Asha Vas, PhD, OT

Assistant Professor, Dallas Center

Asha Vas

Contact

5500, Southwestern Avenue
Dallas, TX 75235
214-689-7771
avas@twu.edu

Background

My formal education is in the occupational therapy and cognitive neuroscience. My professional experience has focused primarily on integrating principles of cognitive neuroscience into functionally relevant behavioral training programs for adults with brain injuries.

Research Focus

I have three primary areas of scholarly inquiry:

  1. Cognition Assessment: My prior work includes tool development and tool testing in adults with traumatic brain injury. I am currently working with center for BrainHealth to collect and standardize normative data.
  2. Cognitive training and remediation: Use of top-down approaches to
    1. Strengthen higher-order cognition in adult students (e.g. graduate school), and
    2. Remediate executive function deficits in adults with brain injuries/ insults including traumatic brain injury and stroke.
  3. Cognitive and Daily Function- To understand theoretical and neural underpinnings of  the interplay between cognitive functioning (e.g. executive functions) and  daily like skill performance including optimal participation in home, social, and vocational activities. 

Current Students/Projects

MOT student - Saija Ladik - Examining benefits of top-down training to improve executive functions in chronic stroke survivors

Graduate SMART project - Randomized trial to examine benefits f critical thinking training.  

Stroke SMART project - Examine feasibility of SMART program in chronic stroke survivors

Post acute TBI - Goal of the project is to compare two cognitive training programs in subacute TBI populations.

Publications Linked to Cognitive Assessments

Vas, A., Spence, J., Eschler, B. Chapman, S. (2016) Sensitivity and Specificity of Abstraction using Gist Reasoning Measure in Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 21(4)216-224. DOI: 10.1111/jabr.12073.

Presentations Linked to Cognitive Training

Vas, A., Cook, L., Keebler, M., Chapman, S (2016). Does Tele-Health Training stack up to On-Site Executive Control Training for Youth and Adults with TBI? Brian Injury Professional, 12 (4)12-15.

Vas, A., Chapman, S., Spence, J., Keebler, M., Rodriguez-Larrain, G., Rodgers, B., Jantz, T., Martinez, D., Rakic, J., Krawczyk, D (2015). Reasoning Training in Veteran and Civilian Traumatic Brain Injury with Persistent Mild http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2015.1044013

Vas, A. K., Chapman, S. B., Cook, L. G., Elliott, A. C., & Keebler, M. (2011). Higher-order reasoning training years after traumatic brain injury in adults. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(3), 224-239.

Publications Linked to Cognition and Daily Function

Vas, A., Spence, J., Chapman. S (2015). Abstracting Meaning from Complex Information (Gist reasoning) in Adult Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Clinical And Experimental Neuropsychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803395.2014.994478

Broad Research Areas for SOT:

  1. Applied Reasoning-classroom, clinic, community