Changes in the Aging Brain

The Influence of Positive and Negative Modifiers
APA Clinician's Corner

June 22, 2018

Washington, D.C.

The APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) offers monthly Clinician's Corner workshops that feature leading practitioners and scholars working in key areas of professional practice. Participants have the opportunity to interact with the presenter. All workshops include CE credits. You can attend two ways: 

  • Live webcast.
  • On-site (in person at the APA building, 750 First St. NE, Washington, D.C.) Space is limited. To enroll call (800) 374-2721, ext. 5991 or complete the enrollment form (PDF, 40KB). 

When: Friday, June 22, 2018
Time: 1-4 p.m. ET
CE credits: 3

This workshop will provide an overview of brain changes that are generally associated with aging, including key differences that are associated with some of the most common pathological processes, such as Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. The impact of age-related brain changes on cognitive functioning and functional abilities will also be discussed. Finally, this workshop will highlight both negative (e.g., vascular disease) and positive (e.g., cognitive reserve, exercise) modifiers of age-related brain changes.

  • Identify patterns of brain changes associated with aging and how the patterns differ in common pathological processes.
  • Describe the relationship between brain aging, cognitive functioning and functional abilities.
  • Recognize modifiers of age-related brain changes.


Vonetta Dotson, PhD

Dotson is an associate professor of psychology and gerontology at Georgia State University. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Florida with a specialization in neuropsychology and a certificate in gerontology. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program. Her research and clinical activities focus on the intersection of depression with cognitive and brain aging. She also conducts studies on the impact of physical exercise on depression-related cognitive and brain changes in older adults.


Live webcast and on-site workshop fees:

Member: $65; Nonmember: $80