Areas of Specialization:
Neuroanatomical correlates of complex movement by studying
cognitive-behavioral deficits in focal lesion stroke and Parkinson’s and
Huntington’s Disease and functional MRI; ipsilesional motor deficits
after stroke and its functional implications; cognitive changes with
The brain has
always fascinated me. I began doing animal research and quickly learned
that hemispheric specialization and cognition of the human brain were
the greatest fascination. I have always been a clinician doing
neuropsychology with a strong interest in research, and I believe that
my clinical work has “kept my feet on the ground.” I have been
continuously funded for the last 25 years and I am now a VA Research
Career Scientist, which allows me to devote about 50% of my time to
research collaborations. Recently, I have become interested in the
cognitive correlates of post traumatic stress disorder and mild
traumatic brain injury, which is funded through a grant from the
Department of Defense.
I have been
involved in national and international professional organizations, as
past-president of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, a
specialty board under the American Board of Professional Psychology and
the Neuropsychology Division of the American Psychological Association,
and Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological
Society. I am heavily involved in mentoring students and faculty,
especially in research. I particularly enjoy mentoring interns and
postdoctoral fellows in our psychology training program and junior
faculty. As Vice-Chair for Research I coordinate the review of all
departmental research. I also administer the Rosenbaum Award, an
intramural grant for psychosocial research in psychiatry, and the
Resident Research Award, which is given every year to the resident who
makes the biggest contribution to research. I very much enjoy my
contact with residents through formal teaching and when they rotate
through the Neuropsychology Program at the VA, and I would love to have
more contact with the residents, especially if they have an interest in
cognitive markers of psychiatric and neurologic diagnoses. For fun, my
husband and I are avid hikers, skiers, and travelers, and we love
visiting our son in Boston.
Haaland, K.Y., Elsinger, C., Mayer, A., Durgerian, S., Rao, S.
Motor sequence complexity and performing hand produce differential
patterns of hemispheric lateralization, Journal of Cognitive
Neuroscience, 16, 621-636, 2004.
Haaland, K.Y.,* J. Sadek, S. Pergam, L.A. Echevarria , L.E.
Davis, D.Goade, J. Harnar, R.A. Nofchissey, C. M. Sewell, P. Ettestad.
Mental Status Deficits after West Nile Virus Infection. Emerging
Infectious Disease, 12, 1260-1262, 2006.
Davis, L.E., DeBiasi, R., Goade, D.E., Haaland, K.Y., *Harrington, J.A.,
Harnar, J.B., Pergam, S.A., King, M.K., DeMasters, B.K., Tyler, K.L.
West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease, Annals of Neurology,
60, 286-300, 2006.
*Schaefer, S.S., Haaland, K.Y., Sainburg, R.L. Ipsilesional motor
impairments following stroke reflect lateralization of movement control,
Brain, 130, 2146-2158, 2007 (doi:
*Chestnut, C. & Haaland, K.Y. Functional significance of
ipsilesional motor deficits after unilateral stroke, Archives of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2007, 89, 62-68.
Buxsbaum, L. Haaland, K.Y., Hallett, M., Wheaton, L., Heilman, K.M.,
Rodriguez, A., Gonzalez Rothi, L.J., Treatment
of Limb Apraxia: Moving forward to improved action, American Journal
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2008, 87: 149-161.
*Nye, E.C., Katzman, J., Bell, J.B., Kilpatrick, J., Brainard, M.,
Haaland, K.Y. Attachment organization in Viet Nam combat veterans with
posttraumatic stress disorder. Attachment and Human Development,
2008, 10, 41-57.
*Rinehart, J.K., Singleton, R., Sadek, J.R., Adair, J.C. & Haaland, K.Y.,
Arm Usage after Left and Right Hemiparesis is Influenced by Hand
Preference. Stroke, 2008, 10, 1-6, DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.108.528497.
*Stricker, N. H., Schweinsburg, B. C. , Delano-Wood, L.
, Wierenga, C. E., Bangen, K. J. , Haaland, K. Y.,
Frank, L. R., Salmon, D. P., & Bondi, M. W.
Decreased White Matter Integrity in Late-Myelinating Fiber Pathways in
Alzheimer’s Disease Supports Retrogenesis. Neuroimage,
2009, 45, 10-16, 2009.
Poole, J.L., Sadek, J.R., & Haaland, K.Y. Ipsilateral Deficits in
One-handed Shoe Tying after Left or Right Hemisphere Stroke, Archives
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, In Press.
Haaland, K.Y., *Schaefer, S.Y., Knight, R.T., Adair, J.C., Magalhaes,
A., *Sadek, J., Sainburg, R.L. Ipsilesional trajectory control is
related to contralesional arm paralysis after left hemisphere damage,
Experimental Brain Research, In Press.
*Sadek, J., Pergam, S., *Harrington, J., Echevarria, L.A., Davis, L.E., Goade, D., Harnar, J., Nofchissey, R.A., Sewell, C.M., Ettestad, P., Haaland, K.Y. Neuropsychological impairment associated with West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, In Press.
13. Swanda, R.M., Haaland, K.Y. Clinical Neuropsychology. In Sadock, B.J. & Sadock, (Eds). Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Ninth Edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, In Press.
14. *Stricker, N.H., *Sadek, J., & Haaland, K.Y. Vascular Dementia. In Morgan, J.E., Baron, I.S., Ricker, J.H., (Eds). Casebook of Clinical Neuropsychology. New York, Oxford University Press, 2010.
15. Haaland, K.Y. & Swanda, R.M. Vascular Dementia. In Morgan, J. & Ricker, J. (Eds). Textbook of Clinical Neuropsychology, New York: Taylor & Francis, 2008.
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