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Gregory DeGirolamo

Title:Assistant Professor
Office:Warde Academic Center
Department: Psychology


Dr. Gregory DeGirolamo earned his Ph.D in Psychology with a focus in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018. He also completed an M.S. in Experimental Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Neuroscience from Cleveland State University in 2012. Dr. DeGirolamo was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at the Cleveland Clinic from 2017-2019 before starting at SXU in fall 2019.

Dr. DeGirolamo's primary research examines how different aspects of spatial cognition change across the lifespan. He is especially interested in spatial memory and the factors that influence how we remember locations, form mental maps, and navigate the world around us. In terms of development, Dr. DeGirolamo's main focus is interested in the factors that influence how spatial memory changes from young adulthood through old age and what separates healthy aging from clinical aging (e.g. why do some people develop Alzheimer's while other people do not). He is also open to researching how spatial memory changes in childhood and adolescence.

A second research interest of Dr. DeGirolamo is using EEG and biological techniques to study how the brain and behavior develop. Dr. DeGirolamo has also done research on how spatial memory changes in adolescence, the use of deep brain stimulation to treat motor deficits caused by stroke.

Please email Dr. DeGirolamo (degirolamoFREESXU) if you are interested in conducting research with him.


Ph.D. in Psychology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

M.S. in Experimental Psychology
Cleveland State University

Areas of Specialization

  • Cognition
  • Development
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Memory
  • Spatial Cognition
  • Aging
  • Changes in spatial memory across the lifespan

Courses Taught

  • PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH 199: Lifespan Development
  • PSYCH 224: Adulthood and Aging
  • PSYCH 312: Sensation and Perception
  • PSYCH 315: Cognitive Psychology


Schutte, A.R. & DeGirolamo, G.J. (2019) Test of a dynamic neural field model: Spatial working memory is biased away from distractors. Psychological Research.

Schutte, A. R., & DeGirolamo, G. J. (2018). Dynamical systems approaches. In B. Hopkins, E. Geangu, & S. Linkenauger (Eds.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development (pp60-70). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Yamamoto N and DeGirolamo GJ (2012). Differential effects of aging on spatial learning through exploratory navigation and map reading. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 4:14.


Baker, K.B., Lempke, S., Jones, S., Floden, D., Park, H.J., DeGirolamo, G.J., Gopalakrishnam, R., Wyant, A., Potter, K., Lin, Y.L., Machado, A.G. (2018, April). Deep cerebellar electrical stimulation for post stroke recovery. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Brain Initiative Investigators Meeting, April 9-11, 2018; Rockville, MD.

DeGirolamo, G.J., Ness, E., Franzen, E., Thomas J., & Schutte A.R. (2016, August) The impact of distractors on memory for spatial locations: A test of Dynamic Field Theory. Poster presented at Spatial Cognition 2016, August 2-5, 2016; Philadelphia, PA

Ness, E., Franzen, E., Thomas, J. DeGirolamo, G.J. Sain, H., McLaughlin, L., Sphor, L., & Schutte, A.R. (2016, March). The relationship between executive attention and spatial working memory in adults. Poster presented at The Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention, March 11-12, 2016; Kearney, NE.

Schutte, A.R. & DeGirolamo, G.J. (2015, November). Spatial memory biases when remembering multiple targets depends on age and gender. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society 56th Annual Meeting, November 19-22, 2015; Chicago IL

DeGirolamo, G.J. & Schutte, A.R. (2015, March). Influence of perspective and pubertal development on spatial cognition. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, March 19-21, 2015; Philadelphia, PA

DeGirolamo, G.J. & Schutte, A.R. (2014, November). Neurocognitive changes in late adulthood: A dynamic field theory approach. Poster presented at the 44th Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Nov 15-19, 2014; Washington DC