Elizabeth M Zelinski, PhD

Title(s)Rita & Edward Polusky Chair in Education and Aging Professor of Gerontology and Psychology
SchoolSchool of Gerontology
Phone+1 213 550 6725
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    Elizabeth Zelinski, Ph.D., is a Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Dr. Zelinski has joint appointments in the Psychology Department, Neurosciences and the Study of Women and Men in Society (SWMS) Programs.

    Dr. Zelinski graduated summa cum laude from Pace University and received her graduate degrees in psychology, with a specialization in aging, from the University of Southern California. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Claremont Graduate School.

    Dr. Zelinski is the principal investigator of the Long Beach Longitudinal Study. This study evaluates cognition, memory and language comprehension in older adults as well as the relationship between peoples’ perceptions of their memory ability and their actual performance, and how these change as people grow old.

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    NIH/NIA R03AG014209Sep 30, 1996 - Sep 29, 1998
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    Longitudinal Assessment of Cognition in Adults
    NIH/NIA R01AG010569Sep 30, 1993 - Aug 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIA R01AG004114Apr 1, 1983 - Nov 30, 1990
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Grossman MR, Zak DK, Zelinski EM. Mobile Apps for Caregivers of Older Adults: Quantitative Content Analysis. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Jul 30; 6(7):e162. PMID: 30061093.
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    2. Shim H, Ailshire J, Zelinski E, Crimmins E. The Health and Retirement Study: Analysis of Associations Between Use of the Internet for Health Information and Use of Health Services at Multiple Time Points. J Med Internet Res. 2018 May 25; 20(5):e200. PMID: 29802088.
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    3. Graham EK, Rutsohn JP, Turiano NA, Bendayan R, Batterham PJ, Gerstorf D, Katz MJ, Reynolds CA, Sharp ES, Yoneda TB, Bastarache ED, Elleman LG, Zelinski EM, Johansson B, Kuh D, Barnes LL, Bennett DA, Deeg DJH, Lipton RB, Pedersen NL, Piccinin AM, Spiro A, Muniz-Terrera G, Willis SL, Schaie KW, Roan C, Herd P, Hofer SM, Mroczek DK. Personality Predicts Mortality Risk: An Integrative Data Analysis of 15 International Longitudinal Studies. J Res Pers. 2017 Oct; 70:174-186. PMID: 29230075.
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    4. Brown CL, Robitaille A, Zelinski EM, Dixon RA, Hofer SM, Piccinin AM. Cognitive activity mediates the association between social activity and cognitive performance: A longitudinal study. Psychol Aging. 2016 12; 31(8):831-846. PMID: 27929339.
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    5. Lee YY, Winstein CJ, Gordon J, Petzinger GM, Zelinski EM, Fisher BE. Context-Dependent Learning in People With Parkinson's Disease. J Mot Behav. 2016 May-Jun; 48(3):240-8. PMID: 26375786.
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    6. Zelinski EM, Peters KD, Hindin S, Petway KT, Kennison RF. Evaluating the relationship between change in performance on training tasks and on untrained outcomes. Front Hum Neurosci. 2014; 8:617. PMID: 25165440.
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    7. Wisnowski JL, Blüml S, Paquette L, Zelinski E, Nelson MD, Painter MJ, Damasio H, Gilles F, Panigrahy A. Altered glutamatergic metabolism associated with punctate white matter lesions in preterm infants. PLoS One. 2013; 8(2):e56880. PMID: 23468888; PMCID: PMC3582631.
    8. Skinner J, Carvalho JO, Potter GG, Thames A, Zelinski E, Crane PK, Gibbons LE. The Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive-Plus (ADAS-Cog-Plus): an expansion of the ADAS-Cog to improve responsiveness in MCI. Brain Imaging Behav. 2012 Dec; 6(4):489-501. PMID: 22614326.
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    9. Winstein CJ, Requejo PS, Zelinski EM, Mulroy SJ, Crimmins EM. A transformative subfield in rehabilitation science at the nexus of new technologies, aging, and disability. Front Psychol. 2012; 3:340. PMID: 23049517; PMCID: PMC3448347.
    10. Lindwall M, Cimino CR, Gibbons LE, Mitchell MB, Benitez A, Brown CL, Kennison RF, Shirk SD, Atri A, Robitaille A, Macdonald SW, Zelinski EM, Willis SL, Schaie KW, Johansson B, Praetorius M, Dixon RA, Mungas DM, Hofer SM, Piccinin AM. Dynamic associations of change in physical activity and change in cognitive function: coordinated analyses of four longitudinal studies. J Aging Res. 2012; 2012:493598. PMID: 23029615; PMCID: PMC3457643.
    11. Mitchell MB, Cimino CR, Benitez A, Brown CL, Gibbons LE, Kennison RF, Shirk SD, Atri A, Robitaille A, Macdonald SW, Lindwall M, Zelinski EM, Willis SL, Schaie KW, Johansson B, Dixon RA, Mungas DM, Hofer SM, Piccinin AM. Cognitively Stimulating Activities: Effects on Cognition across Four Studies with up to 21 Years of Longitudinal Data. J Aging Res. 2012; 2012:461592. PMID: 23024862; PMCID: PMC3449118.
    12. Brown CL, Gibbons LE, Kennison RF, Robitaille A, Lindwall M, Mitchell MB, Shirk SD, Atri A, Cimino CR, Benitez A, Macdonald SW, Zelinski EM, Willis SL, Schaie KW, Johansson B, Dixon RA, Mungas DM, Hofer SM, Piccinin AM. Social activity and cognitive functioning over time: a coordinated analysis of four longitudinal studies. J Aging Res. 2012; 2012:287438. PMID: 22991665; PMCID: PMC3444000.
    13. Hindin SB, Zelinski EM. Extended practice and aerobic exercise interventions benefit untrained cognitive outcomes in older adults: a meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Jan; 60(1):136-41. PMID: 22150209; PMCID: PMC4130646.
    14. Zelinski EM, Spina LM, Yaffe K, Ruff R, Kennison RF, Mahncke HW, Smith GE. Improvement in memory with plasticity-based adaptive cognitive training: results of the 3-month follow-up. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Feb; 59(2):258-65. PMID: 21314646.
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    15. Lewis KL, Zelinski EM. List and text recall differ in their predictors: replication over samples and time. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2010 Jul; 65(4):449-58. PMID: 20498454; PMCID: PMC2949299.
    16. Smith GE, Housen P, Yaffe K, Ruff R, Kennison RF, Mahncke HW, Zelinski EM. A cognitive training program based on principles of brain plasticity: results from the Improvement in Memory with Plasticity-based Adaptive Cognitive Training (IMPACT) study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Apr; 57(4):594-603. PMID: 19220558; PMCID: PMC4169294.
    17. Zelinski EM, Reyes R. Cognitive benefits of computer games for older adults. Gerontechnology. 2009; 8(4):220-235. PMID: 25126043.
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    18. Zelinski EM. Far transfer in cognitive training of older adults. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2009; 27(5):455-71. PMID: 19847070; PMCID: PMC4169295.
    19. Zelinski EM, Kennison RF. Not your parents' test scores: cohort reduces psychometric aging effects. Psychol Aging. 2007 Sep; 22(3):546-57. PMID: 17874953; PMCID: PMC4169292.
    20. Kennison RF, Zelinski EM. Estimating age change in list recall in asset and health dynamics of the oldest-old: the effects of attrition bias and missing data treatment. Psychol Aging. 2005 Sep; 20(3):460-75. PMID: 16248705.
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    21. Zelinski EM, Gilewski MJ. A 10-item Rasch modeled memory self-efficacy scale. Aging Ment Health. 2004 Jul; 8(4):293-306. PMID: 15370046.
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    22. Zelinski EM, Lewis KL. Adult age differences in multiple cognitive functions: differentiation, dedifferentiation, or process-specific change? Psychol Aging. 2003 Dec; 18(4):727-45. PMID: 14692860.
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    23. McGinnis D, Zelinski EM. Understanding unfamiliar words in young, young-old, and old-old adults: inferential processing and the abstraction-deficit hypothesis. Psychol Aging. 2003 Sep; 18(3):497-509. PMID: 14518811.
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    24. Zelinski EM, Gilewski MJ. Effects of demographic and health variables on Rasch scaled cognitive scores. J Aging Health. 2003 Aug; 15(3):435-64. PMID: 12914012.
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    25. Lane CJ, Zelinski EM. Longitudinal hierarchical linear models of the memory functioning questionnaire. Psychol Aging. 2003 Mar; 18(1):38-53. PMID: 12641311.
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    26. Zelinski EM, Gilewski MJ, Anthony-Bergstone CR. Memory Functioning Questionnaire: concurrent validity with memory performance and self-reported memory failures. Psychol Aging. 1990 Sep; 5(3):388-399. PMID: 2242243.
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