Sherral A Devine, PhD Hear my name
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, Bowling Green State University
MA, Bowling Green State University
BA, DePauw University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Devine earned her BA in psychology at DePauw University, and then her MA and PhD in clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She completed her clinical internship at the Boston VA Medical Center/Tufts University Consortium and then completed a three-year postdoctoral program in clinical neuropsychology, providing services to veterans and civilians with a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Devine has worked in a research setting since completing her postdoctoral work, and she has also worked intermittently in clinical settings, evaluating individuals with a variety of cognitive disorders. These clients have been as young as 12, but Dr. Devine’s primary interest is in a geriatric population.

In 1999, Dr. Devine started working as a clinical neuropsychologist at the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), where research on cognitive functioning was greatly expanding. Through the years, she has collaborated with Dr. Rhoda Au in applying the Boston Process Approach (BPA) to research using neuropsychological tests. BPA goes beyond the typically used quantitative scores, adding the wealth of information available in qualitative aspects of an individual’s performance on cognitive tests. Although widely used in clinical settings, research using BPA is severely limited, given the challenges of operationalizing qualitative aspects of an individual’s behavior while taking cognitive tests. Dr. Devine has especially enjoyed this challenge, as well as providing training and supervision to testers to ensure reliable and consistent coding of behavior. This has been important because of the large number of testers who have been involved with FHS over the years. In addition to BPA generally, Dr. Devine been especially interested in examining the extensive information that can be gleaned from the Clock Drawing Test, a quick and simple task that involves asking an individual to draw a clock and set the hands to a specified time, and to copy a pre-drawn clock. Dr. Devine is involved with the research at FHS into identification of cognitive biomarkers, especially those caught digitally (i.e., with audio recorders and digital pens), that may reveal risk in the very early (i.e., pre- pre-clinical) stages of dementia.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Activities Promoting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, Belonging, and Uniqueness:

As with all areas of human subject research based in the United States and Western Europe, the field of brain aging suffers from a meaningful lack of diversity in both research participants and investigators. These restrictions have a profound impact on our capacity to understand healthy brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. I am committed to empowering researchers from underrepresented and minoritized groups to drive their own research and elevate their voices for the scientific and public communities. In addition, I aim to expand the diversity of participants in brain aging research. In addition to the formal roles described below, I have pursued many opportunities for learning about DEIA/J issues, including formal training, research-related discussions with members of underrepresented groups, and active participation in a DEIJ book club.

The Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative Global Cohort Development effort involves actively working with research teams across the globe, especially in low-and-middle income countries or low-resourced areas of higher income countries. The goal is to amplify the perspectives of researchers from different background/experiences in both collecting and interpreting data related to Alzheimer’s and related dementias. We have been facilitating access to funding and engaged in bi-directional mentoring to better learn conditions on the ground in these locations and to share with the research teams our experience and expertise in establishing and maintaining cohort studies. My role in this organization is as the Training Director, which offers me the opportunity to personally engage with these global researchers. I also contribute to applications for grants to support these researchers, serving in mentorship and training roles, including as MPI for a project in Malaysia.

Grants and Programs:

R25 AG081177 NIH/NIA. Expanding the Pipeline to Graduate Research in Alzheimer’s Disease. Summer research experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups designed to encourage interest in brain aging and professional development mentoring to enhance opportunities to pursue research and/or clinical work. Role: Subcontract MPI

1RF1AG072654 Precision Brain Health Monitoring for Alzheimer's Disease Risk Detection in the Framingham Study – Supplement to support enabling infrastructure and collecting cognitive data with Hispanic/LatinX community in Rio Grande City, Texas. Role: Clinical Neuropsychologist, Training Director

1RF1AG072654 Precision Brain Health Monitoring for Alzheimer's Disease Risk Detection in the Framingham Study – Supplement to support community engagement with the Black/African American community in the Framingham area to facilitate collaborations to enroll Black/African American participants in brain aging research . Role: Clinical Neuropsychologist, Manager

At part of the R25 EPGRAD program previously mentioned, I managed all aspects of implementation at Boston University and participated in the mentoring of 10 undergraduate students from underrepresented groups during the summer of 2023, and will continue to do so, with increasing numbers of Scholars over the years, at least until the conclusion of this grant (although renewal will be pursued) in 2027.

I have served as a mentor to undergraduates in the Summer Training as Research Scholars Program (STaRS) program at Boston University, as well as the American Heart Association
SURE program, both of which are designed to be summer research experiencse for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who are interested in pursuing research careers, the latter of which is specifically focused on students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.

I have provided individual mentorship to five doctoral candidates who are from underrepresented groups in the research associated with their dissertations.

Service: I actively participate in the following committees:
• Anatomy & Neurobiology DEIJ Committee; Role: Member
• Indigenous People subcommittee; Role: Chair
• Community Outreach subcommittee; Role: Member
• Curriculum subcommittee; Role: Member
• Black History Month subcommittee; Role: Member
• Black History Month Symposium; Role: Co-host

Research Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

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Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Anatomy & Neurobiology

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  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Kang M, Ang TFA, Devine SA, Sherva R, Mukherjee S, Trittschuh EH, Gibbons LE, Scollard P, Lee M, Choi SE, Klinedinst B, Nakano C, Dumitrescu LC, Durant A, Hohman TJ, Cuccaro ML, Saykin AJ, Kukull WA, Bennett DA, Wang LS, Mayeux RP, Haines JL, Pericak-Vance MA, Schellenberg GD, Crane PK, Au R, Lunetta KL, Mez JB, Farrer LA. A genome-wide search for pleiotropy in more than 100,000 harmonized longitudinal cognitive domain scores. Mol Neurodegener. 2023 Jun 22; 18(1):40.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37349795; PMCID: PMC10286470; DOI: 10.1186/s13024-023-00633-4;
  4. Scollard P, Choi SE, Lee ML, Mukherjee S, Trittschuh EH, Sanders RE, Gibbons LE, Joshi P, Devine S, Au R, Dams-O'Connor K, Saykin AJ, Seshadri S, Beiser A, Aparicio HJ, Salinas J, Gonzales MM, Pase MP, Ghosh S, Finney R, Mez J, Crane PK. Ceiling effects and differential measurement precision across calibrated cognitive scores in the Framingham Study. Neuropsychology. 2023 May; 37(4):383-397.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37276135; PMCID: PMC10247160; DOI: 10.1037/neu0000828;
  5. Yang J, Ang TFA, Lu S, Liu X, Devine S, Au R, Liu C. Establishing cognitive baseline in three generations: Framingham Heart Study. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2023; 15(1):e12416.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36968621; PMCID: PMC10038074; DOI: 10.1002/dad2.12416;
  6. Yang J, Ang TFA, Lu S, Liu X, Devine S, Au R, Liu C. Establishing cognitive baseline in three generations: Framingham Heart Study. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2023; 15(1):e12416.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36968621; PMCID: PMC10038074; DOI: 10.1002/dad2.12416;
  7. Yuan J, Liu X, Liu C, Ang AF, Massaro J, Devine SA, Auerbach SH, Blusztajn JK, Au R, Jacques PF. Is dietary choline intake related to dementia and Alzheimer's disease risks? Results from the Framingham Heart Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 Nov; 116(5):1201-1207.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37208066; PMCID: PMC9630864; DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqac193;
  8. Hwang PH, Ang TFA, De Anda-Duran I, Liu X, Liu Y, Gurnani A, Mez J, Auerbach S, Joshi P, Yuan J, Devine S, Au R, Liu C. Examination of potentially modifiable dementia risk factors across the adult life course: The Framingham Heart Study. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 Jul; 19(7):2975-2983.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36656649; PMCID: PMC10354206; DOI: 10.1002/alz.12940;
  9. Ding H, Li Y, Ang TFA, Liu Y, Devine S, Au R, Doraiswamy PM, Liu C. Reproductive Markers in Alzheimer's Disease Progression: The Framingham Heart Study. J Prev Alzheimers Dis. 2023; 10(3):530-535.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37357294
  10. Liu C, Li Y, Nwosu A, Ang TFA, Liu Y, Devine S, Au R, Doraiswamy PM. Sex-specific biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease progression: Framingham Heart Study. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2022; 14(1):e12369.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36348973; PMCID: PMC9633867; DOI: 10.1002/dad2.12369;
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Brain Aging
Alzheimer's Disease
Human Cognition
Brain Health
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