Aishani Desai

Research Assistant

Aishani Desai is currently working part-time as a Research Assistant in 3DN. She is also a PhD candidate, enrolled in the Combined PhD/Master of Clinical Neuropsychology Program at Macquarie University. Her project is focused on investigating the role of cognitive and psychological factors in predicting return to productivity following a traumatic brain injury. She is passionate about understanding brain-behavior relationships and its translational applications to better help diagnostic and interventional efforts.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Warwick (UK) and a Master of Science in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology from University College London (UK) and Yale University (USA). Previously, she has conducted graduate level autism research, which focused on parsing heterogeneity through the investigation of comorbid alexithymic traits and their relative contributions to the neural processing of social information. She has also worked as a psychologist in the areas of neurorehabilitation, epilepsy surgery, movement disorders and neurodegenerative disorders in her hometown of Mumbai, India.

 

Publications

Desai, A., Foss-Feig, J., Naples, A., Coffman, M., McPartland, J. (2019). Autistic and alexithymic traits modulate distinct aspects of face perception. Brain and Cognition. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2019.103616

Gupta, S., Maheshwari, S., Shah, U., Bharath, R., Dawra, N., Mahajan, M., Desai, A., Prajapti, A., Ghodke, M. (2018). Imaging and neuropsychological changes in brain with spiritual practice: A pilot study. Indian Journal of Medical Research. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_194_17

Shah, U., Desai, A., Ravat, S., Muzumdar, D., Godge, Y., Sawant, N., Jain, M., Jain, N. (2016). Memory outcomes in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy surgery. International Journal of Surgery. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsu.2015.11.037