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Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging Study Section [APDA]

The Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging Study Section focuses on psychopathology and behavioral, cognitive and emotional disorders in adults. Behavioral, cognitive, socioemotional, neurobiological, behavioral and molecular genetic, and neuroimaging approaches are examined. Emphasis is on human studies of etiology, diagnosis, phenotypic description, comorbidity, and intervention in adult disorders, such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, regulation disorders, personality disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and sleep disorders.



  • Adult Psychopathology: Diagnosis, etiology, comorbidity, clinical course and outcomes in mental health disorders of adulthood, including schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, sleep disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders.
  • Disorders of Aging: Diagnosis, etiology, comorbidity, and course in deficits and disorders associated with aging, including dementia; mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Etiology and Mechanisms: Biological, genetic and neural factors underlying aging disorders and adult psychopathology. Included are molecular genetic and behavioral genetic studies, neuropathological studies, neurochemical and neuroimaging studies with emphasis on the relationship between these factors and clinical or functional profile over time.
  • Acquired Disorders: Disorders affecting behavioral outcome including studies of acquired deficits and disorders due to traumatic brain injury or substance abuse.
  • Intervention studies: Research addressing identification, treatment and/or rehabilitation methods for adults with psychopathology or disorders of aging.

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