Wayne State University

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Daniel L. Paulson

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214 Knapp Bldg
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Bio Sketch

I completed my BS in psychology with a minor in business at Virginia Tech in 2002. I then entered the Psychological Sciences MA program at James Madison University where I studied depression with Dr. Gregg Henriques. During this time I became interested in the relationships between mood, cognition, and broader functional decline in late life. In pursuit of these interests, I entered the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Wayne State University where I study vascular depression, frailty and longevity in late life with Dr. Peter Lichtenberg.

In my spare time I enjoy golf, sailing, and spending time with my wonderful family.

Research Focus

My primary area of research involves the late-life development of depression symptoms secondary to vascular burden (termed vascular depression) and how this syndrome relates to longevity and broader patterns of decline such as frailty. My research at Wayne State has primarily drawn from the Health and Retirement Study; a large, demographically-representative dataset comprised of adults over age 65.

In addition to this work, I have greatly enjoyed collaborating with the Transplant Institute at Henry Ford Health Systems. Using data from their Liver Transplant Quality of Life research initiative, we have generated numerous conference presentations and manuscripts.

Courses Taught

PSY 1010 Lecture: Developmental Psychology 1 Semester
PSY 2400 Lecture: Introduction to Psychology 1 Semester
PSY 3010 Lab: Statistical Methods in Psychology 2 Semesters
PSY 3010 Lecture: Statistical Methods in Psychology 3 Semesters

Honors and Awards

September, 2007: Graduate Professional Scholarship, Wayne State University, Graduate School

April, 2010: Garrett T. Heberlein Excellence in Teaching Award, Wayne State University, Graduate School

April, 2011: Norine G. Johnson Clinical Psychology Award, Wayne State University, Department of Psychology


Technical Manuals
Paulson, D. (2009). An Introduction to SPSS V17. Cengage Learning.

Paulson, D., Lichtenberg, P.A. (2010). Effect of caregiver family status on caregiver stress and care recipient symptom severity.  Clinical Gerontologist.

Eshelman, A., Paulson, D., Meyer, T., Fischer, D., Moonka, D., Brown, K., Abouljoud, M. (2010).  The influence of alcohol abuse history on the differential, longitudinal patterns of mental and physical quality of life following liver transplant. Transplantation Proceedings.

January, A. M., Casey, R. J., & Paulson, D. (2011). A meta-analysis of classroom-wide interventions to building social skills. School Psychology Review, 40 (2), 242-256.

Paulson, D., Bowen, M. E., Lichtenberg, P. A. (2011). Successful Aging and Longevity in
    Older Old Women: The role of Depression and Cognition. Journal of Aging Research.

Raykov, T., Lichtenberg, P. A. Paulson, D. (In Press). Examining the missing completely at random mechanism in incomplete data sets: A multiple testing approach. Structural Equation Modeling.

Research Support/Funding

2010-2011: Blue cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Dissertation Grant - $3,000