Julene Johnson

Cognitive neuroscientist

Julene K. Johnson is a cognitive neuroscientist and a professor at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. In addition, she helps coordinate the California Frontotemporal Dementia Consortium. Her research interests include cognitive and neuropathological studies of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and healthy aging. She also studies language and music abilities in dementia. Johnson received her doctorate in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor's of music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She did her postdoctoral training with Dr. Carl Cotman at the University of California, Irvine where she studied clinical and neuropathological features of Alzheimer's disease and healthy aging.

Academic Title

Professor

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Portacolone E, Rubinstein RL, Covinsky KE, Halpern J, Johnson JK. The Precarity of Older Adults Living Alone With Cognitive Impairment. Gerontologist. 2018 Jan 24.
  2. Portacolone E, Johnson JK, Covinsky KE, Halpern J, Rubinstein RL. The Effects and Meanings of Receiving a Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer's Disease When One Lives Alone. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018; 61(4):1517-1529.
  3. Johnson JK, Gregorich SE, Acree M, Nápoles AM, Flatt JD, Pounds D, Pabst A, Stewart AL. Recruitment and baseline characteristics of the Community of Voices choir study to promote the health and well-being of diverse older adults. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2017 Dec; 8:106-113.
  4. Hurstak E, Johnson JK, Tieu L, Guzman D, Ponath C, Lee CT, Jamora CW, Kushel M. Factors associated with cognitive impairment in a cohort of older homeless adults: Results from the HOPE HOME study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 09 01; 178:562-570.
  5. Mayeda ER, Glymour MM, Quesenberry CP, Johnson JK, Pérez-Stable EJ, Whitmer RA. Survival after dementia diagnosis in five racial/ethnic groups. Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Jul; 13(7):761-769.
  6. Chapline J & Johnson JK. The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health. 2016.
  7. Johnson JK, Louhivuori J, Siljander E. Comparison of Well-being of Older Adult Choir Singers and the General Population in Finland: A Case-Control Study. Music Sci. 2017 Jun; 21(2):178-194.
  8. Särkämö T, Laitinen S, Numminen A, Kurki M, Johnson JK, Rantanen P. Pattern of Emotional Benefits Induced by Regular Singing and Music Listening in Dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb; 64(2):439-40.
  9. Särkämö T, Laitinen S, Numminen A, Kurki M, Johnson JK, Rantanen P. Clinical and Demographic Factors Associated with the Cognitive and Emotional Efficacy of Regular Musical Activities in Dementia. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016; 49(3):767-81.
  10. Johnson JK, Nápoles AM, Stewart AL, Max WB, Santoyo-Olsson J, Freyre R, Allison TA, Gregorich SE. Study protocol for a cluster randomized trial of the Community of Voices choir intervention to promote the health and well-being of diverse older adults. BMC Public Health. 2015 Oct 13; 15:1049.
  11. Park LQ, Harvey D, Johnson J, Farias ST. Deficits in Everyday Function Differ in AD and FTD. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2015 Oct-Dec; 29(4):301-6.
  12. Graziano AB, Johnson JK. Music, neurology, and psychology in the nineteenth century. Prog Brain Res. 2015; 216:33-49.
  13. Johnson JK, Graziano AB. Some early cases of aphasia and the capacity to sing. Prog Brain Res. 2015; 216:73-89.
  14. Johnson JK, Chow ML. Hearing and music in dementia. Handb Clin Neurol. 2015; 129:667-87.
  15. Noel-Storr AH, McCleery JM, Richard E, Ritchie CW, Flicker L, Cullum SJ, Davis D, Quinn TJ, Hyde C, Rutjes AW, Smailagic N, Marcus S, Black S, Blennow K, Brayne C, Fiorivanti M, Johnson JK, Köpke S, Schneider LS, Simmons A, Mattsson N, Zetterberg H, Bossuyt PM, Wilcock G, McShane R. Reporting standards for studies of diagnostic test accuracy in dementia: The STARDdem Initiative. Neurology. 2014 Jul 22; 83(4):364-73.
  16. Brewster PW, Melrose RJ, Marquine MJ, Johnson JK, Napoles A, MacKay-Brandt A, Farias S, Reed B, Mungas D. Life experience and demographic influences on cognitive function in older adults. Neuropsychology. 2014 Nov; 28(6):846-58.
  17. Portacolone E, Berridge C, K Johnson J, Schicktanz S. Time to reinvent the science of dementia: the need for care and social integration. Aging Ment Health. 2014; 18(3):269-75.
  18. Särkämö T, Tervaniemi M, Laitinen S, Numminen A, Kurki M, Johnson JK, Rantanen P. Cognitive, emotional, and social benefits of regular musical activities in early dementia: randomized controlled study. Gerontologist. 2014 Aug; 54(4):634-50.
  19. Pa J, Berry AS, Compagnone M, Boccanfuso J, Greenhouse I, Rubens MT, Johnson JK, Gazzaley A. Cholinergic enhancement of functional networks in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Ann Neurol. 2013 Jun; 73(6):762-73.
  20. Graziano AB and Johnson JK. Review of "The Origins of Music". Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain. 2013; 23(2):127-130.

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