Associate

Dr. Beth Finch is an Associate (Senior Writer/Analyst) at RLA providing programmatic support on NIA/BSR and NINDS projects, especially in the areas of clinical research and neuroscience. Dr. Finch recently spent more than a decade as a Senior Research Associate at the Duke University Medical Center’s Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiology, where she was a leader in the emerging field of exercise and brain health and the co-chair of the successful Duke symposium on “Exercise and the Brain.” Dr. Finch has also been a member of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease at Emory University, where she began her career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology. Dr. Finch’s research has focused on the neurobiological basis of brain plasticity, aging, and disease: she has conducted studies on cerebellar ataxia, ischemic brain injury, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and has a particular interest in a multi-component lifecourse approach to AD/ADRD prevention, treatment, and quality-of-life support for affected individuals, caregivers, and families. In addition to conducting AD/ADRD research, Dr. Finch volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association as a Community Educator, Walk Team Leader, and Advocate. Dr. Finch completed a PhD in neurobiology from Harvard University and a BA in pharmacology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.