Ross Andel, Ph.D.

Ross Andel, Ph.D.

Description of Research Interests

My primary research interest is the investigation of modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment including Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. I am particularly interested in the role of occupational environment in cognitive change and cognitive impairment, but I also study other factors in this context including leisure activities, education, personality, dietary factors, and blood profile. 

More recently, I have been involved in the search for clinical tools capable of identifying early signs of cognitive impairment. This includes collaboration with colleagues from the Czech Brain Ageing Study where we target spatial navigation memory as a potential indicator of cognitive status. It also includes collaboration with the  USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute specifically research on the use of web-based memory monitoring system for older adults, the Cogstate Brief Battery.

In 2017, I was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. I will use my time at Australia to collaborate with my colleagues from the ANU Centre for Research on Ageing, Health, and Wellbeing on the examination of various occupational characteristics (work complexity, work stress, occupational status) and their influence on cognitive and health outcomes at various stages of life.

Finally, I work with my colleagues from the Cognitive Aging and Neurophysiology of Aging Labs at USF where we conduct research aimed at helping older adults maintain their cognitive abilities, particularly those abilities that tend to decline with age such as memory and speed of information processing.

Publications (representative publications selected from over 100)

PubMed Publications

Laczó, J., Andel, R., Nedelska, Z., Vyhnalek, M., Vlcek, K., Crutch, S., Harrison, G., & Hort, J. (2017). Exploring the contribution of spatial navigation to cognitive functioning in older adults. Neurobiology of Aging, 51, 67-70Valdes, E. G., Sadeq, N. A., Harrison Bush, A. L., Morgan, D., & Andel, R. (2016). Regular cognitive self-monitoring in community-dwelling older adults using an internet-based tool. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 1-12. Epub ahead of print.

Andel, R., Finkel, D., & Pedersen, N. L. (2015). Effects of preretirement work complexity and postretirement leisure activity on cognitive aging. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Epub ahead of print.

Laczo, J., Andel, R., Vyhnalek, M, Matoska, V., Kaplan, V., Nedelska, Z, ….., Hort, J (2015). The effect of TOMM40 on spatial navigation in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neurobiology of Aging, 36(6), 2024-2033Andel, R., Silverstein, M., & Kareholt, I. (in press). The role of midlife occupational complexity and leisure activity in cognitive function in advanced old age. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Andel, R.,(2014). Cognitive benefits of working. In C. Wolverson & L. Hunt (Eds.), Work and the older person: Increasing longevity and wellbeing (pp. 89-100). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc.

Hahn, E., Wang, H.-X., Andel, R., & Fratiglioni, L. (2013). A Change in Sleep Pattern May Predict Alzheimer’s Disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Epub ahead of print.

Granic, A., Andel, R., Dahl, A. K., Gatz, M., & Pedersen, N. L. (2013). Midlife dietary patterns and mortality in the population-based study of Swedish twins. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67, 578-586.

Andel, R.Crowe, M., Hahn, E. A., Mortimer, J. A., Pedersen, N. L., Fratiglioni, L., Johansson, B., & Gatz, M. (2012). Work-related stress may increase the risk of vascular dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60, 60-67.

*Nedelska, Z., Andel, R. Laczó, J., Vlcek, K., Horinek, D., Lisy, J., Sheardova, K., Bures, J., & Hort, J. (2012). Spatial navigation impairment is proportional to right hippocampal volume. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 2590-2594.

Andel, R. Crowe, M., Feychting, M., Pedersen, N. L., Fratiglioni, L., Johansson, B., & Gatz, M. (2010). Work-related exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields and dementia: Results from the population-based Swedish Twin Registry. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 61, 937-939.

Hughes, T. F., Andel, R., Small, B. J., Borenstein, A., Mortimer, J., Wolk, A., Johansson, B., Fratiglioni, L., Pedersen, N. L., & Gatz, M. (2010). The Association between Mid-Life Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Risk for Dementia in Swedish Twins. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 18, 413-420.

Kröger, E., Andel, R., Lindsay, J., Benounissa, Z., Verreault, R., & Laurin, D. (2008). Is complexity of work associated with risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? The Canadian Study of Health and Aging. American Journal of Epidemiology, 167, 820-830.

Andel, R., Crowe, M., Pedersen, N. L., Fratiglioni, L., Johansson, B., & Gatz, M. (2008). Physical exercise at midlife and risk of dementia three decades later: a population-based study of Swedish twins. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 63, M62-M66..

Classes Taught

Undergraduate Teaching (School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida )

Graduate Teaching (School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida)