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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

Cindy de Frias


Cindy de Frias

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Victoria

Cognitive Aging; Longitudinal Analyses


GR 4.820

972-883-4108 phone email


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About Cindy de Frias


Dr. de Frias earned her master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and her doctoral degree in Psychology (Lifespan Development and Aging) at the University of Victoria. She received a postdoctoral fellowship award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-Institute of Aging which was held at Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute and at the University of Alberta. Dr. de Frias is an Assistant Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas.


Research Interests


My research applies a multidisciplinary approach to understanding individual differences and changes in cognitive functioning across the adult lifespan. I apply advanced multivariate and longitudinal analyses (e.g., structural equation modeling, multi-level modeling, latent growth curve modeling) to understand developmental processes in healthy aging and clinical samples.


Current research projects include:


  1. Psychosocial indicators of adaptive behaviors (e.g., memory compensatory strategies, mindfulness) in middle-aged and older adults.
  2. The structure and modifiers (e.g., lifestyle, health) of executive functions across the adult lifespan.
  3. The investigation of genetic vulnerabilities to cognitive functioning across the adult lifespan.
  4. Neurocognitive functioning in Parkinson's disease.


Teaching Interests


Adult Development and Aging, Developmental Methodology, Experimental Projects in Psychology


Recent Publications


de Frias, C. M., Schaie, K. W., & Willis, S. (in press). Hypertension moderates the effect of APOE on 21-year cognitive trajectories. Psychology and Aging.


de Frias, C. M. (in press). Memory compensation in older adults: The role of health, emotion regulation, and trait mindfulness. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.


de Frias, C. M., & Dixon, R. A. (2014). Lifestyle engagement affects cognitive status differences and trajectories on executive functions in older adults. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29, 16-25.


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