Jason Hassenstab, PhD

Jason Hassenstab, PhD, is the Cognition Core director for the Dominantly-Inherited Alzheimer Network-Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) and directs cognition for the DIAN observational study. He is currently an assistant professor of neurology and of psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also directs neuropsychological efforts for the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. His research is focused on detection of cognitive changes in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and their relationship to fluid biomarkers and neuroimaging indicators of AD pathology. His laboratory is developing remote cognitive assessment techniques using ecological momentary assessment and measurement burst designs for use in cohort studies and clinical trials. Prior to pursuing academics, Dr. Hassenstab toured internationally as a professional jazz saxophonist and made hundreds of dollars. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance from New York University and a PhD in psychology under mentorship of Dr. Antonio Convit at New York University School of Medicine and Fordham University. He then completed an NIH-sponsored Kirchstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University with Drs. Ronald Cohen, Lawrence Sweet, and Steven Salloway. He joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2010.