MCCFAD Affiliated Faculty

 

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Amanda Noel Leggett, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Dementia caregiving;Prevention/intervention and service use for dementia caregivers and mental health issues in older adults
Link to Bio: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/psychiatry/amanda-leggett-phd

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Amy Jo Schulz, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise:  Social determinants of health in urban communities; the contributions of social and environmental factors to racial and socioeconomic inequities in cardiovascular disease; social aspects of community and their relationship to health; interventions designed to promote environmental health and health equity in urban areas.
Link to Bio: https://sph.umich.edu/faculty-profiles/schulz-amy.html

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Barbara Anne Israel, Dr. PH
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Community -based participatory Research; Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments
Link to Bio: https://sph.umich.edu/faculty-profiles/israel-barbara.html

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Belinda L Needham, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and sexual orientation health disparities across the life course
Link to Bio: https://sph.umich.edu/faculty-profiles/needham-belinda.html

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Bob Schoeni,  PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Economics and demographics of aging
Link to Bio:http://fordschool.umich.edu/faculty/robert-schoeni

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Briana Mezuk, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Interrelationships between mental and physical health over the lifespan
Link to Bio: https://sph.umich.edu/faculty-profiles/mezuk-briana.html

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Bruno J Giordani, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Cognitive factors associated with mobility difficulties in older individuals and patients with dementia; Identification of early cognitive impairment as revealed by novel approaches to neuropsychological assessment and neuroimaging; Cross-cultural issues in developmental lifespan neuropsychology and assessment; Cognitive enhancement through pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches (e.g., computerized cognitive training, exercise)
Link to Bio: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/psychiatry/bruno-giordani-phd

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Carlos F Mendes de Leon, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Social epidemiology; epidemiology of aging; health disparities; work, retirement and aging; longitudinal data analysis
Link to Bio: https://sph.umich.edu/faculty-profiles/mendesdeleon-carlos.html

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Carol Catherine Persad, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Relationship between cognition and mobility in aging. Depression and dementia. Neuroendocrine factors and cognition.
Link to Bio: https://www.uofmhealth.org/profile/950/carol-catherine-persad-phd

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Cathleen M Connell, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Dementia family caregiving; knowledge and attitudes about dementia and dementia diagnosis; using art as a means to retain identity in the case of dementia.
Link to Bio: https://www.uofmhealth.org/profile/950/carol-catherine-persad-phd

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David R Weir, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: The effects of early-life experience on longevity and health at older ages; the measurement of health-related quality of life
Link to Bio: https://hrs.isr.umich.edu/about/co-investigators-committees/david-r-weir

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Helen G Levy, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Evaluation of public health insurance programs, and the role of health literacy in explaining disparities in health outcomes, causes and consequences of lacking health insurance.
Link to Bio: https://sph.umich.edu/faculty-profiles/levy-helen.html

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Henry L Paulson, MD, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Mechanisms and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases caused by abnormal proteins; gene silencing strategies as potential therapy for polyglutamine diseases and dementia; protein quality control in normal brain function and in neurodegenerative diseases.
Link to Bio: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/neurology/henry-paulson-md-phd

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Jacqui Smith, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Psychological vitality in the oldest-old, early-life and life course predictors of outcomes in later life, self-perceptions of aging, and cognitive aging.
Link to Bio: https://lsa.umich.edu/psych/people/faculty/smitjacq.html

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James Sidney Jackson, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Racial and ethnic influences on life course development, attitude change, reciprocity, social support, and coping and health among African Americans.
Link to Bio: https://micda.isr.umich.edu/people/james-s-jackson/

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James W McNally, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Aging and life course issues and on methodological approaches to the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data
Link to Bio: https://micda.isr.umich.edu/people/james-mcnally/

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John Bound, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Racial differences in earnings, employment, and health and changes in the returns to higher education
Link to Bio:  https://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/people/profile/12/John_Bound

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Kenneth M Langa, MD, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Epidemiology and costs of chronic disease in older adults, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Link to Bio: https://sph.umich.edu/faculty-profiles/langa-kenneth.html

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Kira S Birditt, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Negative aspects of relationships, stress, and the implications of relationships and stress for health and well-being over time
Link to Bio: https://www.src.isr.umich.edu/people/kira-birditt/

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Lindsay H Ryan, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Individual and contextual influences on psychological well-being, physical health, and cognition as adults age
Link to Bio: https://micda.isr.umich.edu/people/lindsay-ryan/

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Neil Burton Alexander, MD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Exercise, mobility, falls and rehabilitation in older adults
Link to Bio: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/dgpm/neil-alexander-md-ms

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Scott Roberts, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: The process and impact of risk assessment and disclosure for adult-onset disorders, as well as the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genomic science and technology
Link to Bio: https://sph.umich.edu/faculty-profiles/roberts-j.html

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Vicki A Freedman, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Designing and analyzing national studies to understand population aging, late-life disability and long-term care
Link to Bio: https://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/people/profile/834/Vicki_Freedman

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Keith Witfield, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Aging among African Americans; cognition, health, and individual development and aging
Link to Bio: https://provost.wayne.edu/meet-the-provost

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Rubén Martinez, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Neoliberalism and Latinos, diversity leadership in higher education, institutional and societal change, education and ethno-racial minorities, youth development, Latino labor and entrepreneurship, and environmental justice
Link to Bio: https://sociology.msu.edu/directory/martinez-ruben.html

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Naftali Raz, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Neural correlates and modifiers of cognitive aging
Link to Bio: https://iog.wayne.edu/profile/aj7393

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Peter Lichtenberg, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Financial decision making, financial exploitation and financial capacity in older adults. Neurocognitive impairment, late life depression and impacts on quality of life and longevity
Link to Bio: https://mpsi.wayne.edu/profile/aa2275

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Roger Albin, MD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Understanding the basis for the clinical features of different Movement Disorders. Understanding neurodegeneration in Huntington disease. Improved methods for diagnosis of dementias
Link to Bio: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/neurology/roger-albin-md

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David Morgan, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Fundamental changes in aging brain and age related neurological disorders; Development of animal models for age-related neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; Identification of the mechanisms leading to neuron loss in neurodegenerative disorders; Testing of therapeutic agents addressing the mechanisms of neurotoxicity in age-related neurodegenerative disorders
Link to Bio: https://health.usf.edu/medicine/mpp/faculty/9129/David-Morgan.aspx

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Scott Counts, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Molecular pathogenic mechanisms of selective neuronal vulnerability in AD
Link to Bio: http://translationalscience.msu.edu/people/SECfaculty.htm

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Wassim Tarraf, PhD
Research Interests /  Areas of Expertise: Minority aging and racial/ethnic health and healthcare disparities; Statistical Methods
Link to Bio: https://iog.wayne.edu/profile/ai2483