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Mariana E. Witgert Bradshaw, PhD, ABPP

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuro-Oncology, Section of Neuropsychology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

 I am a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuro-Oncology, and also Director of Training.  I am dedicated to patient care, providing comprehensive assessments of cancer patients who experience cognitive changes secondary to cancer, cancer treatment, and/or unrelated neurological processes, as well as mood disturbances. 

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2006 University of Houston, Houston, TX, PHD, Clinical Psychology
2003 University of Houston, Houston, TX, MA, Psychology
2001 The University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, BA, Psychology

Postgraduate Training

9/2006-8/2008 Clinical Fellowship, Neuropsychology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Neuro-Oncology, Houston, TX, Anne Kayl, PhD
6/2005-6/2006 Clinical Internship, Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, Tucson, AZ, Anne Herring, PhD, ABPP

Board Certifications

11/2011 American Board of Professional Psychology, Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology


Academic Appointments

Instructor, Department of Neuro-Oncology, Section of Neuropsychology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2008-8/2010

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Director of Neuropsychology Fellowship Training, Department of Neuro-Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/2015-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Faculty Senate, 9/2011-8/2012
Member, Psychosocial Behavioral & Health Services Research Committee, 9/2009-8/2012

Professional Memberships

Houston Neuropsychological Society, Houston, TX
Member, 2008-present
International Neuropsychological Society, Houston, TX
Member, 2008-present
Society for Neuro-Oncology
Member, 2009-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Wu AS, Witgert ME, Lang FF, Xiao L, Bekele BN, Meyers CA, Ferson D, Wefel JS. Neurocognitive function before and after surgery for insular gliomas. J Neurosurg 115(6):1115-25, 12/2011. e-Pub 9/2011. PMID: 21905800.
2. Witgert M, Salamone AR, Strutt AM, Jawaid A, Massman PJ, Bradshaw M, Mosnik D, Appel SH, Schulz PE. Frontal-Lobe Mediated Behavioral Dysfunction in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Eur J Neurol 17(1):103-10, 1/2010. e-Pub 10/2009. PMID: 19874396.
3. Davis RN, Andresen EN, Witgert ME, Breier JI. Is basic memory structure invariant across epilepsy patient subgroups? J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 28(6):987-997, 8/2006. PMID: 16822737.
4. Witgert ME, Wheless JW, Breier JI. Frequency of panic symptoms in psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Epilepsy Behav 6(2):174-178, 3/2005. PMID: 15710300.

Invited Articles

1. Witgert ME, Meyers CA. Neurocognitive and Quality of Life Measures in Patients with Metastatic Brain Disease. Neurosurg Clin N Am 22(1):79-85, 1/2011. PMID: 21109152.
2. Witgert ME, Veramonti T, Hanna E. Instruments for estimation of health related quality of life in patients with skull base neoplasms. Skull Base 20(1):5-10, 1/2010. PMCID: PMC2853060.
3. Wefel JS, Witgert ME, Meyers CA. Neuropsychological sequelae of non-central nervous system cancer and cancer therapy. Neuropsychol Rev 18(2):121-131, 6/2008. e-Pub 4/2008. PMID: 18415683.

Book Chapters

1. Bradshaw ME, Wefel JS. The Neuropsychology of Oncology. In: Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment, 3rd. Ed(s) MW Parsons, TA Hammeke. APA: Washington DC, 313-337, 2014.
2. Witgert M, Wefel JS. Neuropsychological Assessment of Older Adults with a History of Cancer. In: Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia. Ed(s) L Ravdin, H Katzen. Springer: New York, 443-454, 2013.
3. Witgert M, Wefel JS. Neurobehavioral Side Effects of Cancer and Cancer Therapy. In: MD Anderson Manual of Psychosocial Oncology. Ed(s) J Duffy, A Valentine. McGraw-Hill: New York, 179-188, 2011.
4. Witgert ME, Meyers CA. Neurocognitive function and quality of life measures in patients with metastatic brain tumors. In: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America: Management of Brain Metastases. Ed(s) D'Ambrosio AL, Rao G. W. B. Saunders Company: Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
5. Witgert M, Veramonti T. Neurocognitive assessment of patients with tumors of the skull base. In: Comprehensive Management of Tumors of the Skull Base. Ed(s) F DeMonte, E Hanna. Informa Healthcare: New York, 2009.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: A Brain Plasticity Based Computerized Intervention to Treat Attention and Memory Problems in Adult Brain Tumor Survivors
Funding Source: UTMDACC Cancer Survivorship Research Seed Money Grants
Role: Collaborator
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Wefel
Duration: 5/23/2011 - 5/22/2013

Last updated: 9/1/2015