Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
At UCD since:1990
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Health & Mental Health
Life Phases: Adulthood, Aging
Memory and Cognition in normal and abnormal aging, Alzheimer's disease, cognitive neuropsychology of aging.
My research focuses on populations of adults that have been discriminated against (i.e., older adults) and/or that have special needs (i.e., dementia patients). My research participants come from ethnically diverse populations of cognitively normal and cognitively-impaired older adults, as well as ethnically diverse populations of young adults. Sixty to 75 percent of the undergraduate student trainees in my Cognition and Aging Lab are non-Caucasian and/or non-native speakers of English; 25 - 40 percent of these students are the first in their family to be enrolled in college. The graduate students whom I have mentored also comprise a diverse group, including students in the McNair Scholars Program (the goals of which are to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students in PhD programs). I am currently a faculty mentor/investigator for UCD’s recently-funded NIA (National Institute on Aging) initiative "Advancing Diversity in Aging Research".