University of Calgary

Brandy Callahan

  • Assistant Professor
  • Tier II CRC Neuropsychology

Research Profile

The Neurocognitive Disorders Lab is currently considering Postdoctoral candidates. Please contact me directly.

Students interested in PSYC 499, 504/505 or volunteering are invited to fill out an application form.

Broadly speaking, my research aims to improve the early diagnosis of dementia in older adults. I am particularly interested in how to best recognize early signs of neurodegenerative disease in individuals who have complex clinical presentations, including co-morbid medical, neurological, or psychiatric conditions that may increase dementia risk. A second important area of my research involves determining the most accurate methods of assessing cognition and predicting future decline. My work is heavily based in neuropsychology, and also integrates neuroimaging and neuropathological tools to draw conclusions about progression and mechanisms of disease.

A complete list of my publications can be found here.

Representative Publications

Callahan B.L., Plamondon A. (2018). Examining the validity of the ADHD concept in adults and older adults. CNS Spectrums, Oct 8:1-8. DOI: 10.1017/S1092852918001190.

Callahan, B.L., Bierstone, D., Stuss, D.T., & Black, S.E. (2017). Adult ADHD: Risk factor for dementia or phenotypic mimic? Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 9(260):1-15. DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2017.00260.

Callahan, B.L., Ramirez, J., Berezuk, C., Duchesne, S., & Black, S.E. (2015) Predicting Alzheimer’s disease development: A comparison of cognitive criteria and associated neuroimaging biomarkers. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, 7(1):68-78. DOI 10.1186/s13195-015-0152-z.

Berezuk, C., Zakzanis, K.K., Ramirez, J., Ruocco, A.C., Edwards, J.D., Callahan, B.L. & Black, S.E. (2017). Experience participating in instrumental activities of daily living is associated with functional independence and sex differences in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 58(2), 425-434. DOI: 10.3233/JAD-161227.

Callahan, B.L., Laforce, R.Jr., Dugas, M., & Hudon, C. (2017). Memory for emotional images differs according to the presence of depressive symptoms in mild cognitive impairment. International Psychogeriatrics, 29(4):673-685. DOI: 10.1017/S1041610216002179.

Dallaire-Théroux, C., Callahan, B.L., Potvin, O., Saikali, S., & Duchesne, S. (2017). Radiological-pathological correlation in Alzheimer’s disease: systematic review of pre-mortem MRI findings. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 57(2):575-601. DOI: 10.3233/JAD-161028.

Callahan, B.L., Simard, M., Mouiha, A., Rousseau, F., Laforce, R.Jr., & Hudon, C. (2016) Impact of depressive symptoms on memory for emotional words in mild cognitive impairment and late-life depression. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 52(2):451-462. DOI: 10.3233/JAD-150585.

Callahan, B.L., Joubert, S., Tremblay, M.P., Macoir, J., Belleville, S., Rousseau, F., Bouchard, R.W., Verret, L. & Hudon, C. (2015) Semantic memory impairment for biological and man-made objects in individuals with amnestic mild cognitive impairment or late-life depression. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 28(2):108-116. DOI: 10.1177/0891988714554708.

Curriculum Vitae


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