Lisa L. Barnes, PhD is the Alla V. and Solomon Jesmer Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in the department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, and a cognitive neuropsychologist in the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
Her research focus is on racial disparities in chronic diseases of aging. She is the Principal Investigator of three community-based cohort studies of older African Americans, and has published extensively on aging-related conditions in older African Americans, including cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and the intersection of HIV and aging.
She is an advocate for recruitment of older minorities into clinical research and does extensive education in the community on awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, and serves on several national committees.