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Jeannette R. Mahoney, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeannette R. Mahoney

Professional Interests

Multisensory integration (MSI) is an integral aspect of functioning and mobility in everyday life and ability to function well in the real world requires intact MSI. MSI is not well understood in aging, and its relation to cognitive and motor function has not been fully evaluated. The main objective of my research is to investigate the behavioral, functional, and anatomical correlates of MSI in older adults and to determine whether MSI has associations with specific cognitive and motor outcomes. Funding from a pilot grant award that I received in 2009-2010 from AECOM's Resnick Gerontology Center provided a solid launching pad for my current research aims in MSI and aging. Studying the facilitative benefit of multisensory information processing in older adults could have important clinical and public health implications! These include potentially providing insight into the cognitive and physical attributes of the aging process, affording an understanding of the biological basis of aging, and subsequently aiding in the identification of opportunities to introduce cognitive and physical remediation to older adults. Although admittedly speculative at this point, we believe that optimizing integration of visual-somatosensory inputs may ultimately provide the framework for successful interventions that will reduce falls, improve mobility, and help maintain functional independence in older adults.

Selected Publications

Mahoney, J.R., Verghese, J., Dumas, K., Wang, C., & Holtzer, R. (2012). The effect of multisensory cues on attention in aging. Brain Research - Accepted July 20th, 2012.

Oh-Park, M., Holtzer, R., Mahoney, J., Wang, Raghavan, P. & Verghese, J. (2012). Motor dual-task effect on gait and task of upper limbs in older adults under specific task prioritization: pilot study. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research – Accepted February 6th, 2012.

Oh-Park, M., Holtzer, R., Mahoney, J., Wang, C., & Verghese, J. (2011). Effect of treadmill training on specific gait parameters in older adults with frailty: case series. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 34(4):184-188.

Mahoney, J.R. , Li, P., Oh-Park, M., Verghese, J., & Holtzer, R. (2011). Multisensory Integration Across the Senses in Young and Old Adults. Brain Research, 426, 43-53.

Holtzer,R., Mahoney, J.R., Izzetoglu,M., Izzetoglu,K., Onaral, B., & Verghese, J. (2011). fNIRS Study of Walking and Walking While Talking in Young and Old Individuals. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2010  Sep;16(5):877-89.

Holtzer, R., Shuman, M., Mahoney, J., Lipton, R., & Verghese, J. (2011). Cognitive Fatigue Defined in the Context of Attention Networks. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn., 18, 108-128.

Mahoney, J ., Verghese, J. Goldin, Y., Lipton, R. & Holtzer, R. (2010). Alerting, Orienting, and Executive Attention in Older Adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc., 16(5), 877-889.

Verghese J., Mahoney J., Wang C., Ambrose A.F., & Holtzer, R. (2010). Effect of cognitive remediation on gait in sedentary seniors. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci.,65(12), 1338-1343.

Katz, R., De Sanctis, P., Mahoney, J.R., Sehatpour, P., Murphy, C., Gomez-Ramirez, M., Alexopoulos, G.A., & Foxe, J.J. (2010). Cognitive Control in Late-Life Depression: Response inhibition deficits and dysfunction of the Anterior Cingulate Cortex. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 18(11), 1017-1025.

Sehatpour, P., Molholm, S., Schwartz, T.H., Mahoney, J.R., Mehta, A., Javitt, D., Stanton, P.K., & Foxe, J.J. (2008). A human intracranial study of long-range oscillatory coherence across a frontal-occipital-hippocampal brain network during visual object processing . Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 105(11), 4399-4404.

Butler, P.D., Martinez, A., Foxe, J.J., Kim, D., Zemon, V., Silipo, G., Mahoney, J., Shpaner, M., Jalbrzikowski, M., &. Javitt, D. C. (2007). Subcortical visual dysfunction in schizophrenia drives secondary cortical impairments. Brain, 130, 417-430.

Gomez-Ramirez, M., Higgins, B.A., Rycroft, J.A., Owen, G.N., Mahoney, J. , Shpaner, M., & Foxe, J.J. (2007). The deployment of intersensory selective attention: A high-density electrical mapping study of the effects of Theanine. Clin Neuropharmacol., 30 (1), 25-38.


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Neurology Division of Cognitive & Motor Aging

Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

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