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Dr. Madhura Phansikar

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BA in Psychology from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India

MA in Applied Psychology from University of Mumbai, India

MSc and PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Urbana-Champaign, US

Research Interests

I focus on the effectiveness of lifestyle physical activity and mind-body interventions, such as yoga, in reducing age-related cognitive decline and improving psychosocial functioning. I am also interested in the feasibility of tech-based delivery of behavioral interventions, as well as looking at factors that predict engagement in such interventions. 

 

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

I am committed to diversity and inclusion in both my professional and personal life. As a woman of color and an immigrant myself, I recognize the need for creating environments that whole-heartedly accept all forms of diversity. I believe that diversity helps us develop wider perspectives and is one of the most important factors in ensuring that we develop appropriate and relevant behavioral interventions. I strive to continue making efforts to create inclusive environments. Some of the steps I have taken in that direction are co-chairing the 'International Postdocs' committee at the OSU Postdoctoral Association, being an active member on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Task Force at the Department of Psychology, and developing tech-based interventions to increase accessibility of the interventions. 

Hobbies

I love hanging out with friends, traveling, and eating delicious home-made food (made by others)! 

 

Publications

Phansikar, M., & Mullen, S. P. (2019). Exploring Active Travel and Leisure-Time Physical Activity Relationships with Cognition among Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28(4), 580-587.

Phansikar, M., Ashrafi, S.A., Khan, N.A., Massey, W.V, & Mullen, S.P. (2019). Active Commute in relation to cognition and academic achievement in children and adolescents: A systematic review and future recommendations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16(24), 5103; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16245103

Phansikar, M., & Mullen, S. P. (2022). Cognitive and psychosocial effects of an acute sun salutation intervention among adults with stress. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 22, 100431

Ashrafi, S.A., Phansikar, M., & Wilund, K. (2022). Subjective thirst in relation to interdialytic weight gain: A systematic review of observational studies. Blood Purification (in press). 

Adamek, J.F., Phansikar, M., & Petruzzello, S. J. (2022). Does engaging in a variety of leisure-time physical activities lead to better cognitive function despite NOT meeting PA guidelines? Journal of Physical Activity and Aging (under review).

Mullen, S. P., Palac, D., Adamek, J. F., Phansikar, M., Taggart, A., North, J., & Krishna, V. (2022). Perceived efficacy of evidence-based and non-evidence-based self-treatments for managing chronic concussion symptoms. Journal of Athletic Training (under review). 

Johnson, A., Pukin, F., Krishna, V., Phansikar, M., & Mullen, S. P. (2022). Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of two technology-assisted vocal interventions for older adults living in a residential facility. Journal of Voice (submitted).

Presentations

North, J., Cohen, J., Palac, D., Bullard, T., Phansikar, M., Wong, B., Wilund, K., & Mullen, S. P. (April, 2018). Increased sleep efficiency through heat therapy and exercise. A poster presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. New Orleans, LA.

Cohen, J. D., Palac, D., Bullard, T., North, J. R., Phansikar, M., & Mullen, S. P. (April, 2018). Relationships among affect, memory, perceptions, and physical function in older adults with cancer. A poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. New Orleans, LA.

Mullen, S. P., Cohen, J., Palac, D., Bullard, T., Phansikar, M., North, J., Wong, B., & Wilund, K. (April, 2018). A pilot RCT testing effects of steam-room usage after exercise on cardiovascular functioning among pre-hypertensive adults. A poster presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. New Orleans, LA.

Phansikar, M., Palac, D., Cohen, J. D., Bullard, T., North, J. R., Wilund, K., Wong, B., & Mullen, S. P. (April, 2018). Complementary effects of exercise and heat therapy on mindfulness and cognition. A poster presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Phansikar, M., & Mullen, S.P. (March 2019). Exploring non-recreational and recreational physical activity relationships with cognition. A poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Washington D.C.  

Canton, I., Taggart, A., Phansikar M., Palac D., Cohen, J. & Mullen, S.P. (April 2020). Perceived mental fatigue: measurement validation in two studies of adults with chronic cognitive complaints. A poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. San Francisco. 

Phansikar, M., Wong, B. & Mullen, S.P. (April 2020). Relationship between perceived stress and executive functioning: the moderating role of combined exercise and thermotherapy. A poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. San Francisco.  

Mullen, S.P., Adamek, J.A., Phansikar, M., Canton, I., & Massey, W.V. (June 2020). Relationships among executive functioning, future time perspective, identity and physical activity self-regulation among low-active middle-aged adults. A poster presented at North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Vancouver.

Phansikar, M., & Mullen, S.P. (February 2021). Testing the impact of flow-based, moderate-intensity yoga on executive functioning and stress among low active working adults having symptoms of stress. A work-in-progress presentation at the Big Apple Health Psychology Colloquium.

Mullen, S.P., Adamek, J.A., Phansikar, M., Roberts, B., & Larrison, C. (April 2021). Role of First-gen Status, Friends, Engagement in Physical Activity and Therapy in Life Satisfaction among College Students. A poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Phansikar, M., & Mullen, S.P. (April 2021). Acute effects of sun salutations on cognitive functioning and psychosocial stress among low-active adults. A research talk given at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine.  

Mullen, S.P., Shen, Phansikar, M., Taggart, A., Thomas, D., Lussier, M., Kramer, A., & McAuley, E. (May 2022). Primary outcomes of the cognitive regulation training and exercise (CORTEX)-II trial: Effects on physical activity engagement. A research talk given at the Annual Meeting for the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. 

Mullen, S.P., Phansikar, M., Taggart, A., Thomas, D., Kramer, A., & McAuley, E. (May 2022). Psychometrics of the self-efficacy for exercise memory questionnaire (SEEM-Q) and associations with self-efficacy beliefs for exercise and memory. A poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. 

Phansikar, M., Gothe, N., Hernandez, R., Lara-Cinisomo, S., & Mullen, S.P. (May 2022). Feasibility and impact of a remote flow-based, moderate-intensity yoga intervention on executive functioning, during a pandemic, among working adults. A research talk given at the Annual Meeting for the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. 

Post-Doctoral Associate