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Research Assistant Professor

My training is in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. My current work focuses on characterizing brain function in rare genetic (22q11.2 deletion syndrome and cystinosis) and neuropsychiatric (schizophrenia) conditions. I focus on different processes (executive function, sensory processing) and mainly utilize EEG and neurocognitive tools to inform my research. My all-encompassing goal is to engage in efforts that are truly meaningful and clearly impact the populations I work with. Community outreach, translation of findings, and science communication are integral parts of what I do. 


I enjoy statistics and am an average coder, shamelessly pro-R.

I am a science communicator (portfolio here), the creator of MhOOD (mental health outreach on display), co-founder of CODE, editor of the CNL, the lab's newsletter, and social media editor for Schizophrenia International Research Society.

Teaching is fun! I am an Adjunct at Yeshiva University, teaching science of cognitive and affective function.

I am a photographer [], and proud to be part of the Bronx Documentary Center. 

Most of my projects attempt to deconstruct ideas about mental health and illness. 

Current CV:



Francisco, A. A. (2022). 22q11. 2 Deletion Syndrome as a Neural Model for Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 92(5), 338-340.


Francisco, A. A., Foxe, J. J., Horsthuis, D. J., & Molholm, S. (2022). Early visual processing and adaptation as markers of disease, not vulnerability: EEG evidence from 22q11. 2 deletion syndrome, a population at high risk for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia, 8(1), 1-12.


Francisco, A. A., Berruti, A. S., Kaskel, F. J., Foxe, J. J., & Molholm, S. (2021). Assessing the integrity of auditory processing and sensory memory in adults with cystinosis (CTNS gene mutations). Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, 16(1), 1-10.


de Sanctis, P., Malcolm, B.R., Mabie, P., Francisco, A.A., Mowrey, W., Joshi, S., Molholm, S., & Foxe, J.J. (2020). Neurophysiological markers of cognitive-motor impairment in multiple sclerosis: An EEGbased dual-task walking study. Clinical Neurophysiology, 13(5), 1119-1128. 

Foxe, J.J., Del Bene, V.A., Ross, L.A., Ridgway, E.M., Francisco, A.A., & Molholm, S. (2020). Multisensory Audiovisual Processing in Children With a Sensory Processing Disorder (II): Speech Integration Under Noisy Environmental Conditions. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 14, 39.


Francisco, A.A., Foxe, J.J., Horsthuis, D.J., DeMaio, D., & Molholm, S. (2020). Assessing auditory processing endophenotypes associated with Schizophrenia in individuals with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Translational Psychiatry, 10(1), 1-11. 

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., Horsthuis, D. J., Popiel, M., Foxe, J. J., & Molholm, S. (2020). Atypical response inhibition and error processing in 22q11. 2 Deletion Syndrome and Schizophrenia: Towards neuromarkers of disease progression and risk. NeuroImage: Clinical, 102351.


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.

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