Wayne State University

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Pamela May

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Office Location
253 Knapp Bldg
Office Phone
313-664-2640
Research Focus

Psychological and biological factors that affect cognitive aging and Neuropsychological assessment

Job Description
  • Research Assistant for Dr. John Woodard (2008 - present)  Psychology Department, Wayne State University *Master's thesis: Longevity Assurance Gene 1's (LASS1) Relationship with Cognitive and Physical Functioning, Functional Capacity, and Inflammation in Centenarians * Assist in conceptual design and implementation of future research studies, including IRB proposal, paper and computer-based questionnaires * Scientific writing for multiple posters, a manuscript, and thesis * Data collection from undergraduates and older adults * Data scoring, entry, management, and analysis  * Aid manuscript editing and reviewing * Poster production and presentation * Training of undergraduate research assistants  
  • Research Assistant for Dr. Anthony Cacace (2011 - present)  Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Wayne State University * Data collection on individuals with tinnitus using Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM)        
  • Research Assistant for Dr. Cheryl Somers (2012) Department of Education, Wayne State University * Data collection on elementary school children, using a battery of achievement and neuropsychological oriented tests        
  • Research Assistant for Dr. Lee Wurm (2009) Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University  * Performed cognitive tests on older adults          
  • Research Assistant for Dr. Silvia Sorensen (2007 - 2008) Psychiatry Department, University of Rochester Medical Center * Conduct in-home interviews with older adults with macular degeneration * Data entry, management, and analysis (SPSS 13.0) * Poster production and presentation * Participate in health fairs * Attend writing seminars and psychiatry colloquia        
  • Undergraduate intern at the Sleep and Neurophysiology Research Laboratory (2007) Psychiatry Department, University of Rochester Medical Center * Conduct literature searches  * Assist poster production * Data entry and management (SPSS 14.0) * Scientific writing for one manuscript        
  • Research Assistant for Dr. Jennifer Katz (2005 - 2008) Psychology Department, SUNY Geneseo * Assist in conceptual design and implementation of research studies, including IRB proposal, informed consent, grant proposal, paper and computer-based questionnaires * Data collection via small groups and individualized computer assessments * Data entry, management, and analysis (SPSS 14.0 and 15.0) * Scientific writing for multiple posters and manuscripts * Poster production and presentation * Design of undergraduate thesis study, with a prospective examination of Changes in women's self-views associated with unwanted sexual experiences * Training of junior research assistants
Education
  • State University of New York at Geneseo, May 2008, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Biology
  • Doctoral student in Psychology (Clinical), with minors in Neuropsychology and Statistics, Wayne State University
     
Professional Service

Professional Service Activities For Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology

  • IOG GSO Vice President for 2012-2013 academic year
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Campus Ambassador for Wayne State University and GSA representative for Institute of Gerontology (2010-2013)
          o Helped organize and conduct Careers in Aging event in 2011 and 2012
          o Helped organize and conduct GSA Professional Networking event in 2011

IOG service activities:

  • Student volunteer at Issues in Aging conference, the Art of Aging conference, and the Healthier Black Elders Reception (2009-2012)
  • Student representative for re-chartering evaluation of IOG (2012)

For Wayne State University Psychology Department

  • Student representative for learning disabilities faculty search committee (2011)

For SUNY Geneseo Psychology Department

  • Assisted SUNY Geneseoss "Psychology Day," by providing undergraduates information about applying to and being in a clinical psychology program (2010)
Professional Associations

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Psychological Association (2008-Present)
  • Gerontological Society of America (2009-Present) 
  • International Neuropsychological Society (2008-2011)
  • Midwest Neuropsychology Group (2010-2011)
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2006-2009)
Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards at Wayne State University

  • Institute of Gerontology Pre-Doctoral Training Program (2009-2013)
  • Careers in Aging Week Grant ($200) from Gerontological Society of America and Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (2012)
  • Supplemental Trainee Travel Award from IOG (2012)
  • Psychology Department Travel Awards (received one each academic year)
  • Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship (2008-2009)
  • Clinical Area Poster Award for Graduate Student Poster Day (2008)
Publications

Research Manuscripts

May, P. E., Kim, S., Dai, J., Davey, A., Arnold, J., Miller, L. S., et al. (in progress). Longevity Assurance Gene 1's (LASS1) association with cognitive and physical functioning, functional capacity, and inflammation in centenarians.

May, P., & Katz, J. (2010). Sexual victimization in close relationships and self-blame among college women. The Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 15, 158-167. 

Katz, J., May, P., Sorensen, S., & DelTosta, J. (2010). Sexual revictimization during women's first year of college: Self-blame and sexual refusal assertiveness as possible mechanisms. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 2113-2126.

Pigeon, W. R., May, P. E., Perlis, M. L., Ward, E. A., Lu, N., & Talbot, N. L. (2009). The effect of interpersonal therapy for depression on insomnia symptoms in a cohort of women with sexual abuse histories. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22, 634-638.

Katz, J., Moore, J., & May, P. (2008). Physical and sexual covictimization from dating partners: A distinct type of intimate abuse? Violence Against Women, 14, 961-980.

Teaching Experience

Wayne State University

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for Wayne State Psychology Clinic; teaching Assessment lab (2012-2013)
  • Instructor for Elements of Psychology (PSY 1020) (2009)
Professional Experience

 Wayne State University Psychology Clinic (2009 - present)

  • Complete psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluation
  • Conduct individual psychotherapy
  • Co-leader of a psychosocial support group for individuals with neurological difficulties (2010-2011)
  • Co-leader of an interpersonal therapy group (2011)

Detroit VA Medical Center (2011-2012)   

  • Complete neuropsychological evaluations for outpatients and inpatients

Adult Neuropsychology Service, Detroit Medical Center (2010-2011)

  • Complete neuropsychological evaluations for outpatients
  • Assist WADAs
Presentations

Research Presentations
May, P. E., Woodard, J. L., Jazwinski, S. M., Davey, A., Arnold, J., Miller, L. S., et al. (February 2012). Longevity Assurance Gene 1's (LASS1) association with cognitive and physical functioning, functional capacity, and inflammation in centenarians. Paper presented at the annual meeting of International Neuropsychological Society, Montreal, Canada.

May, P. E., Woodard, J. L., Calamari, J. E., Dux, M., Messina, M., Pontarelli, N., et al. (October 2011). Examining Anxiety Sensitivity Index (ASI) scores longitudinally in older adults. Poster presented at the Institute of Gerontology-Merill Palmer Skillman Institute Fall Research Poster Day, Detroit, MI.

May, P. E., Woodard, J. L., Richardson, E. E., Holcomb, E. M., & Strate, K. (February 2011). Effect of gum chewing on memory and processing speed. Poster presented at the annual meeting of International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.

Loacano, C. C., Woodard, J. L., Rahman, A., May, P. E., Richardson, E. E., Seidenberg, M., et al. (February 2011). Semantic Memory Processes in Healthy Aging: Contrasting Familiarity versus Knowledge. Paper presented (by C. Loacano) at the annual meeting of International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.

May, P. E., Woodard, J. L., Jazwinski, S. M., Davey, A., Arnold, J., Miller, L. S., et al. (October & November 2010). Longevity Assurance Gene's (LASS1) relationship with cognitive and daily functioning in centenarians. Poster presented at the Institute of Gerontology-Merill Palmer Skillman Institute Fall Research Poster Day, Detroit, MI, and at Psychology Department's Graduate Student Poster Day, Detroit, MI.

May, P. E., Woodard J. L., Miller, L. S., Martin, P., Davey, A., & Poon, L. W. (October & November, 2009; November 2010). An investigation of the dedifferentiation theory among the oldest old. Poster presented at Institute of Gerontology-Merill Palmer Skillman Institute Fall Research Poster day, Detroit, MI, at the Psychology Department's Graduate Student Poster Day, Detroit, MI, and at the annual meeting of the Midwest Neuropsychology Group, Ann Arbor, MI. Presented as a paper at the annual meeting of Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.

Woodard, J. L., Martin, P., May, P. E., Richardson, E. E., Miller L. S., Davey, A., et al. (November 2009). Moderators of the relations between self-report of functional capacity and observed performance. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA.

May, P., DelTosta, J., & Katz, J. (November 2008). Self-blame and sexual refusal assertiveness as possible mechanisms for revictimization among women in their first year of college. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

May, P. E., Woodard, J. L., Johnson, M. A., Martin, P., Hausman D., Green, R. C., et al. (October 2008). Examining albumin, hemoglobin, and BMI as predictors of cognitive impairment in octogenarians and centenarians. Poster presented at Institute of Gerontology's Annual Fall Research Poster Day, Detroit, MI, Psychology Department's Graduate Student Poster Day, Detroit, MI, and at the annual meeting of International Neuropsychological Society, Atlanta, GA.
   
Horowitz, A., May, P., & Sorensen, S. (March & August 2008). Cognitive functioning and preparation for future care in older adults. Poster presented at the Collier Mental Health Research Poster Session, Rochester, NY, and at annual meeting of American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

May, P., & Katz, J. (November 2007). Sexual victimization in close relationships and self-blame among college women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Tirone, V., May, P., & Katz, J. (November 2007). Past unwanted sexual experiences and gender based dating beliefs as predictors of women's sexual health assertiveness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

May, P., Tirone, V., & Katz, J. (April 2007). Physical and sexual covictimization from dating partners: A distinct type of intimate abuse? Poster presented at the Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement, and Talent Day, Geneseo, NY.

May, P., Myhr, L., & Katz, J. (November 2006). Verbal sexual coercion against female dating partners: Associations with relationship satisfaction and sexual functioning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

May, P., Myhr, L., & Katz, J. (May 2006). Verbal sexual coercion against female dating partners: Associations with relationship satisfaction and sexual functioning. Poster presented at the Geneseo Undergraduate Research Symposium, Geneseo, NY.

Katz, J., Moore, J., & May, P. (November 2005). Male partner violence and sexual coercion: Differential associations with dating women's relationship functioning? Poster presented at the Penn-York Undergraduate Research Conference, Alfred, NY.