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, functions of the frontal lobe, decision-making; emotion processing, self-control and divergent thinking/creativity

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 executive function measures in healthy control and clinical samples. What common and specific factors are executive function measures saturated with? Another focus is neuro-behavioral sub-typing of ADHD.  Are there separate and distinct neural systems sub-serving inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity? There are also studies being conducted on the neural circuitry of self-control, more specifically, aggression and impulsivity. An emphasis in the lab is on preparing students for the healthcare and scientific contexts of tomorrow by integrating neuropsychological and neuro-imaging data.  Populations that are worked with include alcoholism, serious mental illness, ASPD, and ADHD. Research methodologies in use include neuropsychological testing, volumetry, vbm, fMRI, and RSFC.

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Selected Publications

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.

Moore, D.W., Bhadelia, R.A., Billings, R.L, Fubwiler, C., Heilman, K.M., Rood, K.M., & Gansler, D.A. (2009). Hemispheric connectivity and the visual-spatial divergent-thinking component of creativity. Brain and Cognition, 70 (3), 267-272.

Gansler, D.A., Harris, G.J., Oscar-Berman, M., Streeter, C., Lewis, R.F., Ahmed, I., & Achong, D. (2000). Hypoperfusion of inferior frontal brain regions in abstinent alcoholics: apilot SPECT study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 61(1), 32-37.

Courses Taught

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