Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology
Dr. Brandon Ally obtained his Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology in 2004, and completed an internship and clinical postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Geriatric Neuropsychology Laboratory, with special emphasis on cognitive disorders of aging. In addition to this clinical training, Dr. Ally completed a National Institutes of Health sponsored 3-year research fellowship at the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center, focusing on the cognitive neuroscience of memory dysfunction in healthy and diseased aging. During this time, Dr. Ally became interested in understanding exactly how memory breaks down in healthy and diseased aging, with the goal of improving our ability to detect pathologic changes at their earliest point. To further this investigation, he was awarded a National Institute on Aging Career Development Award at Boston University to understand which aspects of memory actually remain intact in patients with Alzheimer's disease. This understanding has in turn informed interventions that can be implemented in the clinic and home, allowing patients to remain living independently for longer periods of time. Most recently, Dr. Ally received a 5-year research award from the National Institute on Aging to examine differences in the way visual and verbal memory break down in mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer's disease. Clinically, Dr. Ally evaluates individuals with early memory, vision, and language problems through the Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Memory Disorders Clinic at Vanderbilt. To make an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Ally, please click on the Clinical Tab above.
Recent Publication Featuring Dr. Ally
Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Aging Memory