Laura B. Zahodne

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

East Hall
Ann Arbor, MI


Dr. Zahodne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She is also PI of a NIH-funded ancillary study to the Washington Heights-Inwood Columbia Aging Project (WHICAP), a community-based longitudinal study of aging and dementia in northern Manhattan. This project seeks to understand how psychosocial factors modify the Alzheimer’s disease pathogenic pathway, from brain structure to cognitive performance, in a representative, multiethnic population.

Dr. Zahodne received a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Florida and completed additional training at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Columbia University in the City of New York. She is a licensed psychologist and serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the American Psychological Association, Division 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology) and on the editorial board of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2015, Dr. Zahodne received the Springer Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging).

Dr. Zahodne’s research focuses on risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease in diverse populations. She is particularly interested in the role of psychosocial factors in racial/ethnic minority groups, including African Americans and Caribbean Hispanics. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. Dr. Zahodne’s current projects include studying cohort differences in African American cognitive aging across large studies in New York and Chicago. She is also a co-investigator on Project Talent, a 50+ year longitudinal study that will reveal new information about how early-life experiences, particularly racial segregation in schools, influence risk for Alzheimer’s disease later in life.