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Major Area of Study



Tamar Gollan, PhD



Research Interests

Alena’s research seeks to understand the intersection between language and executive functions in the bilingual brain, and how these processes may change in normal or pathological aging (e.g., MCI and Alzheimer’s disease) using psycholinguistic and neuroimaging methods. A clinical goal is to improve neuropsychological assessment of the growing number of bilingual individuals.

Representative Publications
  • Stasenko, A., Jacobs, D., Salmon, D.P, & Gollan, T.H. (2019). The Multilingual Naming Test (MINT) as a measure of picture naming ability in Alzheimer’s disease Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 25, 821-833.

  • Gollan, T.H., Li, C., Stasenko, A., & Salmon, D. (2019). Intact reversed language-dominance but exaggerated cognate effects in reading-aloud of language switches in bilingual Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychology. [epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1037/neu0000592

  • Smirnov, D., Stasenko, A., Salmon, D.P., Galasko, D., Brewer, J.B., Gollan, T.H. (2019). Distinct structural correlates of the dominant and non-dominant languages in bilinguals with Alzheimer’s disease. [epub ahead of print]. Neuropsychologia. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.107131

  • Gollan, T.H., Stasenko, A., Li, C., Salmon, D.P. (2017). Bilingual language intrusions and other speech errors in Alzheimer’s disease. Brain and Cognition, 118, 27-44.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship: 2014-2017.

Alena Stasenko CV