Andrew Bender, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
909 Fee Road Room B601
East Lansing, MI  48824

Trained in psychology, gerontology, and cognitive neuroscience, my work emphasizes elucidation of interactions between longitudinal changes in brain structure and function, cognitive abilities, and physiological health across the lifespan. My primary research goals are to identify critical factors that convey vulnerability to or protection against age-associated declines in brain health and cognition. A significant part of my research to date has focused on the how influence of genetic, vascular, and metabolic risk factors on brain structure modifies longitudinal trajectories of brain health and cognition in older age.

I consider myself an enthusiastic educator, passionate about mentoring students and junior researchers. II particularly enjoy working with students to master the theories and research methods, from including statistical modeling and analysis, functional neuroanatomy in aging and neurodegenerative disease, and neuroimaging data processing.