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Judy Pa, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
STT 2001 N. SOTO Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles


Dr. Judy Pa is a new assistant professor at the Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics in the Keck School of Medicine and the department of Neurology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Alzheimer’s disease at UC San Francisco and then served five years as a faculty member. Dr. Pa’s research is focused on identifying individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, understanding how Alzheimer’s pathology impacts brain function in the living brain, and developing ways to remediate cognitive and brain dysfunction. Judy's research is supported by two early career awards from the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association. Judy is also dedicated to teaching and is looking forward to training students in USC's new Neuroimaging masters program and the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program.


National Institute on Aging: K01 Career Development Award, 2009-2015

Alzheimer's Association: New Investigator Research Award, 2013-2015

Springer Medical Fund: Research Pilot Grant, 2014-2015

National Institutes of Health: Clinical Trials Summer Institute Fellow, 2014


Montagne A, Nation DA, Pa J, Sweeney MD, Toga AW, Zlokovic BV. Brain imaging of neurovascular dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease. Acta Neuropathol. 2016 Apr 1. View in: PubMed

Dinov ID, Heavner B, Tang M, Glusman G, Chard K, Darcy M, Madduri R, Pa J, Spino C, Kesselman C, Foster I, Deutsch EW, Price ND, Van Horn JD, Ames J, Clark K, Hood L, Hampstead BM, Dauer W, Toga AW. Predictive Big Data Analytics: A Study of Parkinson's Disease Using Large, Complex, Heterogeneous, Incongruent, Multi-Source and Incomplete Observations. PLoS One. 2016; 11(8):e0157077. View in: PubMed

Montagne A, Pa J, Zlokovic BV. Vascular plasticity and cognition during normal aging and dementia. JAMA Neurol. 2015 May 1; 72(5):495-6. View in: PubMed

Pa J, Goodson W, Bloch A, King AC, Yaffe K, Barnes DE. Effect of exercise and cognitive activity on self-reported sleep quality in community-dwelling older adults with cognitive complaints: a randomized controlled trial. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Dec; 62(12):2319-26. View in: PubMed

Pa J, Gazzaley A. Flavanol-rich food for thought. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Nov 21; 17(12):1624-5. View in: PubMed

Pa J, Dutt S, Mirsky JB, Heuer HW, Keselman P, Kong E, Trujillo A, Gazzaley A, Kramer JH, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Boxer AL. The functional oculomotor network and saccadic cognitive control in healthy elders. Neuroimage. 2014 Jul 15; 95:61-8. View in: PubMed

Zanto TP, Pa J, Gazzaley A. Reliability measures of functional magnetic resonance imaging in a longitudinal evaluation of mild cognitive impairment. Neuroimage. 2014 Jan; 84:443-52. View in: PubMed

Pa J, Berry AS, Compagnone M, Boccanfuso J, Greenhouse I, Rubens MT, Johnson JK, Gazzaley A. Cholinergic enhancement of functional networks in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Ann Neurol. 2013 Jun; 73(6):762-73. View in: PubMed

Gross AL, Manly JJ, Pa J, Johnson JK, Park LQ, Mitchell MB, Melrose RJ, Inouye SK, McLaren DG. Cortical signatures of cognition and their relationship to Alzheimer's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2012 Dec; 6(4):584-98. View in: PubMed

Park LQ, Gross AL, McLaren DG, Pa J, Johnson JK, Mitchell M, Manly JJ. Confirmatory factor analysis of the ADNI Neuropsychological Battery. Brain Imaging Behav. 2012 Dec; 6(4):528-39. View in: PubMed

Johnson JK, Gross AL, Pa J, McLaren DG, Park LQ, Manly JJ. Longitudinal change in neuropsychological performance using latent growth models: a study of mild cognitive impairment. Brain Imaging Behav. 2012 Dec; 6(4):540-50. View in: PubMed

Pa J, Possin KL, Wilson SM, Quitania LC, Kramer JH, Boxer AL, Weiner MW, Johnson JK. Gray matter correlates of set-shifting among neurodegenerative disease, mild cognitive impairment, and healthy older adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2010 Jul; 16(4):640-50. View in: PubMed

Johnson JK, Pa J, Boxer AL, Kramer JH, Freeman K, Yaffe K. Baseline predictors of clinical progression among patients with dysexecutive mild cognitive impairment. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2010; 30(4):344-51. View in: PubMed

Chao LL, Pa J, Duarte A, Schuff N, Weiner MW, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Freeman KM, Johnson JK. Patterns of cerebral hypoperfusion in amnestic and dysexecutive MCI. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2009 Jul-Sep; 23(3):245-52. View in: PubMed

Possin KL, Brambati SM, Rosen HJ, Johnson JK, Pa J, Weiner MW, Miller BL, Kramer JH. Rule violation errors are associated with right lateral prefrontal cortex atrophy in neurodegenerative disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2009 May; 15(3):354-64. View in: PubMed

Pa J, Boxer A, Chao LL, Gazzaley A, Freeman K, Kramer J, Miller BL, Weiner MW, Neuhaus J, Johnson JK. Clinical-neuroimaging characteristics of dysexecutive mild cognitive impairment. Ann Neurol. 2009 Apr; 65(4):414-23. View in: PubMed

Pa J, Wilson SM, Pickell H, Bellugi U, Hickok G. Neural organization of linguistic short-term memory is sensory modality-dependent: evidence from signed and spoken language. J Cogn Neurosci. 2008 Dec; 20(12):2198-210. View in: PubMed

Pa J, Hickok G. A parietal-temporal sensory-motor integration area for the human vocal tract: evidence from an fMRI study of skilled musicians. Neuropsychologia. 2008 Jan 15; 46(1):362-8. View in: PubMed

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