Ira Driscoll, Ph.D.

Affiliated Scientist

Assistant Professor
College of Letters and Science – Department of Psychology

Interests & Expertise:
Dr. Driscoll joined UWM in 2011 and is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. She holds an affiliate appointment with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Driscoll’s primary research focus revolves around brain changes as early predictors of cognitive deficits and dementia, and the role for hormones and genetic background as modulators of age-related cognitive decline. The function of the hippocampus and the nature of amnesia in aging and Alzheimer’s disease are of particular interest. Dr. Driscoll employs a multi-level investigative approach by combining neurogenetics, neuroimaging, and cognitive tasks that allow for cross-species comparisons. Click here to see Dr. Driscoll’s CV. To see Dr. Driscoll’s full profile, click here.

Current Projects:
Current collaborative projects in the lab include investigations of: 1.) genetic risk for cognitive impairment and dementia in healthy, middle-aged adults prior to any overt signs of illness; 2.) differences in conscious and subliminal recollection of memories with overlapping elements in younger and older adults using eye-tracking methodology; 3.) learning landmarks in a virtual environment, and 4.) cognitive and experiential factors that may affect spatial navigation; and 5.) a study of human learning, memory and awareness across the life-span.

Most Recent Publications:

Korthauer, L., & Driscoll, I. (2017). "APOE as a Risk Factor for Age-Related Cognitive Impairment: Neuropsychological and Neuroimaging Findings.” Chapter in Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, Cohen, L. (Ed.). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons LTD.

Korthauer, L.E., Goveas, J., Espeland, M.A., Shumaker, S.A., Garcia, K.R., Tindle, H., Salmoirago-Blotcher, E., Sink, K.M., Vaughan, L., Rapp, S.R., Resnick, S.M., & Driscoll, I. (2017 Sep 19). Negative Affect is Associated with Higher Risk of Incident Cognitive Impairment in Nondepressed Postmenopausal Women. Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx175. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29028908

Driscoll, I. Cognitive Functioning in Aging Women. Women and Health, 2nd Ed.