Research Impact

Since joining UTC 5 years ago, I have co-authered 8 peer-reviewed articles (journals ranging in impact factor from 0.88 to 3.62), presented 2 full day pre-conference workshops, presented 3 invited lectures, and presented 19 posters with my students at regional, national and international conferences. Furthermore, my research program and funding history establish my potential to continue attracting internal and extramural research funding.  Indeed, since joining UTC in Fall 2012, I have been an investigator on 13 grant proposals, totaling over $2.94 million in funding requests.  In addition to those external funding applications, I have attracted over $18,000 in internal funds to support my research program.

My research program focuses on assessing cognition and everyday life function in the healthy, the aging, the injured and the malingering. My research program focuses on the development and adaptation of assessments that are first, reflective of one’s actual competence in daily life, and second, effective at dissociating participants based on both injury status, veracity, and severity.  Through this work, I am contributing to the literature on how performance differs between those who have genuine impairment and those who malinger, how and why genuinely impaired individuals make errors in complex, everyday tasks, and how that information can be used to develop strategies for the prevention of these errors in the young, old, and impaired.

The buttons below link to more information about the projects associated with each of these areas of my research program.     

 


Student engagement in research

While pursing my research program I have mentored and supervised 9 graduate thesis students, 5 graduate assistants, and 24 undergraduate students.  I trained many of those students to administer neuropsychological assessments, they collected and analyzed data and many were also invited to present our work at regional, national and international conferences.


Peer Reviewed Publications

* indicates a student that worked under my supervision. 

*Hansen, M., *De Amicis, N. K., Anderson, N. D., Binns, M. A., Clark, A., & Dawson, D. R. (in press). Cognitive contributors to Multiple Errands Test performance. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(5).   PDF of accepted manuscript

Fell, N., Clark, A., Jackson, J., Stanfield, H., Bishop, C., Angwin, C., & Farrar, I. (in press). The evolution of a community-wide interprofessional fall prevention coalition: Fall prevention as a vehicle for community and university collaboration and interprofessional education. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice.   PDF

Jackson, J., Clark, A., Pearse, L., Miller, A. E., Stanfield, H., & Cunningham, C. J. L. (2017, published online September 2016). Explaining student interest and confidence in providing care for older adults: The role of demographics and life experiences.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 43(3), 13-18. doi:10.3928/00989134-20160901-04.   PDF

Clark, A., Anderson, N., Nalder, E., Arshad, S. & Dawson, D. (2017, published online December 2015). Reliability and construct validity of a revised Baycrest Multiple Errands Test. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 27(5), 667-684. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2015.1117981.   PDF

Nalder, E., Clark, A., Anderson, N., & Dawson, D. (2017, published online August 2015). Clinicians’ perceptions of the clinical utility of the Multiple Errands Test for adults with neurological conditions. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 27(5), 685-706. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2015.1067628.   PDF

*Nida, A. & Clark, A. (2016). The characterization of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder using the Slip Induction Task. Modern Psychological Studies, 21(2), 33-39.   PDF

Ozen, L., & Fernandes, M., Clark, A., & Roy, E. (2015). Evidence of cognitive decline in older adults after remote traumatic brain injury.  Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 22(5), 517-533. doi: 10.1080/13825585.2014.993584.  PDF

Dawson, D., Richardson, J., Troyer, A., Binns, M., Clark, A., Winocur, G., Hunt, A., Bar, Y., Polatajko, H. & Schweizer, T. (2014). An occupation-based strategy training approach to managing age-related executive changes: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 28(2), 118-127. doi: 10.1177/0269215513492541.   PDF

 Clark, A., Parakh, R., Smilek, D. & Roy, E. (2012). The Slip Induction Task: Creating a window into attention failures. Behavior Research Methods, 44(2), 558-574. doi: 10.3758/s13428-011-0154-0. PDF

 

SUbmitted Manuscripts / Manuscripts in Preparation

* indicates a student that worked under my supervision. 

*Branson, R. C., Young, J. C., & Clark, A. (in preparation). Detecting suboptimal effort in undergraduate students who simulate brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

Clark, A., Stanfield, H., Hanks, J., & Jackson, J. (in preparation). An interprofessional cadaver lab experience: An innovative approach to IP education. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

 

Invited Presentations and Workshops

Dawson, D., Nalder, E., & Clark, A. (2016, October). The Multiple Errands Test: Developing, administering and scoring site-specific versions. Full day workshop at the 93rd Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Clark, A. (2016, April). Brain injury and aging: Its impact on executive function and everyday routine activities. Invited lecture at Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association's 11th Annual Conference.

Clark, A. (2015, April). Identifying executive dysfunction: Here and elsewhere with the Multiple Errands Test. Sigma Xi Graduate Award Ceremony at UTC.

Clark, A. (2014, September). The everyday cognitive impacts of acquired brain injury. Biology Seminar Series at UTC.

Dawson, D., Clark, A. & Rose, N. (2013, March). Behavioral / functional outcome measures: Towards ecologically valid assessment of cognition. Full day workshop at the 23rd Annual Rotman Research Institute Neuroscience Conference.

 

Conference PresentationS 

* indicates a student that worked under my supervision.

*Hansen, M., *De Amicis, N. K., Anderson, N. D., Binns, M. A., Clark, A., & Dawson, D. R. (2017, June). Cognitive contributors to Multiple Errands Test performance. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Presented as a poster at the 2017 meeting of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy.

Rogers, K., *Branson, R.C, Miller, A., & Clark, A. (2017, March). Examining effort in undergraduate research participants who are simulating a brain injury. Poster presentation at the 2017 meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Society.

Clark, A., *Nida, A., & Robinson, K. (2016, March). Self-esteem and attention to idealized relationship portrayals on Facebook. Poster presentation at the 2016 meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Society.

Clark, A., Warren, A., & *Comotto, N. (2016, March). Assessing critical thinking in students with general and discipline-specific measures. Poster presentation at the 2016 meeting of the South Psychological Society.

*Branson, R. C., Young, J. C., *Ritter, Z., & Clark, A. (2016, February). Detecting suboptimal effort in undergraduate students who simulate brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Presented as a poster at the 2016 meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Boston, Massachusetts.  

Jackson, J., Clark, A., Miller, A. B., & Pearse, L. (2016, January). Predicting student interest and confidence in providing geriatric care. Poster presentation at the 2016 meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Stanfield, H., Clark, A., Jackson, J., Tate, J., Tillman, L., Fell, N., Hanks, J. & Hackathorne, J. (2015, June). The cadaver lab experience: An approach to interprofessional education”. Poster presentation at 1st annual Southeastern IPE Conference.

Clark, A., & Warren, A. (2015, May). Enhancing critical thinking in upper-level psychology students. Poster presentation at the 2015 UTC Instructional Excellence Retreat.

Clark, A., & Warren, A. (2015, March). Enhancing critical thinking in upper-level psychology students. Poster presentation at the 2015 meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Society. 

*Nida, A., & Clark, A. (2015, March). The characterization of ADHD with the Slip Induction Task. Poster presentation at the 2015 meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Society. 

*Branson, R. C., Clark, A., & Dawson, D. (2015, February). Examining an alternate version of the Baycrest Multiple Errands Test. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Presented as a poster at the 2015 meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Denver, Colorado.  

Smith, C., Jackson, J., Stanfield, H. & Clark, A. (2014, April). Interprofessional advanced nursing education: A cadaver lab experience. Poster presentation at Region 8 Sigma Theta Tau conference.

Jackson, J., Clark, A., & Stanfield, H. (2014, April). Providing advanced, culturally competent care through clinical training (PACT 4): Interprofessional geriatric care. Poster presentation at St. David’s Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations conference.

Clark, A., Anderson, N., Arshad, S. & Dawson, D. (2014, March). Improving the discriminability of the Baycrest Multiple Errands Test. Presentation at the 2014 meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Society.

Nalder, E., Anderson, N., Clark, A., & (2013, November). Clinicians’ Use of the Multiple Errands Test for adults with neurological disorders. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Presented as a poster at the 90th Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orlando, USA.

*Branson, R. C., *Lemay, C., *Finley, S. K., *Galloway, A., Dawson, D. & Clark, A. (2013, November) Identifying executive dysfunction in TBI with the Multiple Errands Test. Poster presentation at the 2013 meeting of the Tennessee Psychological Association.

*Lemay, C., *Branson, R. C., *Finley, S. K., *Galloway, A., Dawson, D. & Clark, A. (2013, November) Breaking the Rules: Executive Dysfunction in TBI. Poster presentation at the 2013 meeting of the Tennessee Psychological Association.

Clark, A., Roy, E., & Dawson, D. (2012, May). Characterizing the impact of executive dysfunction on everyday life in adults with stroke? Poster presentation at the annual general meeting of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Center for Stroke Recovery.

*Burns, C., *VanRuymbeke, N., Clark, A., & Dawson, D. (2012, May). Oops – that was a mistake! Improving performance of routine tasks. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Presented as a poster at the 2012 meeting of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy.

Clark, A., Roy, E., & Dawson, D. (2012, February). Characterizing the impact of executive dysfunction on everyday life in adults with stroke? Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Presented as a poster at the 2012 meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Montreal, QC.  

Clark, A., Ozen, L., Fernandes, M. & Roy. E. (2011, October). Preventing slips of action: Evidence from younger and older adults with mild traumatic brain injury.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Presented as a poster at the ACRM-ASNR 2011 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Clark, A. & Roy, E. (2010, March). Preventing slips of action by slowing task pace. Frontiers of Human Neuroscience.  Presented as a poster at the 20th annual Rotman Research Conference, Toronto ON. 

Clark, A., Roy, E., Smilek, D., Lyons., J. & Staines, R. (2010, March). Preventing slips of action by slowing task pace. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Presented as a poster at the 2010 meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Montreal, QC.  

Clark, A., Ozen, L, Fernandes, M. & Roy, E. (2010, February). Measuring attention impairment in mild head injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Presented as a poster at the 2010 meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Acapulco, Mexico.

Ozen, L., Clark, A., Roy, E., Fernandes, M. (2010, February). Persistent attention and memory impairments in young adults with mild head injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Presented as a poster at the 2010 meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Acapulco, Mexico.  

Clark, A., Ozen, L., Fernandes, M. & Roy, E. (2009, October). Detecting subtle persistent memory and attention deficits in high functioning young adults with mild traumatic brain injury. Presentation at the 2009 meeting of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology.

Clark, A. (2009, September). Older and wiser:  Looking at the impact of age on slips of action. Presentation at the 2009 meeting of the Southern Ontario Motor Behavior Symposium.

Clark, A., Smilek, D., Lyons., J. & Roy, E. (2009, June). Older and Wiser? Looking at the impact of age on slips of action. Brain and Cognition.  Presented as a poster at the 2009 meeting of the Theoretical and Experimental Neuropsychology society.

Clark, A., Roy, E., Smilek, D., Lyons., J. & Staines, R. (2009, March). The impact of aging on slips of action in everyday life. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Presented as a poster at the 2009 meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco, CA.  

Clark, A., Roy, E., Smilek, D. Lyons, J & Staines, R. (2008, October). Inducing Slips of Action and Examining Their Relationship to Attention Failures in Daily Life, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89 (10), e51. Presented as a poster at the 2008 meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine in Toronto, ON.

Clark, A., Desmarais, G., Stamenova, V., Kuehner, Z., Oud, W., Roy, E. & Smilek, D. (2008, July). What was I thinking?!? A study of self-reported errors of attention in younger and older adults.  Brain and Cognition. Presented as a poster at the 2008 annual meeting of the Theoretical and Experimental Neuropsychology society.

Clark, A., Roy, E., Smilek, D., Lyons., J. & Staines, R. (2008, July). Information processing strategies gone awry: Inducing slips of action. Presentation at the 2008 meeting of the Southern Ontario Neuropsychology Group.

Clark, A., Roy, E., Smilek, D., Staines, R. & Lyons, L. (2008, June). Predicting slips of action: Contrasting and comparing both objective and subjective measures. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. Presented as a poster at the 2008 meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science.

Clark, A., Roy, E., Parakh, R., Smilek, D., Lyons, J. & Staines, R. (2008, February). Inducing slips of action by manipulating a well-learned action routine. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Presented as a poster at the 2008 meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Kailua-Kona, HI

Clark, A., Roy, E., Parakh, R., Smilek, D., Lyons, J. & Staines, R. (2007, October). Induced slips of action: What difference does practice make? Poster presentation at the 2007 meeting of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology.

Clark. A., Parakh, R. & Roy, E. (2007, July). Inducing slips of action: Creating a window into attention failures. Brain and Cognition. Presented as a poster at the 2007 meeting of the Theoretical and Experimental Neuropsychology society.

Clark, A. J., Parakh, R. & Roy, E.A. (2006, November). Induced slips of action: The impact of attention on conscious control. Presentations at the 2006 meeting of the Southwestern Ontario Motor Behavior Symposium.

Clark, A. J., Roy, E. A, Desmarais, G., Black, S., Stamenova, V., Almeida, Q., Dixon, M., Park, N. & Danckert, J. (2006, October). Tool-related and communicative gestures in apraxia: Evidence for separate semantic representations? Presentation at the 2006 meeting of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology.

Clark, A. & Houlihan M. (2005, April). Event-related potentials as an index of the attentional effects of nicotine. Presentation at the 2005 Atlantic Provinces Interdisciplinary Council on the Sciences Student Psychology Conference.

Clark, A. & Houlihan, M. (2004, April). Detecting guilty knowledge: The N400 component of event-related potentials. Presentation at the 2004 Atlantic Provinces Interdisciplinary Council on the Sciences Student Psychology Conference.