Michael A. Rosario

Michael Rosario

The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is twice as high for black compared to white Americans, but the reason remains unclear. Michael’s research focuses on psychosocial factors that contribute to this health disparity. Using functional and structural brain imaging, he seeks to understand the impact of interpersonal experiences such as racial discrimination on regions of the brain that are important for learning and memory, which are among the first to show signs of disease in Alzheimer’s.

Michael is a Crucian Virgin Islander whose experiences both at home and in the continental United States have brought him to examine how our contextual experiences, specifically those related to stress and trauma, influence and change the brain. HPRS gives him the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers to effect intervention and policy changes that reflect an understanding of how every day experiences influence health and disease.


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