Nicole Nissim, Ph.D.

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Nicole Nissim, M.S.

Graduate Student

MS, Applied Cognition and Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX
BS, Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Email: nnissim18@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-294-5742

Primary Appointment:

Graduate Student/PhD Candidate, Woods Lab
Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory
Department of Neuroscience
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Professional Interests

Nicole Nissim is a Ph.D. candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Adam J. Woods in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences concentrating in Neuroscience. Nicole graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. degree in Psychology in 2010. She began her research work in animal models of traumatic brain injury at the VA hospital working with Dr. Prodip Bose in Gainesville, FL. In 2014, Nicole moved to Texas to obtain her M.S. degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she worked on a clinical study that focused on social cognition and executive function in adolescents with acquired brain injury. Nicole came back to UF and began her doctoral training in 2014. Nicole is interested in understanding the effects of normal age-related cognitive decline on brain structure and function and identifying techniques to enhance cognition in older adults using non-invasive brain stimulation. Nicole’s work involves transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), neuroimaging, and neuropsychological assessments. Nicole has investigated the mechanistic effects of acute in-scanner tDCS during an fMRI working memory task on functional connectivity of the working memory network. Her dissertation work leverages off a phase-II clinical trial, the Stimulated Brain study, that involves a two-week intervention of tDCS paired with cognitive training in working memory in healthy older adults. Her dissertation work aims to understand the effects of tDCS paired with cognitive training on functional connectivity of the working memory network. Nicole is expected to graduate in 2019 and is planning to pursue a post-doctoral position to continue to expand her knowledge in neurocognitive research, neuroimaging, and neuromodulation techniques. She plans for a career in research that is aimed at understanding neuromodulation effects on the brain and optimizing stimulation techniques to provide the most benefit to populations in need of this intervention approach.

Publications & Presentations

Peer Reviewed Publications

McLaren, M. E., Nissim, N. R.,& Woods, A. J. 2018. The effects of medication use in transcranial direct current stimulation: A brief review.Brain Stimulation. Journal Impact Factor: 6.120 Citations: 11

Gomes-Osman, J., Indahlastari, A., Fried, P. J., Cabral, D. L. F., Rice, J., Nissim, N. R.,… Woods, A. J. 2018. Non-invasive Brain Stimulation: Probing Intracortical Circuits and Improving Cognition in the Aging Brain.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 10(June), Article 177. Journal Impact Factor: 3.582 Citations: 0

Szymkowicz, S. M., Woods, A. J., Dotson, V. M., Porges, E. C., Nissim, N. R.,O’Shea, A., … Ebner, N. C. 2018. Associations between subclinical depressive symptoms and reduced brain volume in middle-aged to older adults. Aging and Mental Health. Journal Impact Factor: 2.310 Citations: 0

Nissim, N. R.,O’Shea, A. M., Bryant, V., Porges, E. C., Cohen, R., & Woods, A. J. 2017. Frontal Structural Neural Correlates of Working Memory Performance in Older Adults.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8(January), 1–9. Journal Impact Factor: 3.630 Citations: 19

O’Shea, A., Cohen, R. A., Porges, E. C., Nissim, N. R.,& Woods, A. J. 2016. Cognitive Aging and the Hippocampus in Older Adults.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8(December), 298. Journal Impact Factor: 3.630 Citations: 13

Hou, J., Nelson, R., Nissim, N., Parmer, R., Thompson, F. J., & Bose, P. 2014. Effect of combined treadmill training and magnetic stimulation on spasticity and gait impairments after cervical spinal cord injury.Journal of Neurotrauma, 31(12), 1088–106. Journal Impact Factor: 4.295 Citations: 20

Bose, P., Hou, J., Nelson, R., Nissim, N.,Parmer, R., Keener, J., … Thompson, F. J. 2013. Effects of acute intrathecal baclofen in an animal model of tbi-induced spasticity, cognitive, and balance disabilities.Journal of Neurotrauma, 30(13), 1177–1191. Journal Impact Factor: 4.295 Citations: 22

 

Published Abstracts

Nissim, N. R.,O’Shea, A., Richards, L., Telles, R., Porges, E., Cohen, R., & Woods, A. J. 2017. Bilateral frontal tDCS reduces DLPFC activation during working memory performance in older adults. Brain Stimulation, 10(4), e42.

 

Books, Contributed Chapters

Nissim, NR,Woods, A. 2018. Mach Bands. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, (1965), 56782.

Nissim, N. R.,& Woods, A. J. 2017. Digit Vigilance Test, 3–4.

Nissim, NR, Woods, A. 2016. Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology: Visual Psychophysics. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 28(1), 92–92.

Szymkowicz, SM, Nissim, NR, Woods, A. 2016. Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology: Edge Detection. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 28(1), 92–92.

 

Presentations

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Richards, L.R., Telles, R., Porges, E., Cohen, R., & Woods, A.J. Effects of Bilateral Frontal tDCS on the Working Memory Network: an fMRI-tDCS Study in Healthy Older Adults. NANS Neuromodulation Conference and Summer Series, NYC, NY, USA, August 2018.

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Richards, L.R., Telles, R., Porges, E., Cohen, R., & Woods, A.J. Effects of Bilateral Frontal tDCS on the Working Memory Network: an fMRI-tDCS Study in Healthy Older Adults. Poster presentation at the Training and Pilot Award Research Day, Gainesville, FL, USA, June 2018.

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Richards, L.R., Telles, R., Porges, E., Cohen, R., & Woods, A.J. Effects of Bilateral Frontal tDCS on the Working Memory Network: an fMRI-tDCS Study in Healthy Older Adults. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Aging Conference. Atlanta, GA, USA, May 2018.

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Richards, L.R., Telles, R., Porges, E., Cohen, R., & Woods, A.J. Effects of Bilateral Frontal tDCS on the Working Memory Network: an fMRI-tDCS Study in Healthy Older Adults. Poster presentation at the Association for Clinical Translational Science. Washington, D.C., USA, April 2018.

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Richards, L.R., Telles, R., Porges, E., Cohen, R., & Woods, A.J. Bilateral frontal tDCS reduces DLPFC BOLD activation during an N-Back working memory task in older adults. Poster presentation at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute for Training and Pilot Award Research Day, Gainesville, FL, USA, June 2017.

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Richards, L.R., Telles, R., Porges, E., Cohen, R., & Woods, A.J. Bilateral frontal tDCS reduces DLPFC BOLD activation during an N-Back working memory task in older adults. Poster presentation at the Association for Clinical Translational Science, Washington, D.C., USA, April 2017.

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Richards, L.R., Telles, R., Porges, E., Cohen, R., & Woods, A.J. Bilateral frontal tDCS reduces DLPFC BOLD activation during an N-Back working memory task in older adults. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience North Central Florida Conference, Gainesville, FL, USA, March 2017.

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Richards, L.R., Telles, R., Porges, E., Cohen, R., & Woods, A.J. Bilateral frontal tDCS reduces DLPFC BOLD activation during an N-Back working memory task in older adults. Poster presentation at the Neuromodulation Conference, NY, NY, January 2017.

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Bryant, V., Porges, E., Cohen, R.A., & Woods, A.J. Neural Correlates of Working Memory in Healthy Older Adults. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA, April 2016.

Richards, L.A., Nissim, N.R., LeCorgne, T., Cohen, R., Porges, E., Woods, A.J. Tumor Necrosis Factor- alpha (TNF-alpha) and cognitive function in older adults. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA, April 2016.

Nissim, N.R., O’Shea, A., Bryant, V., Porges, E., Cohen, R.A., & Woods, A.J. Neural Correlates of Working Memory in Healthy Older Adults. Poster presentation at the University of Florida, Institute on Aging Spotlight on Aging Research, Gainesville, FL, USA, September, 2015.

Hou, J., Nelson, R., Williams, K., Keener, J., Sennhauser, S., Nissim, N., …& Bose P.K. (2011) A combination of treadmill training and magnetic stimulation improved spasticity and gait parameters in low cervical spinal cord contusion injury (C-SCI) rats. Poster presentation. The 6th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium, Gainesville, FL.

Keener, J., Williams, K., Nissim, N., Sennhauser, S., Nelson, R., Parmer, R., …& Bose, P.K. (2011). Novel methodology for kinematics and histology image analysis in rats following severe thoracic spinal cord injury. Poster presentation. The 6th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium, Gainesville, FL.

Thompson, F.J., Nelson, R., Hou, J., Parmer, R., Williams, K., Sennhauser, S., Nissim, N., Jaiswal, P., Keener, J., & Bose, P.K. (2011). Neurobiology and pathophysiology of tbi-induced long-term disabilities, spasticity, cognitive, balance, anxiety, and pain related behaviors. Poster presentation. Trauma: Neuroprotection, Washington D.C.

Bose, P.K., Nelson, R., Hou, J., Parmer, R., Williams, K., Nissim, N., …& Thompson F.J. (2011). Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) treatment in acute TBI more effectively reduced spasticity than ITB treatment in sub- chronic TBI. Poster presentation. Trauma: Neuroprotection, Washington D.C.

Hou, J., Nelson, R., Williams, K., Keener, J., Sennhauser, S., Nissim, N., …& Bose, P.K. (2011). A combination of treadmill training and magnetic stimulation improved spasticity and gait parameters following cervical spinal cord injury (C-SCI). Poster presentation. Trauma: Neuroprotection, Washington D.C.

Honors and Awards

NIH Clinical & Translational Science TL1 Pre-doctoral Training Grant, UF, 2016-2018
Travel award: NANS Neuromodulation conference and Summer Series, NY, NY, Fall 2018
Travel award: Office of Research, UF, for conference travel to NY, NY, Fall 2018
Travel award: Office of Research, UF, for conference travel to Atlanta, GA, Fall 2018