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Student & Alumni Achievements

Florida: Doctoral Student Receives NIA Grant

Ms. Lindsay Rotblatt, a clinical psychology doctoral student in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, has received funding for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31 Kirschstein Individual Research Fellowship award for her project entitled “Cognitive Aging Trajectories: Cardiovascular Risk, White Matter, and Medication Predictors.”

Funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the two-year dissertation study will examine the associations between cardiovascular risk, brain-based measures of vascular neuropathology and trajectories of change across four cognitive domains: memory, attention, executive function/processing speed and language. The study will further investigate whether pharmacological treatment mitigates cognitive decline.

Ms. Rotblatt’s study will leverage up to 10 years of data from the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center with over 20,000 cognitively diverse older adult participants at baseline. Through combining behavioral, neuropsychological and neuroimaging data, the study seeks to provide new insight into disease risk and mitigation of cognitive aging. Ms. Rotblatt is mentored by Dr. Michael Marsiske, an associate professor in the college’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.