Irena Ilieva, Ph.D.
 

Degree  

Ph.D. 
 

Title

Licensed clinical psychologist
 

Clinical Appointments/Hospital Affiliation

Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine
Professional Associate, New York Presbyterian Hospital
 

Description of Practice/Services Offered

Irena Ilieva specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Although her primary focus is CBT, her work is also informed by training in psychological assessment and schema therapy, as well as by exposure to dialectical behavioral approaches. While mainly practicing individual therapy, Dr. Ilieva also facilitates a low-cost CBT skills workshop in small groups.
 

Areas of Research

Dr. Ilieva is broadly interested in cognitive enhancement: the use of CBT skills, medications or non-invasive brain stimulation to optimize attention, self-control, and motivation. Currently, she is involved in research on the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation (specifically, transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS) in the treatment of depression and its cognitive correlates. In addition, Dr. Ilieva has studied the use of unprescribed stimulant medication for cognitive enhancement by healthy, high-functioning people without ADHD. Some of her first-author work is published in influential neuroscience journals (e.g., Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropharmacology) and covered by the popular press.  
 

Professional Education

Post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology (CBT specialization), New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
Doctoral internship in clinical psychology, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
B.A. Amherst College
 

Credentials/Board Certification

New York State Licensed Psychologist 
 

Honors/Awards

Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (2009 – 14)
Netter Graduate Scholarship, Thanks To Scandinavia Foundation (2012 – 13)  
Travel grants, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, University of Pennsylvania (2013))  
 

Publications

Mancuso, L., Ilieva, I. P., Hamilton, R.H. & Farah, M.J. (in press). Is transcranial direct current stimulation an effective tool for cognitive enhancement? A meta-analytic review. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Morimoto, S.S., Gunning, F. M., Wexler, B. E., Hu, W., Ilieva, I. P., Liu, J., Nitis, J. & Alexopoulos, G. S. (in press). Executive dysfunction predicts response to neuroplasticity-based computerized cognitive remediation (nCCR) in elderly patients with major depression. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Ilieva, I. P. , Hook, C. J. & Farah, M.J. (2015). Prescription stimulants’ effects on healthy inhibitory control, working and episodic memory: A meta-analysis. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 6 (27).

Ilieva, I. P. & Farah, M.J. (2015). Attention, motivation and study habits in users of unprescribed ADHD medication. Journal of Attention Disorders.

Ilieva, I. P. (2015). Enhancement of healthy personality through psychiatric medication: a review of SSRIs’ effects on neuroticism and extraversion. Neuroethics, 8 (2).

Ilieva, I. P., Boland, J. & Farah, M.J. (2013). Objective and subjective effects of mixed amphetamine salts in healthy people. Neuropharmacology, 64.

Ilieva, I. P. & Farah, M.J. (2013). Enhancement stimulants: Perceived motivational and cognitive advantages. Frontiers in Neuroscience – Neuropharmacology, 7 (1).

Ilieva, I. P. & Farah, M.J. (2013). Open Peer Commentary: Cognitive enhancement with amphetamine: History repeats itself. American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, 4 (1).

Farah, M.J., Smith, M.E., Ilieva, I. P. & Hamilton, R.H. (2014). Cognitive Enhancement. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 5.
 

Presentations

Ilieva, I. P. (2016). Cognitive enhancement with stimulants: Effects and correlates. Invited presentation at Psychology Grand Rounds, Weil Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

Ilieva, I. P., Johnston, M., McLaren, C., Abbott, L. & Farah, M.J. (2014). Objective and subjective attention functioning in enhancement stimulant users. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Ilieva, I. P. & Farah, M.J. (2013). A meta-analysis of the enhancing effects of psychostimulants on inhibitory control, working memory and declarative memory. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC and the International Neuroethics Society, San Diego, CA

Ilieva, I. P. (2013). Cognitive enhancement with stimulants: Effects and motives. Invited presentation at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Lunchtime Talk Series, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Ilieva, I. P. (2013). Enhancement of healthy cognition and motivation through psychiatric medication. Invited presentation at the Neurosurgery Grand Rounds Lecture Series, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Mancuso, L. E., Ilieva, I.P., Hamilton, R. & Farah, M.J. (2013). Is transcranial direct current stimulation an effective tool for cognitive enhancement? A meta-analytic review. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuroethics Society, San Diego, CA

Ilieva, I.P. & Farah, M.J. (2012). The role of mind-body beliefs in folk intuitions about the mind- and brain-basis of psychopathology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the International Neuroethics Society, New Orleans, LA

Ilieva, I.P. (2012). Enhancement of healthy personality through SSRI medication. Invited presentation at the Center for Neuroscience and Society Talk Series, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Ilieva, I.P., Boland, J., Chatterjee, A. & Farah, M.J. (2010). Adderall’s perceived and actual effects on healthy people’s cognition. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the International Neuroethics Society, San Diego, CA

Abrams, R., Ilieva, I.P., Niblock, A., Niyogi, R., Shainheit, C., & Stoyanov, A. (2006). Unconscious priming in the absence of partial awareness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD
 

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