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URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging

Ania Mikos

Ania Mikos, Dr.

Andreasstrasse 15, Box 2, CH-8050 Zürich
Room number
AND 4.68

URPP Research Area

Principles of Healthy Aging

URPP Research Group

Brain Anatomy in Old Age

Research Interests

  • Cognitive training in healthy aging
  • Neural correlates of cognitive performance



PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, Thesis: Examination of verbal fluency declines associated with deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease


MSc, Clinical Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, Thesis: Emotional memory in Mild Cognitive Impairment


BA, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, USA, Major: Psychology, Minor: Linguistics


02/2018 - pres

Postdoctoral Researcher (50%), University Research Priority Program Dynamics of Healthy Aging, University of Zurich

09/2012 - 06/2017

Postdoctoral Researcher (60%), Institute for Regenerative Medicine – IREM, University of Zurich

12/2015 - 06/2016  

Neuropsychology assessment consultant, Foundations for Learning, Zumikon, Switzerland

2010 - 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow in Geriatric Neuropsychology, Butler Hospital; Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

2009 - 2010

Clinical Psychology Intern, Neuropsychology track, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

2004 - 2009

Graduate Assistant, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, MCI, Parkinson’s disease, emotional processing, cognition

2002 – 2004

Research Assistant, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA, Cognition, neuroimaging in Huntington’s disease; eating disorders

Professional licensure and certification

2011 - 2012

Licensed Psychologist, Rhode Island, USA, PS01267 (inactive status)

Peer-reviewed Publications

Lafo, J. A., Mikos, A., Mangal, P. C., Scott, B. M., Trifilio, E., Okun, M. S., & Bowers, D. (2017). Emotion modulation of the startle reflex in essential tremor: Blunted reactivity to unpleasant and pleasant pictures. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 34, 54-58.  

Dietz, J., Noecker, A. M., McIntyre, C. C., Mikos, A., Foote, K. D., & Okun, M. S. (2013). Stimulation region within the globus pallidus does not affect verbal fluency performance. Brain Stimulation, 6(3), 248-253.

Mikos, A. E., Piryatinsky, I., Tremont, G., & Malloy, P. F. (2013). The APOE ε4 allele is associated with increased frontally-mediated neurobehavioral symptoms in amnestic MCI. Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders, 27(2), 109-115.

Mikos, A., Bowers, D., Noecker, A., McIntyre, C. C., Won, M., Chaturvedi, A., Foote, K., Okun, M. S. (2011). Patient-specific analysis of the relationship between the volume of tissue activated during DBS and verbal fluency. Neuroimage, 54(Suppl 1), 238-246.

Graff-Radford J., Foote K. D., Mikos A. E., Bowers D., Fernandez, H. H., Rosado, C. A., Rodriguez, R. L., Malaty, I. A., Haq, I. U., Jacobson C. E., & Okun, M. S. (2010). Mood and motor effects of thalamic deep brain stimulation surgery for essential tremor. European Journal of Neurology, 17(8), 1040-1046.

Mikos, A. E., Pavon, J., Bowers, D., Foote, K. D., Resnick, A., Fernandez, H. H., Thomas, P., Garvan, C., Roy, A., & Okun, M. S. (2010).  What factors impact extended hospital stays following deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease? Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 16(5), 324-328.

Mikos, A., Zahodne, L., Okun, M. S., Foote, K., & Bowers, D. (2010). Cognitive declines after unilateral deep brain stimulation surgery in Parkinson's disease: A controlled study using reliable change, Part II. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24(2), 235-245.

Kirsch-Darrow, L., Zahodne, L. B., Hass, C., Mikos, A., Okun, M. S., Fernandez, H. H., & Bowers, D. (2009). How cautious should we be when assessing apathy with the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale? Movement Disorders, 24(5), 684-688.

Won, M.S, Mikos, A., Hurd, M., Fernandez, H. H., Eskin, T., Romrell, J., & Okun, M. S. (2008).  Tardive parkinsonism in a bipolar patient: Post-mortem examination supports a physiological rather than pathological dysfunction.   Neurocase, 15(1), 66-69.

Mikos, A. E., Springer, U. S., Nisenzon, A. N., Kellison, I. L., Fernandez, H. H., Okun, M. S., & Bowers, D. (2009).  Awareness of expressivity deficits in non-demented Parkinson disease.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23(5), 805-817.

Cooper, C. A., Mikos, A. E., Wood, M. F., Kirsch-Darrow, L., Jacobson, C. E., Okun, M. S., Rodriguez, R. L., Bowers, D., & Fernandez, H. H. (2009).  Does laterality of motor impairment tell us something about cognition in Parkinson disease?  Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 15(4), 315-317.

Kirsch-Darrow, L., Mikos, A., & Bowers, D. (2008).  Does deep brain stimulation induce apathy in Parkinson's disease?  Frontiers in Bioscience, 13, 5316-5322.

Mikos, A. E., McDowell, B. D., Moser, D. J., Bayless, J. D., Bowers, W. A., Andersen, A. E., & Paulsen, J. S. (2008).  Stability of neuropsychological performance in Anorexia Nervosa.  Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 20(1), 9-13.    

Zimbelman, J., Paulsen, J., Hoffmann, N., Mikos, A., & Rao, S. (2007).  fMRI detection of early neural dysfunction in preclinical Huntington's disease.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13(5), 758-767.  

Nopoulos, P., Magnotta, V. A., Mikos, A., Paulson, H., Andreasen, N. C., & Paulsen,  J. S. (2007).  Morphology of the cerebral cortex in pre-clinical Huntington’s disease.  The American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(9), 1428-1434.    

Okun, M. S., Rodriguez, R. R., Mikos, A., Miller, K., Kellison, I., Kirsch-Darrow, L., Wint, D., Springer, U., Fernandez, H. H., Foote, K. D., Crucian, G., & Bowers, D.  (2007).  Deep brain stimulation and the role of neuropsychology.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 21, 162-189.

Bowers, D., Miller, K., Mikos, A., Kirsch-Darrow, L., Springer, U., Fernandez, H., Foote, K., & Okun, M. S. (2006).  Startling facts about emotion in Parkinson’s disease: Blunted reactivity to aversive stimuli.  Brain, 129, 3356-3365.

Paulsen, J. S., Magnotta, V. A., Mikos, A. E., Paulson, H. L., Penziner, E., Andreasen, N. C., & Nopoulos, P. C. (2006).  Brain structure in preclinical Huntington’s disease.  Biological Psychiatry, 59(1), 57-63.

Beglinger, L. J., Nopoulos, P. C., Jorge, R. E., Langbehn, D., Mikos, A. E., Moser, D. J., Duff, K., Robinson, R. G., & Paulsen, J. S. (2005).  White matter volume and cognitive dysfunction in early Huntington’s disease.  Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 18(2), 102-107.  

Teaching experience

Spring 2011

Course Instructor: Introduction to Psychology, Department of Psychology, Rhode Island College

Spring 2008

Guest Lecturer: Cognitive Psychology, department of Clinical Psychology, University of Florida, Emotion and Cognition lecture

Summer 2008

Guest Lecturer: Functional Human Neuroanatomy, Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida, Language and Aphasia

Spring 2008

Co-Instructor: Introduction to Neuropsychology, department of Clinical Psychology, University of Florida