Jessica Damoiseaux

Jessica Damoiseaux

Assistant Professor


 87 East Ferry St., room 255 Knapp Building


Jessica Damoiseaux

Jessica Damoiseaux, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Gerontology and the Department of Psychology. Dr. Damoiseaux' main research goal is to understand the changes in brain function and cognition that accompany normal and abnormal aging. She is particularly interested in examining the influence of biological and cognitive predisposition on cognitive and brain network connectivity changes in healthy older adults. The primary approach Dr. Damoiseaux uses to study brain network connectivity is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In addition, she uses other neuroimaging techniques, such as structural MRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to study brain structure and structural brain connectivity.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Neuroimaging, Resting State fMRI, Functional Connectivity, Aging, Neurodegenerative Disease.


Dr. Damoiseaux's main research project is a longitudinal aging study, in which she collects neuroimaging data, genetics and neuropsychological data of healthy older adults. This study will allow her to investigate age-related changes in brain function and cognitive function, and the effect of biological and cognitive background on age-related changes within subjects.

Another project examines the differences in brain function between older adults with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI) and healthy older adults, and assesses the changes in brain function within these groups over time. The aim of this study is to examine whether SCI is a precursor of Alzheimer's disease (AD). SCI is a common condition in which a patient has memory complaints but no deficits on formal cognitive testing. Unlike amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is widely recognized as a precursor of AD, it is still unclear whether SCI is a forerunner of AD, representing the latent phase of the disease.


  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (2008) VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • M.Sc. in Psychology (2003) Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Awards and grants

  • Pilot Project Program (5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018)
    Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center
    Project title: Hippocampal connectivity along the spectrum of pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease
    Role: PI
    Amount: $35,000

  • Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni grant (2/1/2013 - 2/1/2018)
    The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
    Project title: Subjective cognitive impairment: a sign of incipient Alzheimer's disease? A longitudinal study of functional and structural brain changes in healthy older adults with and without cognitive complaints.
    Role: PI
    Amount: 250,000 Euro

Selected publications

  • Viviano RP, Raz N, Yuan P, Damoiseaux JS. Associations between dynamic functional connectivity and age, metabolic risk, and cognitive performance. Neurobiology of Aging (in press)
  • Damoiseaux JS. Effects of Aging on Functional and Structural Brain Connectivity. NeuroImage 2017. DOI 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.01.077
  • Damoiseaux JS, Huijbers W. The complementary value of task-evoked and resting-state functional imaging: a commentary on Campbell and Schacter (2016). Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. 2016 Oct 25:1-3.
  • Damoiseaux JS, Raymond P. Viviano, Peng Yuan, Naftali Raz. Differential Effect of Age on Posterior and Anterior Hippocampal Functional Connectivity. NeuroImage 2016. 133, 468–476.
  • Damoiseaux JS, Seeley WW, Zhou J, Shirer WR, Coppola G, Karydas A, Rosen HJ, Miller, BL, Kramer JH, Greicius MD. Gender Modulates the APOE ε4 Effect in Healthy Older Adults: Convergent Evidence from Functional Brain Connectivity and Spinal Fluid Tau Levels. J. NeuroSci. 2012 Jun 13;32(24):8254-8262.
  • Damoiseaux JS. Resting-state fMRI as a biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimers Res Ther. 2012 Mar 15;4(3):8.
  • Damoiseaux JS, Prater K, Miller BL, Greicius MD. Functional connectivity tracks clinical deterioration in Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Apr;33(4):828.e19-30.
  • Sanz-Arigita EJ, Schoonheim MM, Damoiseaux JS, Rombouts SA, Maris E, Barkhof F, Scheltens P, Stam CJ. Loss of 'small-world' networks in Alzheimer's disease: graph analysis of FMRI resting-state functional connectivity. PLoS One. 2010 Nov 1;5(11):e13788.
  • Damoiseaux JS, Greicius MD. Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: A Review of Studies Combining Structural Connectivity and Resting-State Functional Connectivity. Brain Struct Funct. 2009 Oct;213(6):525-33.
  • Zarei M, Damoiseaux JS, Morgese C, Beckmann CF, Smith SM, Matthews PM, Scheltens P, Rombouts SA, Barkhof F. Regional White Matter Integrity Differentiates between Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer‘s Disease. Stroke. 2009 Mar;40(3):773-9.
  • Damoiseaux JS, Smith SM, Witter MP, Sanz-Arigita EJ, Barkhof F, Scheltens P, Stam CJ, Zarei M, Rombouts SA. White matter tract integrity in aging and Alzheimer's disease. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Apr;30(4):1051-9.
  • Damoiseaux JS, Beckmann CF, Sanz-Arigita EJ, Barkhof F, Scheltens P, Stam CJ, Smith SM, Rombouts SA. Reduced resting-state brain activity in the "default network" in normal aging. Cereb Cortex. 2008 Aug;18(8):1856-64.
  • Damoiseaux JS, Rombouts SA, Barkhof F, Scheltens P, Stam CJ, Smith SM, Beckmann CF. Consistent resting-state networks across healthy subjects. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Sep 12;103(37):13848-53.

Currently teaching

  • PSY 3120: Brain and Behavior


Courses taught

 PSY 5040: Cognitive Neuroscience

PYC 7140: Fundamentals Neuroimaging

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