Michael Thomas

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Assistant Professor
Cognitive Neuroscience

Phone: (970) 491-6820
Office Location: 237 BHSCI
Email: Michael.L.Thomas@colostate.edu

PhD: Arizona State University, 2011
Area of Specialization: Neuropsychology, Psychometrics, Neuroimaging, Psychosis, Aging
Teaching Courses: Cognitive Neuroscience
Office Hours:
Monday- | Tuesday- 1:45 - 2:30 pm | Wednesday- | Thursday- 1:45 - 2:30 pm | Friday- | By Appointment-

Current Research: Our laboratory is concerned with interpretive and statistical challenges relevant to neuropsychological research and practice. We rely on methods and tools from psychometric theory, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience to conduct our research. Recent work seeks to develop computerized adaptive tests that can be used to improve the collection and interpretation of cognitive and brain imaging data. Other studies are aimed at better understanding the mediating processes involved in the development, maintenance, and remediation of cognitive dysfunction. A wide range of populations are studied, but we have a particular interest in schizophrenia, aging, and dementia.

Recent Publications

Thomas, M. L., Bismark, A. W., Joshi, Y. B., Tarasenko, M., Treichler, E. B. H., Hochberger, W. C., Zhang, W., Nungaray, J., Sprock, J., Cardoso, L., Tiernan, K., Attarha, M., Braff, D. L., Vinogradov, S., Swerdlow, N., & Light, G. A. (in press). Targeted cognitive training improves auditory and verbal outcomes among treatment refractory schizophrenia patients mandated to residential care. Schizophrenia Research.

Thomas, M. L., Patt, V. M., Bismark, A., Sprock, J., Tarasenko, M., Light, G. A., & Brown, G. G. (2017). Evidence of systematic attenuation in the measurement of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126 (3), 312-324.

Thomas, M. L., Green, M. F., Hellemann, G., Sugar, C. A., Tarasenko, M., Calkins, M. E., & Light, G. A. (2017). Modeling deficits from early auditory information processing to psychosocial functioning in schizophrenia. JAMA Psychiatry, 74 (1), 37-46.

Thomas, M. L., Kaufmann, C. N., Palmer, B. W., Depp, C. A., Martin, A. S., Glorioso, D. K., Thompson, W. K., & Jeste, D. V. (2016). Paradoxical trend for improvement in mental health with aging: A community-based study of 1,546 adults aged 21-100 years. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77 (8), E1019-E1025.

Thomas, M. L., Brown, G. G., Thompson, W., Voyvodic, J., Greve, D. N., Turner, J. A., Mathalon, D. H., Ford, J., Wible, C. G., & Potkin, S. G. (2013). An application of item response theory to fMRI data: Prospects and pitfalls. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 212, 167-174.