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Catherine Price - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Catherine Price

Associate Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Catherine Price studies the neuropsychology of older adults with and without dementia and neuroanatomical changes.


Catherine Price’s career has been devoted to studying the neuropsychology of older adults with and without dementia and neuroanatomical changes and their effects on older adults’ cognitive functioning and cognitive change. She assesses individuals who are concerned about memory, problem-solving or thinking changes, cognitive decline, dementia and cognitive complications following various medical procedures.

Areas of Expertise (7)



Brain Imaging

Neuroscience and the Brain

Cognitive Ageing

Movement Disorders

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Media Appearances (5)

Could COVID delirium bring on dementia?

nature  online


If the pandemic can be said to have a silver lining, says Inouye, it has been to spur interest in how delirium can lead to dementia — and vice versa. What’s more, says Catherine Price, a neuropsychologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, the spread of COVID-19 “has highlighted the blurring of the lines between delirium and dementia, especially with more older adults in our populace”.

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Loneliness, delirium and mental decline: How the COVID-19 pandemic affects local seniors

The Independent Florida Alligator  online


Depending on the conditions of a person’s isolation, a lack of stimulation can have negative effects on a person’s cognition, said UF neuropsychologist Catherine Price. She described the brain as a “sensory input system” that needs cognitive stimulation to remain healthy. She said this comes in a variety of forms, including stimulating all five senses and fostering different types of social interaction.

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UF research looks at pre-, post-surgery changes

Gainesville Sun  online


Back in 2002, when Dr. Catherine Price began work as a University of Florida medical resident, she was stunned by a mentor’s research showing that orthopedic patients had more problems with cognitive change after surgery than other types of surgical patients.

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7 Possible Reasons You’re Having Those Weird Memory Lapses

SELF  online


Short-term memory storage, also known as working memory, is a limited resource. “Working memory is your ability to keep information available for short bits of time,” Catherine Price, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist and an associate professor in both the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine at the University of Florida, tells SELF.

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One in five older adults experience brain network weakening following knee replacement surgery

ScienceDaily  online


"Our goals include investigating if patients who have this brain change after surgery continue to show this change later in their recovery, say at three months or one year after the surgery," said Catherine Price, Ph.D., the study's senior author and a UF associate professor of clinical and health psychology and anesthesiology.

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Articles (5)

Relationships Between Chronic Pain Stage, Cognition, Temporal Lobe Cortex, and Sociodemographic Variables

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

Jared J. Tanner, et al.


Non-Hispanic black (NHB) individuals have increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) relative to non-Hispanic whites (NHW). Ethnicity/race can serve as a proxy sociodemographic variable for a complex representation of sociocultural and environmental factors. Chronic pain is a form of stress with high prevalence and sociodemographic disparities. Chronic pain is linked to lower cognition and accelerated biological aging.

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A qualitative analysis of clinicians’ communication strategies with family members of patients experiencing hospital-acquired delirium

Geriatric Nursing

Greenberry B. Taylor


Identify doctors’ and nurses’ perceptions of effective communication strategies when talking with family members of patients with hospital-acquired delirium.

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Resilience, pain, and the brain: Relationships differ by sociodemographics

Journal of Neuroscience Research

Jared J. Tanner, et al.


Chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain is disabling to individuals and burdensome to society. A relationship between telomere length and resilience was reported in individuals with consideration for chronic pain intensity. While chronic pain associates with brain changes, little is known regarding the neurobiological interface of resilience.

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Perioperative Multidisciplinary Delirium Prevention: A Longitudinal Case Report

A & A Practice

Catherine Dion, et al.


Postoperative delirium is associated with accelerated cognitive decline, mortality, and high health care costs. The importance of perioperative risk identification is increasingly recognized but optimal prevention strategies are still evolving. We review the case of an at-risk 79-year-old who had 3 lumbar spine surgeries within a year, 2 of which were complicated by postoperative delirium and one which was not.

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Right up- left down

Brain and Cognition

Kenneth M. Heilman, et al.


When performing the clock-drawing test healthy participants often draw the clock face using a counter clockwise movement. The reason for this circular directional bias is not known. These actions may be related to the development of motor or attentional programs that associate leftward with downward movements, and rightward with upward movements.

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