Sara Troutman

Sara B.W. Troutman, Ph.D.

Scientist
Human Factors
Philadelphia
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Dr. Sara Troutman is a cognitive psychologist with experience in lifespan human cognition including, perception, attention, memory, learning, and language. Her work focuses on how these cognitive abilities relate to behavior in young, middle-aged, and older adults. Her expertise enables her to analyze human factors issues in a wide variety of contexts including product warnings and safety information, motor vehicle accidents, and slips, trips, and falls.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Troutman completed a Ph.D. in psychology at The Pennsylvania State University and has published works on the neurobiological factors contributing to language ability and the link between physical and cognitive performance. Her dissertation work on the link between neural structural connections and language earned her the prestigious Research and Graduate Student Office (RGSO) Dissertation Award. Dr. Troutman also completed a two-year training fellowship from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA-T32) during which time she studied the relationship between cognition and everyday function, driving, and wellbeing.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2021
  • M.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2018
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
  • RGSO Dissertation Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2020

    NIA Pathways (T32) Training Program Fellow, The Pennsylvania State University, 2017-2019

    Distinguished Scholar Award (Top 2% of class), University of Pittsburgh, 2015

    Online Teaching Certificate, Pennsylvania State University,2019

LANGUAGES

  • German

Publications

Troutman, S. B., Madden, D. J., & Diaz, M. T. (2022). Cerebral White Matter Mediation of Age-Related Differences in Picture Naming Across Adulthood. Neurobiology of Language, 1-34.

Diaz, M. T., Zhang, H., Cosgrove, A. L., Gertel, V. H., Troutman, S. B., & Karimi, H. (2022). Neural sensitivity to semantic neighbors is stable across the adult lifespan. Neuropsychologia, 171, 108237.

Diaz, M.T., Karimi, H., Troutman, S.B.W., Gertel, V.H., Cosgrove, A.L., & Zhang, H. (2020). Neural sensitivity to phonological characteristics is stable across the lifespan. Neuroimage.

Troutman, S.B.W., Erickson, K.I., Grove, G., Weinstein, A.M. (2020). Sedentary time is associated with Worse Attention in Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study. Journal of Movement Disorders.

Troutman, S.B.W., Diaz, M.T. (2019). White matter disconnection is related to age-related phonological deficits. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s11682-019-00086-8

Presentations

Troutman, S.B.W. (2021). The White Matter Link Between Semantic Language Ability and Language Production Across The Lifespan. Poster Presentation at the Pennsylvania State University Graduate School Exhibition. State College, PA.

Troutman, S.B.W., Henderson, M., & Diaz, M.T. (2020). White Matter Independently Mediates Age-Related Production Deficits. Poster presentation at the 12th meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Virtual Conference.

Diaz, M.T., Zhang, H., Cosgrove, A., Gertel, V.H., Karimi, H., Troutman, S.B.W., Barnum, O., Eads, A., Henderson, M., & Lebkeucher, A. (2020). Neural sensitivity to close phonological neighbors is consistent across the lifespan. Poster presentation at the 12th meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Virtual Conference.

Troutman, S. B. W., Sandberg C., Diaz, M.T. (2019). Priming Overt Production: The Role of Relationship Type and Selection Demands. Poster presentation at the Psychonomic Society conference, Montreal, Quebec, CA, November 14-16, 2019.

Diaz, M.T., Gertel, V.H., Karimi, H., Troutman, S.B.W., Cosgrove, A., Zhang, H., & Fernandez, C.F. (2019). How aging affects the neural basis of phonological and semantic neighborhood density. Poster presentation at the 11th meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Helsinki, Finland.

Troutman, S.B.W. (February 2019). Sedentary time is associated with task-switching costs Parkinson’s disease. Pathways to Healthy Aging Colloquium, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

Troutman, S.B.W., Stavrinos, D., Ross, L.A. (2018). Better expectations of aging predict less subjective cognitive decline in older adults. Poster presentation at the 2018 meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.

Diaz, M.T., Eppes, A., Gertel, V., Karimi, H., Winter, S.B., & Hu, B. (2018). The neural basis of phonological and semantic neighborhood density. Poster presentation at the 10th annual Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, Quebec City, Quebec.

Winter, S.B. (October 2017). White Matter Integrity and Language Production in Aging. Pathways to Healthy Aging Colloquium, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

Winter, S.B., Rizio, A.A., Dempsey, J., Oktar, K., Diaz, M.T. (2017). White matter integrity and language production in aging. Presentation at the 2017 meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, M.D.

Lin, M., Malenka, N. ,Winter, S.B., Gutmann, D., Selioutski, D. (March 2013). Promoting Excellence in Geriatrics: A Market Scan of Southwestern PA. Magee Women’s Hospital Stakeholders meeting with the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging, Pittsburgh, PA.

Professional Affiliations

2022-Present Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)

2019-Present Women in Cognitive Science

2018-Present Gerontological Society of America

2017-Present Society for Neurobiology of Language

2016-Present Center for Language Science, Pennsylvania State University

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Neurobiology of Aging

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2021
  • M.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2018
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
  • RGSO Dissertation Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2020

    NIA Pathways (T32) Training Program Fellow, The Pennsylvania State University, 2017-2019

    Distinguished Scholar Award (Top 2% of class), University of Pittsburgh, 2015

    Online Teaching Certificate, Pennsylvania State University,2019

LANGUAGES

  • German