Tiffany Hughes joined the faculty at Youngstown State University in the Fall of 2014 as Assistant Professor of Gerontology. She has a BS from Allegheny College in Neuroscience and Psychology, and MPH in Epidemiology and PhD in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida. She completed post-doctoral training in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and was faculty from 2012-2014.
Tiffany’s research focuses on risk factors for cognitive impairment and dementia in the community. In particular, she is interested in the role of cognitive, social, and physical leisure activity in maintaining cognitive health and associated health outcomes among the aging. Thus far, her research has been conducted using large-scale epidemiologic studies, where she continues as a co-investigator on a NIA-sponsored a research study examining mild cognitive impairment in the community. Her goal is to develop and test lifestyle interventions to improve or maintain cognition and psychological well-being among healthy and cognitively impaired older adults.