Position title: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Phone: (608) 265-2483
M.A. in Psychology/Neuroscience, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Ph.D. in Psychology/Neuroscience, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Postdoctoral in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
I study trajectories of aging, including healthy brain aging as well as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. My lab examines modifiable factors that may increase or decrease dementia risk. I have special expertise in AD biomarkers and we use tools such as MRI and PET, fluid biomarkers, and cognitive assessment to understand disease development.
I have been studying the development of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease—especially the earliest disease stages—for over 15 years. My lab examines factors that may increase or decrease risk of dementia. I have special expertise using fluid biomarkers, neuroimaging (MRI and PET) and cognitive assessment to understand how dementia develops.
Research Key Words:
Brain Aging, Dementia and Risk Factors, Neuroimaging, Neurodegeneration
I’m highly committed to promoting an inclusive, safe and supportive research environment. I am highly committed to diversity in STEM, and have engaged in several activities to recruit and support diverse trainees in research, including serving on the diversity workgroup for the UW Neuroscience Training Program, establishing a diversity workgroup as part of my role as committee member for the national ADRC RECs, designing and hosting activities for early career trainees from groups underrepresented in STEM, engaging in mentor training and unconscious bias training, and mentoring individuals from diverse backgrounds in my laboratory.