Nicole R. Villemarette-Pittman, Ph.D.

Nicole R. Villemarette-Pittman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Research in Neurology and serves as Administrative Director of Research for the LSUHSC-NO Department of Neurology and for the LSUHSC-NO Epilepsy Center. She is the coordinator for Resident/Fellow Quality Improvement Projects in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Villemarette-Pittman teaches in the Evidence-based Medicine Lecture Series designed by the AAN, the Research Lecture Series and the Cognitive/Behavioral Lecture Series. She helps coordinate and lead discussions of Resident and Faculty Wellness and Faculty Development. Dr. Villemarette-Pittman is the Epilepsy Fellowship Coordinator. She is also as the Clinical Coordinator for the University Medical Center – New Orleans Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU). Since 2013, Dr. Villemarette-Pittman has served as Managing Editor for an international neurology journal, the Journal of the Neurological Sciences (JNS).

Dr. Villemarette-Pittman earned her degrees at the University of New Orleans where she specialized in personality, neuropsychological and psychophysiological research in aggressive populations. Her current research interests include long-term surgical outcomes in standard epilepsy surgery, the assessment and treatment of persons experiencing psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES), and the efficacy of Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) system in persons with epilepsy.

Selected Publications

  1. Mader EC Jr, Villemarette-Pittman NR, Rogers CT, Torres-Delgado F, Olejniczak PW, England JD. Unihemispheric burst suppression. Neurol Int. 2014 Aug 13;6(3):5487. PubMed PMID: 25309713; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4192435.
  2. Lovera J, Villemarette-Pittman N. Tumefactive multiple sclerosis and fingolimod. J Neurol Sci. 2014 Sep 15;344(1-2):1-2. PubMed PMID: 24993468.
  3. Mader EC Jr, El-Abassi R, Villemarette-Pittman NR, Santana-Gould L, Olejniczak PW, England JD. Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with focal findings: caveats to current diagnostic criteria. Neurol Int. 2013 Feb 15;5(1):e1. PubMed PMID: 23717780; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3661986.
  4. Mader EC Jr, Villemarette-Pittman NR, Kashirny SV, Santana-Gould L, Olejniczak PW. Typical Spike-and-Wave Activity in Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury and its Implications for Classifying Nonconvulsive Status Epilepticus. Clin Med Insights Case Rep. 2012;5:99-106. Epub 2012 Jul 5. PubMed PMID: 22844199; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3399402.
  5. Mader EC Jr, Fisch BJ, Villemarette-Pittman NR, Olejniczak PW, Carey ME. Botulinum toxin injections for simple partial motor seizures associated with pain. Case Rep Med. 2012:295251. PubMed PMID: 22701489; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3371349.
  6. Devier DJ, Villemarette-Pittman N, Brown P, Pelton G, Stern Y, Sano M, Devanand DP. Predictive utility of type and duration of symptoms at initial presentation in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2010;30(3):238-44. PubMed PMID: 20847554; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2948660.
  7. Mader EC Jr, Fisch BJ, Carey ME, Villemarette-Pittman NR. Ictal onset slow potential shifts recorded with hippocampal depth electrodes. Neurol Clin Neurophysiol. 2005 Dec 16;2005:4. PubMed PMID: 17139393.
  8. Stanford MS, Helfritz LE, Conklin SM, Villemarette-Pittman NR, Greve KW, Adams D, Houston RJ. A comparison of anticonvulsants in the treatment of impulsive aggression. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2005 Feb;13(1):72-7. PubMed PMID: 15727506.
  9. Villemarette-Pittman NR, Stanford MS, Greve KW, Houston RJ, Mathias CW. Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and behavioral disinhibition. J Psychol. 2004 Jan;138(1):5-22. PubMed PMID: 15098711.
  10. Stanford MS, Houston RJ, Mathias CW, Villemarette-Pittman NR, Helfritz LE, Conklin SM. Characterizing aggressive behavior. Assessment. 2003 Jun;10(2):183-90. PubMed PMID: 12801190.
  11. Stanford MS, Houston RJ, Mathias CW, Greve KW, Villemarette-Pittman NR, Adams D. A double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study of phenytoin in individuals with impulsive aggression. Psychiatry Res. 2001 Sep 20;103(2-3):193-203. PubMed PMID: 11549407.