Professor Emerita College of Sciences and Humanities, Psychology, School of Behavioral and Social Sciences […]
Adjunct Faculty Psychology […]
Adjunct Faculty Psychology […]
B.A., University of Auckland, New Zealand
M.A., University of Auckland, New Zealand
Ph.D., The George Washington University
Post-doctoral : Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences); National Institute of Mental Health (Clinical Brain Disorders Branch)
Licensed Psychologist (Maryland)
- Biological Bases of Behavior
- Learning & Cognition
- Research Design for Psychology
- Senior Seminar
- Neuropsychological profiles in dementia and mental illness
- Using automated analyses of language to predict aspects of cognition and mental state
Dr. Diaz-Asper is a neuropsychologist with a strong background and interest in conducting clinical research. She has worked both as a clinician and researcher and has completed two different post-doctoral internships, at Johns Hopkins and NIMH. During this time, she conducted neuropsychological evaluations of cognitively-impaired adults, and also designed and implemented a number of research studies.
Dr. Diaz-Asper first examined semantic memory function in Alzheimer’s disease for her Master’s dissertation and later tested aspects of visual and spatial memory in epilepsy for her doctoral dissertation. More recently, her research has focused on using computational methods to analyze the content of speech in various patient groups, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease. She has received grant funding from the National Institute on Aging to test the feasibility and sensitivity of automated analyses of speech recorded over the telephone to detect early cognitive decline.
Dr. Diaz-Asper is excited to introduce students to the world of research and the amazing capabilities of our brains.
- Gulyn, L.M., & Diaz-Asper, C. (2018). Exploring Perceptions of Blame for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental & Physical Disabilities, 30(5), 587-600. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10882-018-9604-2
- Rosenstein, M., Diaz-Asper, C.M., Foltz, P.W., Weinberger, D.R., & Elvevåg, B. (2014). A computational semantic and syntactic approach to prose recall in schizophrenia. Cortex, 55, 148-166. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.01.021.
- Nicodemus, K.K., Elvevåg, B., Foltz, P.W., Rosenstein, M., Diaz-Asper, C., & Weinberger, D.R. (2014). Category fluency, latent semantic analysis and schizophrenia: a candidate gene approach. Cortex, 55, 182-91. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2013.12.004.
- Dean, C., Elvevåg, B., Storms, G., & Diaz-Asper, C. (2008). Perception of self and other in psychosis: a method for analyzing the structure of the phenomenology. Psychiatry Research, 170(2-3), 128-31. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2008.12.017.
- Diaz-Asper, C.M., Malley, J., Genderson, M., & Elvevåg, B. (2008). Context binding in Schizophrenia: effects of clinical symptomatology and item content. Psychiatry Research, 159(3), 259-270. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2007.02.018.
- Diaz-Asper, C.M., Goldberg, T.E., Kolachana, B.S., Straub, R.E., Egan, M.F., & Weinberger, D.R. (2008). Genetic variation in COMT: effects on working memory function in Schizophrenic patients, their siblings & healthy controls. Biological Psychiatry, 63(1), 72-79. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2007.03.031.
- Cascella, N.G., Testa, S.M., Meyer, S.M., Rao, V.A., Diaz-Asper, C.M., Pearlson, G.D., & Schretlen, D.J. (2008). Neuropsychological impairment in deficit vs. non-deficit schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatry Research, 42(11), 930-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2007.10.002.
- Diaz-Asper, C.M., Goldberg, T.E., Kolachana, B.S., Straub, R.E., Egan, M.F., & Weinberger, D.R. (2008). Genetic variation in catechol-O-methyltransferase: effects on working memory in schizophrenic patients, their siblings, and healthy controls. Biological Psychiatry, 63(1), 72-9. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2007.03.031.
- Tippett, L.J., Meier, S.L., Blackwood, K., & Diaz-Asper, C. (2007). Category specific deficits in Alzheimer’s disease: fact or artefact? Cortex, 43(7), 907-20. doi: 10.1016/s0010-9452(08)70690-7.
- Schretlen, D.J., Cascella, N.G., Meyer, S.M., Kingery, L.R., Testa, S.M., Munro, C.A., Pulver, A.E., Rivkin, P., Rao, V.A., Diaz-Asper, C.M., Dickerson, F.B., Yolken, R.H., & Pearlson, G.D. (2007). Neuropsychological functioning in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 62(2), 179-86. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2006.09.025.
- Genderson, M.R., Dickinson, D., Diaz-Asper, C.M., Egan, M.F., Weinberger, D.R., & Goldberg, T.E. (2006). Factor analysis of neurocognitive tests in a large sample of schizophrenic probands, their siblings, and healthy controls. Schizophrenia Research, 94(1-3), 231-9. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2006.12.031.
- Diaz-Asper, C.M., Weinberger, D.R., & Goldberg, T.E. (2006). Catechol-O-Methyltransferase polymorphisms and some implications for cognitive therapeutics. NeuroRx, 3(1), 97-105. doi: 10.1016/j.nurx.2005.12.010.
- Diaz-Asper, C.M., Dopkins, S., Potolicchio, S.J., & Caputy, A. (2006). Spatial memory following temporal lobe resection. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 28, 1462-1481. doi: 10.1080/13803390500434359.
- Diaz-Asper, C.M., Schretlen, D.J., & Pearlson, G.D. (2004). How well does IQ predict neuropsychological test performance in normal adults?. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(1), 82-90. doi: 10.1017/S1355617704101100.