Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Phone: 617-305-6397
Fax: 617-367-2924
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 620


  • 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, neuro-modulation, applications of neuro-imaging.

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? There are also studies being conducted on the neural circuitry of self-control, more specifically, aggression and impulsivity. A recent focus in the lab is whether neuro-modulation can facilitate self-control. 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 that are worked with include 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.

Selected Publications

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., Varvaris, M., Swenson, L., & Schretlen, D.J. (2014). Cognitive Estimation and its Assessment. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36(6), 559-568.

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., Moore, D.W., Susmaras, T.M., Jerram, M.W., Sousa, J., & Heilman, K.M. (2011). Cortical morphology of visual creativity. Neuropsychologia, 49(11), 2527-2532.

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.

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