David Gansler, PhD

Professor, Psychology

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  • PhD, State University of New York at Albany
  • BS, State University of New York at Albany

Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Boston University’s Aphasia Research Center/Boston VAMC; Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology; Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Specialty Areas

Neuropsychology - adult, function and dysfunction of the frontal lobe, assessment of the dysexecutive syndrome, applications of neuro-imaging including imaging genetics.

My research focus can be described as a systems neuroscience approach to frontal lobe function and dysfunction. Within that broad category there are several research foci. A current interest is the construct and criterion validity of dysexecutive syndrome measures in healthy control and clinical samples. How are dysexecutive behavior and executive dysfunction related? We have conducted studies on the neural circuitry of self-control, more specifically, aggression and impulsivity. A recent emphasis in the lab has been the contribution of genetic variables to our understaning of the functioning of the frontal lobes. An emphasis in the lab is on preparing students for the healthcare and scientific contexts of tomorrow by integrating neuropsychological, neuro-imaging and genetics data. Populations of interest have included alcoholism, dementia, serious mental illness, and ADHD. Research methodologies in use include neuropsychological testing, volumetry, region of interest analysis in aMRI and fMRI, and RSFC.


  • Gansler, D.A., Varvaris, M. & Schretlen, D.J. (in press). The Use of Neuropsychological Tests to Assess Intelligence. The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
  • Gansler, D.A., Pan, J.J., Huey, E. & Grafman, J. Assessing the Dysexecutive Syndrome in Dementia (in press). Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
  • Gansler, D.A., Suvak, M., Arean, P., & Alexopoulos, G. Role of Executive Dysfunction and Dysexecutive Behavior in Late-Life Depression and Disability (in press). American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • Gansler, D.A., Jerram, M.W., Vannorsdall, T., & Schretlen, D.J. (2011). Is the Iowa Gambling Test a Measure of Executive function? Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 26(18), 706-717.
  • Gansler, D.A., Lee, A.K.W., Emerton, B.C., D’Amato, C., Bhadelia, R., Jerram, M., & Fulwiler, C. (2011). Prefrontal regional correlates of self-control in male psychiatric patients. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 191, 16-23.
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Courses Taught

  • PSYCH 101 - Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSYCH 312 - Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYCH 705 - Assessment I
  • PSYCH 706 - Assessment II
  • PSYCH 741 - Clinical Supervision and Consultation IIB