Andrew O’Shea, M.Sc.


Andrew O’Shea, M.Sc.

Lab Manager & Lead Imaging Analyst

MSc, Mental Health Studies, King’s College London, London, UK
BA, Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Phone: 352-294-5827

Primary Appointment:

Research Coordinator III, Woods Lab, Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
College of Public Health and Health Professions
University of Florida

Professional Interests

My expertise is in applying multimodal neuroimaging techniques in various populations. My master’s work focused on the influence of serotonin transporter genetic polymorphisms on cerebral blood flow, in major depressive disorder patients and healthy controls, using arterial spin labeling magnetic resonance imaging under the supervision of Cynthia Fu, MD, PhD. Upon graduation I began my work at the University of Florida in the lab of Michael Robinson, PhD, where I expanded my neuroimaging and data science experience. I worked on projects utilizing functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging to study differing clinical populations diagnosed with fibromyalgia, insomnia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. I also studied the cerebral pain response and the modulation of placebo analgesia in healthy controls. Following my work with Dr. Michael Robinson I joined the lab of Adam Woods, PhD, also at the University of Florida. Under the supervision of Dr. Woods I expanded my focus to the study of cognitive aging and clinical interventions to reduce the decline of cognition in older adults. I developed additional neuroimaging skills in the areas of proton and phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy, as well as diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. During the course of my professional neuroimaging work I have had to expand my skill set in the fields of statistics, machine learning, computer science, and programing. Outside of my scientific interests, I have also taken on a project management role for the phase III clinical trial, the ACT study, examining the augmentation of cognitive training with transcranial direct current stimulation in older adults.

Publications & Presentations

Refereed Publications

McCrae, CS, Mundt, JM, Curtis, AF, Craggs, JG, O’Shea, AM, Staud, R, Berry, RB, Perlstein, WM, Robinson, ME. 2018. Gray matter changes following cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with comorbid fibromyalgia and insomnia: A pilot study.Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 14(09):1595-1603. Journal Impact Factor: 3.137, Citations: 0.

O’Shea, DM, Dotson, VM, Woods, AJ, Porges, EC, Williamson, JB, O’Shea, A, Cohen, R. 2018. Depressive symptom dimensions and their association with hippocampus and entorhinal cortex volumes in community dwelling older adults.2018. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 10:40. Journal Impact Factor: 3.630, Citations: 1.

Szymkowicz, SM, Woods, AJ, Dotson, VM, Porges, EC, Nissim, NR, O’Shea, A, Cohen, RA, Ebner, NC. 2018. Associations between subclinical depressive symptoms and reduced brain volume in middle-aged to older adults.Aging & Mental Health. 1-12. Journal Impact Factor: 2.310, Citations: 0.

Szymkowicz, SM, Dotson, VM, McLaren, ME, De Wit, L, O’Shea, DM, Talty, FT, O’Shea, A, Porges, EC, Cohen, RA, Woods, AJ. 2017. Precuneus abnormalities in middle-aged to older adults with depressive symptoms: An analysis of BDI-II symptom dimensions.Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. 268:9-14. Journal Impact Factor: 2.478, Citations: 1.

Rani, A, O’Shea, A, Ianov, L, Cohen, RA, Woods, AJ, Foster, TC. 2017. miRNA in circulating microvesicles as biomarkers for age-related cognitive decline. 2017. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 9:323. Journal Impact Factor: 3.630, Citations: 4.

McLaren, ME, Szymkowicz, SM, O’Shea, A, Woods, AJ, Anton, SD, Dotson, VM. 2016. Vertex-wise examination of depressive symptom dimensions and brain volumes in older adults.Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. 260:70-75. Journal Impact Factor: 2.478, Citations: 1.

Boissoneault, J, Letzen, J, Lai, S, O’Shea, A, Craggs, J, Robinson, ME, Staud, R. 2016. Abnormal resting state functional connectivity in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: an arterial spin-labeling fMRI study. Magnetic Resonance Imaging.34(4):603-608. Journal Impact Factor: 2.627, Citations: 31.

Boissoneault, J, Vatthauer, K, O’Shea, A, Craggs, JG, Robinson, M, Staud, R, Berry, RB, Perlstein, W, Waxenburg, L, McCrae, CS. 2016. Low-to-moderate alcohol consumption is associated with hippocampal volume in fibromyalgia and insomnia. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 00:1-13. Journal Impact Factor: 2.276, Citations: 0.

McLaren, ME, Szymkowicz, SM, O’Shea, A, Woods, AJ, Anton, SD, Dotson, VM. 2016. Dimensions of depressive symptoms and cingulate volumes in older adults.Translational Psychiatry. 6(4):e788. Journal Impact Factor: 4.673, Citations: 10.

Gay, CW, Robinson, ME, Lai, S, O’Shea, A, Craggs, JG, Price, DD, Staud, R. 2016. Abnormal resting-state functional connectivity in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: results of seed and data-driven analyses.Brain Connectivity. 6(1):48-56. Journal Impact Factor: 3.220, Citations: 26.

Nissim, NR, O’Shea, A, Bryant, V, Porges, EC, Cohen, R, Woods, AJ. 2016. Frontal structural neural correlates of working memory performance in older adults.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 8:328. Journal Impact Factor: 3.630, Citations: 19.

O’Shea, A, Cohen, RA, Porges, EC, Nissim, NR, Woods, AJ. 2016.Cognitive aging and the hippocampus in older adults.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 8:298. Journal Impact Factor: 3.630, Citations: 13.

Szymkowicz, SM, McLaren, ME, O’Shea, A, Woods, AJ, Anton, SD, Dotson, VM. 2016. Depressive symptoms modify age effects on hippocampal subfields in older adults.Geriatrics & Gerontology International. 17(10):1494-1500. Journal Impact Factor: 2.272, Citations: 3.

Chen, H, Zhao, B, Cao, G, Porges, EC, O’Shea, A, Woods, AJ, Cohen, RA. 2016. Statistical approaches for the study of cognitive and brain aging.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 8:176. Journal Impact Factor: 3.630, Citations: 3.

Seider, TR, Fieo, RA, O’Shea, A, Porges, EC, Woods, AJ, Cohen, RA. 2016. Cognitive engaging activity is associated with greater cortical and subcortical volumes.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 8:94. Journal Impact Factor: 3.630, Citations: 9.

Szymkowicz, SM, McLaren, ME, Kirton, JW, O’Shea, A, Woods, AJ, Manini, TM, Anton, SD, Dotson, VM. 2015. Depressive symptom severity is associated with increased cortical thickness in older adults.International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 31(4):325-333. Journal Impact Factor: 2.866, Citations: 7.

Dotson, VM, Szymkowicz, SM, Sozda, CN, Kirton, JW, Green, ML, O’Shea, A.,McLaren, ME, Anton, SD, Manini, TM, Woods, AJ. 2015. Age differences in prefrontal surface area and thickness in middle aged to older adults.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 7:250. Journal Impact Factor: 3.630, Citations: 14.

Sevel, LS, O’Shea, AM,Letzen, JE, Craggs, JG, Price, DD, Robinson, ME. 2015. Effective connectivity predicts future placebo analgesic response: A dynamic causal modeling study of pain processing in healthy controls.NeuroImage.110:87–94. Journal Impact Factor: 5.410, Citations: 16.

Robinson, ME, O’Shea, AM, Craggs, JG, Price, DD, Letzen, JE, Staud, R. 2015. Comparison of machine classification algorithms for fibromyalgia: Neuroimages versus self-report.The Journal of Pain. 16(5):472–477. Journal Impact Factor: 4.631, Citations: 15.

McCrae, CS, O’Shea, AM, Boissoneault J, Vatthauer, K, Robinson, ME, Staud, R, Perlstein, WM, Craggs, JG. 2015. Fibromyalgia patients have reduced hippocampal volume compared with healthy controls.Journal of Pain Research. 8:47-52. Journal Impact Factor: 2.744, Citations: 21.

Letzen, JE, Sevel, LS, Gay,CW, O’Shea, AM, Craggs, JC, Price, DD, Robinson, ME. 2014. Test-retest reliability of pain-related brain activity in healthy controls undergoing experimental thermal pain.The Journal of Pain.15(10):1008-1014. Journal Impact Factor: 4.631, Citations: 14.


Books, Contributor of Chapter

O’Shea A, Woods AJ. 2018.Useful Field of View. Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology, 2nd Ed. Springer New York.