My research focuses on cognitive impairments in neurological populations, with a focus on multiple sclerosis (MS) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). In my research, I utilize 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 (my short-term research goal) will we be able to develop efficient rehabilitation programs and accurately identify individuals at higher risk of developing impairments (my long-term research goal). My 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. My 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.
Chiaravalloti ND, Goverover Y, Costa SL, DeLuca J. (2018) a pilot study examining speed of processing training (SPT) to improve Processing Speed in persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Front Neurol. 685. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2018.00685. PubMed PMID: 30210426; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6119725.
Costa SL, DeLuca J, Costanza K, Chiaravalloti ND. (2018) Comparing the Open Trial - Selective Reminding Test results with the California Learning Verbal Test II in multiple sclerosis. Appl Neuropsychol Adult. 1-9. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2018.1448818. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29617157.
de Araújo FM, Ferreira RS, Souza CS, Dos Santos CC, Rodrigues TLRS, E Silva JHC, Gasparotto J, Gelain DP, El-Bachá RS, D Costa MF, Fonseca JCM, Segura-Aguilar J, Costa SL, Silva VDA. (2018) Aminochrome decreases NGF, GDNF and induces neuroinflammation in organotypic midbrain slice cultures. Neurotoxicology. PubMed PMID: 29588162.