The research of Silvana Lopes Da Costa, PhD, focuses on cognitive impairments in neurological populations, with a focus on multiple sclerosis (MS) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). In her research, she utilizes eye-tracking methodologies, as well as traditional neuropsychological, visual and motor assessments to examine the impact of sensorial, cognitive and motor impairments on performance of traditional neuropsychological tests. Only by fully understanding the etiology of the deficits associated with MS and SCI (her short-term research goal) will we be able to develop efficient rehabilitation programs and accurately identify individuals at higher risk of developing impairments (her long-term research goal). Dr. Costa's research career goal is to contribute significantly to the treatment and early intervention of cognitive deficits, thus promoting quality of life among those who suffer from MS and other neurological conditions. Her current research is funded by the Mary Switzer Merit Fellowship Award from the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the State of New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research.