Dr. Kucukboyaci is a clinical neuropsychologist who works with patients with acquired brain injury (e.g., TBI, stroke) and neurological disease (e.g., epilepsy, MS). His clinical research studies explore the efficacy of novel, accessible behavioral interventions to improve cognition and quality of life. He relies on data reduction methods to co-interpret demographic, clinical and neuroimaging data. His externally-funded projects aim to improve patient outcomes and clinical decision making (i.e., diagnosis, prognosis and individualized treatments). He is also engaged in training, advocacy and teaching that addresses big-picture issues in disability, healthcare and mental health services (e.g., diversity, social justice, cultural competence).
- Cognitive function & dysfunction,
- Cognitive Rehabilitation,
- Access to Care,
- Longitudinal Research,
- Executive Functions,
- Diversity & Inclusion,
- Quantitative Models
Kucukboyaci NE, Long C, Smith M, Rath JF, Bushnik T. (2018) cluster analysis of vulnerable groups in acute traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. pii: S0003-9993(18)30002-9. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.11.016. PubMed PMID: 29317223.
Chang YA, Kemmotsu N, Leyden KM, Kucukboyaci NE, Iragui VJ, Tecoma ES, Kansal L, Norman MA, Compton R, Ehrlich TJ, Uttarwar VS, Reyes A, Paul BM, McDonald CR. (2017) multimodal imaging of language reorganization in patients with left temporal lobe epilepsy. Brain Lang. 170:82-92. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2017.03.012. PubMed PMID: 28432987; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5507363.
Leyden KM, Kucukboyaci NE, Puckett OK, Lee D, Loi RQ, Paul B, McDonald CR. (2015) what does diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tell us about cognitive networks in temporal lobe epilepsy? Quant Imaging Med Surg. 5(2):247-63. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2223-4292.2015.02.01. Review. PubMed PMID: 25853083; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4379319.
Kemmotsu N, Kucukboyaci NE, Leyden KM, Cheng CE, Girard HM, Iragui VJ, Tecoma ES, McDonald CR. (2014) frontolimbic brain networks predict depressive symptoms in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy Res. 108(9):1554-63. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2014.08.018. PubMed PMID: 25223729; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4194230.
Kemmotsu N, Kucukboyaci NE, Cheng CE, Girard HM, Tecoma ES, Iragui VJ, McDonald CR. (2013) alterations in functional connectivity between the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex as a correlate of depressive symptoms in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 29(3):552-9. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2013.09.039. PubMed PMID: 24176688; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3876964.