I am a PhD exercise physiologist with expertise in geroscience, motor development, community-based clinical trials, and translational research with the overarching aim of promoting successful aging. My research program is focused on studying the intersection between exercise and physical activity and cognitive function in aging, in order to development and implement effective and engaging exercise-based strategies to enhance physical and cognitive resilience in older adults.
Through an ongoing partnership with local YMCAs dedicated to supporting older adults, I am assessing the impacts of SMARTfit Cognitive-Motor training (Camarillo, CA) on cognitive and physical function, and dual-task performance among older adults with mild cognitive impairment. I am not only interesting in examining the impacts of various modes of exercise on cognition, but also methods by which to deliver these novel therapies in community settings with unique strengths and challenges. To acquire a complete understanding of our older adult community members' perspectives surrounding the usability and appeal of proposed, non-invasive therapeutic strategies is central to my work.
I am also a co-investigator on a Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) funded trial to investigate the therapeutic impact of nicotinamide riboside on physical performance, muscle strength and quality, frailty, and muscle blood flow among older adult Veterans.
Over the past six years I have worked extensively in medical education, striving to improve the research training that primary care providers receive at ever level of their medical education. I work closely with medical students, residents, and faculty members in primary care to inspire the physician-scientist to embrace evidence-based medicine, develop their critical thinking skills, and apply rigor to their practice.