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Lisa Barnes, PhD

Lisa L. Barnes, PhD, is an associate professor in the departments of Neurological Sciences and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center and a cognitive neuropsychologist in the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She received her Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis, in cognitive neuroscience. Her research interests include health disparities of chronic diseases of aging, and psychosocial risk factors for cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. Barnes is principal investigator of the Minority Aging Research Study (R01 AG022018), the core leader for the clinical core of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (P30AG10161), and the principal investigator of the newly funded Rush Center of Excellence on Disparities in HIV and Aging (P20MD006886). She is co-Investigator on a number of other investigator-initiated studies that focus on health disparities in older adults. She has published extensively on studies of race and health disparities in cognitive aging and is nationally recognized for her contributions to understanding racial differences in risk factors for cognitive decline. She has served as an invited speaker for the NIH, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American College of Epidemiology and many other colleges and universities across the United States. She is also recognized locally for her work in the African-American community and has received numerous awards from community organizations. She is committed to increasing minority participation in research and frequently conducts educational seminars within minority communities both locally and nationally to increase awareness of age-related health issues.