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Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, PhD

Assistant Professor
Neurology and Radiology and Imaging Sciences



Brenda Hanna-Pladdy is Assistant Professor of Neurology, Radiology and Imaging Sciences and a member of the Division of Neuropsychology in the Neurology Department. She obtained her Ph.D. at Louisiana State University and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology under the direction of Kenneth Heilman, MD in the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute. Prior to her current appointment at Emory University, she held faculty appointments in the Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Psychiatry Department of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Landon Center on Aging and Psychiatry Department at the University Of Kansas School of Medicine. She is a member of the Neuropsychologia editorial board, the Scientific Program Committee for the International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, and serves on the Membership Committee for Div. 40 Neuropsychology of the APA. Dr. Hanna-Pladdy has served on the Plasticity and Environment scientific committees for the NIH/ NICHD VISION, and as a grant reviewer for the NIH Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Neuroscience study section and the Motor Function and Speech Rehabilitation study section. She has also served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, and for numerous neuropsychology and neuroscience journals. Her primary research interests are in cognitive aspects of skilled movements in aging, stroke and neurodegenerative disease, utilizing neuropsychological, behavioral, kinematic and functional neuroimaging techniques. Dr. Hanna-Pladdy has several ongoing research projects exploring the cognitive benefits of musical instrumental activity in aging, and two federally funded research projects focusing on dopaminergic modulation of cognitive aspects of skill acquisition in Parkinson’s disease (NINDS), and plasticity of multisensory movement representations in the recovery of apraxia following stroke (NICHD). She joined the Emory faculty in 2011.