Directors and Faculty

Directors

  • Jennifer J. Manly, PhD

    • Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology in the Taub Institute for Research in Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University

    JENNIFER J. MANLY, PhD, is a Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology in the Taub Institute for Research in Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University. She completed her graduate training in neuropsychology at the San Diego State University / University of California at San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, a clinical internship at Brown University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. Her research focuses on mechanisms of disparities in cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s Disease. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has authored over 220 peer-reviewed publications and 10 chapters. She received Early Career Awards from both Division 40 of the American Psychological Association and from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, was the 2014 recipient of the Tony Wong Diversity Award for Outstanding Mentorship, is a Fellow of APA, and in 2020 was the recipient of the Paul Satz-International Neuropsychological Society Career Mentoring Award. She served on the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services from 2011–2015 and is currently a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging.

  • Jose A. Luchsinger, MD, MPH

    • Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center

    JOSE A. LUCHSINGER, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. For the last five years, he has served as Vice Chair for Clinical and Epidemiological Research within the Department of Medicine. He obtained his MD degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, completed an internal medicine residency program and a year as Chief Resident at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City, and completed a general medicine research fellowship and a masters in public health (epidemiology) at Columbia University Medical Center.

Faculty

  • Jeanne Teresi, EdD, PhD

    • Co-PI of the Analysis Core

    JEANNE TERESI, EdD, PhD, is the Co-PI of the Analysis Core. She is the Administrator and Director of the Research Division of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and a senior research scientist at the Columbia University Stroud Center and Faculty of Medicine, at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Teresi has over 30 years of experience in medical and social research.

  • Mildred Ramirez, PhD

    • Co-PI of the Analysis Core

    MILDRED RAMIREZ, PhD, is the Co-PI of the Analysis Core. She is the Associate Director of the Research Division at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She is a community psychologist with a specialization in social gerontology. Dr. Ramirez is well-versed on measurement and methodological issues as they relate to health disparities and cross-cultural research. She has expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods applied in survey instrument development, and in applications of classical test theory methods of scale construction.

  • Rafael Lantigua, MD

    • Associate Director of the Admin Core

    RAFAEL LANTIGUA, MD, is the Associate Director of the Admin Core. He received his MD degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo in 1972. Dr. Lantigua completed his residency in internal medicine at Lincoln Hospital. He has been actively involved in research on issues that affect the quality of life in minority population. Since 1999, he has served as Deputy Director of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain, Columbia University. Dr. Lantigua has published more than 60 medical articles in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Vilas Menon, PhD

    • Admin Core

    VILAS MENON, PhD, is part of the Admin Core. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences (in Neurology). Dr. Menon obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University, where he worked on ion channel kinetics and synaptic integration in neurons using both modeling and experimental techniques. At Columbia, his lab investigates signatures of differential vulnerability and resistance at both the cell type and individual level in neurodegenerative diseases (including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and neuroimmune diseases (such as Multiple Sclerosis).

  • Amelia Boehme, PhD, MSPH

    • Analysis Core

    AMELIA BOEHME, PhD, MSPH is part of the Analysis Core. She is the Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in Neurology. She received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed a T32 fellowship in Neuroepidemiology from Columbia University. Dr. Boehme’s research focuses on the role infections and inflammation have on stroke risk, and the role of inflammation post-stroke on stroke outcomes. Additionally, she explores the health disparities in these relationships. Dr. Boehme co-teaches the Neuroepidemiology course in the Mailman School of Public Health with Dr. Mitchell Elkind.

  • Priya Palta, PhD

    • Analysis Core

    PRIYA PALTA, PhD, is part of the Analysis Core. She is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine). Dr. Palta received her PhD and MHS in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed an NHLBI T32 postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her current work focuses on the role of modifiable risk factors, such as physical activity, on cognition, physical function and quality of life metrics.