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Isabela Sallum

Student Associate

Biographical Sketch

During her time with the NRLC, Isabela worked as an Associate Student on the NRLC project Impulsivity and Biological Markers for Suicidality and Drug Use  in Adolescents (R01-MH077684). Isabela worked with the NRLC as part of a 6-month long research rotation funded by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) Brazil's Scientific Mobility Program (formerly known as Brazil Science without Borders). The focus of her research training is integration of cognitive-behavioral, clinical, and biological sciences. Specifically, this work involves longitudinal assessment of suicidality, impulse control, and serotonin function interpreted within the context of psychiatric state and developmental stage.


After working with the NRLC, Isabela returned to complete her training with Dr. Leandro Malloy-Diniz in the
Neuropsychological Investigations Laboratory of the Science and Technology National Institute of Molecular Medicine (Brazil). Isabela’s research focus is on the assessment of decision making and other executive functions on preschool children (ages 3 to 5 years-old) and the effect of socioeconomic status on cognitive cognition. Her work also includes the assessment of language and executive functioning in children born pre-term and the neuropsychological evaluation of children with externalizing disorders on the Neuropsychology Unit at the Clinical Hospital in the city of Belo Horizonte


Year Degree Major Institution
2013 B.A Psychology Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Period of Service

August 2012 - February 2013

Research Projects

  • Impulsivity and Biological Markers for Suicidality and Drug Use in Adolescents (R01-MH077684)

Presentations/Publications with the NRLC

  • Development of a version of the self-ordered pointing task: a working memory task for Brazilian preschoolers

    Sallum, I., Mata, F., Cheib, N., Mathias, C. W.,Mata, F., Cheib,(2017).

    The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 31, 459-470. PubMed Icon