Aging Training

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Word Cloud of Dissertation titles
Word Cloud of Training Grant Fellows’ Dissertation Titles

Program Overview

This is a predoctoral training grant funded by the National Institute on Aging. It supports advanced graduate students pursuing a PhD in a behavioral or clinical discipline, and who are seeking research training in cognitive and functional aging. Students are typically admitted after the completion of a Masters degree and completion of the doctoral qualifying examination.

Three emphases guide our training:

  • Search for modifiable antecedents of normal and impaired cognitive aging
  • Design and evaluation of intervention approaches to strengthen late life cognition
  • Assessment and mitigation of negative functional consequences of cognitive aging and dementia

Senior mentors and mentors-in-training have successfully trained our scholars for postdoctoral fellowships and subsequent research placements in settings including traditional disciplinary departments, clinical research environments, and multidisciplinary programs.

Disciplines represented in this in this program have included Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, Environmental Gerontology/Geography, Geriatric Medicine, Linguistics, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Sociology, and Speech Pathology.

Core program components include:

  • Assignment of each student to a regularly convened multi-disciplinary mentoring team, comprised of a primary disciplinary mentor and other mentors (from inside and outside the student’s discipline)
  • Mentoring committees help develop and track students’ productivity goals in the form of an individual development plan. These plans are focused on maximizing research productivity, as well as acquiring relevant coursework and clinical experiences
  • Weekly, campus-wide colloquium series featuring top national speakers and local researchers in aging, along with monthly program director meetings focused on professional development and methodological training
  • Required supplemental coursework and other didactics in Aging, Statistics/Methodology, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Rigor and Reproducibility.