Concordia University

Karen Li, PhD

Professor, Psychology

Office: L-PY 131-4 
Psychology Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7542
Website(s): Lab Website
CRDH Website


PhD (University of Toronto)

Research interests

My research focuses on cognitive and attentional processes involved in multiple-task performance in adulthood and healthy aging. I am interested in studying situations in which multiple tasks are either carried out in sequential order, or are performed concurrently. A portion of my current work investigates the coordination of cognitive and motor tasks in old age (e.g., walking, balance, finger sequencing, with a concurrent cognitive load). An important theme in my research is to understand the adaptive strategies that older adults develop in response to declines in cognitive and sensorimotor abilities. I am a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH), which is devoted to multidisciplinary approaches to the study of development across all life periods. I am also a member of the PERFORM Centre for preventive health research and the engAGE Centre on aging. Graduate students working with me participate in regular workshops and seminars offered by these organizations.

Selected publications

Bruce, H.*, Lai, L.*, Bherer, L.,Lussier, M., St.-Onge, N., & Li, K.Z. H. (in press). The effectof simultaneously and sequentially combined cognitive and aerobic training onmobility among older adults with hearing loss. Gait and Posture.  Accepted,17 Aug, 2018.

Montero-Odasso, M., Almeida, Q.J., Bherer, L., Burhan, A.M., Camicioli, R.,Doyon, J., Fraser, S., Muir-Hunter, S., Li,K., Liu-Ambrose, T., McIlroy, W., Middleton, L., Morais, J., Sakurai, R.,Speechly, M., Vasudev, A., Beauchet, O., Hausdorff, J.M., Rosano, C.,Studenski, S., Verghese, J., and the Canadian Gait and Cognition Network (inpress). Consensus on shared measures of mobility and cognition: From theCanadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, Advanced access June 21,2018; DOI: 10.1093/gerona/gly148

Nieborowska, V.*, Lau, S-T*, Campos, J., Pichora-Fuller, M. K., Novak, A.,& Li, K. Z. H. (in press).Effects of age on dual-task walking while listening in a virtual realityenvironment. Journal of Motor Behavior.Accepted June 18, 2018.

Campos, J. L., McCumber, D.,Chapnik, B., Singh, G., Lau, S.-T.*, Li,K. Z. H., Nieborowska, V.*, & Pichora-Fuller, M. K. (in press). The importance of acoustics inmultimodal virtual reality research and application. Journal of the Canadian Acoustical Association. Accepted, June 16,2018.

Cullen, S., Montero-Odasso, M.,Bherer, L., Almeida, Q., Fraser, S., Muir-Hunter, S., Li, K., Liu-Ambrose, T., McGibbon, C., McIlroy, W., Middleton, L.,Sarquis-Adams, Y., Beauchet, O., McFadyen, B., Morais, J., Camicioli, R., andthe Canadian Gait and Cognition Network (2018). Guidelines for gait assessmentsin the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 21:2, DOI: CIHR

Montero-Odasso, M., Almeida,Q., Burhan, A.M., Camicioli, R., Doyon, J., Fraser, S., Li, K., Liu-Ambrose, T., Middleton, L, Muir-Hunter, S., McIlroy,W., Morais, J., Pieruccini-Faria, F., Shoemaker, K., Speechly, M., Vasudev, A.,Zou, G.Y., Berryman, N., Lussier, M., Vanderhaeghe, L., &Bherer, L. (2018).SYNERGIC TRIAL (SYNchronizing Exercises, Remedies in Gait and Cognition) amulti-Centre randomized controlled double blind trial to improve gait andcognition in mild cognitive impairment. BMCGeriatrics, 18:93. CIHR

Pothier, K.*, Gagnon, C.*, Fraser, S. A., Lussier, M.,Desjardins-Crépeau, L.*, Berryman, N., Kergoat, M.-J., Vu, T. T. M., Li, K. Z. H., Bosquet, L., Bherer, L. (2017).A comparison of physical exercise, cognitive training and combined interventionon spontaneous walking speed in older adults. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research.

Lai, L.*, Bruce, H.*, Bherer, L., Lussier, M., & Li, K. Z. H. (2017). Comparing the transfer effects of simultaneous and sequential combined modalitytraining in older adults. Journal of CognitiveEnhancement, 1(4), 478-490.

Bruce,H.*, Aponte, D.*, St. Onge, N., Phillips, N. A., Gagné, J.-P., & Li, K.Z. H. (2017). The effectsof age and hearing loss on dual-task balance and listening. Journal of Gerontology: PsychologicalSciences. E-pub ahead of print (7 May, 2017).

Fraser, S. A., Li, K. Z. H., Berryman,N., Desjardins-Crépeau, L.*, Lussier, M.*, Vadaga, K.*, Lehr, L.*, Minh Vu, T.T., Bosquet, L., Bherer, L. (2017). Doescombined physical and cognitive training improve dual-task balance and gaitoutcomes in sedentary older adults? Frontiersin Human Neuroscience. DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00688 CIHR

Desjardins-Crépeau*, L., Berryman, N.*,Fraser, S. A., Vu, T. T. M., Kergoat, M-J, Li, K. Z. H., Bosquet, L.,& Bherer, L. (2016). Effects of combined physical and cognitive training onfitness and neuropsychological outcomes in healthy older adults. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 11, 1287—1299.

Lau, S. T.*, Pichora-Fuller, M. K., Li, K.Z. H., Singh, G., & Campos, J. (2016). Effects of hearing loss ondual-task performance in an audiovisual virtual reality simulation of listeningwhile walking. Journal of the AmericanAcademy of Audiology, 27, 567-587.  DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.15115.

Vadaga, K. K.*, Blair,M.*, & Li, K. Z. H. (2016). Are age-related differences uniform across different inhibitory functions? Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 71, 641-649.  

Baer, L. H.*, Park, M. T., Bailey, J. A.*, Chakravarty, M. M., Li, K. Z. H., & Penhune, V. B. (2015). Regional cerebellarvolumes are related to early musical training and finger tapping performance. NeuroImage, 109, 1 April 2015, 130-139. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.076.    

Korotkevich, Y.*, Trewartha, K. M.*, Penhune, V.B., & Li, K. Z. H. (2015). The role of cognitive capacity in motor reprogramming in healthy young and older adults. Journal of Gerontology:Psychological Sciences.DOI10.1007/s00221-014-4169-5.

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