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Faculty Research Projects

The Neuropsychology Laboratory


Karen I. Mason, Ph.D.Karen I. Wilson, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences California State University, Dominguez Hills
kmason@csudh.edu

Welcome to the Neuropsychology Laboratory! Below you will find a list of ongoing and completed projects as well as those currently in development. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Wilson’s research has focused on the effects of HIV on neurocognitive functioning, drug and alcohol abuse in HIV, and the study of neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric predictors of antiretroviral medication adherence. Currently, her research examines ethnic disparities in HIV/AIDS, with a focus on HIV-associated resilience. Other areas of research include: psychological and neurocognitive functioning in college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and psychosocial functioning in children with developmental disorders.

Ongoing research Projects:

  • Gender and ethnic disparities HIV-associated resilience
  • Identifying the best predictors of Learning Disability, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders using a Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Understanding the neurocognitive and psychosocial predictors of academic performance in an ethnically diverse body of freshman college students
  • Neuropsychological and psychosocial functioning in college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Comparison of ADHD subtypes with respect to depression, anxiety, rejection and self-concept

Completed Projects

  • The synergistic effects of ethnicity and aging on neurocognitive functioning in HIV
  • HIV/AIDS awareness in college students
  • The Relationship Between Risk Behavior, Sensation-seeking, and Daily Spiritual Experiences

Student Presentations/Published Abstracts:

Turner, M. & Wilson, K. (2011). Does perceived commitment and decreased stress relate to the improvement of executive functioning among HIV+ adults? Poster session presented at the 2011 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, November 9-12, St. Louis, MO.

Dodson, C. J., Gibson, J., Kemp, D. & Mason, K. I. (2011, August). Is Quality Better than Quantity? An Examination of Social Support and Medical Adherence among African American Men with HIV<.  Poster session accepted for presentation at the American Psychological Association 119th Annual Convention, August 4-7, Washington, D.C.

Gibson, J., Dodson, C. J., Wilson, S. & Mason, K. I. (2011, February). The Dual Aspects of Stress in Relation to Medical Adherence in HIV+ African Americans.Poster session presented at Student Research Day California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA.

Kemp, D. Wilson, K. Dodson, C.J. (2011, February). Spirituality and Religious Coping as a  Protective Factor Against HIV Related Stress. Paper Session presentenced at Student Research Day California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA.

Kemp, D. Wilson, K. Dodson, C.J. Meyers, H. (2011, April). Social Support as a Protective Factor
for the Psychological Well-Being of HIV Positive Adults.
Poster session presented at Western Psychological Association 91st Annual Convention, April 28- May 1, Los Angeles, CA.      

Mason, K. I., Dodson, C., Kemp, D., & Myers, H.  (2011, June). Gender differences in the factors associated with depression and anxiety in HIV+ adults.  Paper session presented at the 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, June 1-4, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mason, K. I., Dodson, C., & Maalouf, H. (2010). Ethnic disparities in the factors associated with positive health outcome in HIV-infected adults.  9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, June 3-6, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dodson, C. J. and Mason, K. I. (May 2010). Gender Differences in the Effects of Crack/Cocaine on Executive Functioning and Depression among HIV+ African Americans. Paper session presented at CHIPTS HIV Research: The Next Generation, Westwood, CA.

Aufmann, S., Villarreal, B., & Mason, K. I. (2010).  Comparison of ADHD Subtypes with Respect to Depression, Anxiety, Rejection and Self-concept.  Poster presented at Student Research Day at California State University Dominguez Hills, February 18, Carson, CA.

Villarreal, B. & Ruiz, P. (2010).  The Relationship Between Risk Behavior, Sensation-seeking, and Daily Spiritual Experiences.  Paper presented at Student Research Day at California State University Dominguez Hills, February 18, Carson, CA.

Hykal Chaka WinnersVillarreal, B. (Faculty mentor- K. Mason) (2009, February). Sensation-seeking and high-risk sexual behavior among urban college students. Oral presentation presented at the 2008 Student Research Day at California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA.

Dodson, C. (Faculty mentor- K. Mason) (2009, February). Does knowing someone with HIV/AIDS affect the attitudes and sexual behaviors of urban college students. Oral presentation presented at the 2008 Student Research Day at California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA.

Dodson, C. & Mason, K. (2008). Executive function influences depression, anxiety and resiliency in HIV-infected men.  Western Psychological Association Annual Meeting, April 10-13, Irvine, CA.

Maury, T. & Mason, K. (2008).  Social competence in children with a learning disorder and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  Western Psychological Association Annual Meeting, April 10-13, Irvine, CA.

Maalouf, H. & Mason, K. I.  (2008). Ethnic disparities in the association between spirituality and resiliency in HIV-infected adults.  American Psychological Association Annual Convention, August 14-17, Boston, MA. 

Becker, B. (Faculty mentor-K. Mason) (2007, November).   Using electronic diaries to investigate psychopathological problems that arise in a family setting.  Paper presented at California State University, Dominguez Hills Student Research Day, Carson, CA.

Dodson, C. (Faculty mentor – K. Mason) (2007, November). The impact of neurocognition on depression and resilience in HIV-positive men.  Paper presented at California State University, Dominguez Hills Student Research Day, Carson, CA.

Albertella, M., & Mason, K. I. (2007). Disturbances in Mood Contribute to Discrepancies between Subjective and Objective Measures of Executive Functioning in College Students with “Probable” Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. [abstract] Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13 (S1), 142.

Albertella, M.  (Faculty mentor-K. Mason) (2006, November). Metacognition in college students with probable Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: The ability for accurate self-assessment.  Paper presented at California State University, Dominguez Hills Student Research Day, Carson, CA.

Maalouf, H. (Faculty mentor-K. Mason) (2006, November). The influence of social support on academic success among college students with “probable ADHD.” Paper presented at California State University, Dominguez Hills Student Research Day, Carson, CA.

Okano, S. (Faculty mentor-K. Mason) (2006, November). Academic performance and self-efficacy in individuals with “probable ADHD.” Paper presented at California State University, Dominguez Hills Student Research Day, Carson, CA.

Proctor, K. (Faculty mentor-K. Mason) (2006, November). ‘Probable ADHD’ and comorbid disorders of anxiety and depression in college students. Paper presented at California State University, Dominguez Hills Student Research Day, Carson, CA.

Reynosa, A.  (Faculty mentor-K. Mason) (2006, November). Undiagnosed childhood AD/HD symptoms in college students with ‘probable’ AD/HD.  Paper presented at California State University, Dominguez Hills Student Research Day, Carson, CA.

Mason, K., Divinity, R., Hinkin, C., & Myers, H.  (2006). Ethnicity Uniquely Contributes to Differences in the Neurocognitive Functioning of HIV-Infected Adults.  American Psychological Association Annual Convention, August 10-13, New Orleans, LA.

Mason, K. I., Bekele, A., Rodriguez, N., & Hinkin, C.  (2005). Ethnic Disparities in the Health of HIV-Infected Adults: A Preliminary Study.  Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, June 13-16, 2005, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Bekele, A., Rodriguez, N., & Mason, K. I.  (2005). The Effects of Gender and Older Age on Mood in HIV/AIDS: A Preliminary Investigation.  Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, June 13-16, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Price, M. (Faculty mentor- K. Mason) (2005, November). Are there ethnic disparities in the neurocognitive and psychological functioning of those infected with HIV? Paper presented at California State University, Dominguez Hills Student Research Day, Carson, CA.


Sample of Dr. Mason’s Publications:

Foley. J., Ettenhofer, M., Wright. M. J., Siddiqi, I., Choi, M., Thames, A. D., Mason, K., Castellon, S., & Hinkin, C. H.  (2010). Neurocognitive functioning in HIV-1-infection: Effects of cerebrovascular risk factors and age. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 265-285.

Barclay, T. R., Hinkin, C. H., Mason, K. I., Reinhard, M. J., Marion, S. D., Levine, A. J., & Castellon, S. A. (2007).  Age-associated predictors of medication adherence in HIV-positive adults: Health beliefs, self-efficacy, and neurocognitive status.  Health Psychology, 26(1), 40-49.

Durvasula, R. S., Myers, H. F., Mason, K. I., & Hinkin, C.  (2006). Relationship between alcohol use/abuse, HIV infection and neuropsychological performance in African American men.  Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 28(3), 383-404.

Levine, A., Hinkin, C, Castellon, S., Mason, K., Lam, M., Robinet, M., Longshore, D., Newton, T., Myers, H., Durvasula, R., & Hardy, D. (2005). Variations in patterns of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) adherence. AIDS & Behavior, 9(3), 355-362.

Hinkin, C. H., Hardy, D. J., Mason, K. I., Castellon, S. A., Durvasula, R. S., Lam, M. N., & Stefaniak, M.  (2004).  Medication adherence in HIV-infected adults: effect of patient age, cognitive status, and substance abuse. AIDS, 18, Suppl. 1,  S19-25.

Hinkin, C. H., Castellon, S. A., Durvasula, R. S., Hardy, D. J., Lam, M. N., Mason, K. I., Thrasher, D., Goetz, M. B., & Stefaniak, M.  (2002). Medication adherence among HIV+ adults: effects of cognitive dysfunction and regimen complexity. Neurology, 59, 1944-1950.

Evans, D. L., & Mason, K. I. (2002). Neuropsychiatric manifestations of HIV-1 infection and AIDS. In K. L. Davis, D. Charney, J. T. Coyle, & C. Nemeroff (Eds.), Neuropsychopharmacology - The Fifth Generation of Progress (pp. 1281-1299).  Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Hinkin, C. H., Hardy, D. J., Mason, K. I., Castellon, S. A., Lam, M. N., Stefaniak, M. & Zolnikov, B. (2002). Verbal and spatial working memory performance among HIV-infected adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 8, 1-7.

Mason, K. I., Campbell, A., Hawkins, P., Madhere, S., Johnson & Takushi-Chinen, R. (1998).  Neuropsychological functioning in HIV seropositive African American women with a history of drug use. Journal of the National Medical Association, 90 (11), 665-674.