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Andrew Bender

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Office Location
212 Knapp Bldg
Office Phone
313-437-1437
Bio Sketch

Postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Naftali Raz's Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging Lab - personal profile at agingbrain.wayne.edu/bender.php

Research Focus

Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging

  • Genetic and phenotypic vascular modifiers of neurocognitive aging
  • Diffusion tensor imaging of cerebral white matter in cognitive aging
  • The effects of age on episodic memory, associative memory, and their neuroanatomical correlates
  • Individual differences and longitudinal methods to study sources of variability in age-related declines to cognition, regional brain volumes, and white matter tracts
Education
2005-2014 Wayne State University, Department of Psychology & Institute of Gerontology
Ph.D., Psychology - Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Program
Concentrations in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging, Statistics & Lifespan Development
 
2003-2005 San Diego State University
M.A., Experimental Psychology (2006)
Thesis: Event-related potentials to a single item, cross-modal recognition memory task for young and older adults
 
1995-1998 University of Arizona
B.S., Psychology Major, Philosophy of Science Minor

 

 

Professional Service

 

2010-2011Continuing education lecturer for Institute of Gerontology Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Co-founder - Graduate Statistics Forum,  Institute of Gerontology Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
 
2009-2011Graduate Student Representative to Division 20 (Aging & Adult Development) of American Psychological Association

President, Institute of Gerontology Graduate Student Organization, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
 
2008-2009Vice President, Institute of Gerontology Graduate Student Organization, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Coordinator, 2008 Michigan Brain Awareness Day - Detroit Science Center, Detroit, MI

Founder and Coordinator, Wayne Brain Day, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Judge, 2008, 2009 Michigan Society for Neuroscience High School Brain Bee, Detroit, MI
 
2007Graduate Representative to 5-Year Departmental/Program Review Committee, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
 
2006-2008President (2007), Treasurer (2006), WSU Student Neuroscience Society

Graduate Student Representative - WSU Institute of Gerontology Colloquium Series

Graduate Student Assistant - WSU IoG Art of Aging Successfully Conference
 
2006-2007
Student Representative - WSU Psychology Department Faculty Search Committee, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Program
 
2005-2007Wayne State University, Institute of Gerontology, Healthier Black Elders local meetings and Annual Conference - Graduate Student Assistant

Organizational Coordinator (2006); Financial Chair (2007) WSU Annual Brain Awareness Day
 
2004Graduate Representative to 5-Year Departmental/Program Review Committee, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

 

Professional Associations
2005-PresentStudent member, Gerontological Society of America
2007-PresentStudent member, Society for Neuroscience
2009-PresentStudent Affiliate, American Psychological Association/APAGS/Division 5/Division 20
2010-PresentStudent member, Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Honors and Awards

 

Honors & Awards

 
2012-2013 Thomas C. Rumble Graduate Fellowship - Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
 
Spring 2012 Elizabeth Olson Award for Outstanding Graduate Paper - Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University
 
Fall 2011 1st Place - Graduate Poster Competition, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University- $200

1st Place - 2011 Graduate Research Competition, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University - $150
 
Fall 2010 1st Place - Graduate Poster Competition, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University- $200

1st Place - 2011 Graduate Research Competition, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University - $150
 
Spring 2008 Duncan McCarthy Award, Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience - $250

Julie A. Thomas Endowed Scholarship in Psychology - $500

Wayne State University Campus Life Leadership Award
Fall 2007 1st Place - Graduate Poster Competition, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University
Fall 2007 Brown University Sleep and Chronobiology Summer Research Apprenticeship
   

Travel Awards

 
Spring 2012 Institute of Gerontology Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $300
To attend the 2012 Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA
 
Fall 20011 Institute of Gerontology Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $300
To attend the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.
 
Spring 2011 Dean of Students Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $600
Institute of Gerontology Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $300
To attend the 2011 Dallas Aging & Cognition Conference, Dallas, TX
 
Spring 2010 Dean of Students Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $600
Institute of Gerontology Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $300
2010 Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.
 
Fall 2009 Institute of Gerontology Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $300
Department of Psychology Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $250
To attend the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL
 
Fall 2008 Dean of Students Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $600
To attend the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.
 
Spring 2008 Department of Psychology Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $180
To attend the 2008 Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA
 
Fall 2005 Department of Psychology Travel Award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - $250
To attend the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.
 
Summer 1998 1998 First Time Trainee Travel Award - Sleep Research Society/Associated Professional Sleep Societies (SRS/APSS) - 1998 APSS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA - $500
Publications

 

Bender, A. R., Naveh-Benjamin, M., & Raz, N. (2010). Associative deficit in recognition memory in a lifespan sample of healthy adults. Psychology and Aging, 25(4), 940-948.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (In Press). Age-related differences in recognition memory for items and associations: Contribution of individual differences in working memory and metamemory. Psychology and Aging.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2012). Age-related differences in memory and executive functions in healthy APOE ɛ4 carriers: The contribution of individual differences in prefrontal volumes and systolic blood pressure. Neuropsychologia, 50(5), 704-714.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2012). A Synergistic effect of genetic and vascular risk on episodic memory in a lifespan sample of healthy adults. Neuropsychology, 4(26), 442-450. 
 

Submitted

 

Bender, A. R., & Murphy, C. (In Revision). Neural correlates of memory for previously smelled stimuli differ for young and older adults. Paper submitted to International Journal of Psychophysiology, January 2012.

Bender, A. R., Daugherty, A. M., & Raz, N. (In Preparation). Associations bewteen hippocampal subfield volumes and memory differ as function of hypertension status. 

Bender, A. R., Naveh-Benjamin, M., & Raz, N. (In Revision). Processing speed and working memory mediate age-related differences in recognition memory for face-name associations. Paper submitted to The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences, September 2011. 

 

Research Support/Funding

 

Funding (by academic year)

 
2012-2013 Thomas C. Rumble Graduate Fellowship - Department of Psychology & Wayne State University
 
2009-2012 NIH/NIA Institutional NRSA T-32 AG00275-06-Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University
 
2008 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Wayne State University, Department of Psychology
 
2007 Graduate Research Assistantship, Wayne State University, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging Laboratory
 
2005-2006 NIH/NIA Institutional NRSA T-32 AG00275-06-Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University
 
2004 Graduate Research Assistantship, San Diego State University, Dept. of Psychology, Center for Lifespan Human Senses
 
2003 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, San Diego State University, Department of Psychology
 
Teaching Experience
2008-2009Graduate Teaching Assistant, Experimental Psychology Lab: Perception, Wayne State University
2003-2004Graduate Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Statistics Laboratory, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2003Teaching Assistant, Managing Diversity, Clinical Psychology Doctoral program, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA

 

 

Professional Experience

 

2005-PresentGraduate Research Assistant, Cognitive Neuroscience & Aging Laboratory, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Supervisor/Academic Advisor: Naftali Raz, Ph.D., Professor
  • Manual volumetry on structural MRI
  • Supervision and training of junior graduate students and undergraduates
  • Diffusion tensor imaging sequence implementation and data analysis
  • Responsible for episodic memory studies
  • Cognitive testing of research participants in ongoing NIH-funded aging study
  • Developing volumetric rules and procedures for measurement of cortical regions
  • Pre-doctoral Trainee - Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University
2003-2005Research Assistant, Center for Lifespan Human Senses, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • Supervisor/Thesis Advisor: Claire Murphy, Ph.D., Professor
  • Conducted research on effects of age on electrophysiological correlates of odor memory
  • Participant recruitment and experiment management
  • Training undergraduate research assistants on testing and scoring
  • Performing behavioral, psychophysical, neuropsychological and ERP testing
  • Analyzing behavioral, neuropsychological, and electrophysiological data
  • Research Assistant: Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, UC San Diego
  • Administering psychophysical/neuropsych tests to probable AD patients, caregivers, and healthy older adults.
2003-2005Research Assistant: Cognitive Electrophysiology Laboratory, Department of Neuropharmacology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
  • Supervisor: John Polich, Ph.D., Professor
  • Responsibilities:  Running event-related brain potential (ERP) studies of recognition memory
  • Performing data analysis, statistical, and graphic processing
1999-2003Programmer and Project Manager: BD Biosciences Pharmingen, Software Equity Group, United Rentals Inc., Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Managed teams of programmers and graphic designers
  • Developed and maintained corporate Internet and Intranet sites
  • Worked as a web applications developer, web developer, and web/graphic designer for Fortune 500 companies, small business and academic/non-profit organizations
  • Experienced in HTML, PHP, JSP, Flash, ASP, JavaScript & Perl
1998Research Assistant:  Brown University Medical School Sleep Research Laboratory
  • Supervisor: Mary Carskadon, Director, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown Medical School
  • Prepared subjects with electrode placement
  • Collected and recorded objective data including body temperature, PSG measures, arousals from sleep, parasomnias
  • Supervised 4-bed lab during subjects' sleeping shifts, monitoring and calibrating equipment
1997-1999Research Assistant: University of Arizona Sleep Research Laboratory
  • Supervisors: Richard Bootzin, Ph.D., Professor; Derek Loewy, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Instructed and supervised new lab assistants in the use of polysomnographic equipment and software, laboratory protocols, and sleep scoring
  • Performed subject intake and experimental preparation, including electrode placement, PSG calibration
  • Monitored subjects during sleep via infrared cameras and polysomnographic output, performed regular equipment calibrations, and ensured that other lab protocols were followed

 

Presentations

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (In prep). Associations between age, hippocampal subfield volumes and episodic memory are modified by vascular risk. Abstract submitted for presentation at the 2012 Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2011). Prefrontal white matter volume and systolic blood pressure mediate age-related differences in processing speed and working memory in ApoE ε4 carriers. Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2011). Recognition of face-name associations is modified by diagnosed hypertension. Presented at the 2011 Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2011). Prefrontal volume and systolic blood pressure mediate age-related differences in associative recognition in ApoE e4 carriers. Presented at the 2011 Dallas Aging Cognition Conference, Irving, TX.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2010). A combined effect of elevated pulse pressure and ApoE genotype on episodic memory. Paper presented at the 2010 Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2010). Age and subjective ratings of strategy effectiveness predict recognition performance for items and associations. Presented at the 2010 Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2010). A combined effect of elevated pulse pressure and ApoE ε4 genotype on recognition memory. Presented at the 2010 Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference, Dallas, TX.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2009). Hippocampal volume at baseline predicts memory for associations at two-year follow-up in healthy adults. Presented at the 2009 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2009). Age differences in item and association memory are modified by stimulus characteristics. Presented at the 2009 Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Bender, A. R., Kennedy, K.M., & Raz, N. (2008). Age-related differences in item and association memory for word pairs. Presented at the 2008 Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD.

Williams-Chatterjee, D. R., Spuz, C. A., Bender, A. R., Rodgers, M. K. & Baltes, B. B. (2008). The role of stress in cognitive pathologies related to chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder: A meta-analytic study. Presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Bender, A.R., Kennedy, K.M., & Raz, N. (2008). Age-related differences in item and association memory for names and faces. Presented at the 2008 Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Bender, A.R., Gilbert, P.E., Polich, J., & Murphy, C. (2007). Effects of age on the P3 component in ERPs to a cross-modal recognition memory task. Presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Murphy, C. & Bender, A. R. (2007). Older Adults with the APOE4 Risk Factor for Alzheimer's Disease Show Altered Topographical Brain Response in an Odor Recognition Memory Task. Presented at the 2007 AChemS Chemical Senses meeting, Sarasota, Florida.

Bender, A. R. (2006). Event-related potentials to a single item, cross-modal recognition memory task for young and older adults.  Master's Thesis presented to faculty of Department of Psychology, San Diego State University.

Bender, A.R., Sarvetnick, A., Nemirow, J., Nguyen, U., Malsbary, K., Khaskin, K. Gilbert, P.E., Polich, J., & Murphy, C. (2005). Late negative component in an event-related potential study of cross-modal recognition memory for young and old adults. Presented at thte 2005 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

Bender, A.R., Loewy, D.H., & Bootzin, R.R. (1998). Perceived sleep quality and feelings of restedness: differences between insomniacs and normal sleepers based on stage of awakening. Presented at the 1998 Associated Professional Sleep Societies Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.