- Office Location: SH 370C
Office Phone: (818) 677-4736
- Ph.D. 1985, State University of New York
M.S. 1977, Leningrad University
M.S. 1973, Leningrad Conservatory
Specialty Areas: Clinical, Physiological and Neuropsychology.
- Psy 302
- Psy 402/L - Brain and Behavior & Lab
Selected Publications and Presentations
Mitrushina, M., Boone, K.B., Razani, J., & D’Elia, L.F., (2005). Handbook of Normative Data for Neuropsychological Assessment., 2nd edition. NY: Oxford University Press.
When Handbook of Normative Data for Neuropsychological Assessment was published in 1999, it was the first book to provide neuropsychologists with summaries and critiques of normative data for neuropsychological tests. The Second Edition, which has been revised and updated throughout, presents data for 26 commonly used neuropsychological tests, including: Trailmaking, Color Trails, Stroop Color Word Interference, Auditory Consonant Trigrams, Paced Auditory Serial Addition, Ruff 2 and 7, Digital Vigilance, Boston Naming, Verbal Fluence, Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure, Hooper Visual Fluency, Design Fluency, Tactual Performance, Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised, Rey Auditory-Verbal learning, Hopkins Verbal learning, WHO/UCLA Auditory Verbal Learning, Benton Visual Retention, Finger Tapping, Grip Strength (Dynamometer), Grooved Pegboard, Category, and Wisconsin Card Sorting tests. In addition, California Verbal learning (CVLT and CVLT-II, CERAD ListLearning and selective Reminding Tests, as well as the newest version of the Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-III and WMS-IIIA), are reviewed. Locator tables throughout the book guide the reader to the sets of normative data that are best suited to each individual case, depending on the demographic characteristics of the patient, and highlight the advantages associated with using data for comparative purposes. Those using the book have the option of reading the author’s critical review of the normative data for a particular test, or simply turning to the appropriate data locator table for a quick reference to the relevant data tables in the Appendices. The Second Edition includes reviews of 15 new tests. The way the data are presented has been changed to make the book easier to use. Meta-analytic tables of predicted values for different ages (and education, where relevant) are included for nine tests that have a sufficient number of homogeneous datasets. No other reference offers such an effective framework for the critical evaluation of normative data for neuropsychological tests. Like the first edition, the new edition will be welcomed by practitioners, researchers, teachers, and graduate students as a unique and valuable contribution to the practice of neuropsychology.
Mitrushina, M. (2000). Test Review: The Severe Cognitive Impaiment Profile (SCIP). Journal of Clinical Psychology and Experimental Neuropsychology, 22 (2), 294-298.
The article introduces a new test developed by G.M. Peavy, recently published by Psychological Assessment Resources, which is designed to assess functioning across various cognitive domains in the later stages of dementia. The review addresses aims and comparative value, test contents and critique of the new test.
Mitrushina, M. N., Boone, K. B., & D'Elia, L. F. (1999). Handbook of normative data for neuropsychological assessment. New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
(from the jacket) The "Handbook of Normative Data for Neuropsychological Assessment" is the first reference to present and critique available normative data for the most common neuropsychological tests. Information tables throughout the book guide clinicians to the sets normative data that are best suited to their needs, depending on the age, sex, education level, handedness, IQ, and ethnicity of their patients, and highlight the advantages associated with using data for comparative purposes. Those using the book have the option of reading the authors' critical review of the normative data for a particular test, or simply turning to the appropriate data locator table for quick test score interpretation. This book will be of use to practitioners, researchers, teachers, and graduate students of neuropsychology.
Research assistants needed
Students are invited to participate in a clinically-oriented project directed at assessment and case-management of patients with brain dysfunction who are receiving services at the Independent Living Center in Van Nuys. This is a community service project which is also aimed at training students in providing clinical services. In addition, it offers a research opportunity to investigate functional status of long-term head-injury survivors. Students will be trained in establishing clinical rapport with patients and in administration of a comprehensive battery of tests and questionnaires assessing cognitive status and functional capacities of patients. Students will be scheduling meetings with patients at the facility in Van Nuys at their and their patient’s convenience, during working hours of the facility. Students are encouraged to stay in the project for longer than one semester. At students’ request they are welcome to participate in data analysis, data interpretation and report writing stages of this research. Students will receive a letter grade and eternal gratitude of the instructor for their participation.
For more information, see Dr. Maura Mitrushina at SH 370.
Jonna Fries – doctoral student in clinical Psychology at Phillips graduate institute.
Victoria Meraz – 3rd year doctoral student at CSPP in San Francisco.
Rocio Medina – 1st year master’s student in general/experimental Psychology at CSULB.
Wendy Wright – 1st year master’s student at Pepperdine.
Masha Vishnevsky – 1st year doctoral student at Humboldt School Psychology program.
Aracineh Margharian – 1st year at USC.
Patricia Islicaplan – 1st year at CSUN MFT program.
Mindy Sudduth Isaacs – completed doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at University of Kentucky.
Medina Hoover – 2nd year student in Psy.D. program in Forensic Psychology at Alliant International University.
Kimberly Dreker – 2nd year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University.