Deborah Zaitchik-Samet, Ph.D.


Assistant Investigator
Psychiatry, Mass General Research Institute
Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Research Staff
Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1989
aging; alzheimer's disease; dementia; neuroimaging

The Gerontology Research Unit, directed by Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, takes a broad approach to the study of cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

One major focus of our work is early recognition of the prodromal phase of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementing illnesses (often referred to as MCI), and its differentiation from the changes of normal aging, since expected and foreseeable interventions are more likely to be able to preserve than restore nerve function.