Ashley Curtis, PhD, received her doctoral degree in Psychology (with a specialization in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science) from York University in Toronto, ON, Canada. Her dissertation work focused on developing and evaluating strategies to improve cognition in younger and older adults. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, ON, where she studied sex differences in risk factors and outcomes of neurodegenerative disorders. She most recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Christina McCrae, PhD, in the Mizzou Sleep Research Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Curtis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri and the Director/Principal Investigator of the Cognition, Aging, Sleep, and Health (CASH) Lab. Dr. McCrae and Mary Beth Miller, PhD, Lab Director and Principal Investigator of the Behavior and Addictions Research Lab, in the Department of Psychiatry remain close research collaborators. Dr. Curtis’s research focuses on the bidirectional associations between sleep and cognition in healthy and pathological aging populations. Current research investigates how cognitive training paradigms impact sleep and cognition. She is also interested in sex differences and other risk factors (e.g., pain, medication) that alter sleep and cognitive profiles across the lifespan. She employs clinical, behavioral, and neuroscience methods to examine novel research questions in these areas.