Dr. Gerald Voelbel, associate professor of occupational therapy will investigate if cognitive deficits caused by chemotherapy can be alleviated with a well-established and effective standard cognitive remediation program in a study funded by New York University Steinhardt IDEAs (Innovative, Developmental, Exploratory Awards).
Chemotherapy can have a debilitating effect on patients, affecting their cognitive abilities and causing deficits. Among patients receiving chemotherapy, 16%-75% experience moderate to severe cognitive impairment. The pilot study will examine the use of cognitive remediation programs to improve these deficits in cancer survivors. The intervention encompasses a computerized, highly repetitive cognitive remediation program, improving auditory processing, verbal working memory, verbal attention, and verbal memory.