Melissa Lamar, PhD

Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush Medical College
Role: Faculty and Researcher
Joined Rush in 2016


Through my research, I employ novel neuroimaging and cognitive data acquisition and analysis techniques to identify modifiable factors that may increase health equity in brain aging.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I was inspired to get into cognitive neuroscience by my desire to understand a disease that affects far too many people, in the hope that I might be able to help reduce the number of people affected by that disease and improve the outcome for those that have it.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Through the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, I have discovered a group of colleagues who, like me, are committed to discovering better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I have always been committed to mentoring and sponsorship, regardless of my academic home. I thoroughly enjoy working with individuals who are interested in making science their life’s work.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Find someone who is passionate about what they do, and learn from them as much as possible.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy sailing, running and spending time with my family.