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Sarah Vadnais

Doctoral Student, Clinical (Child) Psychology

Sarah Vadnais

Hometown:

Crystal Lake, IL

Undergraduate Institution:

BA from Northern Illinois University in 2012

Current Program:

Child Clinical Psychology, Doctoral student, MA earned in 2015

Year of Matriculation:

2012

Research Interests:

Psychological and neuropsychological assessment, developmental disabilities, brain imaging

Presentations:

Vadnais, S. A., Curewitz, A. M., Larson, S. W., Dyer, S. M., Lee, S. E., Constance, J. M., Klaver, J., Trusty, L. A., & Kibby, M. Y. (March 2015). Inferior frontal gyrus and the Big 5 personality traits. Poster presented at the 2015 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting.

Curewtiz, A., Vadnais, S., Klaver, J., Lee, S., Constance, J., Trusty, L., Kibby, M., & Dyer, S. (March 2015). The association between working memory and bilateral inferior frontal cortex volumes in children with and without ADHD. Poster presented at the 2015 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting.

Dyer, S., Lee, S., Vadnais, S., Constance, J., Kibby, M, (March 2015). Larger right orbital frontal cortex volume predicts better inhibitory control. Poster presented at the 2015 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting.

Vadnais, S. A., Klaver, J. M., Dyer, S. M., Lee, S. E., Constance, J. M., Trusty, L. A., Jagger, A. C., Casher, G. A., Larson, S. W., & Kibby, M. Y. (October 2014). Inferior frontal volume predicts teacher-rated aggression. Poster presented at the 2014 National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Burke, A., Cashel, M. L., Curewitz, A., Bobo, M., Vadnais, S., & Jack-James, D. (October 2014). Callous unemotional traits and patterns of antisocial behavior among female juvenile offenders. Poster presented at the 2014 National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Jagger, A. C., Casher, G. A., Lee, S. E., Vadnais, S. A. & Kibby, M. Y. (May 2014). A survey of motor dexterity and constructional praxis in children with ADHD and developmental dyslexia. Poster presented at the 26th annual convention of the Association of Psychological Science.

Vadnais, S. A., Lee, S. E., Klaver, J., Constance, J. M., Beyes, L. A., Jagger, A. C., Casher, G. A., & Kibby, M. Y. (February 2014). Volumetric differences in the inferior gyrus predict verbal short-term memory performance. Poster presented at the 42nd annual convention of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Dyer, S. M., Lee, S. E., Klaver, J. M., Vadnais, S. A., Beyes, L. A., Constance, J. M., Jagger, A.C., Casher, G. A., & Kibby, M. Y.  (February 2014).  Parent-rated hyperactivity predicts reduced superior frontal cortex volume in a mixed sample of children. Poster presented at the 42nd annual convention of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Vadnais, S. A., Curewitz, A. M., Constance, J. M., Dyer, S. M., & Kibby, M. Y. (May 2013). Elevated Ratings of Self-Reported Peer Popularity in Children with ADHD-Combined Type. Poster presented at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science.

Curewitz, A. M., Dyer, S. M., Vadnais, S. A., Lee, S. E., Klaver, J. M., Beyes, L. A., Constance, J. M., & Kibby, M. Y. (May 2013). Decreased Bilateral Superior Frontal Cortex Volume in Childhood Aggression. Poster presented at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science.

Teaching Experience:

Lab TA for PSYC 516 (Human Clinical Neuroanatomy)

Future Career Plans:

Working in a hospital setting conducting neuropsychological assessments with children.

What Attracted Me to SIU:

Dr. Michelle Kibby's research on the cognitive and neural correlates of ADHD and reading disabilities, as well as the balanced clinical/research nature of the program.

Interesting Facts:

My Master’s thesis identified the components of processing speed that impact the slower processing often seen in children with ADHD, along with additional cognitive and motor weaknesses that predict slower performance.