Division of Geriatrics

Helena M. Blumen, Ph.D.

Dr. Helena M. Blumen

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Geriatrics)

Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

 

Professional Interests

I’m a cognitive psychologist with particular expertise and training in human memory, cognitive aging, and cognitive neuroscience. I completed my Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology at Stony Brook University in 2002-2008. I also completed a T32 NIH/NIA postdoctoral fellowship in the Neuropsychology of Cognition in Aging Training Program at Columbia University Medical Center in 2008-2011, and a neuroimaging fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2011-2013. I’m currently an assistant professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The overall theme of my research is to optimize gait and cognition in aging. I examine the potential for using collaboration as a tool to improve memory, computer-based actions games as a tool to improve executive control, and motor imagery as a tool to improve executive control and mobility. The ultimate goal of my laboratory-based studies is to develop and test interventions that can be used to optimize cognition in community-dwellling older adults, and older adults that reside in nursing homes or naturally-occurring retirement communities. 

 

Selected Publications

Tagoe, C.E., Blumen H.M., Ahmad, J. (2015). Association of Anti-thyroid Peroxidase Antibody with Fibromyalgia in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatology International, 35(8), 1415-21, doi: 10.1007/s00296-015-3278-1, PubMed PMID: 25976307.

Yuan, J., Blumen, H.M., Verghese, J., & Holtzer, R. (2014). Functional Connectivity of Gait Velocity during Walking and Walking-While-Talking in Aging: A resting-state fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping, 36(4), 1484-1493. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.22717. PubMed PMID: 25504964. 

Blumen, H.M., Young, K.E., & Rajaram, S. (2014). Optimizing Group Collaboration to Improve Later Individual Retention. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3, 240-251, doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2014.05.002

Holtzer, R., Epstein, N., Mahoney, J.R., & Blumen, H.M. (2014). Neuroimaging of Mobility in Aging: A Targeted Review. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 69(11), 1375-1388. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glu052. PubMed PMID: 24739495; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4204614.

Blumen, H.M. Holtzer, R., Brown, L.L, Gazes, Y & Verghese, J. (2014). Behavioral and Neural Correlates of Imagined Walking and Walking-While-Talking in the Elderly. Human Brain Mapping, 35(8), 4090-104. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22461. PubMed PMID: 24522972; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4106989*

* Was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Junior Research Manuscript Award at the American Geriatrics Society’s Annual meeting in National Harbor, MD, May 2015.  

Choi, H.Y., Blumen, H.M., Congleton, A., & Rajaram, S. (2013). The Role of Group Configuration on the Social Transmission of Memory: Evidence from Identical and Reconfigured Groups. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(1):65-80. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2013.862536.**

** Was awarded the Journal of Cognitive Psychology’s Best Paper Award 2014 http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/beh/behavioral-science-and-health-and-social-care-competitions/pecp-bpa14

Sunderaraman, P. Blumen, H.M., De Matteo, D., Apa, Z.L, & Cosentino, S. (2013). Task demand influence relationships among sex, clustering, strategy and recall: 16-word versus 9-word list learning tests, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 26 (2), 78-84. doi: 10.1097/WNN.0b013e31829de450.

Blumen, H.M., Rajaram, S & Henkel, L (2013b).The Applied Value of Collaborative Memory Research in Aging: Considerations for Broadening the Scope, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2 (2), 133-135. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2013.05.004

Blumen, H.M., Rajaram, S & Henkel, L (2013a).The Applied Value of Collaborative Memory Research in Aging: Behavioral and Neural Considerations, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 2 (2), 107-117. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2013.03.003

Stern, Y., Blumen, H.M., Rich, L.W., Richards, A., Herzberg, G., & Gopher, D. (2011). Space Fortress Game Training and Executive Control in Older Adults: A Pilot Intervention. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, iFirst, 1–25. doi:10.1080/13825585.2011.613450

Blumen, H.M., Gazes, Y., Habeck, C., Kumar, A., Steffener, J., Rakitin, B.C., & Stern, Y. (2011). Neural Networks Associated with the Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff: Evidence from the Response Signal Method. Behavioural Brain Research, 224(2), 397-402. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2011.06.004

Blumen, H.M., & Stern, Y. (2011). Short-term and Long-Term Collaboration Benefits on Individual Recall in Younger and Older Adults. Memory & Cognition. 38(1), 147-154.doi: 10.3758/s13421-010-0023-6. PMCID: PMC3071579

Blumen, H.M., Gopher, D., Steinerman, J., & Stern, Y. (2010). Training Cognitive Control in Older Adults with the Space Fortress Game: The Role of Aiming and Training Instructions. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2(145), 1-12. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2010.00145. PMCID: PMC2991174

Blumen, H.M., & Rajaram, S. (2009). Effects of Repeated Collaborative Retrieval on Individual Memory Vary as a Function of Recall versus Recognition Tasks. Memory, 17(8), 840-846. doi: 10.1080/09658210903266931

Blumen, H.M., & Rajaram, S. (2008). Influence of Re-exposure and Retrieval Disruption during Group Collaboration on later Individual Recall, Memory, 16(3), 231-244. doi: 10.1080/09658210701804495

 

 

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Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Louis and Dora Rousso Building
1165 Morris Park Avenue , Room 434
Bronx, NY 10461

Tel: 718.430.3810
helena.blumen@einstein.yu.edu

 
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