Dr. Roger A. Dixon

RAD, Photo: John Ulan

Contact Information:


Mailing Address

Department of Psychology

P-217 Biological Sciences Bldg

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

Canada T6G 2E9




Biographical Background


Current Position:

University of Alberta


Previous Positions:

University of Victoria

Max Planck Institute, Berlin


Previous Visiting Appointments:

Äldrecentrum, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences


Advanced Degrees:

University of Chicago

Penn State University


Research and Opportunities


Victoria Longitudinal Study (VLS)

Role: Director and Principal Investigator


VLS Headquarters and Lab: University of Alberta

Satellite Lab: University of Victoria


Overview: A long-term (20+ years) and large-scale longitudinal and epidemiological investigation of biomedical, health, genetic, metabolic, lifestyle, and environmental risk and protective factors influencing human brain and cognitive aging.


Main Funding: National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging)


Website: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~vlslab/



Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)

Roles: Co-Lead Biomarkers Team and Platform


Overview: Cross national observational study of older adults with multiple types of complaints, impairment, or dementia.


Biomarker Data: Includes clinical, MRI imaging, biospecimens, cognitive, neurophysiological, and other measures.


Cohorts: Cohorts include Subjective Cognitive Impairment, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Subcortical Ischemic Vascular Disease, Mild Alzheimer's Disease, Mixed Dementia, Lewy Body Parkinson's Disease, and Frontotemporal Dementia.


Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and partners


Website: http://ccna-ccnv.ca/en/



SynAD: Promoting Synergies in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias at the University of Alberta

Role: Principal Investigator


Team: Co-PIs: Drs. Jack Jhamandas, Satya Kar, Simonetta Sipione, David Westaway

Co-Is: Drs. Richard Camicioli, Elena Posse de Chaves, Valerie Sim


Program: Three main initiatives for enhancing research in ADRD.


Funding: Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories

University Hospital Foundation


Institutional Partner: Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute


Partners: Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging

Campus Alberta Neuroscience


Website: http://sites.psych.ualberta.ca/SynAD/


Selected Current Professional Activities


Principal Investigator

VLS Research Grant (R01 AG008235)

National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging)

Website: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~vlslab/


Founder and Coordinator

Alberta Cognitive Neuroscience Group (ACN)

University of Alberta

Website: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~acn/


Endowed Chair

Canada Research Chair

Tier 1: 2003-2010; 2010-2017

University of Alberta



Baltes Award (2013-2014)

Distinguished Research in Aging

American Psychological Association




2002-2007; 2007-2012

U.S. National Institutes of Health



Campus Alberta Neuroscience

Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia Group

Website: http://www.albertaneuro.ca/


Co-Leader (with P. Bellec)

Biomarkers Team

Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging (CCNA)



BRAIN Project

Canadian Institutes of Health Research



International Conference on Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation

Banff, Alberta, June 2018

Website: http://can-healthybrains.com/



US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

Conference on Alternative Pathways for Alzheimer's Disease




Selected Recent Professional Activities



Division of Adult Development and Aging

American Psychological Association


Co-Investigator (with L. Li)

Research Grant (Metabolomics and Alzheimer's)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research



Human Research Ethics Committee

University of Victoria



Section on Adult Development and Aging

Canadian Psychological Association



Advisory Board

Alberta Centre on Aging



Outstanding Alumnus Award

Penn State University



Executive Board

International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD)


Review Board Member

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Canadian Research Chairs, Ottawa

US National Institutes of Health


Recent Invited Talks

Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Sweden, USA




Colleagues and Contexts



Paul B. Baltes (Max Planck Institute)

John R. Nesselroade (University of Virginia)


Active or Long-term Collaborators

Kaarin Anstey (University of New South Wales and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA))

Lars Bäckman (Karolinska Institutet)

Pierre Bellec (Université de Montréal)

Richard Camicioli (University of Alberta)

Sandra Dolcos (University of Illinois)

Cindy de Frias (University of Texas)

Christopher Hertzog (Georgia Institute of Technology)

David F. Hultsch (University of Victoria)

Jack Jhamandas (University of Alberta)

Liang Li (University of Alberta)

Stuart MacDonald (University of Victoria)

Jack McArdle (University of Southern California)

G. Peggy McFall (University of Alberta)

Lars-Göran Nilsson (Stockholm University)

Shraddha Sapkota (University of Toronto)

Brent Small (University of South Florida)

Esther Strauss (University of Victoria)

Åke Wahlin (Jönköping University)

David Westaway (University of Alberta)



Photo Collection (click to view a small collection of photos, including people,

the local area, and the Rocky Mountains.)

©2018 Roger Dixon