Laurie Ryan, PhD
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Dr. Laurie Ryan is Chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch in the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, part of the NIH. She oversees the development, coordination, and implementation of NIA’s translational and clinical Alzheimer’s disease research program. Dr. Ryan also directs the Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials research portfolio.
Dr. Ryan received her BA in Human Development from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1986 and her Masters in Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland in 1991. She undertook doctoral training in clinical psychology with specialty focus in neuropsychology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She completed a neuropsychology-focused psychology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston and clinical neuropsychology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.
After completing her fellowship, Dr. Ryan joined the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. In 2003, Dr. Ryan became the Assistant Director for Research where she was responsible for overseeing clinical research development and implementation with a particular focus on clinical trials. In September 2005, Dr. Ryan joined the NIA as the Program Director for Alzheimer’s clinical trials. In December 2013, she was promoted to her current position.