Jeannette R. Mahoney, PhD
I am a neuroscientist with over 15 years of multisensory integration research experience and the founder of VisTact. I received my BA from Stony Brook University in 2002 and my PhD from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 2008. Directly after graduation, I started my post-doctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and I never left; I am currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology.
My primary research interests include: heathy aging, sensory functioning [multisensory integration], motor functioning [gait; balance & motor control]; cognitive functioning [attention & executive functioning]; and age-related diseases [including but not limited to mild Parkinsonian symptoms; mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease; & diabetes].
My primary research objectives are to determine how to optimize integration of multisensory inputs for older adults, in an effort to reduce falls, improve mobility, and help seniors maintain functional independence.
My main interest in pursuing the development of CatchU stemmed from wanting to increase older adults’ awareness of fall-risk and other mobility impairments are linked to falls. By providing clinicians and researchers with proper screening tools, the goal is to educate seniors of their potential fall-risk and provide them with tailored recommendations and interventions to alleviate or at least minimize their chances of experiencing an injurious and potentially fatal fall.
When I’m not working, I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially my husband Timmy and my children Kayleigh Rose and Peter Ryan.