Miguel Arce Rentería, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology (in Neurology)
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I am a bilingual cultural neuropsychologist. My research program investigates the sociocultural and environmental determinants of disparities in cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) primarily among the Hispanic/Latino/Latinx communities (hereafter Latinx). My current research focus has been on determining factors of reserve and resilience to ADRD among Latinx adults such as understanding the role of bilingualism. Leveraging my training as a clinical neuropsychologist, another extension of my research program has been to work with international studies of cognitive aging leading efforts with the harmonization of cognitive data and development of diagnostic algorithms for the classification of mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

My work leverages ongoing studies of cognitive aging both within the United States (i.e., the Washington Heights Inwood Columbia Aging Project [WHICAP], the Offspring Study, and the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke [REGARDS] study), and internationally (i.e., Mexican Health and Aging Study [MHAS], Longitudinal Aging Study in India Diagnostic Assessment of Dementia [LASI-DAD] and others associated with the Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol (HCAP) Network) to better understand the sociocultural factors associated with cognitive risk and resilience across Latinx individuals residing in the US and abroad.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology (in Neurology)


  • Male

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • 2005 Southwestern Community College
  • BA, 2008 Psychology, San Diego State University
  • MA, 2013 Clinical Psychology, Fordham University
  • PhD, 2017 Clinical Psychology with specialization in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology, Fordham University
  • Internship: 2020 Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Fellowship: 2020 Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University

Honors & Awards

  • K99/R00: Factors of Resilience to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias among Latinx: The Role of Bilingualism, National Institute on Aging, 2020-2025
  • Loan Repayment Program, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2019-2023
  • Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity, 2017-2022
  • Butler-Williams Program Scholar, National Institute on Aging, 2019