Dr. Laura Zahodne, a graduate of the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ doctoral program in clinical psychology, is the recipient of the Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging from the American Psychological Association’s division 20. The award honors an individual who has made significant early career contributions to understanding critical issues in the psychology of adult development and aging.
Dr. Zahodne is an associate research scientist in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center at Columbia University’s department of neurology. Her research interests include psychosocial factors in aging and neurodegenerative disease, psychosocial factors and racial/ethnic diversity in cognitive aging, and statistical modeling of symptom trajectories in aging and neurodegenerative disease. In addition to numerous publications, she is currently the recipient of an NIH K99/R00 award entitled “Psychosocial protective factors in cognitive and brain aging.”
At UF, Dr. Zahodne was mentored by Dr. Dawn Bowers, a professor in the department of clinical and health psychology.