Co-Director, Center for Vital Longevity;
UT Regents' Research Scholar;
Distinguished University Chair
PhD, State University of New York at Albany
Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging
Denise Park, PhD, moved from the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois to The University of Texas at Dallas, where she is the founder and co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity, as well as a University of Texas Regents Research Scholar.
She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; received the American Psychological Association's award for Distinguished Contributions to the Psychology of Aging, and recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Society. She has an NIH Merit Award for her research and also directs an NIA Roybal Translational Research Center on Aging. She has chaired, in the past, the NIMH study section on the Mental Disorders of Aging and most recently chaired the NIH Cognition and Perception Study Section.
Dr. Park focuses her research program on understanding how the mind changes and adapts as we age. She is interested not only in the function of the mind and brain, but in determining whether stimulation can maintain the health of the aging brain. She is also focusing on isolating a "neural signature" of middle-aged adults who will age with vitality versus those who are at greater risk of less adaptive cognitive aging.
Park, J., Carp, J., Kennedy, K.M., Rodrigue, K.M., Bischof, G.N., Huang, C.M., Rieck, J.R., Polk, T.A., & Park, D.C. (2012). Neural broadening or neural attenuation? Investigating age-related dedifferentiation in the face network in a large lifespan sample. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 2154-2158. PMCID: PMC3361757
Rodrigue, K.M., Kennedy, K.M., Devous, M.D., Rieck, J.R., Hebrank, A.C, Diaz-Arrastia, R., Mathews, D., & Park D.C. (2012). Beta-amyloid burden in healthy aging: Regional distribution and cognitive consequences. Neurology, 78, 387-395. PMCID: PMC3280058
Park, D.C. & McDonough, I. (2013). The dynamic aging mind: Revelations from functional neuroimaging research. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 8, 62-67.