Brittany DeFeis

Brittany DeFeis,

Neuropsychology Intern

Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Business Phone: (352) 265-0294
Business Email: bdefeis@ufl.edu

About Brittany DeFeis

Brittany L. DeFeis, M.S., received her Bachelor of Arts (Russian and Eurasian Studies) from Mount Holyoke College in SouthHadley, Massachusetts. Her subsequent experiences in the fields of diplomacy and veterans services pushed her towards a career in clinical psychology.Following post-baccalaureate work in psychology at Columbia University, sh eworked as a research coordinator for Dr. Yaakov Stern the Taub Institute forResearch on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia UniversityMedical Center in New York City where she coordinated two large-scale cognitive aging studies on cognitive reserve and reference ability neural networks. Brittany also performed research concerning metacognition in dementia as part of Dr.Stephanie Cosentino’s laboratory, where she led projects investigating how patient healthcare utilization is impacted by disordered awareness of cognitive deficits, and by lack of disclosure of the dementia diagnosis.  During this time she received her Master of Science degree from Teacher’s College atColumbia University in Neuroscience and Education. She entered the doctoral program in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida in Fall 2017 in the lab of Dr. Glenn Smith. Brittany is broadly interested in examining the neuroanatomical and functional outcomes of cognitive and behavioral interventions in pathological cognitive decline, delaying the onset of dementia, and exploring potential targets for intervention.

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2019
PSB4934 Special Topics in Physiological Psychology
2022
CLP6528C Measurement, Research Design, and Statistical Analysis in Clinical Psychology II

Clinical Profile

Areas of Interest
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Dementia
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Major depression
  • Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological Assessment

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0003-2763-7098

Areas of Interest
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Cognitive interventions
  • Exercise & Lifestyle Interventions
  • Exercise and nutrition
  • Metabolism
  • Mild cognitive impairment

Publications

2023
Procedural learning, declarative learning, and working memory as predictors of learning the use of a memory compensation tool in persons with amnestic mild cognitive impairment.
Neuropsychological rehabilitation. 33(7):1278-1303 [DOI] 10.1080/09602011.2022.2089697. [PMID] 35749375.
2022
Behavioral Interventions in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): Lessons from a Multicomponent Program.
Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics. 19(1):117-131 [DOI] 10.1007/s13311-022-01225-8. [PMID] 35415779.
2021
Latent Factor Structure of Outcome Measures Used in the HABIT® Mild Cognitive Impairment Intervention Programs.
Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD. 84(1):193-205 [DOI] 10.3233/JAD-210582. [PMID] 34511501.
2021
Memory Support System training in mild cognitive impairment: Predictors of learning and adherence.
Neuropsychological rehabilitation. 31(1):92-104 [DOI] 10.1080/09602011.2019.1667833. [PMID] 31538854.
2021
Procedural Learning in Individuals with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Dementia: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Neuropsychology review. 31(1):103-114 [DOI] 10.1007/s11065-020-09449-1. [PMID] 32897482.
2021
Psychometric properties of the self-efficacy for managing mild cognitive impairment scale.
International journal of geriatric psychiatry. 36(1):174-181 [DOI] 10.1002/gps.5411. [PMID] 32830353.
2020
Functional ability is associated with higher adherence to behavioral interventions in mild cognitive impairment.
The Clinical neuropsychologist. 34(5):937-955 [DOI] 10.1080/13854046.2019.1672792. [PMID] 31608773.
2019
Reduced Awareness of Memory Deficit is Associated With Increased Medicare Home Health Care Use in Dementia.
Alzheimer disease and associated disorders. 33(1):62-67 [DOI] 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000287. [PMID] 30531365.
2019
Self-Efficacy Mediates the Association Between Physical Function and Perceived Quality of Life in Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment.
Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD. 68(4):1511-1519 [DOI] 10.3233/JAD-181020. [PMID] 30909227.
2018
Assessing Dependency in a Multiethnic Community Cohort of Individuals With Alzheimer’s Disease.
Innovation in aging. 2(1) [DOI] 10.1093/geroni/igy011. [PMID] 29795795.
2017
Increased Reporting Accuracy of Alzheimer Disease Symptoms in Caribbean Hispanic Informants.
Alzheimer disease and associated disorders. 31(4):328-334 [DOI] 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000199. [PMID] 28557843.

Education

Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology
2017-2024 · University of Florida
M.S. in Neuroscience and Education
2017 · Teachers College, Columbia University
Post Baccalaureate Studies in Psychology
2013-2014 · Columbia University
B.A. in Russian and Eurasian Studies
2010 · Mount Holyoke College

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 265-0294
Emails:
Business:
bdefeis@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Business Street:
1600 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610