Cathy L. McEvoy, Ph.D
(Experimental Psychology), 1982, University of South Florida.
Professor School of Aging Studies
Director of Master Program
Description of Research Interests
The research that my students and I carry out is designed to understand how memory is affected by aging. We have been asking questions such as why older adults have more difficulty than younger adults in finding words they want to express an idea; do older adults have greater problems with distraction that increases interference when trying to remember; and are older adults more likely to experience false memories – memories for events that never actually occurred? In all of this research we are particularly interested in how older adults use their knowledge networks to support memory processing. We have found that as adults age they become more reliant on their long-term prior knowledge and less reliant on immediate memory processes. Our research has attempted to apply concepts from quantum physics to understanding how semantic networks guide the acquisition and recall of event memory. In addition, along with my colleagues and students, some of my research has focused on memory processing in deaf and hearing-impaired adults.
- Editorial Board Member, Aging, Neuropsychology, & Cognition
- Editorial Board Member, Research on Aging
- Member, NIH Special Emphasis Review Panel
Publications (representative publications)
Handing, E.P., Small, B.J., Andel, R. McEvoy, C.L., & Kumar, N. (2017). Can nutrition or inflammation moderate the age-cognition association among older adults? Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.
Seetharaman, S., Andel, R., McEvoy, C., Dahl Aslan, A.K., Finkel, D., & Pedersen, N.L. (2014), Blood glucose, diet-based glycemic load and cognitive aging among dementia-free older adults. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Science, 70, 471-479.
Small, B.J., Rawson, K.S., Martin, C., Eisel, S.L., Sanberg, C.D., McEvoy, C.L., Sanberg, P.R., Shytle, R.D., Tan, J., & Bickford, P.C. (2014). Nutraceutical intervention improves older adults’ cognitive functioning. Rejuvenation Research, 17, 27-32.
Nelson, D.L., Kitto, K., Galea, D., McEvoy, C.L., & Bruza, P.D. (2013). How activation, entanglement, and searching a semantic network contribute to event memory. Memory & Cognition, 41, 797-819.
Honors and Awards
- Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
- Fellow, American Psychological Association
- Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
- USF President’s Award for Faculty Excellence
- GEY 7404 Writing Grant Proposals
- GEY 6600 Human Development
- GEY 6222 Elder Abuse Assessment and Intervention
- DEP 2004 The Life Cycle