Tanisha Hill-Jarrett, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
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Tanisha Hill-Jarrett, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and an assistant professor of neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Her research applies intersectionality theory to understand how psychosocial stressors and structural racism and sexism impact Black women’s cognitive aging and confer risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). She is additionally interested in improving the measurement and tracking of adverse social exposures (e.g., structural racism and sexism) to better understand how they shape cognitive aging trajectories and association with incident ADRD among Black older adults. As a scientist and clinician, she is committed to making wellness and brain health accessible and participates in the Memory and Aging Center Black/African American Community Outreach Team. Dr. Hill-Jarrett uses Afrofuturism in her community-based work with Black women as a framework to create counternarratives and reimage the future through a lens of hope. She seeks to incorporate Afrofuturism as a tool for brain health among community-dwelling Black elders and a praxis that drives social change and centers aging Black women.


Characterizing Multimorbidity Prevalence and Adverse Outcomes in Ethnically and Culturally Diverse Sub-Populations in India: Gaps, Opportunities, and Future Directions

International journal of environmental research and public health

Zanwar PP, Taylor R, Hill-Jarrett TG, Tsoy E, Flatt JD, Mirza Z, Hill CV, Perianayagam A

Comparison of approaches to control for intracranial volume in research on the association of brain volumes with cognitive outcomes.

Human brain mapping

Wang J, Hill-Jarrett T, Buto P, Pederson A, Sims KD, Zimmerman SC, DeVost MA, Ferguson E, Lacar B, Yang Y, Choi M, Caunca MR, La Joie R, Chen R, Glymour MM, Ackley SF

Contribution of Global Amyloid-PET Imaging for Predicting Future Cognition in the MEMENTO Cohort.


Ackley S, Calmasini C, Bouteloup V, Hill-Jarrett TG, Swinnerton KN, Chêne G, Dufouil C, Glymour MM, MEMENTO Cohort Study Group and DPUK

Associations of Everyday and Lifetime Experiences of Discrimination With Willingness to Undergo Alzheimer Disease Predictive Testing.


Hill-Jarrett TG, Choi M, Buto PT, Miramontes S, Thomas MD, Yang Y, Kim MH, Sims KD, Glymour MM

Empathy as a crucial skill in disrupting disparities in global brain health.

Frontiers in neurology

Fitri FI, Lage C, Mollayeva T, Santamaria-Garcia H, Chan M, Cominetti MR, Daria T, Fallon G, Gately D, Gichu M, Giménez S, Zuniga RG, Hadad R, Hill-Jarrett T, O'Kelly M, Martinez L, Modjaji P, Ngcobo N, Nowak R, Ogbuagu C, Roche M, Aguzzoli CS, Shin SY, Smith E, Yoseph SA, Zewde Y, Ayhan Y

Spouses of individuals living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia in the United States: A descriptive, population-based study.

Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association

Torres JM, Flores Romero KR, Kotwal AA, Chen R, Hill-Jarrett T, Mitchell UA, Glymour MM

Food Insecurity, Memory, and Dementia Among US Adults Aged 50 Years and Older.

JAMA network open

Qian H, Khadka A, Martinez SM, Singh S, Brenowitz WD, Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Hill-Jarrett TG, Glymour MM, Vable AM

Exploring factors contributing to caregiver burden in family caregivers of congolese adults with suspected dementia.

International journal of geriatric psychiatry

Ikanga J, Reyes A, Zhao L, Hill-Jarrett TG, Hammers D, Epenge E, Esambo H, Kavugho I, Esselakoy C, Gikelekele G, Tshengele N, Alonso A, Robinson-Lane SG

Riding the merry-go-round of racial disparities in ADRD research.

Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association

Adkins-Jackson PB, Kraal AZ, Hill-Jarrett TG, George KM, Deters KD, Besser LM, Avila-Rieger JF, Turney I, Manly JJ

The structural and social determinants of Alzheimer's disease related dementias.

Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association

Adkins-Jackson PB, George KM, Besser LM, Hyun J, Lamar M, Hill-Jarrett TG, Bubu OM, Flatt JD, Heyn PC, Cicero EC, Zarina Kraal A, Pushpalata Zanwar P, Peterson R, Kim B, Turner RW, Viswanathan J, Kulick ER, Zuelsdorff M, Stites SD, Arce Rentería M, Tsoy E, Seblova D, Ng TKS, Manly JJ, Babulal G

A developmental approach to diversifying neuroscience through effective mentorship practices: perspectives on cross-identity mentorship and a critical call to action.

Frontiers in integrative neuroscience

Hill-Jarrett TG, Ng R, Cardenas-Iniguez C, Akinsanya J, Blanco I, Borland JM, Brown JS, Clemons T, Cushnie AK, Garcia J, George B, Hassinan CW, Hines TJ, Landayan D, McCorkle TA, Meckel KR, Metcalfe M, Montoya SA, Rose DK, Warren DR

“Ooh, you got to holler sometime”: Pain meaning and experiences of Black older adults

Meanings of Pain: Vulnerable or Special Groups of People

Sheria Robinson-Lane, Tanisha G. Hill-Jarrett, Mary R. Janevic

The role of coping in the relationship between endorsement of the strong Black woman schema and depressive symptoms among Black women

Journal of Black Psychology

Martinique K. Jones, Tanisha G. Hill-Jarrett, Kyjeila Latimer, Akilah Reynolds, Nekya Garrett, Ivyonne Harris, Stephanie Joseph, Alexis Jones

Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics: Black Older Adults in the Era of Black Lives Matter

Psychosocial and physical contextual factors in cognitive aging in older Blacks

Ketlyne Sol, Tanisha G. Hill-Jarrett

Education differentially contributes to cognitive reserve across racial/ethnic groups.

Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association

Avila JF, Rentería MA, Jones RN, Vonk JMJ, Turney I, Sol K, Seblova D, Arias F, Hill-Jarrett T, Levy SA, Meyer O, Racine AM, Tom SE, Melrose RJ, Deters K, Medina LD, Carrión CI, Díaz-Santos M, Byrd DR, Chesebro A, Colon J, Igwe KC, Maas B, Brickman AM, Schupf N, Mayeux R, Manly JJ

Neuropsychology in Africa

Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

Tanisha G. Hill-Jarrett, Jean Ikanga, Anthony Y. Stringer

Normal development of context processing using the AXCPT paradigm.

PloS one

Polizzotto NR, Hill-Jarrett T, Walker C, Cho RY

Visuospatial attention after traumatic brain injury: The role of hemispheric specialization.

Brain injury

Hill-Jarrett TG, Gravano JT, Sozda CN, Perlstein WM