About Me

My background is in geropsychology with specific training and expertise in the epidemiology of aging, cognitive aging, cognitive disorders of later life, cognitive assessment. A primary research focus has been on identifying and reducing cognitive impairment associated with aging and diseases such as cancer. I have served as PI or Co-I on NIH-funded studies with a focus on cognitive impairment including the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS), WHIMS Evaluation of Cognitive Health Outcomes (WHIMS-ECHO), WHIMS-Younger (WHIMSY), WHI Study of Cognitive Aging (WHISCA), WHIMS-MRI 1&2, CHS-Memory, Gingko Evaluation of Memory Study (GEMS), Donepezil in the Irradiated Brain (DIBS), Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis II (MESA-II), Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE), Look Action for Health in Diabetes (AHEAD), and Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). For WHIMS, LIFE, Look AHEAD and SPRINT I developed the cognitive protocol and oversaw the assessments and adjudication of cognitive impairment (mild cognitive impairment, dementia). Results from my work with my colleagues have been published in high impact journals.