Motor Dysfunction and Brain Changes in Cognitive and Mood Disorders

Mentor Name:
Vincent Koppelmans

Mentor Position:
Research Assistant Professor

Department:
Psychiatry

College:
Medicine

Email:
vincent.koppelmans@utah.edu


Project Description:

Cognitive and mood disorders are associated with distinct motor problems and brain dysfunction. However, not much is known about the motor behavioral profile of subjects with depression and mild cognitive impairment, or how they are related to the structure and function of brain regions that show differences between these groups and healthy control subjects. We are looking for a student that has a keen interest in mood disorders or cognitive dysfunction in older individuals.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit


Student Role:

1) Helping with phone screening of participants for eligibility in our study; 2) Helping our study coordinator with data collection


Student Benefits:

The opportunity to 1) interact with individuals with mood disorders; and 2) learn how to measure cognitive and motor functioning


Project Duration:

Project duration is 6 months with the possibility to stay on longer. Estimated hours per week: 6-10.


Minimum Requirements:

Comfortable interacting with participants, Good organizational skills, Responsible, Affinity with neuropsychology, Interested in depression and/or motor functioning