Biography & Research:
Laura Zahodne, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and a faculty affiliate with Columbia University Medical Center and the Life Course Development program at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Florida in 2012 and completed additional training at the Alpert Medical School of Brown and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Zahodne is currently funded by a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Aging to examine psychosocial protective factors in cognitive and brain aging. In 2015, she received the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging). Dr. Zahodne's research is focused on risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease in diverse populations. She is particularly interested in psychosocial influences on cognitive trajectories and the expression of neurodegenerative disease, as well as the causes of racial/ethnic disparities.