University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Sterling Johnson, PHD



MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 262-9549


  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah – PhD in Clinical Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology specialty)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, New Hampshire – Postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and Functional Neuroimaging

Professional Activities

Dr. Sterling Johnson is a faculty member of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and the Jean R. Finley Professor of Geriatrics and Dementia. He is the associate director and Biomarker Core leader in the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the associate director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute. Dr. Johnson leads the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP), a longitudinal cohort study of 1700+ people at varying levels of risk for sporadic Alzheimer's disease. 

Research Interests

View Dr. Sterling Johnson's publications on NCBI My Bibliography

Dr. Johnson is a clinical neuropsychologist with research interests in brain function in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. In the WRAP longitudinal study, he is investigating the many factors (health and lifestyle and genetics) that lead to vulnerability to cognitive decline. Central to addressing the goals of the WRAP study, his current research focuses on Tau and amyloid imaging in people at risk for Alzheimer's disease; developing better methods for identifying cognitive decline; computer vision and machine-learning–based multimodal imaging markers of Alzheimer's disease; and enriching clinical trials and improving trial design to speed the discovery of effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease.