Amanda Kelly Graduate Student
Supervisor: Scott M. Hofer
The central focus of my research is on the intersections of cognitive aging and health, particularly cardiovascular disease. My Master’s thesis, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, examines the short-term coupling between blood pressure level and cognition and evaluates potential modifiers of this association, such as personality and daily experiences. I am also engaged in a number of projects with members of the Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging (IALSA) network to study the long-term impacts of hypertension and diabetes on cognitive functioning and risk for dementia across multiple international datasets. Given the high lifetime risk of developing hypertension and diabetes, it is imperative that we better understand the roles they may play in cognitive aging. Doing so will help our aging population stay healthy for longer and optimize their independence, well-being and quality of life.