletcher, E., Roach, A. E., Lockhart,S. N., Reed, B., Mungas, D., DeCarli, C., Carmichael, O. (2014). White matter hyperintensities and their penumbra lie along a continuum of injury in the aging brain. Stroke, 45, 1721-6. https://doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.113.004084

Lockhart, S. N., Roach, A. E., Luck, S. J., Geng, J., Beckett, L., Carmichael, O., DeCarli, C. (2014). White matter hyperintensities are associated with visual search behavior independentof generalized slowing in aging. Neuropsychologia, 52, 93-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.10.011

Lockhart, S. N., Mayda, A. V., Roach, A. E., Fletcher,E., Carmichael, O., Maillard, P., Schwarz, C. G., Yonelinas, A. P., Ranganath,C., & DeCarli, C. (2012).Episodic memory function is associated with multiple measures of white matter integrityin cognitive aging. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00056

He, J., Wong, V. S. S., Fletcher, E., Maillard, P., Lee, D. Y., Iosif, A., Singh, B., Martinez, O., Roach, A. E., Lockhart, S. N., Beckett, L., Mungas, D., Farias, S. T., Carmichael, O., DeCarli, C. (2012). The contributions of MRI-based measures of grey matter, white matter hyperintensity, and white matter integrityto late-life cognition. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 33, 1797-803. https://doi.org/10.3174/ajnr.A3048

Invited Book Chapter

Ragen, B.J., Roach, A. E., & Chollack, C. (2016). Chronic stress, regulation of emotion and functional activity of the brain. Ed. Fink, G. Stress Concepts and Cognition, Emotion and Behavior. Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-800951-2.00029-7