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September 26, 2008

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Students, Alumnus Participate in Psychology Research

Psychology students and an alumnus from The University of Texas at Tyler are conducting research to study aspects of dementia and will present their findings at a national conference, Dr. Andrew Schmitt, assistant professor of psychology, announced.  

Led by Dr. Ronald Livingston, professor of psychology, and Schmitt, the group will introduce their findings during the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s 28th Annual Conference Oct. 22 – 24 in New York. Studies that will be presented focus on the examination of various testing outcomes in persons with determined or suspected dementia.

“I am very excited to be included in this research and can’t wait to experience New York and all that the National Academy of Neuropsychology convention has to offer,” said graduate student Tracey Galloway of Greenville.

Other student-researchers, their hometown and classification are:

Jennifer Piazza, Fort Worth graduate student; Eirah Reese, Tyler graduate student; Jace Waguspack, Beaumont graduate student; and Kyle Clayton, Bonham alumnus. Clayton, an August 2008 graduate, currently is pursuing a doctorate at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. 

Each student has participated in the research in different ways, but some have been in all aspects to include data collection, patient interaction, data analysis and writing,” Schmitt said. “I’m extremely proud of all of them.”

This research has been part of a collaborative effort between UT Tyler and the UT Health Science Center at Tyler. In 2005, Schmitt developed a memory clinic for seniors at the health science center’s Center for Healthy Aging, with a particular focus on the assessment of dementia. Since its inception, psychology graduate students have played a major role in providing direct involvement with the patients at the Center for Healthy Aging, according to Schmitt.              

“UT Tyler is fortuitously located in the center of an outstanding medical community,” Schmitt added. “We need to seek out these tremendous research opportunities within this community.”

For more information, contact Schmitt, 903.566.7370 or aschmitt@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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