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Aging and Dementia Fellowship

The goal of this pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training program is to train young investigators in age-related cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders. It is an interdisciplinary program funded by the National Institute on Aging, affiliated with the Department of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, the Department of Mental Health at the School of Public Health and the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to engage in original research under the supervision of a faculty member. Doctoral trainees must complete the required coursework for their degree program, complete qualifying examinations and a research dissertation.

On this page: Program Director | Program Features | Application Process | Alumni | Faculty

Program Director

Please contact Dr. Marilyn Albert with any questions about the program or to submit your application.

Dr. Marilyn Albert
Director, Division of Cognitive Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

1620 McElderry Street
Reed Hall West - 1
Baltimore, MD 21205
Email: malbert9@jhmi.edu

Program Features

Didactic Coursework

Fellows select one of the four areas of research under the supervision of a faculty mentor:

  • Clinical Studies of Aging and Age-Related Cognitive Disorders
  • Population Studies of Aging and Age-Related Cognitive Disorders
  • Imaging Studies of Aging and Age-Related Cognitive Disorders
  • Animal Models of Aging and Neurodegeneration

Clinical Activities

Fellows with clinical expertise are expected to spend a small portion of their time in patient care.

Seminars /Conferences:

  • Monthly Training Grant Meeting (2nd Monday of the month once per month) 4:00-5:00pm
  • Dementia Consortium: Mondays (3rd Monday of the month once per month) 4:00-5:00pm
  • Annual Meeting of Aging and Dementia (2nd  week of June)

Application Process

The program accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Prerequisites

  • Post-doctoral program: Successful completion of an ACGME accredited residency in Neurology or Psychiatry or successful completion of a PhD.
  • Pre-doctoral program: Applicants must be admitted to the training program through one of the following doctoral degree programs:

    1. the Department of Mental Health
    2. the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
    3. the Department of Neuroscience

How to Apply

Please submit the following to the program director via email: 

  • Letter of intent
  • Current CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Applicants with appropriate qualifications will be asked to complete a WorkPlan as part of their application, which should include:

  1. An overview of the applicant’s goals for the training program
  2. A description of the research the applicant proposes to complete during the training period
  3. A description of the educational activities the applicant proposes to complete during the training period (including the required courses and relevant seminars)
  4. A brief description of clinical activities to be conducted, where appropriate

Examples of WorkPlans can be provided by the Program Director on request.

When your application materials have been received, you will be sent notification by email. The Program Administrator will notify you if you have been selected for an interview. 

Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Mai Nakamura Hwang, PhD | 2019 - 2020
  • Alfonso Alfini, PhD | 2017-2020
  • Kylie Alm, PhD | 2017-2020
  • Kennan Walker, PhD | 2016-2019
  • Matthew Peters, MD | 2015-2017
  • Audrey Branch, PhD | 2015-2017
  • Natalie Regier, PhD | 2014-2016
  • Corinne Pettigrew, PhD | 2012-2015
  • Melinda Power, PhD | 2013-2015
  • Travonia Hughes, PhD | 2012-2014
  • Milap Nowrangi, MD | 2010-2012
  • Vivian Chow, PhD | 2010-2011
  • Ozioma Oknokwo, PhD | 2009-2011
  • Alexis Stranahan, PhD | 2009-2010
  • Jeannie Leuotsakos, PhD | 2007-2009
  • Katherine Peters, MD, PhD | 2007-2008

Pre-doctoral Fellows

  • Breanna Crane | 2019 - 2021
  • Allison Huang, PhD | 2018 - 2021  
  • Ryan Andrews, PhD | 2017-2018
  • Marian Tzuang, PhD | 2015-2018
  • Tammy Tran, PhD | 2014-2015
  • Stephanie Leal, PhD | 2013-2016
  • Sarah Forrester, PhD | 2012-2014
  • Vijay Varma, PhD | 2011-2014
  • Alexandra Wennberg, PhD | 2011-2013
  • Alexandra Kueider, PhD | 2010-2012
  • Arnold Bakker, PhD | 2009-2011
  • Jeffrey Mayse, PhD | 2009-2011
  • James Williams, PhD | 2007-2009
  • Amy Stocker, PhD | 2007-2009
  • Jean Ko, PhD | 2007-2008

Program Faculty 

  • Marilyn S. Albert, Ph.D.
  • Arnold Bakker, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Michelle Carlson, PhD, Professor, Department of Mental Health
  • Susan Courtney, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Brain Science
  • John Desmond, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurology
  • Michela Gallagher, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Brain Science
  • Barry Greenberg, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
  • Argye Hillis, MD, Professor, Department of Neurology
  • Christine Hohmann, PhD, Professor, Department of Biology, Morgan State University
  • Jeannie-Marie Leoutsakos, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Hanzhang Lu, PhD, Professor, Department of Radiology
  • Constantine Lyketsos, MD, MHS, Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Alexander Pantelyat, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
  • James Pekar, PhD, Professor, Department of Radiology
  • Paul Rosenberg, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Quincy Samus, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Jennifer Schrack, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
  • Shanthini Sockanathan, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience
  • Adam Spira, PhD, Professor, Department of Mental Health
  • Roland Thorpe, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Society
  • Juan Troncoso, MD, Professor, Department of Pathology
  • Heather Volk, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health
  • Jennifer Wolff, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Policy, and Management
  • Paul Worley, MD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience
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