OUR MISSION

The Han Research Laboratory is dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing, and independence of adults living into old age. We are interested in investigating the diverse factors and neurobiological mechanisms that impact cognition and decision making across the lifespan using multidisciplinary approaches informed by the fields of neuropsychology, cognitive and systems neuroscience, epidemiology, genetics, and behavioral economics.

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

NEWS & UPDATES

  • *ANNOUNCEMENT*: The Han Lab is currently recruiting for a postdoctoral fellow. For more information and to apply, please refer here

  • Dr. Han was quoted in the October 2021 Science article, "The most common Alzheimer’s risk gene may also protect against memory loss." Read about it here.

  • The Finance, Cognition, and Default Network in Aging (FCDNA) study was featured in the USC School News and Keck School News. Read the feature here. Learn more about FCDNA here!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Annie Nguyen for having her article "Perceived Types, Causes, and Consequences of Financial Exploitation: Narratives From Older Adults" as the May 2021 “Editor’s Choice” feature of the Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences! Read her article here.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Han on being awarded a 5-year, NIH-funded, RF1 Research Project Grant in April 2021! This grant will support the "Finance, Cognition, and Default Network in Aging" project. The overall goal of this study is to examine the association of financial exploitation in old age with markers of Alzheimer’s Disease.

  • Congratulations to our postdoctoral scholar Dr. Jenna Axelrod on accepting a position as an Adult Neuropsychologist at the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL! She will conduct comprehensive evaluations of adults presenting with a wide range of neurologic and psychiatric conditions including dementia, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke, depression, anxiety, and other condition that can impact cognitive functioning. Although these evaluations will primarily be outpatient, Dr. Axelrod will also serve inpatient and neurosurgical teams for assessments. Dr. Axelrod will participate in an active training program comprised of early career practicum students, as well as advanced technicians.

  • In a Keck Medicine blog post, Dr. Han answers, "Can Brain Games Improve Your Memory?" Read about it here.

  • In a December 2020 AARP article, Dr. Han shares our research findings in "Want to avoid fraud? Start by getting your eyes and ears checked." Read about it here.

  • Dr. Han discusses our research findings in a November 2020 EurekAlert! press release, "New studies find financially exploited seniors show brain differences and are more frail." Read about it here.

  • As a governance member, Dr. Han participated in the AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health 5th Anniversary Celebration! He is featured in the "October 28, 2020 @ 8 p.m." video segment from 32:44 until 43:12. Watch the webinar recordings here.

  • Congratulations to former Han Research Lab postdoctoral scholar Dr. Gali Weissberger on becoming a Senior Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences at Bar Ilan University in Israel! Her research interests include understanding contextual factors that impact cognitive aging, decision making, and financial exploitation of older adults. We are excited to follow her research!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Han on his June 2020 promotion to full professor with tenure within the USC Department of Family Medicine!

  • In a June 2020 Next Avenue article, Dr. Han speaks on the global trend of elder abuse during the pandemic in "Like Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse Appears to Be Climbing, Too." The article was also shared by Forbes and PBS NewsHour. Read the article here.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Annie Nguyen on being granted a 5-year, NIH/NIA-funded, K01 Career Development Award in April 2020! Dr. Han celebrates her achievement has the primary mentor. Dr. Nguyen will be researching "Cognitive health, psychosocial factors, and behaviors relevant to aging successfully with HIV."

  • Congratulations to our operations manager Caroline Nguyen on being accepted into the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Executive Master of Health Administration program! She will pursue her graduate degree while continuing to work in the Han Research Lab!

  • Julie Schoen, Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, and Dr. Han were interviewed about financial abuse of older adults for the November 2019 Alzheimer's Prevention Bulletin. Read the article here.

  • Based on reports collected by the National Center on Elder Abuse, our research found financial abuse to be the most commonly reported type of elder abuse, with family members being the most frequently identified perpetrators of alleged abuse. In August 2019, our research was covered by Keck School News, FOXBusiness, MarketWatch, and ScienceDaily. Read the articles at the corresponding links.

  • In a June 2019 The LAist article, Dr. Han is quoted in "People Are Ripping Off LA Seniors At Alarming Rates — And It's Making Them Sick." Read the article here.

  • Dr. Han is featured in the May 2019 Marketplace (American Public Media, heard on National Public Radio) series "Brains and Losses." Listen to his May 16, 2019 feature here and his May 21, 2019 feature here.

  • For the second year in a row, Dr. Han was awarded another grant from the Cathay Bank Foundation in support of our FINCHES pilot study! Thanks for your continued support of our work Cathay Bank Foundation!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Han as he is appointed the Chair of the National Institute on Aging Neuroscience (NIA-N) grant review committee! As chair, Dr. Han will oversee the entire grant review process. His term as chair begins February 2019.

  • Dr. Han was invited to be a standing member of the National Institute on Aging Neuroscience (NIA-N) review committee! The committee serves in an advisory role to the Director of the NIH and the Director of the NIA. His term will be for 6 years starting July 1, 2018.

  • Along with Julie Schoen, Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Han speaks with Julie Rose on a June 2018 episode of BYU Radio's "Top Of Mind." Listen to their conversation here.

  • Dr. Han is referenced in the June 2018 Vice Motherboard article, "If Rich People Are the Variables in ‘Westworld,’ No Wonder the Experiment Sucks." Read the article here.

  • Dr. Han was awarded a grant from the Cathay Bank Foundation in support of our FINCHES pilot study! Thanks for your support of our work Cathay Bank Foundation!

  • Our research assistant, Jacqueline Chen, was accepted into the Progressive Master’s Program at the USC School of Gerontology. The program allows Jacqueline to earn a Master of Science in Gerontology, while simultaneously completing her Bachelor’s degree. We celebrate the exciting journey ahead for Jackie!

  • Dr. Gali Weissberger was awarded a National Institute on Aging T32 fellowship through the USC School of Gerontology. The fellowship aims to provide training in multidisciplinary aspects of research on aging. Congratulations, Dr. Weissberger!

  • The Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School features Dr. Han's discussion regarding "Future Directions: The Aging Brain and Financial Decision-Making" from the April 2018 "Our Aging Brains" conference. Listen to his talk here.

  • The University of Southern California News features our research in a March 2018 article discussing "Why Seniors are Susceptible to Phone Scams and Fraud, and How to Stop Them." Read the article here.

  • In a February 2018 National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) blog post, Dr. Han discusses "The Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study: Toward Preventing Financial Exploitation of Older Adults." Read the blog post here.

  • The Han Research Lab celebrates Dr. Gali Weissberger for being awarded the Postdoctoral Scholar Training & Travel Award from the USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the USC Postdoctoral Association!

  • The Atlantic quotes Dr. Han in an October 2017 article regarding "How a Focus on Rich Educated People Skews Brain Studies." Read the article here.

  • Peter Bowes speaks with Dr. Han on the Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast to discuss "Detecting Alzheimer's disease long before symptoms emerge." Listen to the podcast here.

  • CBS affiliates, KNX-AM (Los Angeles) and KCBS-AM (San Francisco), speak with Dr. Han about his recent findings on how neuropsychology tests can detect preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Listen to the interview here.

  • In the June 2017 Express Daily UK, Dr. Han discusses our research on Alzheimer's disease in the article, "Alzheimer's test: Mental skills exam could detect disease years before symptoms develop." Read the article here.

  • In the May 2017 EurekAlert! press release, Dr. Han discusses our research findings regarding "Detecting Alzheimer's disease before symptoms emerge." Read about it here.

  • HealthDay quotes Dr. Han in an April 2017 article, "Seniors' Brain Changes Could Make Them Vulnerable to Scams." Read the article here.

  • In a March 2017 National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) blog post and Twitter Chat, Dr. Han discusses "Financial Fraud in Later Life: A Growing Epidemic." Read the blog post here and the Twitter Chat here.

  • In a February 2017 Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) blog post, Dr. Han discusses "Financial Literacy: A Way to Address the Problem of Financial Exploitation?" Read about it here.

  • The National Institute of Aging features Dr. Han in a July 2016 article detailing how "Brain scans offer insights into loss of money skills." Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers analyze how brain regions are related to financial decision making. Read about it here.

  • In the April 2016 University of Southern California Press Release, Dr. Han is featured in "Taxes on the Brain," in which he discusses the link between financial literacy and brain characteristics. Read about it here.

  • The Global Council of Brain Health (GCBH) selected Dr. Han as one of thirteen scientists from around the world to serve on the inaugural Governance Committee. The GCBH is an independent collaborative of scientists and advocates convened by the AARP and AgeUK to provide the best thinking on what people and professionals can do to maintain and improve brain health. Read about it here.

  • Dr. Han will serve as an oral examiner for the board certification process in clinical neuropsychology, which is conducted by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN), a specialty board of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). His term will begin in 2017.

 
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CONTACT US

For general inquires, please contact:

 

Han Research Lab

Department of Family Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of USC

1000 S. Fremont Ave, Unit 22

HSA Building A-6, 4th Floor, Room 6437A

Alhambra, CA 91803

 

Tel: (626) 457-4213

Email: HanResearchLab@gmail.com

 

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