John A. Lucas, Ph.D.
John A. Lucas, Ph.D., studies cognitive and memory changes across the spectrum from normal aging to dementia. He is a co-investigator in the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and State of Florida Memory Disorders Clinic.
His research interests have focused primarily on improving the early detection of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease. He is also interested in the cognitive effects of surgical interventions for movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.
Significance to patient care
Understanding and characterizing normal memory and thinking changes associated with advanced age helps improve the accuracy of our prediction of which patients are at higher risk of developing dementia. Identifying at-risk patients sooner will lead to earlier interventions and improved care management.
Understanding the similarities and differences in the cause and development of dementia in African-Americans compared with Caucasian elders could lead to more effective, population-specific interventions.
Identifying appropriate alternative interventions for cognitive decline will provide patients and health care workers with a larger number of potential tools to use when considering treatment of memory and other thinking difficulties.
Post Doctoral Fellowship
Major: Clinical Psychology
Minor: Neuropsychology, Statistics
Dissertation: Memory functioning in patients with panic disorder
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