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The Brookdale Foundation Group


Frank W. Burr Blvd

Suite 13

Teaneck, NJ









Ruth O'Hara, PhD

Ruth O'Hara

Dr. O’Hara conducted her undergraduate work at University College Dublin. She came to the United States to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she obtained her PhD in Experimental Cognitive Psychology. At present, Dr. O’Hara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University. She is also Associate Director of the Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and serves as Co-Director of the MIRECC Fellowship in Advanced Psychiatry and Psychology.

Dr. O’Hara’s research aims to increase our understanding of the neurophysiological mechanisms understanding age-related cognative decline, mild cognitive impairment and the onset of dementia. Dr. O’Hara’s specific research goal as a Brookdale National Fellow was to employ quantitative electroencephalography to elucidate the possible neurophysiologic mechanisms of memory dysfunction in elderly adults. Characterization of the neurophysiology of memory deficits in normal and pathological aging could have significant theoretical, practical and diagnostic implications for the field of cognitive aging.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1993