Journal of Multiple Sclerosis

ISSN - 2376-0389
NLM - 101654564

Ekaterina Dobryakova

Ekaterina Dobryakova

Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School, 90 Bergen Street, Suite 3100, Newark, New Jersey, USA


 Ekaterina Dobryakova,  is a PhD degree holder, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Kessler Foundation Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research received a competitive research award from the New Jersey Neuropsychological Society to study whether motivation influences cognitive fatigue and the brain regions associated with it in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

She is a part of research team whic is  is being conducted under a National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Fellowship Training Grant, awarded to Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, (H133P090009) from the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Neurcognitive Rehabilitation. Drs. Glenn Wylie, Helen Genova, and John DeLuca from Kessler Foundation are co-investigators.

Dr. Dobryakova presented her research at the May 15 board meeting for the New Jersey Neuropsychological Society, held at Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ.

Recent publications:

Dobryakova, E., Wylie, G., DeLuca, J., Chiaravalloti, N. (in press). A pilot study examining functional brain activity 6 months after memory retraining in MS: the MEMREHAB Trial. Special Issue: Neuroimaging and Rehabilitation, Brain Imaging and Behavior.

Dobryakova, E., & Tricomi, E. Basal ganglia engagement during feedback processing after a substantial delay. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience. 2013;13(4), 725.

Dobryakova E, Staffaroni A, DeLuca J, Sumowski JF, Chiaravalloti N, Wylie GR. CapMan: independent investigation of capacity and manipulation with a new working memory paradigm. Brain Imaging & Behavior. Epub 2013 December 28.

Dobryakova E, Deluca J, Genova HM, Wylie GR. Neural correlates of cognitive fatigue: cortico-striatal circuitry and effort-reward imbalance. Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2013 Sep; 19(8):849-53.

About MS Research at Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation's cognitive rehabilitation research in MS is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National MS Society, Consortium of MS Centers, the Patterson Trust, Biogen Idec, Hearst Foundation and Kessler Foundation. Under the leadership of John DeLuca, PhD, senior VP for Research & Training, and Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research, scientists have made important contributions to the knowledge of cognitive decline in MS. Clinical studies span new learning, memory, executive function, attention and processing speed, emotional processing, employment and cognitive fatigue. Research tools include innovative applications of neuroimaging, iPADs, and virtual reality. Among recent findings are the benefits of cognitive reserve and aerobic exercise; correlation between cognitive performance and outdoor temperatures; efficacy of short-term cognitive rehabilitation using modified story technique; factors related to risk for unemployment, and the correlation between memory improvement and cerebral activation on fMRI. The opening of the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation in 2013 greatly expanded the Foundation's research capabilities in these areas. Foundation research scientists have faculty appointments at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School.

Research Interest

    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Experimental Psychology
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Cognitive Neuropsychology
    Functional Neuroimaging
    Prefrontal Cortex
    Learning and Memory

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