As a clinical geropsychologist, my work and research interests lie at the intersection of four broad areas of inquiry: sociocultural experience (e.g., race & ethnicity, education); cognition; aging; and health and health disparities. As such, my program of research examines how social and health disparities influence individual differences in cognitive aging. I study how these disparities work separately and jointly to affect cognitive aging and decline in African Americans. My work also seeks to understand and implement health interventions to improve cognitive function and prevent/delay cognitive decline and incipient dementia.
I am currently a research scientist in the Center on Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research at the Social Science Research Institute and a lecturing fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke. Additionally, I am a senior fellow in the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.