Ana Daugherty

Ana Daugherty

Ana Daugherty

Bio Sketch

Dr. Daugherty is an Assistant Professor, jointly appointed to the Institute of Gerontology and Department of Psychology. She is affiliated faculty and serves on the steering committee of the Translational Neuroscience Program (School of Medicine). 


2015-2018, Postdoctoral Training, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

2014-2015, Postdoctoral Training, Institute of Gerontology,Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2011-2014, PhD, Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2008-2011, MA, Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2003-2007, BS, Neuroscience, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

Research Focus

Dr. Daugherty directs the Healthy Brain Aging Laboratory that studies health factors and behaviors that shape changes in brain structures and functions across the lifespan. She has a particular interest in metabolic and vascular health, and studies both risk (e.g., hypertension, metabolic syndrome) and protective (e.g., aerobic exercise) factors. Towards this end, her studies include measures of brain structure from MRI, cognitive ability, blood serum biomarkers, genetics, and lifestyle behaviors. She works with adults of all ages, and in collaboration with other laboratories at the IOG, she studies the breadth of the human lifespan from childhood to late adulthood. 

She directs the Detroit Aging Brain Study, which is a community-partnered longitudinal study going on 22 years in the Metro Detroit area to study changes in brain structure and function across the healthy, adult lifespan.

To learn more about the Healthy Brain Aging Lab and the Detroit Aging Brain Study:

Office Location

IOG Office: 249 Knapp Building, 87 E Ferry

Psychology Office: 8307.1 Maccabees, 5057 Woodward Ave.

Laboratory: Suite 9, 100 E. Palmer St.

Areas of Expertise

Neural Cognitive Aging, Lifespan Development, Metabolic and Vascular Health, Spatial Navigation, Multimodal Neuroimaging, Structural Equation Modeling and Longitudinal Methods

Research Project Link

Courses Taught

Psychology of Perception: Fundamental Processes (PSY 3040, undergraduate seminar)

Functional Neuroanatomy (PSY 8060, graduate seminar with dissection lab)

Applied Multivariate Methods in Psychology (PSY 8150, graduate seminar with lab)


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