Virginia G. Wadley, Ph.D., is a licensed medical psychologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham within the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. She is Director of the Dementia Care Research Program of the UAB Center for Aging and Associate Director of the Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility (Dr. Karlene Ball, Director). She recently completed an NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center project, “Everyday Functional Performance in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI),” which investigated longitudinal changes in cognitively demanding skills such as driving that are crucial for mobility and independence among individuals with MCI. This research has demonstrated the existence of functional difficulties among individuals with MCI, a syndrome that often represents the transitional stage between normal aging and dementia. Dr. Wadley is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed publications and has collaborated on multiple grants and contracts evaluating novel training programs incorporating both physical activity and cognitive stimulation designed to prevent or delay age-related cognitive and functional declines. She oversees cognitive testing for a number of research protocols, including the ongoing NINDS-funded Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke study (REGARDS; Dr. George Howard, PI). This study is following a national cohort of 30,239 American adults for incident stroke and for cognitive decline associated with vascular cognitive impairment. Dr. Wadley also is an investigator with the NHLBI-funded SPRINT study (Suzanne Oparil, UAB PI) and SPRINT MIND substudy, which is examining cognitive outcomes resulting from lowering blood pressure below current standard thresholds.
Biography Updated on 31 March 2010