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Advancing the understanding of emotional and social wellbeing and the aging brain.

Welcome  to the Neuropsychiatry of Aging Research group’s webpage. Our collaborative research investigates the neurology of emotional and social function in healthy older adults and those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  We work within the Harvard Aging Brain Study and other large observational studies to define emotional, behavioral and pathological changes that occur at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, prior to the onset of cognitive impairment. These changes include traditional neuropsychiatric symptoms such as anxiety and depression as well as subtle changes in social function.

By recognizing these early symptoms in older adults, we seek to enhance the detection of Alzheimer’s disease and advance treatment options to preserve cognitive and mental health in late-life.


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Loneliness: Science and Practice textbook edited by Dilip V. Jeste, Tanya T. Nguyen, and Nancy J. Donovan

Published by American Psychiatric Association, 2023.

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Evaluating feasibility, value and characteristics of an intergenerational friendly telephone visit program during the Covid-19 pandemic

Published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, December 2022.


Nancy Donovan presents at Lund University in Sweden, May 2022

An Introduction to the Neuropsychiatry of Alzheimer’s Disease for thesis defense of Maurits Johansson; Social Connection and Alzheimer’s Disease for the Frontiers in Neuroscience series.


Advancing the understanding of emotional and social wellbeing and the aging brain.
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