University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD



MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 265-4479


2000 University of Ibadan, Nigeria
BA, Philosophy (1st class honors)
2003 University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA
MA, Psychology
2005 University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
MA, Medical/Clinical Psychology
2009 University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
PhD, Medical/Clinical Psychology


2008-2009 Predoctoral intern, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI


2009-2011 Postdoctoral fellow, NIH T32 AG027668, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
2011-2012 Fellow, VA Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics, the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI


2012- Clinical Psychologist, State of Wisconsin


Research Interests

Dr Okonkwo's research focuses on clarifying how alterations in the brain and other biomolecules (such as cerebrospinal fluid β-amyloid) place some cognitively-normal individuals on a pernicious trajectory that culminates in probable Alzheimer’s disease. In this context, Dr Okonkwo is also interested in discovering new knowledge concerning the modulation of the link between brain changes and cognitive decline by both modifiable (e.g., cognitively-stimulating activities, physical exercise) and non-modifiable (e.g., genetic vulnerability) factors.

This program of research leverages the broad state-of-the-art resources available at the UW including the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention, the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging, and the UW Biotechnology Center. It involves partnerships with colleagues in geriatrics, neuroradiology, medical physics, biostatistics, genetic epidemiology, exercise physiology, and clinical chemistry; and has been generously supported by the NIA, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), the John A. Hartford Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

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