Ross Andel, Ph.D.
- Title: Professor and Director School of Aging Studies, Director of the PhD in Aging Studies Program
- Phone: (813) 974-9743
- Office: MHC 1348
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- Curriculum Vitae
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, and I spent the first half of 2018 collaborating with my colleagues from the ANU Centre for Research on Ageing, Health, and Wellbeing, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and the University of Melbourne on the examination of work and retirement in relation cognitive aging outcomes. In addition, I had the opportunity to join Fulbright alumni at a TEDx event at Questacon in Canberra. My talk can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-9WYO_MQ20.
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.
Undergraduate Teaching (School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida )
- GEY 3601 Physical Change and Aging
- GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging
- GEY 4900 Directed Readings
- GEY 4900 Directed Research
Graduate Teaching (School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida)
- GEY 6613 Physical Change and Aging
- GEY 6934 Seminar in Aging and Cognition
- GEY 7911 Directed Research
- GEY 7604 Biomedical Aging
- GEY 7610 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging