Alan B. Zonderman, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator

Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science


251 Bayview Boulevard
Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21224


Research Topics

Distinguishing Pathological from Normal Cognitive Aging: Research in the Lifespan, Cognition and Health Section focuses on distinguishing pathological from normal cognitive aging. The purpose of this research is to identify predictors of cognitive morbidity, and to identify which cognitive processes are preserved with aging and which processes are vulnerable to disease. An important effort of research in the Lifespan, Cognition and Health Section is focused on longitudinal research in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA). Cognitive tests have been administered to participants in the BLSA since 1960. Some individuals presently in the study have as many as seven repeated assessments beginning in the 1960's.


Dr. Zonderman earned his undergraduate degree in Behavior Genetics from University of Massachusetts and his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Colorado. After a postdoctoral fellowship in multivariate statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and academic positions at University of California, Davis and The Johns Hopkins University, he joined NIA as a Senior Staff Fellow in the Stress and Coping Section. Since 1997, he has been Chief of the Cognition Section in the Laboratory of Personality and Cognition. His research interests include individual differences in cognition and personality and their relationship with adult morbidity and mortality, predicting the onset of cognitive impairments and Alzheimer's disease, and the role of genetics in cognitive declines and personality.

Selected Publications

  1. Gamaldo AA, Ferrucci L, Rifkind J, Longo DL, Zonderman AB. Relationship between mean corpuscular volume and cognitive performance in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013;61(1):84-9.

  2. Sutin AR, Evans MK, Zonderman AB. Personality traits and illicit substances: the moderating role of poverty. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013;131(3):247-51.

  3. Wendell CR, Waldstein SR, Ferrucci L, O'Brien RJ, Strait JB, Zonderman AB. Carotid atherosclerosis and prospective risk of dementia. Stroke. 2012;43(12):3319-24.

  4. Terracciano A, Iacono D, O'Brien RJ, Troncoso JC, An Y, Sutin AR, Ferrucci L, Zonderman AB, Resnick SM. Personality and resilience to Alzheimer's disease neuropathology: a prospective autopsy study. Neurobiol Aging. 2013;34(4):1045-50.

  5. Noren Hooten N, Ejiogu N, Zonderman AB, Evans MK. Association of oxidative DNA damage and C-reactive protein in women at risk for cardiovascular disease. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2012;32(11):2776-84.

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