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, 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:

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.


PubMed Publications

Classes Taught

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

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