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Biography

Dr. Ozioma C. Okonkwo,

Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin

Assistant Professor


Email: ozioma@medicine.wisc.edu


Qualifications

2009 Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, Medical/Clinical Psychology

2005 M.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, Medical/Clinical Psychology

2003 M.A., University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia, USA, Psychology

2000 B.A. (1st class honors), University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Philosophy


Publications (Selected)

  1. Okonkwo O. C., Oh J. M., Koscik R., Jonaitis E., Cleary C. A., Dowling N. M., Bendlin B. B., LaRue A., Hermann B. P., Barnhart T. E., Murali D., Rowley H. A., Carlsson C. M., Gallagher C. L., Asthana S., Sager M. A., Christian B. T., Johnson S. C., Amyloid burden, neuronal function, and cognitive decline in middle-aged adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2014; in press. PMC Journal-In Process.
  2. Johnson S. C., Christian B. T., Okonkwo O. C., Oh J., Harding S., Xu G., Hillmer A. T., Wooten D. W., Murali D., Barnhart T., Hall L. T., Racine A. M., Klunk W. E., Mathis C. A., Bendlin B. B., Gallagher C. L., Carlsson C. M., Rowley H. A., Hermann B. P., Dowling N. M., Asthana S., Sager M. A., Amyloid burden and neural function in people at risk for AD. Neurobiology Aging. 2014; 2014; 35:576-584. PMC Journal-In Process.
  3. Birdsill A. C., Koscik R. L., Jonaitis E. M., Johnson S. C., Okonkwo O. C., Hermann B. P., LaRue A., Sager M. A., Bendlin B. B., Regional white matter hyperintensities: aging, Alzheimer's disease risk, and cognitive function. Neurobiology of Aging. 2014; 35:769-776.
  4. Okonkwo O. C., Xu G., Oh J. M., Dowling N. M., Carlsson C. M., Gallagher C., Birdsill A. C., Palotti M., Wharton W., Hermann B. P., LaRue A., Bendlin B. B., Rowley H. A., Asthana S., Sager M. A., Johnson S. C., Cerebral blood flow is diminished in asymptomatic middle-aged adults with maternal history of Alzheimer’s disease. Cerebral Cortex. 2013; in press. PMC Journal-In Process.
  5. Birdsill A. C., Carlsson C. M., Willette AW, Okonkwo O. C., Johnson S. C., Xu G., Oh J. M., Gallagher C. L., Koscik R. L., Jonaitis E. M., Hermann B. P., LaRue A., Rowley H. A., Asthana S., Sager M. A., Bendlin B. B., Low cerebral blood flow is associated with lower memory function in metabolic syndrome. Obesity. 2013; in press. PMC Journal-In Process.
  6. Okonkwo O. C., Xu G., Dowling N. M., Bendlin B. B., LaRue A., Hermann B. P., Koscik R., Jonaitis E., Rowley H. A., Carlsson C. M., Asthana S., Sager M. A., Johnson S. C., Family history of Alzheimer disease predicts hippocampal atrophy in healthy middle-aged adults. Neurology. 2012; 78:1769-1776. PMC3359586.
  7. Bendlin B. B., Carlsson C. M., Johnson S. C., Zetterberg H., Blennow K., Willette A. A., Okonkwo O. C., Sodhi A., Ries M. L., Birdsill A. C., Alexander A. L., Rowley H. A., Puglielli L., Asthana S., Sager M. CSFT-Tau/Aβ42 predicts white matter microstructure in healthy adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. PLoS One. 2012; 7(6):e37720. PMC3368882.
  8. Okonkwo O. C., Mielke M. M., Griffith H. R., Moghekar A. R., O’Brien R. J., Shaw L. M., Trojanowski J. Q., Albert M. S., the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Cerebrospinal fluid profiles predict prospective course and outcome among persons with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Archives of Neurology, 2011; 68:113-119. PMC3058271.
  9. Okonkwo O. C., Cohen R. A., Gunstad J., Poppas A. Cardiac output, blood pressure variability, and cognitive decline in geriatric cardiac patients. Journal of Cardioplumonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2011; 31:290-297. PMC3171573.
  10. Mielke M. M., Okonkwo O. C., Oishi K., Mori S., Tighe S., Miller M. I., Ceritoglu C., Brown T., Albert M., Lyketsos C. G., Fornix integrity and hippocampal volume predict memory decline and progression to Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2011; 8:105-13. PMC3305232.
  11. Okonkwo O. C., Alosco M. L., Griffith H. R., Mielke M. M., Shaw L. M., Trojanowski J. Q., Tremont G., the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Cerebrospinal fluid abnormalities and rate of decline in everyday function across the dementia spectrum: Normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease. Archives of Neurology. 2010; 67:688-696. PMC2888499.
  12. Okonkwo O. C., Alosco M. L., Jerskey B. A., Sweet L. H., Ott B. R., Tremont G., the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Cerebral atrophy, apolipoprotein E ε4, and rate of decline in everyday function among patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimer’s & Dementia. 2010; 6:404-411. PMC2950092.
  13. Ott B. R., Cohen R. A., Gongvatana A., Okonkwo O. C., Johanson C. E., Stopa E. G., Donahue J. E., Silverberg G. D., the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Brain ventricular volume and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 2010;20:647-657. PMC3078034.
  14. Okonkwo O. C., Griffith H. R., Vance D. E., Marson D. C., Ball K., Wadley V. G., Awareness of functional difficulties in mild cognitive impairment: A multi-domain assessment approach. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2009; 57:978-984. PMC2738847.
  15. Okonkwo O. C., Griffith H. R., Copeland J. N., Belue K., Lanza S., Zamrini E. Y., Harrell L. E., Brockington J. C., Clark D., Raman R., Marson D. C., Medical decision-making capacity in mild cognitive impairment: A three-year longitudinal study. Neurology. 2008; 71:1474-1480. PMC2676965.

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