Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
Dr. Zvinka Zlatar received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Florida, with a focus on adult neuropsychology/geropsychology. She completed her APA-accredited clinical psychology internship at the University of California, Los Angeles (Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior), focusing on the neuropsychological assessment of older adults and Spanish-speaking adults. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neurocognitive aging at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with an emphasis on imaging the neural substrates of physical activity in older adults. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD, where she develops behavioral interventions to promote healthy brain and cognitive aging. Dr. Zlatar’s lab (Wellness Initiative for Senior Enrichment - WISE Lab) investigates the neural mechanisms by which modifiable risk factors such as physical activity, sedentary time, fitness, diet, and subjective perceptions of cognitive function affect brain plasticity and cognition in healthy aging, with a focus on prevention. Her research seeks to modify risk markers of cognitive decline by developing novel behavioral interventions (exercise, diet) to promote brain health using digital technologies with diverse samples. The WISE Lab also investigates how subjective cognitive decline (an individual's perception of their cognitive functioning) relates to objective performance on neuropsychological testing and risk of future decline in older Hispanics.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
2:10 PM – 3:25 PM ET