Nancy FoIdi

Title Professor  foldi
Area Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia & Clinical Psychology
Ph.D. Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts
Office A-348 Science Building
Office Phone 718-997-3253



Clinical Psychology at Queens College
PhD Program in Clinical Psychology – Neuropsychology
Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

• Director, Neuropsychology Laboratory of Aging and Dementia,
Department of Psychology
Queens College – CUNY

• Director, Memory and Cognitive Disorders Center
New York University – NYU Winthrop Hospital
Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Mineola, Long Island, NY

Research Description:

Our laboratory is interested in the effects of aging on brain-behavior relationships, with special interest in late-life changes of the attentional mechanisms. Attentional processes such as selective attention, divided attention, covert orienting, and the attentional blink all serve to manage and direct allocation of our limited attentional resources. Late life and particularly dementing diseases place these tasks at risk, which can further disrupt downstream cognitive abilities of memory and language.

Our research focuses on understanding the effects of cognitive stress or temporal load, which is how attention manages to rapidly allocate incoming information. We use attention models that investigate processing in healthy young, old and very old persons, as well as Alzheimer’s disease and Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Attention also influences learning, as evidenced by our work showing disruption of the serial position effect in dementia. As attention is mediated by acetylcholine, it is severely affected in Alzheimer’s disease. We are investigating changes in response to cholinesterase inhibitors in patients newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and how the attentional disruption of affects top-down processes and activity of daily living.

Selected Publications:

Egli, S., Beck, I., Berres, M., Foldi, N.S., Monsch, A.U., Sollberger, M. (2014) Serial position effects are sensitive predictors of conversion from mild cognitive impairment to dementia of the Alzheimer type. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Jan 10. pii: S1552-5260(13)02847-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2013.09.012. [Epub ahead of print]

Schmid, N.S., Taylor, K.I., Foldi, N.S., Berres, M. & Monsch, A.U. (2013) Neuropsychological signs of Alzheimer’s disease 8 years prior to diagnosis. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 34 issue 2: 537-546. DOI 10.3233/JAD-121234

Hälbig, T.D., Creighton, J., Assuras, S., Borod, J.C., Tse, W, Gracies, J-M., Foldi, N.S., Kaufmann, H., Olanow, C.W., Voustianiouk, A. (2011). Preserved Emotional Modulation of Motor Response Time despite Psychomotor Slowing in Young-Old Adults. International Journal of Neuroscience, 121(8):430-6.

Foldi, N.S. (2011). Getting the hang of it: Preferential gist over verbatim story recall and the roles of attentional capacity and the episodic buffer in Alzheimer disease. Journal of the Neuropsychological Society, 17(1), 69-79.

Creighton, J., Bender, H., Assuras, S., Woehr, J., Borod, J., & Foldi, N.S. (2011). Auditory verbal learning test. In B. Caplan, J. DeLuca, & J. Kreutzer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. New York, NY: Springer Science & Business Media, LLC.

Kaplan, L.R. and Foldi, N.S. (2009) The Complexity of Activities of Daily Living and their Relationship to Attention in Alzheimer’s disease: A Review of ADL Classification Systems. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 25 (4), 1-10.

Foldi, N.S. (2008) Choose better neuropsychological measures to evaluate Alzheimer drug efficacy. Letter to the editor rapid response: Annals of Internal Medicine. [Online]. Published: April 8, 2008.

Frisina, P.G., Borod, J.C., Foldi, N.S.., & Tenenbaum, H.R. (2008). Depression in Parkinson’s Disease: Health Risks, Etiology, and Treatment Options. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 4(1), 1-11.

Frisina, P.G., Tenenbaum, H.R., Borod, J.C., Foldi, N.S. (2008). The Effects of Antidepressants in Parkinson’s Disease: A Meta-Analysis. The International Journal of Neuroscience, 118(5): 667-82.

Zgaljardic, D.J., Borod, J.C., Foldi, N.S., Rocco, M., Mattis, P.J., Gordon, M.F., Feigin, A. and Eidelberg, D. (2007) Relationship between self-reported apathy and executive dysfunction in nondemented patients with Parkinson’s disease. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 20(3):184-92.

Ph.D. Students:
Avinash Chandra (current)
Clara Vila-Castelar (current)
Kathleen VanDyk (current)
Jenny Ly
Olga Nikelshpur
Lillian Kaplan
Jacqueline LoBosco
Margaret Knutelska
Lynn Schaefer

MA and Undergraduate Students:
Zeinab Rakka (current)
Kirin V. Tak (current, McCauly Honors)
Kevin Raghunandan
Grace Lisandrelli (University of Rochester)
Nancy Hunyh (McCauly Honors)
Ameanté Lacoste (Marc Student)
Philip Watson
Georgina Damjanac
Mia Banakos (McCauly Honors)
Kristin Lombardi
Sarah Vedrody


New York Times and CUNY

Dr. Foldi has been chosen as one of the CUNY elite scholars together with NY Times science writer Denise Grady.

Queens Chronicle

Dr. Foldi interview with journalist Jillian Abbot  about her work with local seniors throughout our Queens community.

Q Magazine

Interview with Nancy Foldi and Mony DeLeon.


Interview of Dr. Foldi with CUNY journalist.


American Psychological Association (APA)
American Psychological Association (APA) Division 40 –Clinical Neuropsychology
American Psychological Association (APA) Division 20–Adult Development and Aging
International Neuropsychological Society (INS)
National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
New York State Association of Neuropsychology, Inc. (NYSAN).
New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)

Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)

Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN)
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)
American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN)
American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABPN)

Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
Epilepsy Foundation
National Parkinson Foundation
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)

Society for Neuroscience
American Academy of Neurology
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institute on Aging (NIA)