LUZ HELENA

OSPINA

PhD
Experimental Psychology
 

About Me

I am currently a Project Director in the Experimental Psychopathology Laboratory at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I assist in managing a multi-site clinical trial that aims to assess the effects of aerobic exercise on neurocognition and functioning in a schizophrenia population.

I recently completed my Psychiatry Postdoctoral Fellow in the PRISM Psychosis Research Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Projects included studying the cognitive heterogeneity of bipolar and psychosis disorders, as well as implementing clinical trials aimed at improving cognition and functional outcome in these same psychiatric populations. Other research interests include affective science and psychophysiology, as well as data science and implementing machine learning algorithms. 

 

Previously, I have worked as a research coordinator for neuropsychiatric and genetic studies focusing on the etiology of autism and schizophrenia. Prior research projects included animal models of behavior (using knockout mouse models), and administering tests on development, motor coordination, anxiety and depression. I also worked in health psychology research focusing on medication adherence in the African-American community. In addition, I have worked as an adjunct lecturer and taught courses such as Introduction to Psychology, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Experimental Psychology, and Physiological Psychology.

 

Research Experience

October 2017 - Current

Project Director - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Managing a multi-site clinical trial assessing the effects of aerobic exercise on neurocognition and functioning in a schizophrenic population. 

Principal Investigator: Dr. David Kimhy

August 2015 - September 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Conduct research on the heterogeneity of neurocognition in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Katherine E. Burdick

 March 2008 - July 2009

Laboratory Technician - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Conducted animal-model research on the genetic etiology of autism and related developmental disorders. 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Joseph Buxbaum

January 2006 - February 2008

Research Coordinator - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Assisted in a population genetic study of autism conducted in Central Valley, Costa Rica. 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alison McInnes

November 2002 - August 2003

Research Assistant - Weill Cornell Medical College
Assisted in research targeting medication adherence and cardiovascular risk reduction in minorities.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe

 

Education

February 2015

The Graduate Center, CUNY

PhD

Dissertation Thesis: Physiological and Subjective Aspects of Positive Mood in Relation to Executive Functioning: The Potential Moderating Role of Personality
Advisor: Dr. Deborah J. Walder 

August 2012

Brooklyn College, CUNY

MA

Master’s Thesis: The Relationships of Physiological and Subjective Responses to Positive Mood Induction with Aspects of Cognitive Functioning

Advisor: Dr. Deborah J. Walder 

May 2004

New York University

BA

 

Contact Me

One Gustave L. Levy Place

New York, NY 10029

luz.ospina@mssm.edu

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