Megan Zuelsdorff received her PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016. Her dissertation research explored sociobehavioral and psychobiological mechanisms in cognitive aging, with a focus on stress buffering and environmental enrichment models. This work, and her graduate training in social epidemiology, informs Megan’s research interest in the notable but too rarely acknowledged socioeconomic and ethnic disparities in cognitive health. As a postdoctoral fellow in the HDRS program, Megan is examining the relationship between cumulative disadvantage and later-life cognition trajectories. Specifically, she seeks to better understand the intersecting roles that clustered early life adversity, stress responsivity, and brain health may play, as well as the methodological complexities involved in sampling and measurement.
Zuelsdorff M, Engelman CD, Friedman EM, Koscik RL, Jonaitis EM, La Rue A, Sager MA. 2013. Stressful events, social support, and cognitive function among middle-aged adults with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Aging and Health, 25(6):944-959.