Valerie Medina

Valerie Medina
  • Graduate Student

Contact Info


Advisor: Dr. Amber Watts

Research Lab: BRANCH Lab


B.A. in Psychology, SUNY Geneseo, 2018
M.S. in Neuroscience, Columbia University, 2020


My research interests include exploring how mechanistic pathways to Alzheimer’s Disease might be racially patterned. Further, studying how lifelong exposures, including factors such as education, occupation, and leisure activities, may serve as moderators or buffers in the context of cognitive decline among older adult populations.

Selected Publications

Vonk, J. M., Arce Rentería, M., Medina, V. M., Pericak-Vance, M. A., Byrd, G. S., Haines, J., & Manly, J. J. (2019). Education moderates the relation between APOE ɛ4 and memory in nondemented non-hispanic black older adults. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 72(2), 495-506.