University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Health and lifestyle factors: effects on cognitive decline and dementia

Dr Victoria Williams

Health factors and brain aging

Dr. Victoria Williams is a clinical neuropsychologist with research interests exploring how modifiable health and lifestyle determinates across the lifespan modify brain aging, cognitive decline, and dementia incidence in late life. Her work has employed advanced neuroimaging techniques to investigate associations between a range of modifiable systemic health factors (i.e., cerebrovascular risk, cardiorespiratory fitness, and systemic insulin resistance) and brain structure/function in aging. Her current lab focus broadens this approach to also consider socioeconomic determinants of dementia risk and cognitive trajectories in late life.

Active Research Projects:

  • Wisconsin Longitudinal Study – Initial Lifetime’s Impact on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (WLS-ILIAD).
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Study - Regression-based longitudinal change score formulas for the ADRC UDS3 neuropsychological battery
  • Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) Study - Advanced multi-modal neuroimaging techniques

Dr. Williams Faculty Biography