Dr. Justina Avila-Rieger is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Neurology at the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute for Research in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease at Columbia University. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico with an emphasis on Neuropsychology and Quantitative Methodology and completed her clinical internship in Neuropsychology at the Baltimore VAMC. During her graduate training, she also specialized in health policy as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Fellow. Dr. Avila-Rieger’s research focuses on identifying and understanding macro-social determinants of sex/gender and racial/ethnic disparities in Alzheimer’s disease. She is passionate about amplifying the voices and experiences of communities that are traditionally marginalized in dementia-related research and policy. Her long-term goal is to conduct research that directly influences the development of health policy solutions aimed at eliminating Alzheimer’s disease disparities.
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