The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Denise C. Park

Director of Research, Center for Vital Longevity
Distinguished University Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences
UT Regents’ Research Scholar

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience of aging; preclinical Alzheimer’s disease; effect of an engaged lifestyle on cognition; cultural neuroscience

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3255
Office: VP_8.09
Campus Mail Code: VP 10
Website: Park Aging Mind Laboratory


Dr. Denise Park is Distinguished University Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she founded the Center for Vital Longevity and is now Director of Research. She has held previous appointments as Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois. Her research career has been focused on the study of normal aging. At present, through her work on the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, she is focused on isolating a neural footprint early in the lifespan that identifies future cognitive resilience and cognitive decline with age. She is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS). She has received both the Distinguished Research Contribution Award (2002) and the Distinguished Mentorship Award (2015) from the Division of Adult Development of Aging of the APA. She was elected President of this Division in 1991 and also chaired the Board of Scientific Affairs of the APA. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for the APS. She has chaired two NIH study sections and presently serves on one. She holds a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Aging and has received continuous support of her research from the NIA for over 30 years. For a brief summary of Dr. Park’s research interests and scientific contributions please see her NIH Biosketch.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications


Hou X, Liu P, Li Y, Jiang D, De Vis JB, Lin Z, Sur S, Baker Z, Mao D, Ravi H, Rodrigue K, Albert M, Park DC, Lu H.(2020) The association between BOLD-based cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) and end-tidal CO2 in healthy subjects. NeuroImage, 207, 116365

Chen X, Farrell ME, Moore W, Park DC. Actual memory as a mediator of the amyloidsubjective cognitive decline relationship. Alzheimer’s & dementia (Amsterdam, Netherlands). 2019 December; 11:151-160.

Festini SB, Hertzog C, McDonough IM, Park DC. What makes us busy? Predictors of perceived busyness across the adult lifespan. The Journal of General Psychology. 2019 April; 146(2):111-133.

Gagnon, H., Simmonite, M., Cassady, K., Chamberlain, J., Freiburger, E., Lalwani, P., Kelley, S., Foerster, B., Park, D. C., Petrou, M., Seidler, R. D., Taylor, S. F., Weissman, D. H., & Polk, T. A. (2019). Michigan Neural Distinctiveness (MiND) study protocol: investigating the scope, causes, and consequences of age-related neural dedifferentiation. BMC neurology, 19(1), 61.

Burke, S. N., Mormino, E. C., Rogalski, E. J., Kawas, C. H., Willis, R. J., & Park, D. C. (2019). What are the later life contributions to reserve, resilience, and compensation? Neurobiology of aging, 83, 140-144.

Park DC. Cognitive ability in old age is predetermined by age 20 y. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2019 February 5; 116(6):1832-1833.

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