Joel Sneed

Title Professorsneed
Clinical Psychology
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst
Office D-314 Science Building
Office Phone 718-997-4277


Professional Activities

Society Memberships:
American Psychological Association
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute
Department of Psychiatry
Divisions of Geriatric Psychiatry and Epidemiology

Research Description

The focus of my lab, the Brain Performance Lab, is the use of brain training (internet-based games focusing on specific cognitive functions) across a variety of psychiatric disorders in which executive dysfunction exists including depression (across the lifespan), ADHD, and cognitive impairment in late-life. In the Fall of 2016, we will begin a 5-year NIA-funded project using Lumosity’s brain training platform for older adults with mild cognitive impairment. We are also conducting a study using Peak’s mobile brain training app in the treatment of mild depression among young adults and are exploring the game of chess as a potential treatment for executive deficits in children with ADHD symptoms.

Selected Publications

Motter, J. N., Grinberg, A., Lieberman, D. H., Iqnaibi, W. B., & Sneed, J. R. (2019). Computerized cognitive training in young adults with depressive symptoms: Effects on mood, cognition, and everyday functioning. Journal of affective disorders, 245, 28-37.

Motter, JN, Pelton, GH, D’Antonio, K, Rushia, SN, Pimontel, MA, Petrella, JR, Garcon, E, Ciovacco, MW, Sneed, JR, Doraiswamy, PM, & Devanand DP (2018). Clinical and radiological characteristics of early versus late mild cognitive impairment in patients with comorbid depressive disorder. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 33(12), 1604-1612.

Motter, J. N., Devanand, D. P., Doraiswamy, P. M., & Sneed, J. R. (2016). Clinical trials to gain FDA approval for computerized cognitive training: What is the ideal control condition?. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8, 249.

Motter, J. N., Pimontel, M. A., Rindskopf, D., Devanand, D. P., Doraiswamy, P. M., & Sneed, J. R. (2016). Computerized cognitive training and functional recovery in major depressive disorder: a meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 189, 184-191.

Pimontel, M. A., Reinlieb, M. E., Johnert, L. C., Garcon, E., Sneed, J. R., & Roose, S. P. (2013). The external validity of MRI‐defined vascular depression. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 28(11), 1189-1196.

Sneed, J. R., Balestri, M., & Belfi, B. (2003). The use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy strategies in the psychiatric emergency room. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 40, 265-277.

Sneed, J. R., Johnson, J. G., Cohen, P., Gilligan, C., Chen, H. Crawford, T., & Kasen. S. (2006) Gender differences in the age-changing relationship between family contact and instrumentality in emerging adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 42, 787-797.

Sneed, J. R., Roose, S. P., Keilp, J. G., Krishnan, K. R. R., Alexopoulos, G., Sackeim, H. A. (2007). Response inhibition predicts poor antidepressant treatment response in the very old depressed. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15, 553-563.

Sneed, J. R., Rutherford, B. R., Rindskopf, D., Lane, D. T., Sackeim, H. A., & Roose, S. P. (2008). Design Makes a Difference: A Meta-Analysis of Antidepressant Response Rates in Placebo-Controlled versus Comparator Trials in Late-Life Depression. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16, 65-73.

Rindskopf, D., & Sneed, J. R. (2008). Turning points in family contact during emerging adulthood. In: P. Cohen and R. Prouzek (Ed.), Applied Data Analytic Techniques for Turning Points Research. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Press.

Sneed, J.R., Keilp, J. G., Brickman, A. M., & Roose, S. P. (2008). The Specificity of Neuropsychological Impairment in Predicting Antidepressant Non-Response in the Very Old Depressed. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23, 319-323.

Sneed, J. R., & Whitbourne, S. K., & Culang, M. (2008). Trust, Identity, and Ego Integrity: Modeling Erikson’s Core Stages over Thirty-Four Years. Journal of Adult Development, 13, 148-157.

Sneed, J. R., Rindskopf, D., Steffens, D. C., Krishnan, R. R., Roose, S. P. (2008). The vascular depression subtype: Evidence of internal validity. Biological Psychiatry, 64, 491-497.