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    Elizabeth M Zelinski, PhD

    TitleRita & Edward Polusky Chair in Education and Aging Professor of Gerontology and Psychology
    SchoolSchool of Gerontology
    AddressGER 346D
    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-0191
    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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      1. Brown CL, Robitaille A, Zelinski E, Dixon RA, Hofer SM, Piccinin AM. Cognitive activity mediates the association between social activity and cognitive performance: A longitudinal study. Psychol Aging. 2016 Dec; 31(8):831-846. PMID: 27929339.
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      2. Zelinski E, 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; PMCID: PMC4131298.
      3. 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.
      4. 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; PMCID: PMC3873823.
      5. Winstein CJ, Requejo PS, Zelinski E, 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.
      6. Lindwall M, Cimino CR, Gibbons LE, Mitchell MB, Benitez A, Brown CL, Kennison RF, Shirk SD, Atri A, Robitaille A, Macdonald SW, Zelinski E, 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.
      7. Mitchell MB, Cimino CR, Benitez A, Brown CL, Gibbons LE, Kennison RF, Shirk SD, Atri A, Robitaille A, Macdonald SW, Lindwall M, Zelinski E, 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.
      8. Brown CL, Gibbons LE, Kennison RF, Robitaille A, Lindwall M, Mitchell MB, Shirk SD, Atri A, Cimino CR, Benitez A, Macdonald SW, Zelinski E, 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.
      9. Hindin SB, Zelinski E. 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.
      10. Zelinski E, 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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      11. Lewis KL, Zelinski E. 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.
      12. Smith GE, Housen P, Yaffe K, Ruff R, Kennison RF, Mahncke HW, Zelinski E. 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.
      13. Zelinski E. Far transfer in cognitive training of older adults. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2009; 27(5):455-71. PMID: 19847070; PMCID: PMC4169295.
      14. Zelinski E, Reyes R. Cognitive benefits of computer games for older adults. Gerontechnology. 2009; 8(4):220-235. PMID: 25126043.
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      15. Zelinski E, Kennison RF. Not your parents' test scores: cohort reduces psychometric aging effects. Psychol Aging. 2007 Sep; 22(3):546-57. PMID: 17874953; PMCID: PMC4169292.
      16. Kennison RF, Zelinski E. 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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      17. Zelinski E, 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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      18. Zelinski E, 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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      19. McGinnis D, Zelinski E. 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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      20. Zelinski E, 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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      21. Lane CJ, Zelinski E. Longitudinal hierarchical linear models of the memory functioning questionnaire. Psychol Aging. 2003 Mar; 18(1):38-53. PMID: 12641311.
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