Judith Saxton, PhD, is an associate professor of Neurology and Psychiatry. She is director of the Training and Information Core, and Associate Director of the Clinical Core, of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (PI: Dr. S.T. DeKosky; AG05133) and principal investigator of an NIA-funded study “Cognitive Assessment of Primary Care Patients”.
Dr. Saxton is also co-investigator of several other currently funded NIH grants, including, “Mild Cognitive Impairment: a Prospective Community Study (AG023651); “Ginkgo Biloba Prevention Trial in Older Individuals” (AT00162); “Amyloid Pathology and Cognition in Normal Elderly”, and a Program Project Grant entitled “In Vivo PIB PET Amyloid Imaging: Normals, MCI & Dementia“. She is also a co-investigator on a Pennsylvania State funded Center for Excellence “Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention In Dementia”.
Dr. Saxton has co-authored papers on the identification of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease (Saxton et al., 2004); the diagnosis of AD (Lopez et al., 2000); the relationship between alcohol dementia and AD (Saxton et al., 2000; Munro et al., 2000, 2001), functional decline in AD (Saxton et al., 1998), and cognitive functioning in community-dwelling elderly (Saxton et al 2000). She has also developed an assessment tool for severe dementia, the Severe Impairment Battery (Saxton et al., 1990; Saxton et al, 2005) which is in use in research studies both nationally and internationally and has been translated into more than ten languages.
Dr. Saxton has a PhD in Neuropsychology from the University of Reading, England.