Joaquin Anguera, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address675 Nelson Rising Lane
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    University of California, San DiegoB.S.2000Animal Physiology & Neuroscience
    California State University NorthridgeM.S.2003Kinesiology
    University of MichiganPh.D.2008Kinesiology
    University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral Studies2009Neurology

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    The body of research I developed during my graduate and postdoctoral training focused on characterizing & augmenting aspects of cognitive control & skill acquisition using behavioral and neuroimaging technologies. Creating a unique line of research that built upon these domains has involved a strong interdisciplinary emphasis, with these efforts centered on healthy young and older adults, as well as clinical populations involving ADHD, autism, and depressed individuals amongst others. My current work leverages state-of-the-art technological approaches to create i) advanced training tools to remediate cognitive deficiencies (see our cover story in Nature, Anguera et al., 2013) and ii) use mobile technology to robustly characterizing individual abilities in each of these domains outside of the laboratory (contributed to the creation of 10 different mobile apps to date; see Anguera et al., 2016 as an example).

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    Enhancing cognitive control abilities using mobile technology in a senior living community
    NIH R21AG058896Feb 1, 2019 - Nov 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Multi-modal Study of Cognitive and Neural Differences in Media Multitaskers
    NIH R56MH111672Aug 11, 2017 - Jul 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    A Computerized Intervention Targeting Cognitive Control Network Deficits in Depression
    NIH R33MH110509Sep 19, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    A Computerized Intervention Targeting Cognitive Control Network Deficits in Depression
    NIH R61MH110509Sep 19, 2016 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Scaling a smarter and more efficient intervention: Evaluating the feasibility of disseminating a novel mobile app platform to treat depression
    NIH R34MH110583Aug 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Enhancing Functional Outcomes in Schizophrenia Using a Novel mHealth Approach
    NIH R34MH100399Aug 1, 2013 - May 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Can mental health apps work in the real world? A feasibility pilot study
    NIH R34MH100466Jun 24, 2013 - Mar 31, 2017
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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    1. A digital intervention targeting cognitive control network dysfunction in middle age and older adults with major depression. Transl Psychiatry. 2021 May 04; 11(1):269. Gunning FM, Anguera JA, Victoria LW, Areán PA. PMID: 33947831.
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    2. Long-term maintenance of multitasking abilities following video game training in older adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2021 Mar 01; 103:22-30. PMID: 33789209.
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    3. Sustained benefits of cognitive training in children with inattention, three-year follow-up. PLoS One. 2021; 16(2):e0246449. Jurigova BG, Gerdes MR, Anguera JA, Marco EJ. PMID: 33539468.
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    4. Correction: Application of an Adaptive, Digital, Game-Based Approach for Cognitive Assessment in Multiple Sclerosis: Observational Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jan 27; 23(1):e27440. Hsu WY, Rowles W, Anguera JA, Zhao C, Anderson A, Alexander A, Sacco S, Henry R, Gazzaley A, Bove R. PMID: 33502997.
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    5. Application of an Adaptive, Digital, Game-Based Approach for Cognitive Assessment in Multiple Sclerosis: Observational Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jan 20; 23(1):e24356. Hsu WY, Rowles W, Anguera J, Zhao C, Anderson A, Alexander A, Sacco S, Henry R, Gazzaley A, Bove R. PMID: 33470940.
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    6. Psychological Symptoms and Stress Are Associated With Decrements in Attentional Function in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2020 Sep/Oct; 43(5):402-410. Atallah M, Cooper B, Muñoz RF, Paul SM, Anguera J, Levine JD, Hammer M, Wright F, Chen LM, Melisko M, Conley YP, Miaskowski C, Dunn LB. PMID: 30998605.
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    7. Score-based tests for detecting heterogeneity in linear mixed models. Behav Res Methods. 2020 Jul 14. Wang T, Merkle EC, Anguera JA, Turner BM. PMID: 32666394.
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    8. A novel in-home digital treatment to improve processing speed in people with multiple sclerosis: A pilot study. Mult Scler. 2020 Jun 25; 1352458520930371. Bove R, Rowles W, Zhao C, Anderson A, Friedman S, Langdon D, Alexander A, Sacco S, Henry R, Gazzaley A, Feinstein A, Anguera JA. PMID: 32584155.
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    9. Enhanced Attention Using Head-mounted Virtual Reality. J Cogn Neurosci. 2020 Aug; 32(8):1438-1454. Li G, Anguera JA, Javed SV, Khan MA, Wang G, Gazzaley A. PMID: 32286132.
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    10. MOBILE COGNITIVE INTERVENTION IN OLDER VETERANS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: RESULTS FROM THE BRAVE (BRAIN AGING IN VETERANS) TRAINING PILOT STUDY. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2019 Jul 1; 15(7):p253-p254. Allison R. Kaup, Jessica Schachtner, Amy L. Byers, Deborah E. Barnes, Joaquin A. Anguera, Alexandrea L. Harmell, Maria-Paulina Amaya, Margaret Gross, Kristine Yaffe. .
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    11. Closed-loop digital meditation improves sustained attention in young adults. Nat Hum Behav. 2019 07; 3(7):746-757. Ziegler DA, Simon AJ, Gallen CL, Skinner S, Janowich JR, Volponi JJ, Rolle CE, Mishra J, Kornfield J, Anguera JA, Gazzaley A. PMID: 31160812.
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    12. Maximal Oxygen Uptake Responders Versus Non-responders Show Differing Cognitive Responses to Movement-based Video Game Training. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2019 Jun 1; 51(Supplement):850. Christian Thompson, Brigid Larkin, Josh Volponi, Alexander Simon, Joaquin Anguera, Adam Gazzaley. .
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    13. White Matter Microstructure Associations of Cognitive and Visuomotor Control in Children: A Sensory Processing Perspective. Front Integr Neurosci. 2018; 12:65. Brandes-Aitken A, Anguera JA, Chang YS, Demopoulos C, Owen JP, Gazzaley A, Mukherjee P, Marco EJ. PMID: 30692921.
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    14. A Videogame-Based Digital Therapeutic to Improve Processing Speed in People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Feasibility Study. Neurol Ther. 2019 Jun; 8(1):135-145. Bove RM, Rush G, Zhao C, Rowles W, Garcha P, Morrissey J, Schembri A, Alailima T, Langdon D, Possin K, Gazzaley A, Feinstein A, Anguera J. PMID: 30506301.
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    15. The accuracy of passive phone sensors in predicting daily mood. Depress Anxiety. 2019 01; 36(1):72-81. Pratap A, Atkins DC, Renn BN, Tanana MJ, Mooney SD, Anguera JA, Areán PA. PMID: 30129691.
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    16. Using Mobile Apps to Assess and Treat Depression in Hispanic and Latino Populations: Fully Remote Randomized Clinical Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2018 08 09; 20(8):e10130. Pratap A, Renn BN, Volponi J, Mooney SD, Gazzaley A, Arean PA, Anguera JA. PMID: 30093372.
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    17. Comparing Approaches to Mobile Depression Assessment for Measurement-Based Care: Prospective Study. J Med Internet Res. 2018 06 19; 20(6):e10001. Bauer AM, Baldwin SA, Anguera JA, Areán PA, Atkins DC. PMID: 29921564.
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    18. Characterizing cognitive and visuomotor control in children with sensory processing dysfunction and autism spectrum disorders. Neuropsychology. 2018 02; 32(2):148-160. Brandes-Aitken A, Anguera JA, Rolle CE, Desai SS, Demopoulos C, Skinner SN, Gazzaley A, Marco EJ. PMID: 29376661.
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    19. 3.27 Assessing White Matter Correlates of Cognitive and Visuomotor Control Deficits in Children With Sensory Processing Disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2017 Oct 1; 56(10):s211-s212. Annie Brandes-Aitken, Joaquin A. Anguera, Yi-Shin Chang, Julia P. Owen, Pratik Mukherjee, Elysa J. Marco. .
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    20. Assessing Depression in the Wild: Insights From Two Large-Scale Fully Mobile Randomized Clinical Trials. Iproceedings. 2017 Sep 22; 3(1):e46. Abhishek Pratap, Joaquin A Anguera, Brenna N Renn, Joshua Volponi, David C Atkins, Sean D Mooney, Pat A Areán. .
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    21. Enhancing Spatial Attention and Working Memory in Younger and Older Adults. J Cogn Neurosci. 2017 Sep; 29(9):1483-1497. Rolle CE, Anguera JA, Skinner SN, Voytek B, Gazzaley A. PMID: 28654361.
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    23. The feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes of PRIME-D: A novel mobile intervention treatment for depression. Depress Anxiety. 2017 06; 34(6):546-554. Schlosser DA, Campellone TR, Truong B, Anguera JA, Vergani S, Vinogradov S, Arean P. PMID: 28419621.
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    24. A pilot study to determine the feasibility of enhancing cognitive abilities in children with sensory processing dysfunction. PLoS One. 2017; 12(4):e0172616. Anguera JA, Brandes-Aitken AN, Antovich AD, Rolle CE, Desai SS, Marco EJ. PMID: 28380008.
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    25. Improving late life depression and cognitive control through the use of therapeutic video game technology: A proof-of-concept randomized trial. Depress Anxiety. 2017 06; 34(6):508-517. Anguera JA, Gunning FM, Areán PA. PMID: 28052513.
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    26. The Use and Effectiveness of Mobile Apps for Depression: Results From a Fully Remote Clinical Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2016 12 20; 18(12):e330. Arean PA, Hallgren KA, Jordan JT, Gazzaley A, Atkins DC, Heagerty PJ, Anguera JA. PMID: 27998876.
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    27. Characterizing cognitive control abilities in children with 16p11.2 deletion using adaptive 'video game' technology: a pilot study. Transl Psychiatry. 2016 09 20; 6(9):e893. Anguera JA, Brandes-Aitken AN, Rolle CE, Skinner SN, Desai SS, Bower JD, Martucci WE, Chung WK, Sherr EH, Marco EJ. PMID: 27648915.
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    28. Mobile Assessment of Depression Treatment Response: Recruitment Challenges and Possible Solutions. Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews. 2016 Aug 15; 3(3):214-215. Ashli A Owen-Smith, Michelle Panneton, Patricia Arean, Joaquin A Anguera, Shelby Reetz, Greg N Clarke. .
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    29. Mood Disorders in Late Life. . 2016 Jul 7; 298-310. Pat Arean, Eric Lenze, Joaquin A. Anguera. .
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    30. Physiological And Cognitive Adaptations To 8 Weeks Of Training On A Movement-based Video Game. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2016 May 1; 48(5S):922. Christian Thompson, Caleb Khan, Leticia Whitton-Martinez, Josh Volpini, Juliana Souza, Alexander Simon, Sasha Skinner, Daniel Kingsbook, Alan Leggitt, Joaquin Anguera, Adam Gazzaley. .
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    31. Video Games for Neuro-Cognitive Optimization. Neuron. 2016 04 20; 90(2):214-8. Mishra J, Anguera JA, Gazzaley A. PMID: 27100194.
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    32. Conducting a fully mobile and randomised clinical trial for depression: access, engagement and expense. BMJ Innov. 2016 Jan; 2(1):14-21. Anguera JA, Jordan JT, Castaneda D, Gazzaley A, Areán PA. PMID: 27019745.
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    33. Video games, cognitive exercises, and the enhancement of cognitive abilities. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 2015 Aug 1; 4:160-165. Joaquin A Anguera, Adam Gazzaley. .
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    34. Delayed enhancement of multitasking performance: Effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation on the prefrontal cortex. Cortex. 2015 Aug; 69:175-85. Hsu WY, Zanto TP, Anguera JA, Lin YY, Gazzaley A. PMID: 26073148.
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    35. Age-equivalent top-down modulation during cross-modal selective attention. J Cogn Neurosci. 2014 Dec; 26(12):2827-39. Guerreiro MJ, Anguera JA, Mishra J, Van Gerven PW, Gazzaley A. PMID: 25010198.
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    36. Reconciling the influence of task-set switching and motor inhibition processes on stop signal after-effects. Front Psychol. 2013; 4:649. Anguera JA, Lyman K, Zanto TP, Bollinger J, Gazzaley A. PMID: 24069010.
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    37. Video game training enhances cognitive control in older adults. Nature. 2013 Sep 05; 501(7465):97-101. Anguera JA, Boccanfuso J, Rintoul JL, Al-Hashimi O, Faraji F, Janowich J, Kong E, Larraburo Y, Rolle C, Johnston E, Gazzaley A. PMID: 24005416.
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    38. A cognitive framework for understanding and improving interference resolution in the brain. Prog Brain Res. 2013; 207:351-77. Mishra J, Anguera JA, Ziegler DA, Gazzaley A. PMID: 24309262.
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    39. Neurocognitive contributions to motor skill learning: the role of working memory. J Mot Behav. 2012; 44(6):445-53. Seidler RD, Bo J, Anguera JA. PMID: 23237467.
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    40. Aging Effects on Motor Learning. . 2012 Jan 1; 193-194. Joaquin A. Anguera, Jin Bo, Rachael D. Seidler. .
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    41. The effects of working memory resource depletion and training on sensorimotor adaptation. Behav Brain Res. 2012 Mar 01; 228(1):107-15. Anguera JA, Bernard JA, Jaeggi SM, Buschkuehl M, Benson BL, Jennett S, Humfleet J, Reuter-Lorenz PA, Jonides J, Seidler RD. PMID: 22155489.
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    42. A model of healthy aging and motor inhibition in the basal ganglia. BMC Neuroscience. 2011 Dec 1; 12(Suppl 1):p331. Kyle Lyman, Joaquin Anguera, David Terman. .
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    43. Dissociation of motor and sensory inhibition processes in normal aging. Clin Neurophysiol. 2012 Apr; 123(4):730-40. Anguera JA, Gazzaley A. PMID: 21963321.
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    44. Age differences in callosal contributions to cognitive processes. Neuropsychologia. 2011 Jul; 49(9):2564-9. Fling BW, Chapekis M, Reuter-Lorenz PA, Anguera J, Bo J, Langan J, Welsh RC, Seidler RD. PMID: 21601582.
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    45. A spatial explicit strategy reduces error but interferes with sensorimotor adaptation. J Neurophysiol. 2011 Jun; 105(6):2843-51. Benson BL, Anguera JA, Seidler RD. PMID: 21451054.
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    46. Failure to engage spatial working memory contributes to age-related declines in visuomotor learning. J Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Jan; 23(1):11-25. Anguera JA, Reuter-Lorenz PA, Willingham DT, Seidler RD. PMID: 20146609.
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    47. Contributions of spatial working memory to visuomotor learning. J Cogn Neurosci. 2010 Sep; 22(9):1917-30. Anguera JA, Reuter-Lorenz PA, Willingham DT, Seidler RD. PMID: 19803691.
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    48. Plastic changes in hand proprioception following force-field motor learning. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Sep; 104(3):1213-5. Goble DJ, Anguera JA. PMID: 20610787.
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    49. A mathematical model of human inhibitory control. BMC Neuroscience. 2010 Jul 1; 11(Suppl 1):p82. Kyle Lyman, Joaquin Anguera, Adam Gazzaley, David Terman. .
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    50. Changes in performance monitoring during sensorimotor adaptation. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Sep; 102(3):1868-79. Anguera JA, Seidler RD, Gehring WJ. PMID: 19605614.
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    51. Neural correlates associated with intermanual transfer of sensorimotor adaptation. Brain Res. 2007 Dec 14; 1185:136-51. Anguera JA, Russell CA, Noll DC, Seidler RD. PMID: 17996854.
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    52. Motor Control. Encyclopedia of Gerontology. 2007 Jan 1; (Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews262002):228-235. R.D. Seidler, A.S. Bangert, J.A. Anguera, C.M. Quinn-Walsh. .
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