Four undergraduate seniors in the Zahodne lab presented their honors theses in a virtual poster session organized by the Psychology department the week of April 20-24. In addition to reflecting the collaborative efforts of the undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral mentors, and lab director, these posters also disseminated some of the very first results from the Michigan Cognitive Aging Project (MCAP)! Click the project titles below to view posters:
Shreya Chandra (graduate mentor, Afsara Zaheed): Sleep Quality and Executive Function in Diverse Older Adults
Nicole Fraija (graduate mentor, Emily Morris): The Relationship Between Subjective Age and Three Measures of Episodic Memory
Abbey Hamlin (graduate mentor, Zarina Kraal): Social Engagement and Episodic Memory in Black and White Older Adults
Brooke Huizenga (postdoctoral mentor, Neika Sharifian): Main Lifetime Occupational Demands, Late Life Cognitive Functioning, and the Moderating Role of Gender
Zarina Kraal, a fifth-year graduate student in the Zahodne lab, matched for internship at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Program!
Dr. Neika Sharifian, a postdoctoral fellow in the Zahodne lab, was the recipient of the Postdoctoral Research Award from Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) at the 2019 APA Convention. Neika was recognized for her paper, “The Enduring Effects of Mother-Child Interactions on Episodic Memory in Adulthood.”
The Zahodne lab hosted three students through UM’s Summer Research Opportunities (Program link: https://rackham.umich.edu/rackham-life/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/srop/). Da Yeoun (Hanna) Moon from San Diego State University presented “Contribution of White Matter Hyperintensities in Alzheimer’s Disease.” Anna Marmolejo Rios from Wesleyan College presented, “Geographic Influences on Cognitive Ability within the Hispanic Community.” Joselle Carrillo from The Ohio State University presented, “The Association Between Perceived Constraints and Memory Performance in Older Adults.”
Da Yeoun (Hanna) Moon from San Diego State University
Anna Marmolejo Rios from Wesleyan College
Joselle Carrillo from The Ohio State University
Zarina Kraal, a fifth-year graduate student in the Zahodne lab, was the recipient of the Student Poster Award in the Public Health and Psychosocial category at the 2019 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). Zarina was recognized for her poster, “Physical Activity in Young and Middle Adulthood Are Independently Linked To Later-Life Memory Functioning.”
Afsara Zaheed will be receiving her Masters (MS) degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan with a thesis on Stress, Depressive Symptoms, and Cognition in Older Adults in May 2019
Way to go Afsara!
In the fall, Hannah will attend the University of Alabama to pursue her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a focus in geropsychology. Hannah is excited to continue working with the aging population and examining what factors lead to healthy aging and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
The laboratory of Dr. Laura Zahodne in the Department of Psychology seeks to hire a full-time Research Technician Associate. The lab uses the methods of clinical neuropsychology, neuroimaging, and epidemiology to examine psychosocial influences on cognitive and brain aging in diverse older adults. Primary research questions include: How can psychosocial experiences buffer against the cognitive impact of brain pathology in older adults? What psychological and social mechanisms underlie racial/ethnic disparities in Alzheimer’s disease?
This would be an excellent position for a recent graduate seeking to gain additional research experience prior to graduate school. There will be training in multiple methods, including neuropsychological testing, clinical interviewing, magnetic resonance imaging, phlebotomy, and secondary data analysis. Opportunities for co-authorship on presentations and publications are available for highly motivated candidates. The successful candidate will be reliable, conscientious, organized, and able to work with minimal supervision. (S)he will also possess excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, show rapid learning, and demonstrate cultural competence and the desire to work with racially, ethnically, socioeconomically diverse older adults with and without cognitive impairment in the community.
Afsara published her first paper investigating the influence of neighborhood factors on late-life cognition!
Find her paper, Unique Effects of Perceived Neighborhood Physical Disorder and Social Cohesion on Episodic Memory and Semantic Fluency, in the Archives of Clinical Nueropsychology (https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acy098)