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Major Area of Study



Christina Wierenga, PhD



Research Interests

Chelsea’s research utilizes a combination of neuropsychological methods, neuroimaging tools, and laboratory technologies to identify early biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease and to examine the vascular mechanisms of cognitive aging.

Representative Publications
  • Hays, C.C., Zlatar, Z.Z., Wierenga, C.E. (2016). The Utility of Cerebral Blood Flow as a Biomarker of Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, 36(2): 167-179.

  • Orff, H.J.., Hays, C.C., Twamley, E.W. (2016). Multivariate Assessment of Subjective and Objective Measures of Social and Family Satisfaction in Veterans with History of TBI. JRRD, 53(5): 541-550.

  • Zlatar, Z.Z, Bischoff-Grethe, A., Hays, C.C., Liu, T.T., Meloy, M.J., Rissman, R.A., Bondi, M., Wierenga, C.E. (2016). Higher Brain Perfusion May Not Support Memory Functions in Cognitively Normal Carriers of the ApoE +4 Allele Compared to Non-Carriers. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8(151).

  • Jurick, S.M., Twamley, E.W., Crocker, L.D., Hays, C.C., Orff, H.J., Golsban, S., Jak, A.J. (2016). Post-concussive Symptom Over-reporting and Neuropsychological Performance Validity in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with a History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.

  • Wierenga, C.E., Hays, C.C., & Zlatar, Z.Z. (2014). Cerebral blood flow measured by arterial spin labelling MRI as a preclinical marker of Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 42(s4): S411-S419.

  • Orff, H.J., Hays, C.C., Heldreth, A.A., Stein, M.B., & Twamley, E. W. (2013). Clinical Considerations in the Evaluation and Management of Patients Following Traumatic Brain Injury. FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry, 11(3), 328-340.

  • Hays, C.C. & Carver, L.J. (2014). Follow the Liar: The Effects of Adult Lies on Children’s Honesty. Developmental Science, doi: 10.1111/desc.12171

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015-2020
  • Glenn/AFAR Scholarship for Research in the Biology of Aging, 2016
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, UC San Diego, 2014-2018

Chelsea Hays CV 2017