Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Sierra Pacific MIRECC, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System & Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine
Dr. Shivley-Scott is a postdoctoral research fellow at the VA Palo Alto Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Neuropsychology from Fordham University where his research focused on interactive relationships between medical, psychological, sociocultural, and neurocognitive outcomes in older adults. At VA Palo Alto, Dr. Shivley-Scott’s postdoctoral research has focused on understanding the impact of environmental and biological factors that influence neuroanatomical substrates associated with mood regulation in traumatic brain injury and older adults.
SAGE Project: Cross-National Differences in the Interaction between Vascular Burden, Depressive Symptoms, and Cognition in Older Adults in Mexico and the United States
Vascular conditions and depression are each associated with poor cognitive outcomes in older adults from Mexico and the United States (US). This study will examine cross-national differences in the interaction between vascular burden and depressive symptoms on cognitive outcomes because Mexican older adults may be especially susceptible to worse cognitive functioning related to these factors. The study will examine this in two large publicly available databases evaluating cognitive aging in Mexico and the US using a novel statistical technique called data harmonization. Findings from this study may inform specific interventions for each country that target risk factors of diseases of aging (e.g., vascular burden and depression).