Undergraduate Seniors Present Honors Theses in Virtual Poster Session

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

SROP Students Present on Cognitive and Brain Aging at Annual Symposium

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


Graduate Student Zarina Kraal wins AAIC Poster Award

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.”
Congratulations, Zarina!

Now Hiring Lab Manager

Job Summary

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.

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Zahodne Lab Goes to New York for INS 2019

Dr. Ketlyne Sol, Dr. Neika Sharifian, Zarina Kraal, Afsara Zaheed and Hannah Apostolou presented their research posters in New York City at the International Neuropsychological Society Conference with Dr. Laura Zahodne.

Afsara Zaheed Publication

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)