College of
Arts and Sciences

Joan McDowd

Joan McDowd
Professor and Chair, Minor and Graduate Certificate Advisor and Director and Advisor, Gerontology Programs
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Info
816-235-1321
Cherry Hall 314
Gerontology

About

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

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