Our lab’s research aims to identify the physiological markers of neurocognitive impairment in a broad range of late-life disorders, including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Late-Life Depression, and Late-Life Anxiety disorders. Using neuroimaging and genetic approaches to investigating the impact of psychological and physiological stress, and more recently sleep disorders, her research aims to:

  1. more fully characterize the genetic risk factors and physiological mechanisms underlying normal and pathological cognitive impairment;
  2. assist with early identification of those at greatest risk for cognitive decline, and dementia;
  3. increase our understanding of the role of cognitive impairment in exacerbating late-life psychiatric disorders; and
  4. develop interventions aimed at reducing this impairment