Laura Hemmy

Assistant Professor


I received my BA in psychology from the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, graduating cum laude. I completed an MS and PhD in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station.I am an adult research psychologist and focus on geriatric neuropsychology and late life neurodegenerative diseases. I hold a clinical research position at the Minneapolis VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC). My interests focus on predictors of health and disease with advancing age, with specific emphasis on assessment strategies for clinical characterization and outcome measurement. Other specific areas of interest include the maintenance of intact cognitive functioning in the presence of neurological disease or insult, the early identification of progressive cognitive decline, and the development of assessment strategies for monitoring cognitive change over time. I have more than 20 publications, 689 citations and an h-index score of 14. I have also presented nationally and internationally at more than 50 conferences.Professional outreach and public service is important to me, and I am currently a member of the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota – North Dakota Chapter Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee .

Research Summary

Maintenance of normal cognitive functioning in the presence of aging-related neurological disease or brain insult Early identification of professive cognitive deficits Assessment strategies for monitoring cognitive change over time Relationships between cognitive and physical decline Longitudinal data analysis The Nun Study

Clinical Summary

Geriatric neuropsychology; Neurodegenerative diseases




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