Ana's training is in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience. Her current work focuses on characterizing brain function in rare genetic disorders, such as 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and Cystinosis. Ana's aims are focused on the development of objective neural biomarkers for interventional work and capable of, for instance, predicting risk for associated conditions; and on the use of neuroimaging methods to produce knowledge with the potential to be transformed into applicable ideas and tools. While the scientific method remains a crucial piece in her drive to pursue an academic career, she is truly passionate about the translational nature of her current projects. Through working with rare diseases, she ascertained how impactful and empowering translational work can be to the families affected, who often deal with a lack of interest in and understanding of their condition. And, by investigating rare diseases with well-defined molecular bases and phenotypes, she faces a nonpareil opportunity: To leverage the disorder to gain increased understanding of debilitating conditions in the general population.
Ana is also an adjunct at Yeshiva University (clinical psychology graduate program; science of cognitive and affective function).
Ana's curriculum vitae can be found here:
On occasion, she may be spotted wearing one of her colorful wigs.
life outside of work:
hot yoga enthusiast
BOLD doula (check it out here)
paper collage attempter
Francisco, A. A., Foxe, J. J., Horsthuis, D. J., & Molholm, S. (2020). Impaired auditory sensory memory in Cystinosis despite typical sensory processing: A high-density electrical mapping study of the mismatch negativity (MMN). NeuroImage: Clinical, 102170.
Francisco, A.A., Takashima, A., McQueen, J.M., van den Bunt, M., Jesse, A., & Groen, M. (2018). Adult dyslexic readers benefit less from visual input during audiovisual speech processing: fMRI evidence. Neuropsychologia, 117, 454-471.
Francisco, A. A., Jesse, A., Groen, M. A., & McQueen, J. M. (2017). A general audiovisual temporal processing deficit in adult readers with dyslexia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 144-158.
van den Bunt, M. R., Groen, M. A., Ito, T., Francisco, A. A., Gracco, V. L., Pugh, K. R., & Verhoeven, L. (2017). Increased Response to Altered Auditory Feedback in Dyslexia: A Weaker Sensorimotor Magnet Implied in the Phonological Deficit. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(3), 654-667.
Francisco, A. A., Groen, M. A., Jesse, A., & McQueen, J. M. (2017). Beyond the usual cognitive suspects: The importance of speechreading and audiovisual temporal sensitivity in reading ability. Learning and Individual Differences, 54, 60-72.
Vitevitch, M.S., Storkel, H.L., Francisco, A., Evans, K.J., & Goldstein, R. (2014). The influence of known-word frequency on the acquisition of new neighbors in adults: Evidence for exemplar representations in word learning. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(10), 1311-1316.
Francisco, A. A., Jesse, A., Groen, M. A., & McQueen, J. M. (2014). Audiovisual temporal sensitivity in typical and dyslexic adult readers. In Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2014) (pp. 2575-2579), Singapore.
Bramao, I., Francisco, A., Inacio, F., Faisca, L., Petersson, K.M., & Reis, A. (2012). Electrophysiological evidence for color effects in diagnostic and non-diagnostic color object recognition. Visual Cognition, 20(10), 1164-1185.
Araujo, S., Inacio, F., Francisco, A., Faisca, L., Petersson, K.M., & Reis, A. (2011). Component processes subserving rapid automatized naming in dyslexic readers. Dyslexia, 17, 242-255.