PhD, Duke University, 1995
MA, Duke University, 1993
BA, University of Minnesota, 1988
Dr. Carlson is clinically and experimentally trained. She leads investigations to identify biomarkers of early dementia and evaluates both environmental and pharmacologic interventions of dementia risk. She served as the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Women’s Health and Aging Study Cognitive Pathways study, and the Johns Hopkins site PI of the national Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEMS) trial to prevent and delay dementia and cognitive aging. Dr. Carlson currently serves as the Johns Hopkins site PI of the national Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), and as Project leader of the P01-funded Baltimore Experience Corps Trial (BECT) to evaluate the impact of high-intensity service in elementary schools on older adults’ cognitive, brain, and functional health. Within this trial, Dr. Carlson obtained funds to recruit a nested Brain Health Study (BHS) to evaluate the Experience Corps program’s impact on brain health through changes in life style activity as measured by accelerometry and assisted GPS. Dr. Carlson has over 82 peer-reviewed publications and 4 first-authored chapters. She serves on the editorial board of leading neuropsychological and gerontologic journals.
To help translate research into public health practice, Dr. Carlson is also engaged in community service as President of the non-profit, Intergenerational Community Services (ICS). ICS seeks to promote and develop intergenerational programs that harness the wisdom of aging adults to help develop young minds.
Honors and Awards
Faculty Initiative Fund, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, January 2007
Stephen R. Bechtel Award, 5 consecutive years, December 2004-09
Johns Hopkins Older Adult Independence Center’s (OAIC), National Pepper junior faculty advisory committee representative, 2004-2008
Division 40 American Psychological Association Award for Excellence in Scientific Presentation, July 28-August 1, 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii
American Psychological Association (APA) sponsored awardee, Advanced Training Institute in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Massachusetts General Hospital, June 2003
National Institute of Aging (NIA) R01 Grant, October 2002: Cognitive Pathways to Disability
National Institute of Aging (NIA) R03 Grant, October 2001: Does cognitive activity promote healthy aging?
National Institute of Aging (NIA) R03 Grant, October 2000: Quantifying the psychometric properties of cognitive activity
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) Award, June 1999: Characterizing cognitive activity in older adults
National Research Service Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1997
National Research Service Award, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1995