Dr. Carlson is an associate professor within the Mental Health Department of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, leading investigations to identify preclinical markers and evaluate both
environmental and pharmacologic risk modifiers of cognitive and functional aging,
and dementia risk in observational and intervention research. Through an ancillary
R01 in the Women’s Health and Aging Study (WHAS) II, Dr. Carlson characterizes
trajectories of aging and their downstream effects on instrumental activities
of daily living critical to aging in place, and has recently completed dementia
ascertainment in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease
Research Center. She served as site PI of the Johns Hopkins site of the Ginkgo
Evaluation of Memory (GEMS) trial, the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS)
Cognition Substudy, and Project 1 leader of the P01-funded Baltimore Experience
Corps Trial (BECT) to evaluate Program impact on older adults’ executive
functions and functional independence. Within this trial, Dr. Carlson has
recruited a nested Brain Health Study (BHS) to evaluate baseline brain health
with the goal of examining activity-induced changes in brain plasticity that
selectively targets the prefrontal cortex. Dr. Carlson serves as
President of the non-profit, Executive Board of the Intergenerational Community
Services, which is responsible for overseeing operation of the Experience Corps
Program. She also serves on the Maryland
Baby Boomer Initiative Council, developed to address the needs of the Baby
Boomer population and public policy initiatives for utilizing the Baby Boomer
population as a source of social capital to address community needs.
Vijay Varma, MPH - Senior Data Analyst
Vijay is a doctoral student pursuing his interest in cognition and aging within the Mental Health and Biostatistics Departments of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has played a vital role to the BHS team, previously serving as project coordinator, and currently as senior data analyst. Vijay received his Bachelor's degree from Duke University in 2006, and Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009.
Gregory Harris - Project Coordinator
Greg has been a member of the Brain Health Study since 2007 and has played an instrumental roll conducting annual evaluations, coordinating data management, and overseeing current data analysis projects. He is currently a Masters student at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, pursuing a degree in clinical counseling with a concentration in mental health.
Yi-Fang Chuang, MD PhD - Senior Imaging Analyst
Yi-Fang received her PhD in the Mental Health Department of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in September 2012. Her work with the Brain Health Study has focused primarily on the imaging analysis related to the MRI data obtained over the participants' annual visits. Yi-Fang has contributed greatly to our understanding of the existing relationships between changes in the brain, and presenting physical functioning, activity, and cognitive outcomes. She is currently serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the Hopkins Bayview Medical campus
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