Preeti Sunderaraman, PhD Hear my name
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PhD, Drexel University
MA, Drexel University
MA, University of Mumbai
BA, University of Mumbai

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Sunderaraman is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who received her PhD from Drexel University and completed her neuropsychology internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Before joining the faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine in July 2021, she completed postdoctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center. She is actively involved in leadership positions in various committees including as the Science Officer of the Early Career Neuropsychologist Committee, as a core-member of the Asian Indian committee of neuropsychologists, as a committee member of the International Neuropsychological Society’s Awards committee, as the program chair of the Teleneuropsychology Special Interest Group (part of INS), and the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Clinical Research Grants Committee. Dr. Sunderaraman has obtained several federal- and foundation level grants including NIH/NIA’s (K99/R00) Pathway to Independence Award, NIH/NIA’s Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F32), the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology’s Dissertation Award, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Clinical Research Grant. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in highly rated journals.

Dr. Sunderaraman has expertise in neuropsychological assessment. She has unique cross-cultural experiences in the US and in India. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil. She is skilled in project management, writing grants and scientific reports, and in international outreach activities. Dr. Sunderaraman is passionate about science and research and established a programmatic line of research in three areas:

1. Financial decision making, financial awareness, and financial loss

Leveraging her dissertation research, Dr. Sunderaraman has continued to actively study the contributors and correlates of financial decision making and one’s awareness of such decision making. She has studied cognitive (e.g., numeracy, executive functioning) and neural markers (e.g., cortical thickness, white matter integrity, functional connectivity) of these constructs. As traditional methods of assessing financial decision making are getting outdated, she aims to develop modern and objective methods based on digital technology; while using metacognitive frameworks to study financial awareness. Towards this end, Dr. Sunderaraman received NIH/NIA’s K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award in 2019 to study online money management. Based on a novel simulated credit card task she developed, Dr. Sunderaraman is collecting data to examine the psychometric properties of this task and investigate how decisions are made by those with and without cognitive impairments. Over time, she aims to understand how financial decisions and awareness of these decisions change over time, factors contributing to financial mistakes, and ways in which financial loss can be prevented or mitigated.

2. Digital Biomarkers and Brain Health

An active area of interest for Dr. Sunderaraman is the intersection of technology with various brain metrics assessed via cognitive and functional tests, brain imaging such as PET and MRI scans, and fluid biomarkers such as blood and CSF. Dr. Sunderaraman is co-leading the efforts on two ancillary projects from the Framingham Heart Study that involve digital assessments, one of which also involves imaging (e.g., PET, MRI). She has worked on identifying some of the challenges encountered in accurately collecting cognitive data via teleneuropsychology, and currently seeks to understand the moderators and mediators of brain health when tracked over time.

3. Characterizing Individuals of South Asian Descent

Dr. Sunderaraman is interested in investigating various life course related contextual, cognitive, and health-related factors that may impact this community. Overall, her work aims to improve research on diversity and brain health by, 1) identifying those at high risk for developing cognitive decline and neurogenerative conditions, and 2) exploring factors that might mitigate risk for developing cognitive decline and factors that might maintain or enhance brain health and well-being.

Implementing a Web-based Assessment of Online Money Management
09/01/2023 - 08/31/2026 (PI)
Alzheimer's Association

Modernizing the Assessment of Financial Decision Making: Development and Evaluation of a Simulated Online Money Management Task in Older Adults
02/15/2022 - 01/31/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging


Alzheimer's Disease Digital Biomarker Discovery: Framingham Cognitive Aging and Dementia Study
01/15/2021 - 12/31/2024 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Rhoda Au, PhD
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

Precision Brain Health Monitoring for Alzheimer's Disease Risk Detection in the Framingham Study
05/01/2021 - 04/30/2024 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Au/Goldstein

Predictors of Severity in Alzheimer’s Disease
01/01/2016 - 12/31/2017 (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Cognitive and Affective Contributions to Financial Capacity and Financial Capacity Awareness
01/01/2016 - 12/31/2017 (PI)
National Academy of Neuropsychology

Factors Influencing Financial Capacity and Awareness of Capacity in Cognitive Aging - Postdoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)
01/01/2016 - 11/30/2017 (PI)

Dissertation Award
01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014 (PI)
Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology

Financial capacity and Neuropsychological Performance in acquired brain injury (ABI)
01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013 (PI)
Council on Brain Injury

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  1. Ding H, Kim M, Searls E, Sunderaraman P, Anda-Duran I, Low S, Popp Z, Hwang PH, Li Z, Goyal K, Hathaway L, Monteverde J, Rahman S, Igwe A, Kolachalama VB, Au R, Lin H. Corrigendum: Digital neuropsychological measures by defense automated neurocognitive assessment: reference values and clinical correlates. Front Neurol. 2024; 15:1433972.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38867888; PMCID: PMC11167070; DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2024.1433972;
  2. Lunia P, Krishnan K, Irani F, Hundal JS, Arastu S, Vonk JMJ, Sunderaraman P. A scoping review of neuropsychological assessment for Asian Indians in the United States - research and clinical recommendations. Clin Neuropsychol. 2024 Apr 02; 1-21. PMID: 38565847
  3. Ding H, Kim M, Searls E, Sunderaraman P, De Anda-Duran I, Low S, Popp Z, Hwang PH, Li Z, Goyal K, Hathaway L, Monteverde J, Rahman S, Igwe A, Kolachalama VB, Au R, Lin H. Digital neuropsychological measures by defense automated neurocognitive assessment: reference values and clinical correlates. Front Neurol. 2024; 15:1340710.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38426173; PMCID: PMC10902432; DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2024.1340710;
  4. Sunderaraman P, De Anda-Duran I, Karjadi C, Peterson J, Ding H, Devine SA, Shih LC, Popp Z, Low S, Hwang PH, Goyal K, Hathaway L, Monteverde J, Lin H, Kolachalama VB, Au R. Design and Feasibility Analysis of a Smartphone-Based Digital Cognitive Assessment Study in the Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2024 Jan 16; 13(2):e031348.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38226510; PMCID: PMC10926817; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.123.031348;
  5. De Anda-Duran I, Sunderaraman P, Searls E, Moukaled S, Jin X, Popp Z, Karjadi C, Hwang PH, Ding H, Devine S, Shih LC, Low S, Lin H, Kolachalama VB, Bazzano L, Libon DJ, Au R. Comparing Cognitive Tests and Smartphone-Based Assessment in 2 US Community-Based Cohorts. J Am Heart Assoc. 2024 Jan 16; 13(2):e032733.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38226519; PMCID: PMC10926794; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.123.032733;
  6. Popp Z, Low S, Igwe A, Rahman MS, Kim M, Khan R, Oh E, Kumar A, De Anda-Duran I, Ding H, Hwang PH, Sunderaraman P, Shih LC, Lin H, Kolachalama VB, Au R. Shifting From Active to Passive Monitoring of Alzheimer Disease: The State of the Research. J Am Heart Assoc. 2024 Jan 16; 13(2):e031247.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38226518; PMCID: PMC10926806; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.123.031247;
  7. Christianson K, Prabhu M, Popp ZT, Rahman MS, Drane J, Lee M, Lathan C, Lin H, Au R, Sunderaraman P, Hwang PH. Adherence type impacts completion rates of frequent mobile cognitive assessments among older adults with and without cognitive impairment. Res Sq. 2023 Sep 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37841867; PMCID: PMC10571616; DOI: 10.21203/;
  8. Azar M, Chapman S, Joyce J, Schultheis M, Zhang Z, Waltrip L, Shagalow S, Zeiger P, Sunderaraman P, Cosentino S. Education as a Moderator of Help Seeking Behavior in Subjective Cognitive Decline. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2023 Jul-Sep 01; 37(3):184-188. PMID: 37561937; PMCID: PMC10530107; DOI: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000571;
  9. Sunderaraman P, Dunn CB, Kamper JE, DeDios-Stern S, Azar M, Feigon M, Cooper S, Gooding A. Characteristics of and Professional Issues Experienced by Early Career Neuropsychologists in the United States - Findings from a Survey Study. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2023 Mar 02. PMID: 36864589
  10. Shamji JF, Hundal JS, Irani F, Sunderaraman P. Language and Acculturation: Neuropsychological Sequalae of COVID-19 in Indian Americans. J Health Serv Psychol. 2022; 48(4):175-184. PMID: 36405813; PMCID: PMC9648869; DOI: 10.1007/s42843-022-00071-8;
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2023-2026 Boston University: The Hariri Institute of Computing Fellow
2019-pres NIH K99/R00: Pathway to Independence Award
2016-2017 National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN): Clinical Research Grant
2016-2019 NIH/F32: Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award
2014 American Psychological Association (APA) Division 22’s Rehabilitation Psychology: Travel Grant
2014 Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology: Dissertation Award
2013 Council in Brain Injury: Grant Money Awarded to support dissertation research
2013 American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology: Travel Grant
2010-2012 Drexel University: Dean’s Fellowship: Dean’s Fellowship
2008 9th Joint Annual Conference of the Indian Epilepsy Association and the Indian Epilepsy Society: 1st prize for poster
2007 (in India): Passed the State Eligibility Test (SET) in the subject of Psychology
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