Maxwell Elliott, Ph.D.

Harvard University
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Before working at Harvard, Maxwell Elliott received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University. Elliott studies the psychology and neuroscience of individual differences in brain aging, neurodegenerative disease and mental illness. He is especially interested in developing brain imaging tools to precisely measure accelerated brain aging and risk for neurodegenerative disease so that we can accelerate our search for ways to maintain brain function.

Principal Investigator: Randy Buckner

Fellow: Efua (Maame) Forson

Undergraduate Fellow Project:

A major barrier to understand brain aging is that we currently lack precise ways to measure change in structure and function within individuals. This project will utilize recently developed rapid brain imaging scans to develop high-precision biomarkers of brain aging. Our goal will be to develop measures that can detect changes in an individual within six months. To accomplish this goal, we will leverage data from an ongoing longitudinal study in which dozens of rapid MRI scans are collected in healthy older adults, individuals with exceptional brain aging and individuals with neurodegenerative disease.

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