Loyola University Maryland


Christopher I. Higginson, Ph.D.

Christopher HigginsonAssociate Professor of Psychology
Interim Director of Clinical Professional Counseling Program (Spring 2019 only)
Center for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Brain Injury and Disease (CPRBID) - Loyola Clinical Centers

Office: Beatty Hall, Room 221B
Telephone: 410-617-2461
Email: CIHigginson@loyola.edu

Curriculum Vitae, 2011 


  • B.S. (Psychology, summa cum laude), Washington State University
  • M.S. (Clinical Psychology), Washington State University
  • Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Washington State University
  • Predoctoral Internship, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Neurology, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Licensed Psychologist in Maryland, Delaware & Pennsylvania

Scholarly Interests:

My area of specialization within clinical psychology is adult neuropsychology. My specific research interests are: 1) the degree to which cognitive measures are predictive of daily function (i.e. ecological validity); and 2) degenerative diseases in general, and the cognitive deficits associated with Parkinson's disease and its surgical treatment.

Representative Publications:

Kao, P. C., Higginson, C. I., Seymour, K., Kamerdze, M., & Higginson, J. S. (2015). Walking stability 
  during cell phone use in healthy adults. Gait & Posture, 41, 947-953. 
doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.03.347

Koster, D. P., Higginson, C. I., & MacDougall, E. E. (2015). Subjective cognitive complaints in
Parkinson's disease without dementia: A preliminary study. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 22,
287-292. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2014.925902

Lawson, R. A., Papadakis, A. A., Higginson, C. I., Barnett, J. E., Wills, M., Strang, J., Dominska, A.,
Wallace, G. L., & Kenworthy, L. (2015). Everyday executive function impairments predict comorbid
psychopathology in autism spectrum and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Neuropsychology,
29, 445-453. doi: 10.1037/neu0000145

Lanni, K., Ross, J., Higginson, C. I., Dressler, E., Sigyardt, K. A., Zhang, L., Malhado-Chang, N., &
Disbrow, E. A. (2014). Perceived and performance-based executive dysfunction in Parkinson's
disease. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology36, 342-355. 
doi: 10.1080/13803395.2014.892059

Higginson, C. I., Lanni, K., Sigvardt, K. A., Disbrow, E. A. (2013). The contribution of trail making to
the prediction of performance-based IADLs in Parkinson’s disease without dementia. Journal of 
Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35(5), 530-539. doi:10.1080/13803395.2013.798397

Course Offerings:

PY101: Introductory Psychology
PY331: Biopsychology
PY332: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
PY333: Sensation and Perception
PY814: Biological Bases of Behavior
PY886: Neuropsychological Assessment
PY925: Clinical Assessment

Michael Ashley-Mennis

Michael Ashley-Mennis

This 2010 grad, who teaches social studies at a Catholic institution, developed his passion for education at Loyola