I am originally from New York’s Hudson Valley and spent four years near Philadelphia at Swarthmore College. I came to Boston at the start of 2011 to begin work as a research assistant in a lab focused on clinical research in Alzheimer’s disease. While working, I had a significant amount of interaction with a range of Alzheimer’s patients, and I became proficient at administering certain Neuropsychology tests, programming E-Prime scripts, and managing ERP set-up and data analysis. Much of my research revolved around music and memory (see publications below). I recently learned about Physician Assistant (PA) programs and am thrilled to hopefully attend PA school after graduating from the Anatomy and Neurobiology Masters program. On my spare time, I have a passion for tennis and for helping out the community. I work with autistic children once a week through a tennis program called “ACEing Autism”; I participate in a homeless outreach activity once a week; and I occasionally help at a local soup kitchen with other students from the Anatomy and Neurobiology department.
Simmons-Stern, Nicholas R., Rebecca G. Deason, Brian J. Brandler, Bruno S. Frustace, Maureen K. O’Connor, Brandon A. Ally, and Andrew E. Budson. “Music-based Memory Enhancement in Alzheimer’s Disease: Promise and Limitations.” Neuropsychologia 50.14 (2012): 3295-303.
Deason, Rebecca G., Nicholas R. Simmons-Stern, Bruno S. Frustace, Brandon A. Ally, and Andrew E. Budson. “Music as a Memory Enhancer: Differences between Healthy Older Adults and Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.” Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain 22.2 (2012): 175-79.