David A. Gold

David A. Gold

Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Neuropsychologist, University of Toronto Hospital

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (neuropsychology stream)
- York University, 2012

M.A. Clinical Psychology
- York University, 2006

B.S. Psychology & Life Sciences
- University of Western Ontario, 2003

David completed his graduate work at York University in Toronto, with an M.A. in clinical psychology, and a PhD in clinical neuropsychology (APA/CPA accredited). He completed his pre-doctoral internship in neuropsychology at the Duke University Medical Center and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and will be pursuing licensure in clinical neuropsychology. He has held positions as a university course director (cognition) and a research associate and clinician at a rehabilitation hospital. He has also given a number of community talks about memory and aging informed by his clinical and research experience over the last 12 years.

David is interested in memory and other higher-order cognitive processes, and the application of research to promote healthy aging, inform cognitive rehabilitation programs, and develop more sensitive neuropsychological measures and interventions. His graduate research focused on the cognitive neuropsychology of multi-step activities. Naturalistic actions (NAs) are types of familiar activities (e.g., preparing coffee), whereas novel NAs (NNAs) involve learning how to build an arts and crafts project that was previously unfamiliar (e.g., making a pinhole camera; Gold & Park, 2009). He has examined the influence of dividing attention and stroke on NA and NNA performance, and his dissertation examined the role of memory and executive function in these activities for healthy older adults and those with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. A greater understanding of the cognitive basis of these activities will contribute to theories of action, forming the foundation from which to explore clinical applications such as the rehabilitation of instrumental activities of daily living (IADL; for a review see Gold, 2012). He is currently examining ways to improve memory for everyday events with Dr. Zacks.

Select Recent Publications:

Gold, D. A., Park, N. W., Troyer, A. K., Murphy, K. J. (under review). Compromised naturalistic action performance in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Gold, D. A. (2012). An examination of instrumental activities of daily living assessment in older adults and mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34, 11-34.

Park, N. W., Lombardi, S., Gold, D. A., Tarita-Nistor, L., Gravely, M., Roy, E. A., & Black, S. E. (2012). Effects of novelty and response modality on naturalistic action performance in unimpaired and poststroke participants. Neuropsychology, 26, 224-237.

Gold, D. A., & Park, N. W. (2009). The effects of dividing attention on the encoding and performance of novel naturalistic actions. Psychological Research, 73, 336-349.