Jerri D. Edwards, Ph.D.

Jerri D. Edwards, Ph.D.

Cognitive Aging and Neurophysiology of Aging Labs

Description of Research Interests

Dr. Jerri Edwards is an Associate Professor in the University of South Florida (USF) School of Aging Studies.  She directs the USF Cognitive Aging Lab, is an affiliate member of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, and is courtesy faculty in USF Communication Sciences & Disorders; the Center for Urban Transportation Research; and the Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research. 

Dr. Edwards’ research focuses on discovery of how cognitive abilities can be maintained and enhanced with advancing age.  Her goals include extending the mobility and independence of older adults.  She investigates how cognitive interventions (a.k.a., brain training) help older adults delay or avoid functional difficulties.  A great deal of her research has focused on the functional ability of driving, revealing that cognitive training reduces older drivers’ at-fault crash rates by 48%.  Her research indicates that computerized cognitive training not only improves cognitive function, but also longitudinally enhances the everyday functional abilities of older adults.  

Dr. Edwards completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Anderson University in Indiana.  She has a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Western Kentucky University, and a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Translational Research on Aging and Mobility at the UAB Center for Applied Gerontology.   

Publications

PubMed Publications