Debra Fleischman, PhD, is a professor in the Departments of Neurological Sciences and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and a senior neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center. Fleischman received the degree of Bachelor of Arts with highest honors from Mundelein College, Chicago, in 1982. She earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Rush University, Chicago, in 1988. She completed her residency training in neuropsychology in 1988 at Rush University Medical Center, and her post-doctoral clinical/research fellowship training at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in 1989.
Fleischman is internationally known for her research in the cognitive neuroscience of implicit memory. Her current research also examines the neural substrates underlying the associations between physiological, lifestyle, and affective risk factors and cognitive and motor decline in aging. She has published widely in the areas of aging, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, parkinsonism and functional disability, and has employed a range of techniques from neuroimaging to neuropathology. Her research has been funded through grants from foundation, state and federal agencies, including the McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience, the Alzheimer's Association, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the National Institute on Aging.