My primary role involves further development and management of the NYU Patient Registry for the Study of Perception, Emotion, & Cognition (NYU PROSPEC). I act as a liaison in bridging neuropsychological and neuroimaging research between NYU School of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and the School of Arts and Sciences at New York University.
PROSPEC is a growing registry of patients with focal brain lesions who are willing to participate in prospective behavioral and neuroimaging research studies at NYU. This project is an initiative that is supported by the NYU Neuroscience Institute, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and Department of Psychology to facilitate cross-disciplinary research on the cognitive and behavioral consequences of neurological disease.
In general, my research interests include better understanding neuropsychological deficits (e.g., learning and memory, language, perception, visuospatial, mood, anxiety) following focal brain injury via traditional neuropsychological methods. Some of my research projects have involved evaluating postsurgical cognitive decline in epilepsy surgery patients; predicting cognitive outcomes in epilepsy surgery patients using the Wada procedure; evaluating differences in recognition memory performance in frontal lobe and temporal lobe lesion patients; and identifying specific executive and working-memory impairments in children with Chiari malformation type I.
Currently, my research interests involve using the lesion method to study brain dysfunction; standardizing embedded measures of effort for use with epilepsy patients; and evaluating material-specific learning and memory function in epilepsy surgery patients. I am currently heading a long-term project devoted to developing new neuropsychological tests for the purpose of lateralizing and localizing right-temporal visual-spatial learning and memory dysfunction.
I am also a licensed clinical psychologist, practicing neuropsychology at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. I have a faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology through the NYU School of Medicine.
Meager, M.R., Lee, G.P., Lester, K.V., Cohen, M.J., Park, Y.D., Murro, A.M., Strickland, S.M., Moore-Hill, D., & Giller C.A. (2013). Prediction of post-surgical memory decline in temporal lobectomy patients using ipsilateral Wada memory scores. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27.
Meager, M.R., Lee, G.P., Lester, K.V., Park, Y.D., Murro, A.M., Strickland, S.M., Moore-Hill, D., & Giller C.A. (2013). Lateralizing effects on quality of life self-ratings and neuropsychological test performance in temporal lobectomy patients. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27.
Meager, M.R., Lee, G.P., & Blessing, W.T. (2013). Do patients with frontal lobe memory disorders benefit more from cueing than patients with temporal lobe memory disorders? Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19, Suppl. 1, 135.
Meager, M.R., Lee, G.P., Park, Y.D., Murro, A.M., Strickland, S.M., Moore-Hill, D., & Giller C.A. (2013). Laterality effects of temporal lobectomy on quality of life and depression. Epilepsy Currents, 13, Suppl. 1, no. 1.298.
Meager, M.R., Lester, K.V. & Lee, G.P. (2012). Reliable digit span and MMPI-2 F scale performance in epilepsy surgery patients. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 26(3), 415- 416.
Gupta-Mohile, S., Lacy, M., Rodin, M., Bylow, K., Dale, W., Meager, M., & Stadler, W. (2010). Cognitive effects of androgen deprivation therapy in an older cohort of men with prostate cancer. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, 75, 152-159.
Austria, E.L., Meager, M., Lacy, M., & Frim, D. (2009). Memory and functional independence in childhood hydrocephalus. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, Suppl. 1, 184.
Austria, E.L., Meager, M., Lacy, M., & Frim, D. (2009). Cognitive deficits in shunted hydrocephalus persist into adulthood. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, Suppl. 1, 184.
Meager, M., Lacy, M., Mohile, S., & Dick, L. (2008). Cognitive status of men with prostate cancer: before and after androgen ablation therapy. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, Suppl. 1, 167.
Diegelman, N.M., Gilbertson, A.D., Moore, J.L., Banou, E., & Meager, M.R. (2004). Validity of the clock drawing test in predicting reports of driving problems in the elderly. BioMed Central Geriatrics, 4(10).
Meager, M.R., Kramer, M., Frim, D.M., & Lacy, M. (2010). An introduction to hydrocephalus: Congenital and late-life onset. In C.L. Armstrong & L. Morrow (Eds.), Handbook of Medical Neuropsychology: Applications of Cognitive Neuroscience. New York: Springer.