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Helena M. Blumen, Ph.D.

Dr. Helena M. Blumen

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Geriatrics)

Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology


Professional Interests

I’m a cognitive psychologist with particular expertise and training in human memory, cognitive aging, and cognitive neuroscience. I completed my Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology at Stony Brook University in 2002-2008. I also completed a T32 NIH/NIA postdoctoral fellowship in the Neuropsychology of Cognition in Aging Training Program at Columbia University Medical Center in 2008-2011, and a neuroimaging fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2011-2013. I’m currently an assistant professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The overall theme of my research is to optimize cognition in younger and older adults. My broad training and expertise affords me with the ability to design, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and publish studies that aim to optimize cognition using cognitive, neuropsychological and neuroimaging methods. I examine the potential for using collaboration as a tool to improve memory, computer-based actions games as a tool to improve executive control, and motor imagery as a tool to improve executive control and mobility.  The ultimate goal of my laboratory-based studies is to develop and test interventions that can be used to optimize cognition in applied settings such as class rooms, nursing homes and naturally-occurring retirement communities. 


Selected Publications

Yuan, J., Blumen, H.M., Verghese, J & Holtzer, R. (in press). Functional Connectivity Associated with Gait Velocity during Walking and Walking-While-Talking in Aging. Human Brain Mapping

Blumen, H.M., Young, K.E., & Rajaram, S. (2014). Optimizing Group Collaboration to Improve Later Individual Retention. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3, 240-251, doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2014.05.00

Holtzer, R., Epstein, N., Mahoney, J.R., & Blumen, H.M. (2014). Neuroimaging of Mobility in Aging: A Targeted Review. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 69(11), 1375-1388. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glu052

Blumen, H.M. Holtzer, R., Brown, L.L, Gazes, Y & Verghese, J. (2014). Behavioral and Neural Correlates of Imagined Walking and Walking-While-Talking in the Elderly. Human Brain Mapping, 35(8), 4090-104. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22461. 

Choi, H.Y., Blumen, H.M., Congleton, A., & Rajaram, S. (2013). The Role of Group Configuration on the Social Transmission of Memory: Evidence from Identical and Reconfigured Groups. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(1):65-80. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2013.862536.

Sunderaraman, P. Blumen, H.M., De Matteo, D., Apa, Z.L, & Cosentino, S. (2013). Task demand influence relationships among sex, clustering, strategy and recall: 16-word versus 9-word list learning tests, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 26 (2), 78-84. doi: 10.1097/WNN.0b013e31829de450.

Blumen, H.M., Rajaram, S & Henkel, L (2013b).The Applied Value of Collaborative Memory Research in Aging: Considerations for Broadening the Scope, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2 (2), 133-135. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2013.05.004

Blumen, H.M., Rajaram, S & Henkel, L (2013a).The Applied Value of Collaborative Memory Research in Aging: Behavioral and Neural Considerations, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 2 (2), 107-117. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2013.03.003

Stern, Y., Blumen, H.M., Rich, L.W., Richards, A., Herzberg, G., & Gopher, D. (2011). Space Fortress Game Training and Executive Control in Older Adults: A Pilot Intervention. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, iFirst, 1–25. doi:10.1080/13825585.2011.613450

Blumen, H.M., Gazes, Y., Habeck, C., Kumar, A., Steffener, J., Rakitin, B.C., & Stern, Y. (2011). Neural Networks Associated with the Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff: Evidence from the Response Signal Method. Behavioural Brain Research, 224(2), 397-402. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2011.06.004

Blumen, H.M., & Stern, Y. (2011). Short-term and Long-Term Collaboration Benefits on Individual Recall in Younger and Older Adults. Memory & Cognition. 38(1), 147-154.doi: 10.3758/s13421-010-0023-6. PMCID: PMC3071579

Blumen, H.M., Gopher, D., Steinerman, J., & Stern, Y. (2010). Training Cognitive Control in Older Adults with the Space Fortress Game: The Role of Aiming and Training Instructions. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2(145), 1-12. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2010.00145. PMCID: PMC2991174

Blumen, H.M., & Rajaram, S. (2009). Effects of Repeated Collaborative Retrieval on Individual Memory Vary as a Function of Recall versus Recognition Tasks. Memory, 17(8), 840-846. doi: 10.1080/09658210903266931

Blumen, H.M., & Rajaram, S. (2008). Influence of Re-exposure and Retrieval Disruption during Group Collaboration on later Individual Recall, Memory, 16(3), 231-244. doi: 10.1080/09658210701804495



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