CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE

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Licenciada en Psicología,

MA(Clin Psych), PhD

Neuropsychological Assessment; Huntington's Disease

DIVISION LEADER

Aline Ferreira-Correia

Dr. Ferreira-Correia is an alumni of the Central University of Venezuela (Universidad Central de Venezuela) where she graduated as a Clinical Psychologist. She started her career as a clinician in 2003 and went on to become a lecturer and academic in 2004. She obtained her Ph.D. at Wits University in 2019. Dr. Ferreira-Correia is currently a lecturer at Wits in the Psychology Department.

 

RESEARCH

Movement Disorders

Ferreira-Correia's primary research and clinical interests are focused in the neuropsychology of movement disorders, such as Huntington's Disease (HD), Huntington's Disease-Like 2 (HDL2) and Parkinson's Disease (PD).

HDL2 is a very rare genetic disease that has a very similar clinical presentation to HD despite being caused by mutations in different genes.  Currently, Ferreira-Correia is part of a multidisciplinary team that is investigating HDL2. Her responsibility is to explore the cognitive profile of this disease and compare it with that of HD. 

Parkinson's Disease

Ferreira-Correia is also part of a multidisciplinary team that is using Deep Brain Stimulation to treat Parkinson's Disease.

 

One of the aims of this project is to investigate what are the neuropsychological risk and protective factors associated with DBS, in order to improve the clinical care of patients opting for surgery.

Cognitive Testing

Lastly, Ferreira-Correia is interested in the neuropsychology of the healthy brain, and how everyday experiences, such as bi/multilingualism, shape our cognitive functions.

 

Within this area, and since psychometric assessment plays a significant role in my work, part of Ferreira-Correia's research is dedicated to understanding the potential and limitations of cognitive testing, as well as to the development of norms that ultimately facilitates the interpretation of cognitive profiles linked to brain changes.  

ORCHID ID
Key Publications
2020

Ferreira-Correia, A., Anderson, D. G., Cockcroft, K. & Krause, A. (2020). The neuropsychological deficits and dissociations in Huntington Disease-Like 2: A series of case-control studies. Neuropsychologia, 136, p. 107238. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.107238 

2020

Ferreira-Correia, A., Anderson, D. G., Cockcroft, K. & Krause, A. (2020). A comparison between the neurocognitive profile of Huntington Disease-Like 2 and Huntington Disease: Exploring the presence of double dissociations. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, doi: 10.1080/23279095.2020.1734810 

Ferreira -Correia, A. & Campagna, I. (2014). The Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test: Normative Data Developed for the Venezuelan Population. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29(2), 206-215. doi: 10.1093/arclin/act070 

2014
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BA (honours), MA Clinical Neuropsychology, PhD Neuropsychology

Neurocognitive and neuropsychological rehabilitation 

Shona Fraser

Fraser completed her PhD in Neuropsychology focusing on the rehabilitation of working memory deficits in children at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She currently works on the Wits Academic Hospital circuit as a joint appointee at the University. Fraser lectures on Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Assessment to medical students and registrars. She specializes at a clinic in neuropsychological rehabilitation of various disabilities. The clinic is part of Tara Hospital and the majority of the patients struggle with mental illness as well as neurocognitive compromise. She is responsible for providing therapy, assessment, and neuropsychological rehabilitation for her patients. Fraser's work predominantly focuses on cognitive interventions for neurocognitive compromise in children. Her particular area of interest is in neurocognitive and neuropsychological rehabilitation of any kind of brain injury including TBIs, degenerative disorders, CVAs, and neurodevelopmental disorders.  

 

RESEARCH

Neurorehabilitation

Fraser's research focus is in neurorehabilitation for acquired brain injury in adults and children with an interest in cognitive training for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her particular focus is developing tools and programs to facilitate neurocognitive functioning and investigate the stimulation of alternate neural networks to enhance cognitive functioning where there has been neurological compromise. Her overall interest is in neuroplasticity and an individual's capacity for neuropsychological rehabilitation in terms of their cognitive and emotional functioning.