Joan McDowd

Professor and Chair, Psychology
Director and Advisor, Gerontology Programs

Office: 5030 Cherry Street, #314
Ph: 816-235-2490


Education: Dr. McDowd received her PhD. in Psychology at the University of Toronto in 1986.

Teaching: Dr. McDowd teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Aging, Cognition, Experimental Psychology and graduate Gerontology.

Research: Dr. McDowd’s research interests are in cognitive aging, particularly in attention and memory processes.  Although primarily interested in healthy aging, she also applies methods from cognitive psychology to understanding cognition in stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as in severe mental illness. SilverRoo Lab