Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Professor SDSU Neuropsychology
Address N/A 6367 Alvarado Ct, Suite 300 / San Diego, CA 92120
Graduate Institution

University of Arizona

Research Description

Dr. Stickel’s Brain Research In Latino Life-course Aging (BRILLA) Lab primarily examines the impact of cardiovascular disease risk factors on cognition and risk for dementia. We use neuropsychological testing and structural neuroimaging methods to study cognitive aging in middle-aged and older adults, especially individuals of Latino heritage. More recently, we have begun to examine the impact of acculturation on cognitive aging in the National Institute on Aging-funded Study of Latinos – Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging (SOL-INCA).

Representative Publications
  • Stickel, A.M., Tarraf, W., Gonzalez, K.A., Isasi, C.R., Kaplan, R… González, H.M. (2021). Central obesity and cognition: Study of Latinos-Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging (SOL-INCA). Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 82(3), 1203–1218.

  • Stickel, A. M., Tarraf, W., Bainbridge, K. E., Viviano, R. P., Daviglus, M., Dhar, S., Gonzalez, F., 2nd, Zeng, D., & González, H. M. (2021). Hearing Sensitivity, Cardiovascular Risk, and Neurocognitive Function: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). JAMA otolaryngology– head & neck surgery, 147(4), 377–387.

  • Stickel, A.M., McKinnon, A. C., Matijevic, S., Grilli, M. D., Ruiz, J., & Ryan, L. (2021). Apolipoprotein E ε4 Allele-Based Differences in Brain Volumes Are Largely Uniform Across Late Middle Aged and Older Hispanic/Latino- and Non-Hispanic/Latino Whites Without Dementia. Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 13, 627322.


Hector González, Ph.D.; Linda Gallo, Ph.D.; Sarah Banks, Ph.D.