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Gregory DeGirolamo

Title:Assistant Professor
Office:Warde Academic Center
Phone:773-298-3477
Email:degirolamo@sxu.edu
Department: Psychology

Biography

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.


Education

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 102: Psych as a Science and Career Seminar
  • PSYCH 199: Lifespan Development
  • PSYCH 200: Child Psychology
  • PSYCH 224: Adulthood and Aging
  • PSYCH 312: Sensation and Perception
  • PSYCH 315: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYCH 391: Directed Research
  • PSYCH 397: Internship Capstone

Publications

Elyoussoufi, A., Walker, C.L., Black, A.W., & DeGirolamo G.J. (2023) Relationship between adverse weather and traffic conditions. Meteorology, 2(4), 489-508. https://doi.org/10.3390/meteorology2040028

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 (pp 60-70). 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.

Conference Talks

DeGirolamo, G.J. (2023) Influence of Cognitive Processing and Meteorological Conditions on Driver Decision-Making: A Proof of Concept and Critical Review. Faculty and Staff Scholarship Symposium, May 12, 2023; Chicago IL.

DeGirolamo, G.J., Pirlott, A.G., Hernandez, H. (2023) How addition of a student success advisor enhances advising outcomes. Panel. Faculty and Staff Scholarship Symposium, May 12, 2023; Chicago IL.

DeGirolamo, G.J. (2023) Strategies to use cognitive psychology to enhance student outcomes. Talk Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, April 21-23, 2022; Chicago IL.

DeGirolamo, G.J. & Schutte, A.R. (2022) Assessing Age-related Differences in Spatial Working Memory: A Methodological Examination Talk Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, April 21-23, 2022; Chicago IL.

Conference Presentations

Abdullah*, Y. & DeGirolamo, G.J. (2024) The Relationship between Cognitive Flexibility and Creativity. Poster presented at MPA Conference 2024, April 18-20, 2024; Chicago, IL

Martin*, S. & DeGirolamo, G.J (2024) Impact of distractors on verbal working memory during reading comprehension Poster presented at MPA Conference 2024, April 18-20, 2023; Chicago, IL

Wuerfl*, G., Archambeau*, H., Herrebout*, S., & DeGirolamo (2024) Influence of attention and time delay on long-term memory. Poster presented at MPA Conference 2024, April 18-20, 2023; Chicago, IL

DeGirolamo, G.J. (2015, November) Examination of How Long-term Memory Recall for Location Develops Across Adulthood. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society 56th Annual Meeting, November 19-22, 2015; Chicago IL

Abdullah*, Y. & DeGirolamo, G.J. (2023) The relationship between mental rotation and creativity. Poster presented at MPA Conference 2023, April 20-22, 2023; Chicago, IL SXU Research Day, April 19, 2023, Chicago, IL

Dixon*, B.T. & DeGirolamo, G.J. (2023) The relationship between different methods of evaluating empathy. Poster presented at MPA Conference 2023, April 20-22, 2023; Chicago, IL and SXU Research Day, April 19, 2023, Chicago, IL

Wuerfl*, G., Hill*, I., Oyefeso*, E., & DeGirolamo, G.J. (2022) Relationship between attention and long-term memory recall of locations: A preliminary analysis. Poster presented at SXU Research Day, April 20, 2022; Chicago, IL 

DeGirolamo, G.J. (2021) Impact of Kindlin-3 deficiency on relationship between cognitive, social, & motor behaviors Poster presented at SXU Research Day, April 19-21, 2021; Chicago, IL

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