Ana Luiza Zaninotto, PhD

Anna Luiza Zaninotto
Research Associate
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Research: Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab
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Over the past 10 years, Ana has been studying and working in the cognitive field, with training on neuromodulation from the Neuromodulation Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and completion of the Principles and Practice on Clinical Research (PPCR) one-year course, including deep learning on clinical research including study design, randomization, and data analysis. She is now the teaching assistant of the PPCR.

Ana's research interests are to run clinical trials related to neuromodulatory techniques to improve cognition in neurological and non-neurological patients, and perform new neuromodulatory approaches and target places for stimulation, including investigation of new pathways and brain networks.

In the near future, she is planning to write a grant, collaborating with Dr. Jordan Green, to investigate speech disorders, cognition, and neuromodulatory approaches to boost rehabilitation perspectives in neurological patients.


PhD in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, University of Sao Paulo, Department of Neurology, Sao Paulo, Brazil
PhD Research Fellow, Harvard University, Neuromodulation Center, Charlestown, MA
MSc in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Department of Psychobiology, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology, Center of Neuropsychological Diagnoses, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
BA in Psychology, State University of Londrina, Londrina, Brazil


Zaninotto AL, Fregni F, Vicentini JE, Rodrigues R, Botelho C, Paiva WS. Updates and current perspectives of psychiatric and psychological assessments after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Zaninotto AL, Vicentini J, Solla D, Silva TT, Guirado VMP, Feltrin F, de Lucia M, Teixeira MJ, Paiva WS. Visuospatial memory improvement in patients with diffuse axonal injury (DAI): a one-year follow-up study. Acta Neuropsychiatrica.

Poiani GC, Zaninotto AL, Carneiro AM, Zangaro RA, Salgado AS, Parreira RB, Andrade AF, Teixeira MJ, Paiva WS. Photobiomodulation using low-level laser therapy (LLLT) for patients with chronic traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial study protocol. Trials.

Hayashi CY, Neville IS, Rodrigues PA, Galhardoni R, Brunoni AR, Zaninotto AL, Guirado VMP, Moscoso ASC, Andrade DC, Teixeira MJ, Paiva WS. Altered intracortical inhibition in chronic traumatic diffuse axonal injury. Frontiers in Neurology.

F Stewan Feltrin, AL Zaninotto, VMP Guirado, F Macruz, D Sakuno. Longitudinal changes in brain volumetry and cognitive functions after moderate and severe diffuse axonal injury. Brain Injury.

Curriculum Vitae