Susan M. Resnick, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator

Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience


251 Bayview Boulevard
Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21224


Research Topics

She studies brain-behavior associations in health and disease and is currently the principal investigator of the brain imaging component of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA). This longitudinal neuroimaging study focuses on early structural and physiological brain changes that may be predictors of memory and cognitive change in older individuals. Through this study and others in the BLSA, she has also been examining the hormonal modulation of age-associated cognitive and brain changes. Based on findings from these studies, she initiated the Women's Health Initiative Study of Cognitive Aging (WHISCA), an ancillary study to the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS) and the WHI randomized trials of the effects of hormone therapy.


Dr. Resnick received her Ph.D. in Differential Psychology and Behavioral Genetics from the University of Minnesota and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging at the University of Pennsylvania. She was Research Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania prior to joining the Laboratory of Personality and Cognition (Now the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience), NIA in 1992.

Selected Publications

  1. Bilgel M, An Y, Helphrey J, Elkins W, Gomez G, Wong DF, Davatzikos C, Ferrucci L, Resnick SM. Effects of amyloid pathology and neurodegeneration on cognitive change in cognitively normal adults. Brain. 2018.

  2. Bilgel M, An Y, Zhou Y, Wong DF, Prince JL, Ferrucci L, Resnick SM. Individual estimates of age at detectable amyloid onset for risk factor assessment. Alzheimers Dement. 2016;12(4):373-9.

  3. McCarrey AC, An Y, Kitner-Triolo MH, Ferrucci L, Resnick SM. Sex differences in cognitive trajectories in clinically normal older adults. Psychol Aging. 2016;31(2):166-75.

  4. Resnick SM, Bilgel M, Moghekar A, An Y, Cai Q, Wang MC, Thambisetty M, Prince JL, Zhou Y, Soldan A, Wong DF, O'Brien RJ, Ferrucci L, Albert MS. Changes in Aβ biomarkers and associations with APOE genotype in 2 longitudinal cohorts. Neurobiol Aging. 2015;36(8):2333-9.

  5. Pacheco J, Goh JO, Kraut MA, Ferrucci L, Resnick SM. Greater cortical thinning in normal older adults predicts later cognitive impairment. Neurobiol Aging. 2015;36(2):903-8.

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