Former Trainees

Deborah Barnes, PhD is a Professor at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry and a Mental Health Research Investigator at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating strategies to maintain cognitive function and prevent or delay dementia onset in late life.

Cindy Barton, MSN, GNP, BC is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. Her research at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center focuses on improving the diagnosis and management of patients with dementia, and how to prevent age-related cognitive challenges. 

Eléonore Bayen, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Sorbonne University. Her research focuses on neuro-epidemiology, neurocognitive rehabilitation, and the impact of dementia and multimorbidity on costs.

Brianne Bettcher, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at University of Colorado. Dr. Bettcher’s research focuses on the neurobiology of aging and seeks to understand the role of immune system dysfunction in aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

Kirsty Bobrow MBChB MMed UCT, MSc, DPhil focuses on community and public health. Her current work includes interventions to support treatment adherence in adults with high blood pressure and diabetes, managed in primary care settings.

Willa Brenowitz, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Her current research focuses on the relationship between sensory impairments (e.g. hearing and vision loss) and dementia in aging populations.

Amy Byers, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF and a Mental Health Research Investigator at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her research focuses on cognitive and health outcomes associated with psychological disorders, including late-life depression and the effects of late-life PTSD among older adults and U.S. veterans.

Kaitlin Casaletto, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. Her work has focused on applying novel molecular fluid biomarkers reflecting synaptic, glial, immune, and vascular functioning to highlight relevant neurobiological pathways related to resilient aging. 

Laurent Cleret De Langavant, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Paris Est University. His clinical work and research is aimed at educating people about dementia prevention and targeting critical risk factors.

Alexandra Crosswell, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Health and Community within the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Her research focuses on the psychological and biological mechanisms linking chronic stress to disease development in adults, and how mind-body interventions can target those pathways.

Jacob Elkins, MD, MAS is Senior Vice President, Head Clinical Sciences at Sarepta Therapeutics and Head Vice President, Emerging Neurosciences Research Unit at Biogen. Dr. Elkins’ research evaluates the efficacy of Natalizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody, in reducing infarct volume growth after acute ischemic stroke onset. 

Alexandra Fiocco, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Dr. Fiocco’s research examines biological, psychological, and social predictors of cognitive function and well-being in late life as well as prevention strategies to improve cognitive outcomes.

Alison Huang, MD is an Associate Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Huang’s research focuses on advancing scientific understanding and improving clinical management of menopause- and aging-related health conditions in women.

Julene Johnson, PhD is the Associate Dean of Research for the UCSF School of Nursing and the Associate Director at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. Dr. Johnson's research focuses on understanding cognitive function in diverse older adults and developing cost-effective community-based interventions to promote health and well-being for those individuals.

Allison Kaup, PhD is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Neurology Center of Southern California. Dr. Kaup provides neuropsychological evaluation services for patients with a broad range of cognitive, neurological, and psychiatric conditions, with particular interest in working with patients with age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Manjula Kurella-Tamura, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dr. Kurella-Tamura’s research focuses on improving the quality of care among older adults with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) as well as outcomes associated with different ESRD treatment and management strategies. 

Yue Leng, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Her research interests include studying the epidemiology of sleep, particularly the relationship between napping, cognition and other health outcomes.

Sandy Lwi, PhD is a Research Psychologist at the Martinez VA Medical Center. Her research focuses on understanding the risk factors and psychosocial outcomes associated with dementia, mortality, and aging, and how these associations may be impacted by diversity factors.

Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Mayeda's research focuses on lifecourse determinants of cognitive aging, dementia, and cerebrovascular disease, with an emphasis on health disparities and methods to overcome methodologic challenges in longitudinal studies of aging, such as selective survival.

Claire McEvoy, PhD is a Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research aims to identify and test dietary and lifestyle approaches to preserve cognitive abilities during aging and prevent or delay dementia.

Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF. Dr. Mehta’s research focuses on identifying risk factors for cognitive decline in older adults, with a particular focus on demographic characteristics associated with cognitive outcomes among older adults.

Andrea Metti, PhD is President and Founder of Metti Consulting Company an epidemiology consulting company specializing in scientific preparation and editing of grants, manuscripts and other scientific documents, statistical analyses, and interpretation of results. She is also Senior Medical Writer at Syneos Health Clinical Solutions. Dr. Metti specializes in the epidemiology of aging, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and biological markers.

Laura Middleton, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems. Dr. Middleton’s research seeks to identify ways to optimize cognition across the life course and to prevent dementia in older adults.

Laure Rouch, PhD, PharmD is an Assistant Professor at Toulouse III University and Paris Descartes University. Her work is broadly focused on understanding the effects of cardiovascular risk factors on cognitive decline and dementia, and the potential benefits of antihypertensive drugs.

Claire Sexton, DPhil is the Director of Scientific Programs and Outreach at the Alzheimer’s Association. Her work investigates non-pharmacological factors proposed to promote healthy aging, including physical activity and sleep.

Kaycee Michelle Sink, MD, MAS is a Senior Medical Director and Global Development Leader at Genentech. She is currently involved in the Crenezumab Program. Dr. Sink specializes in research related to physical and mental health in aging, with a particular focus on cognitive function in old age.

Alexander Smith, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Smith's research is focused on improving quality of life and patient-physician communication for older adults, particularly those with a limited prognosis.

Adam Spira, PhD is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Spira’s research focuses on understanding associations between late-life sleep disturbances and psychopathology and cognitive function among older adults.

Sophia Wang, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on how acute medical and surgical events, such as hospitalization, can have long-term cognitive and functional effects in older adults. 

Rachel Whitmer, PhD is a Professor and Chief of the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis. Her research is focused on using epidemiological methods to address and mitigate disparities in cognitive aging.

Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University. Dr. Zeki Al Hazzouri's research focuses on understanding the effects of cardiovascular health and related disorders on cognitive aging and impairment.