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In this episode, we dive into the world of Indira C. Turney, Ph.D. She shares with us her experience as a Caribbean girl with the dream of going away to college. She eventually found her footing a researcher and when applying to graduate school did not get into any schools.
After spending time prepping for the next application year, she got into a majority of the programs that she applied to and when completing the program had really learned her passion for Alzheimer’s research. She educates us on her graduate school research on false memories and what we currently know about dementia. We have an awesome discussion on the importance of diversity and studying people of color in research.
Dr. Turney is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. She graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with a Bachelor in Psychology.
During her undergraduate career, she was a member of several academic and non-academic organizations and honors societies and she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Pennsylvania State University.
Her dissertation thesis focused on reducing false memories and examined training-related changes in brain function in older adults. Dr. Turney’s current research uses molecular, structural, and functional neuroimaging to identify socio-cultural sources and neural correlates in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among racially and ethnically diverse older adults.
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