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Elizabeth C. Leritz, PhD
Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
Division of Aging
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115


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Research Narrative:

Dr. Leritz is a clinical neuropsychologist who joined the Division of Aging in 2005 as a research fellow and is now a faculty member. She is also affiliated with the Geriatric Neuropsychology Laboratory, located in the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Boston VA Healthcare System.

Dr. Leritz's early work, supported by an individual NIH postdoctoral fellowship, focused on understanding how memory functioning is affected in individuals who are at risk for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and cerebrovascular disease. Since that time, she has broadened the scope of her work to include neuroimaging in order to better understand the interplay between risk factors and neuropsychological function. Her current research, supported by a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, examines the differential effects that Alzheimer's disease and cerebrovascular disease risk factors (such as apoE4, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes) have on brain structure and cognition. She will also explore how cognitive reserve mediates these relationships over time.


Education:
University of Florida, 2004, PhD