Scientists

Year 1

  • Adriana Arcia, PhD, RN

    • Associate Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing

    Dr. Arcia's pilot project, Interactive Functional Assessment Staging Navigator (I-FASTN), aims to test the usability of a novel, interactive informational tool about the functional stages of dementia. Her mentor is Dr. Suzanne Bakken.

  • Eleanor Murphy, PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University

    Dr. Murphy's pilot project, Causal Attributions about Alzheimer’s Disease and Attitudes towards Genetic Risk Assessment, Diagnostic Imaging and Research Participation among African Americans and Latinos, leverages an existing cohort to investigate causal attributions made for AD, as a function of family history of AD and demographic factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, education, and socio-economic status (SES). Her mentor is Dr. Ruth Ottman.

  • Marisa Spann, PhD, MPH

    • Associate Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Columbia University

    Dr. Spann's pilot project, Cranial ultrasound abnormalities as early indicators of brain and cognitive aging in LBW/PT birth adults, examines the consequences of neonatal brain injury on brain and cognitive outcomes in early adulthood (mid-thirties) in a racially/ethnically diverse subsample of a Low Birth Weight/Preterm Birth regional birth cohort. Her mentor is Dr. Agnes Whitaker.

Year 2

  • Miguel Arce Renteria, PhD

    • Associate Research Scientist and Clinical Neuropsychologist at Columbia University

    Dr. Arce's pilot project, Improving Detection and Management of Cognitive Impairment among Older Latinx, evaluates the relationship of a language concordant/discordant neuropsychological evaluation on health care utilization. His mentor is Dr. Jennifer Manly.

  • Indira Turney, PhD

    • Postdoctoral Neuroscientist at Columbia University

    Dr. Turney's pilot project, Neuroimaging Predictors of Cognition in Mid-life and Late-life across Race/Ethnicity, focuses on neuroimaging predictors of cognition in mid-life and late-life across race/ethnicity. Her mentor is Dr. Adam Brickman.

  • Omonigho M. Bubu, MD, MPH, PhD

    • Assistant Professor and physician scientist at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in the Departments of Psychiatry and Population Health

    Dr. Bubu's pilot project, Interaction of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Race on novel plasma biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease Neuropathology, specifically plasma tau, and neurofilament light (NFL) protein, investigates whether OSA is associated with plasma tau, and NFL. His mentor is Dr. Ricardo Osorio.

  • Diana Hernandez, PhD

    • Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University

    Dr. Hernandez's pilot, The Relationship between Energy Insecurity (EI) and Cognitive Impairment and ADRD, empirically tests if subjective measures of energy insecurity based on the Energy Insecurity Scale are associated with cognitive function, sleep quality and psychosocial stress in older adults. Her mentors are Drs. Jose Luchsinger and Jennifer Manly.

  • Ivan Hernandez, PhD

    • Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology

    Dr. Hernandez's pilot project, Comparative Studies of Expression of rDNA Variants in Post-mortem Brain from Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Asymptomatic AD pathology, and Controls from a Multiethnic Community, compares expression of rRNA gene variants RNA-seq in brains of AD, ASYMAD, and control groups and whether they differ across racial/ethnic groups. His mentor is Dr. Oleg Evgrafov.

Year 3

  • Stacia Nicholson, PhD

    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University

    Dr. Nicholson's pilot project, Investigation of Differential Expression of Plasma-derived Neuronal Extracellular Vesicles across Races: Non-invasive Detection of Neurodegeneration associated with Environmental Pollution, aims to identify novel biomarkers that accurately reflect environmental influences and predict future risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). Her mentor is Dr. Andrea Baccarelli.

  • David Camacho, PhD, MSW, MSG

    • Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Dr. Camacho's pilot project, Loneliness, Chronic Pain and Cognitive Functioning in Racially Diverse Older Adults: Examining the Role of Minority Stress, investigates how cultural and minority stress factors influence the relationship between loneliness, chronic pain, and impaired cognitive functioning among community-dwelling older Latinos and African Americans. His mentors are Drs. Carrington Reid and Elaine Wethington.

  • Mirnova Ceide MD, MS

    • Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Medicine (Geriatrics)

    Dr. Ceide's pilot project, The Motoric-cognitve Correlates of Apathy in Racial-ethnic Minority Older Adults, investigates the association between apathy, a potential risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias (ADRD), and both cognitive and locomotor performance in a culturally and educationally diverse, urban clinic population of older adults with memory complaints. Her mentors are Drs. Joe Verghese and David Lounsbury.

Year 4

  • Justina Avila-Rieger, PhD

    • Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University

    Dr. Avila-Rieger's pilot project, Estrogen, Lifecourse Social Factors, and Cognitive Aging across Race/Ethnicity, will determine whether there are racial/ethnic differences in the relationship between cumulative estrogen exposure, cognitive decline, and dementia risk, and explore the relationships between lifecourse social and contextual factors, such as childhood and adult SES and birth place and time, estrogen exposure and cognitive outcomes across racial/ethnic groups. Her mentor is Dr. Jennifer Manly.

  • Jordan Weiss, PhD

    • Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Berkley

    Dr. Weiss's pilot project, Unpacking Educational Gradients in Dementia, to evaluate heterogeneity in the effect of education on dementia across population subgroups, and to identify drivers of that heterogeneity. His mentor is Dr. David Rehkopf.

  • Michael Oliver, PhD

    • Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Belmont University

    Dr. Oliver's pilot project, Differential Effects of Tau Pathology and Dysautonomia in Alzheimer's Disease, aims to elucidate the connections between tau pathology, AD-related CNS dysfunction, and dysautonomia in a multi-racial/ethnic cohort. His mentors are Drs. Lisa L. Barnes and Priya Palta.