Wayne State University

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Mike Sugarman

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Functional Neuroimaging; Cognitive decline and dementia; Neuropsychological assessment (general adult and geriatric); Rehabilitation psychology; Individual and group psychotherapy; Intellectual Developmental Disorders; Effectiveness of pharmaceutical intervention 


2010 to Current

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Doctorate Program in Clinical Psychology

Advisor: John Woodard, Ph.D.

Master of Arts awarded December 2012


2005 to 2009

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences awarded May 2009

Magna Cum Laude with Highest Distinction and Highest Honors in Research

Research Advisor: Daphne Bavelier, Ph.D.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sugarman, M. A. & Axelrod, B. N. (In Press). Embedded measures of effort in the Controlled Oral Word Association Test in a clinical sample.Applied Neuropsychology: Adult. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23279095.2013.873439


Sugarman, M. A. & Axelrod, B. N. (In Press). The Utility of the Montréal Cognitive Assessmentand Mini Mental State Examination in Predicting General Intellectual Abilities. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology.


Sugarman, M. A., Jacobs, D. R., Paulson, D. L., Tomlinson, M. & Lichtenberg, P. A. (2014). Examination of the cognitive profile of adults with Prader-Willi syndrome using the Dementia Rating Scale-2: A pilot study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability 39(1), 102-107.


Sugarman, M. A., Loree, A. M., Baltes, B. B., Grekin, E. R., & Kirsch, I. (2014). The efficacy of paroxetine and placebo in treating depression and anxiety: A meta-analysis of change on the Hamilton Rating Scales. PLOS ONE. Available online at http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0106337


Sugarman, M. A., Woodard, J. L., Nielson, K. A., Seidenberg, M., Smith, J. C., Durgerian, S., & Rao, S. M. (2012). Functional magnetic resonance imaging of semantic memory as a presymptomatic biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease risk. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Molecular Basis of Disease 1822, 442-456.


Sugarman, M. A., Woodard, J. L., Nielson, K. A., Smith, J. C., Seidenberg, S., Durgerian, S., Norman, A. L., Hantke, N. C., & Rao, S. M. (2014). Performance variability during a multitrial list-learning task as a predictor of future cognitive decline. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 36(3), 236-243. 


Green, C. S., Sugarman, M. A., Medford, K., Klobusicky, E. & Bavelier, D. (2012). The effect of action video game experience on task-switching. Computers in Human Behavior 28, 984-994.


Hantke, N., Nielson, K. A., Woodard, J. L., Guidotti Breting, L. M., Butts, A., Seidenberg, M., Smith, J. C., Durgerian, S., Lancaster, M., Matthews, M., Sugarman, M. A., & Rao, S. M. (2013). Comparison of semantic and episodic memory BOLD fMRI activation in predicting cognitive decline in older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 19, 11-21.


Hubert-Wallander, B., Green, C. S., Sugarman, M. A., & Bavelier, D. (2011). Altered visual search in action video game players. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics 73, 2399-2412.


Woodard, J. L. & Sugarman, M. A. (2012, shared first authorship). Functional magnetic resonance imaging in aging and dementia: Detection of age-related cognitive changes and prediction of cognitive decline. In Pardon, M. C. and Bondi, M. (Eds.), Behavioral neurobiology of aging. New York: Springer.


Woodard, J. L., Sugarman, M. A., Nielson, K. A., Smith, J. C., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Butts, A., Hantke, N., Lancaster, M., Matthews, M., & Rao, S. M. (2012). Lifestyle and genetic contributions to cognitive decline and hippocampal structure and function in aging. Current Alzheimer Research 9, 436-446.

Masters Thesis

Functional correlates of working memory in early Alzheimer’s disease. http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/dissertations/AAI1530966/


Barandiaran, M., Estanga, A., Moreno, F., Indakoetxea, B., Alzualde, A., Balluerka, N., Marti Masso, J. F., & Lopez de Munain, A. (2012). Neuropsychological features of asymptomatic c.709-1G>A Progranulin Mutation Carriers. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 18, 1086-1090.


Gabriel, A., Maillart, Stefaniak, N., Lejeune, C., Desmottes, L., & Meulemans, T. (2013, Ahead of press). Procedural learning in specific language impairment: Effects of sequence complexity. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 19, 1-8.

Professional Experiences


            Institute of Gerontology, Detroit, MI

            Predoctoral Fellow


            Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Detroit and Novi, MI

            Neuropsychology Practicum Student
            Supervisor: Steven Vangel, Ph.D.


            Wayne State University Psychology Clinic, Detroit, MI

            Conducted psychological assessments
            Individual and group psychotherapist
            Graduate Teaching Assistant, September 2014-May 2015


            John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Hospital, Detroit, MI

            Neuropsychology Practicum Student
            Supervisor: Bradley Axelrod, Ph.D.
            Confident Kids Camp, Ann Arbor, MI

            Counselor for children with selective mutism

            Supervisor: Aimee Kotrba, Ph.D.

            New England Center for Children, Southborough, MA

            Level II Special Education Teacher

Recipient of 2014 John Teahan Endowed Memorial Award for Clinical Psychology

Recipient of 2013 Gerald Rosenbaum Endowed Graduate Training Scholarship in Clinical Psychology

Wayne State University Psychology Department Competitive Rumble Fellowship Recipient 2012-2013

Wayne State University Graduate Research Fellowship 2010-2011