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Anna MacKay-Brandt, Ph.D.

Anna MacKay-Brandt, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Outpatient Research

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Dr. Anna MacKay-Brandt, PhD, is a New York State licensed psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology and geriatrics. She received her PhD from Washington University in St Louis. Dr. MacKay-Brandt completed her clinical internship at the Warren Alpert Brown Medical School of Brown University. She completed a National Institute of Mental Health T32 postdoctoral fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry working as a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Taub Institute at Columbia University, where she remains on faculty. Dr. MacKay-Brandt is a scientific investigator on a number of research studies, lead neuropsychologist for the Outpatient Research Department, and a NY State Research Scientist. Dr. MacKay-Brandt oversees all aspects related to cognitive/neuropsychological assessment including staff trainings. She also supervises an undergraduate-level research-oriented neuropsychology internship. Her research interests are in cognitive changes associated with aging, plasticity of cognitive function, and factors that can modify the preservation of cognitive abilities into later adulthood.

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Mackay-Brandt A. Training attentional control in older adults. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2011 Jul;18(4):432-51. doi: 10.1080/13825585.2011.568046. PubMed PMID: 21728889; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3671853.

Beaudreau SA, MacKay-Brandt A, Reynolds J. Application of a cognitive neuroscience perspective of cognitive control to late-life anxiety. J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Aug;27(6):559-66. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.03.006. Review. PubMed PMID: 23602352; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3762945.