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Lisa Barnes, PhD

Lisa L. Barnes, PhD is a 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 earned her PhD in biopsychology from the University of Michigan in 1996 and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, Davis, before joining the faculty at Rush in 1999. Her research focus is on social determinants of health and cognitive aging among minority populations. She is principal envestigator of the Minority Aging Research Study (MARS; R01 AG22018), core leader of the Clinical Core of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (CORE; P30 AG10161), and director of the Rush Center of Excellence on Disparities in HIV and Aging (CEDHA; P20 MD6886). Barnes has received numerous honors and awards, and has published extensively on risk factors for cognitive aging and dementia in older African Americans. She is nationally recognized for her contributions to the study of minority aging and health disparities and is an advocate for Alzheimer’s disease awareness in the minority communities in which she serves.