Based on individual interest, initiative, and knowledge base, the resident can participate in one or more of these research activities during the residency:

Cognitive Aging, Dementia, Epidemiology

  1. Fred W. Unverzagt, PhD; ACTIVE: Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly; U01 NR04508. Analyze longitudinal data from a large, multi-center clinical trial of a cognitive intervention for older adults.
  2. Fred W. Unverzagt, PhD; CIND: Risk Factors for Conversion to Dementia; R01 AG026096. Collaborate in study examining risk factors for progression of MCI in primary care.
  3. Kathleen S. Hall, PhD;   Indianapolis-Ibadan Dementia Project; R01 AG09956. Analyze longitudinal data from a large, longitudinal, cross-national study of the prevalence, incidence, and risk factors of Alzheimer disease in elderly African Americans.
  4. Andrew J. Saykin, PsyD; Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center; P30 AG10133. Analyze longitudinal data from a large registry of Alzheimer disease patients and matched healthy controls.


  1. David A. Kareken, PhD; R01 DK085601, R21 AA018020, R01 AA017661, P60 AA007611. Collaborate in functional neuroimaging studies of addiction, obesity, and behavioral neuroscience of reward-related behavior; learn functional image analysis.
  2. Andrew J. Saykin, PsyD & Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD, MBA; R01 CA101318, R01 AG019771. Collaborate in MRI and PET imaging studies of cognitive disorders of aging and cognitive effects of breast cancer chemotherapy.

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Leukemia, other populations

  1. Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD, MBA & Gwen C. Sprehn, PhD; RCT Methylphenidate & Memory/Attention Training in TBI; R01 HD047242. Collaborate in cognitive and MRI studies of drug and behavioral interventions for adults with TBI.
  2. Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD, MBA; Partnership for Pediatric Epilepsy Research, American Cancer Society, Siemens Medical Solutions, Indiana Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund; Collaborate in cognitive and MRI studies of pediatric populations including healthy children and those with TBI, epilepsy, and leukemia.
  3. Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD, MBA, Jennifer M. Katzenstein, PhD, Elizabeth L. Begyn, PhD; Collaborate on institutional studies of cognitive differences in various pediatric populations, including epilepsy, oncology, patients treated with growth hormone, chronic kidney disease, etc.

Breast Cancer

  1. Vickie L. Champion, RN, PhD and Fred W. Unverzagt, PhD; Quality of Life in Younger Breast Cancer Survivors (American Cancer Society); RSGPB04-089-01-PBP.  Analyze cross-sectional cognitive data from a large, quality of life study of long-term breast cancer survivors.

Clinical Trials

  1. Daniel F. Rexroth, PsyD; Participate in industry-sponsored, clinical drug trials for Alzheimer disease and other dementias as an efficacy rater.

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