Live Well to Age Well with Dr. Vonetta Dotson: Barbara Pittard Payne Lectureship in Gerontology

Wed, March 23, 2022 6:00-7:30 PM

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The Barbara Pittard Payne Lectureship was established in 1990 in honor of Dr. Barbara Payne-Stancil, founding director of the Gerontology Center (now the Gerontology Institute) at Georgia State University. The lectureship is a tribute to Dr. Payne-Stancil’s distinguished career and contributions to the field of Gerontology. Inaugurated in 1993, the lectureship annually continues to bring to the Georgia State campus a distinguished individual from the field of Gerontology. It is funded through the generous contributions of faculty, students, alumni and friends of Georgia State.

The Gerontology Institute is honored to welcome Dr. Vonetta Dotson as our 2022 Payne Lectureship keynote speaker.

Dr. Vonetta Dotson is a gero-neuropsychologist, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Gerontology at Georgia State University, Founder and President of CerebroFit Integrated Brain Health, and Senior Project Scientist at NASA (KBR). She is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Clinical Neuropsychology.

Dr. Dotson completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Florida in 2006 with a specialization in neuropsychology and a certificate in gerontology. Her career has focused on teaching, providing clinical care, and conducting research related to brain health and aging. Her Aging Well for Everyone (AWE) Neuropsychology Laboratory focuses on understanding positive (e.g., exercise) and negative (e.g., depression) modifiers of brain health in diverse older adults in order to identify ways to reduce health disparities in cognitive and affective disorders in late life, thereby enabling every individual to age well. The work is designed to be translational in nature, with implications for the daily lives of older adults and for how we diagnose, treat, and prevent cognitive and affective disorders. This work has been funded by federal and non-profit organizations including the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Association, and McKnight Brain Research Foundation.

Dr. Dotson is regularly involved in community outreach efforts. She frequently gives presentations to lay audiences in the community about topics related to aging, depression, and healthy behaviors to promote brain health. Her start-up, CerebroFit, offers services such as neuropsychological assessment, personal training, nutrition consultations, psychotherapy, and health and wellness coaching to empower people in the community to improve their brain health. Her new book, Keep Your Wits about You: The Science of Brain Maintenance as You Age provides science-based facts and practical tools to help readers develop healthy lifestyles to optimize their brain health at any age.

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