Ana Daugherty

Ana Daugherty

Assistant Professor

Office: 8307.1 Maccabees, 5057 Woodward Ave.

Laboratory: 1111 Integrative Biosciences (IBio), 6135 Woodward Ave.

Curriculum Vitae


Ana Daugherty


Department of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Institute of Gerontology

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  Neural Cognitive Aging, Lifespan Development, Metabolic and Vascular Health, Spatial Navigation, Decision Making


Located in the Integrative Biosciences (IBio) building, the Healthy Brain Aging Laboratory studies metabolic and vascular health factors that shape neural and cognitive changes across the lifespan. We use advanced noninvasive neuroimaging techniques, cognitive assessment, physiological markers and genetics to evaluate individual differences in the course of aging, including both risk (e.g., metabolic syndrome) and protective (e.g., aerobic exercise) health factors.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.S., Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, Westmont College, 2007
  • M.A., Psychology, Wayne State University, 2011
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Wayne State University, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Training, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, 2014-2015
  • Postdoctoral Training, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-2018

Selected Publications

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Daugherty AM, Zwilling C, Paul EJ, Sherepa N, Allen C, Kramer AF, Hillman CH, Cohen NJ, Barbey AK. 2018. Multi-modal fitness and cognitive training to enhance fluid intelligence. Intell. 66: 32-43. [Epub 2017 Nov 20]. doi: 10/10116/j.intell.2017.11.001

Raz N, Daugherty AM. 2018. Pathways to brain aging and their modifiers: free-radical induced energetic and neural decline in senescence (FRIENDS) model. Gerontology. 64(1): 49-57. [Epub 2017 Sep 01]. doi: 10.1159/000479508

Daugherty AM, Raz N. 2017. Incident risk and progression of cerebral microbleeds in healthy adults: A multi-occasion longitudinal study. Neurobiol Aging. 59: 22-29. [Epub 2017 Jul 18]. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.07.003

Schwarb H, Johnson CL, Daugherty AM, Hillman CH, Kramer AF, Cohen NJ, Barbey AK. 2017. Aerobic fitness effects on hippocampal viscoelasticity and relational memory performance. NeuroImage. 153: 179-188. [Epub 2017 Mar 30]. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.03.061

Ehlers DK, Daugherty AM, Fanning J, Awick EA, Burzynska A, Chaddock-Heyman L, Kramer AF, McAuley E. 2017. Regional brain volumes moderate, but do not mediate, the effects of group-based exercise training on reductions in loneliness in older adults. Front Aging Neurosci. 9: 110 [Epub 2017 Apr 25]. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2017.00110

Daugherty AM, Flinn RW, Ofen N. 2017. Age-related differences in CA3-dentate gyrus volume uniquely linked to improvement in associative memory from childhood to adulthood. NeuroImage. 153: 75-85. [Epub 2017 Mar 22]. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.03.047

Daugherty AM, Raz N. 2017. A virtual water maze revisited: Two-year changes in navigation performance and their neural correlates in healthy adults. NeuroImage 146: 492-506. [Epub 2016 Sep 19]. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.09.044

Daugherty AM, Bender AR, Raz N, Ofen N. 2016. Age differences in hippocampal subfield volumes from childhood to late adulthood. Hipp 26(2): 220-8. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22517. [Epub 2015 Sep 4].

Daugherty AM, Raz N. 2016. Accumulation of iron in the putamen predicts its shrinkage in healthy older adults: A multi-occasion longitudinal study. NeuroImage 128: 11-20. [Epub 2015 Dec 30]. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.12.045


Currently Teaching

  •  PSY 8150, Applied Multivariate Methods in Psychology, Winter 2019