Ana Daugherty

Ana Daugherty

Ana Daugherty

Bio Sketch

Dr. Daugherty is an Assistant Professor, jointly appointed to the Institute of Gerontology, Department of Psychology, and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and affiliated faculty of the Intigrative Biosciences Initiative.


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. 

To learn more about the Healthy Brain Aging Lab:

Office Location

IOG Office: 249 Knapp Building, 87 E Ferry

Psychology Office: 8307.1 Maccabees, 5057 Woodward Ave.

Laboratory: 1111 Integrative Biosciences (IBio), 6135 Woodward Ave.

Areas of Expertise

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

Courses Taught

PSY 3040, Psychology of Perception: Fundamental Processes, Fall 2020 

PSY 8150, Applied Multivariate Methods in Psychology, Winter 2019, 2020


For a complete list click here: pubmed

Daugherty AM, Zwilling C, Paul EJ, Sherepa N, Allen C, Kramer AF, Hillman CH, Cohen NJ, Barbey AK. 2018. Multi-modal fitness and cognitive training to enhance fluid intelligence. Intell. 66: 32-43. [Epub 2017 Nov 20]. doi: 10/10116/j.intell.2017.11.001

Raz N, Daugherty AM. 2018. Pathways to brain aging and their modifiers: free-radical induced energetic and neural decline in senescence (FRIENDS) model. Gerontology. 64(1): 49-57. [Epub 2017 Sep 01]. doi: 10.1159/000479508

Daugherty AM, Raz N. 2017. Incident risk and progression of cerebral microbleeds in healthy adults: A multi-occasion longitudinal study. Neurobiol Aging. 59: 22-29. [Epub 2017 Jul 18]. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.07.003

Schwarb H, Johnson CL, Daugherty AM, Hillman CH, Kramer AF, Cohen NJ, Barbey AK. 2017. Aerobic fitness effects on hippocampal viscoelasticity and relational memory performance. NeuroImage. 153: 179-188. [Epub 2017 Mar 30]. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.03.061

Ehlers DK, Daugherty AM, Fanning J, Awick EA, Burzynska A, Chaddock-Heyman L, Kramer AF, McAuley E. 2017. Regional brain volumes moderate, but do not mediate, the effects of group-based exercise training on reductions in loneliness in older adults. Front Aging Neurosci. 9: 110 [Epub 2017 Apr 25]. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2017.00110

Daugherty AM, Flinn RW, Ofen N. 2017. Age-related differences in CA3-dentate gyrus volume uniquely linked to improvement in associative memory from childhood to adulthood. NeuroImage. 153: 75-85. [Epub 2017 Mar 22]. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.03.047

Daugherty AM, Raz N. 2017. A virtual water maze revisited: Two-year changes in navigation performance and their neural correlates in healthy adults. NeuroImage 146: 492-506. [Epub 2016 Sep 19]. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.09.044

Daugherty AM, Bender AR, Raz N, Ofen N. 2016. Age differences in hippocampal subfield volumes from childhood to late adulthood. Hipp 26(2): 220-8. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22517. [Epub 2015 Sep 4].

Daugherty AM, Raz N. 2016. Accumulation of iron in the putamen predicts its shrinkage in healthy older adults: A multi-occasion longitudinal study. NeuroImage 128: 11-20. [Epub 2015 Dec 30]. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.12.045

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