Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Adjunct Professor UCSD Neuropsychology
Address 858-822-7737 9500 Gilman Dr MC 0811 La Jolla, CA

WISE lab

Graduate Institution

University of Florida

Research Description

Dr. Zlatar’s lab (Wellness Initiative for Senior Enrichment – WISE Lab) investigates the neural mechanisms by which modifiable risk factors such as physical activity, sedentary time, fitness, and subjective perceptions of cognitive function affect brain plasticity and cognition in healthy aging, with a focus on prevention. Her research seeks to modify risk markers of cognitive decline by developing novel behavioral interventions to promote brain health using digital technologies with diverse samples (i.e. Hispanics).

Representative Publications
    • Zlatar, Z.Z., Hays, C, Mestre, Z., Campbell, L., Meloy, M.J., Bangen, K., Liu, T., Kerr, J., Wierenga, C. (in press). Dose-dependent association of accelerometer-measured physical activity and sedentary time with brain perfusion in aging. Experimental Gerontology. 2019 Aug 2:110679. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2019.110679. [Epub ahead of print]

    • Zlatar, Z.Z., Godbole, S., Takemoto, M., Crist, K., Castro Sweet, C.M., Kerr, J., Rosenberg, D.E. (2019). Changes in moderate intensity physical activity are associated with better cognition in the Multilevel Intervention for Physical Activity in Retirement Communities (MIPARC) study. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2019 Apr 29. pii: S1064-7481(19)30345-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2019.04.011. [Epub ahead of print]

    • Takemoto, M., Manini, T., Rosenberg, D.E., Lazar, A.E., Zlatar, Z.Z., Das, S.K., and Kerr, J. (2018). Diet and activity assessments and interventions using technology in older adults. Am J Prev Med, 55(4):e105-e115

    • Zlatar, Z.Z., Muniz, M.C., Espinoza, S., Gratianne, R., Gollan, T.H., Galasko, D., Salmon, D.P. (2018). Subjective cognitive decline, objective cognition, and depression in older Hispanics screened for memory impairment. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. doi:10.3233/JAD-170865. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 29689718


Christina Wierenga, David Salmon, Mark Bondi, Katherine Bangen, Maria Marquine, Raeanne Moore