Megan Zuelsdorff

Megan Zuelsdorff is a an Assistant Professor in the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Nursing, and an Investigator in the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). A social epidemiologist by training, Dr. Zuelsdorff earned her PhD in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Population Health Sciences. She is particularly interested in modifiable determinants of cognitive health and Alzheimer’s disease, with a research program centered on understanding community-specific dementia risk factors, as well as the resources that can reduce risk burden. She has spent the last ten years working with the ADRC and the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) study, exploring the role for social environments in brain health. She now leads the Stress and Resilience in Dementia (STRIDE) substudy, which examines the role for life-spanning social and physiological stress processes in memory health. STRIDE prioritizes engagement with a diverse cohort of older adults, including rural and minority populations that are disproportionately affected by dementia but have been underrepresented in health research. Dr. Zuelsdorff’s long-term goal is to develop population-specific interventions, and bolster existing community resources, that are capable of disrupting, slowing, or reversing adverse cognitive trajectories in older adults.

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