Lisa M. Renzi-Hammond

Health Promotion & Behavior, Institute of Gerontology
Assistant Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Health Promotion & Behavior, Institute of Gerontology

Dr. Renzi-Hammond specializes in lifespan sensory, cognitive and neurological development. She is interested in the functional relationships between underlying brain structure, sensory integrity, plasticity, cognitive function and risk for disease, and the behaviors that promote cognitive vitality across the lifespan. She is also interested in developing novel methodologies for testing cognitive and sensory function in populations ranging from infancy through older adulthood.

  • Education

    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neuroscience / Nutrition Sciences / Perceptual Systems, University of Texas at Austin, 2009

    PhD, Psychology / Neuroscience and Behavior,  University of Georgia, 2008

    MS, Psychology / Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Georgia, 2005

    BS, Psychology, University of Georgia, 2003

  • Areas of Expertise

    aging, nutrition, cognitive function, brain health, sensory function, cognitive training, lifespan development

  • Honors, Awards, and Achievements

    Awarded the Charles L. Darby Excellence in Teaching Award by the University of Georgia Psychology Department, 2008.

    Awarded the Zimmer Award by the University of Georgia Neuroscience faculty for Excellence in Research, 2008.

     

     

  • Affiliations

    Director, Human Biofactors Laboratory, University of Georgia

    Director, Ocular Nutrition Society International Carotenoid Society

  • Course Instruction

    Dr. Renzi-Hammond believes that education is a give- and- take phenomenon, that students do not learn unless faculty are also willing to learn from students. Dr. Renzi-Hammond prefers discussion-heavy classroom environments, in which mutual respect and honest discourse thrive. She teaches course in lifespan health, behavioral medicine , aging, pharmacology, sensory psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.

  • Research Interests

    Dr. Renzi-Hammond specializes in lifespan sensory, cognitive and neurological development. She is interested in the functional relationships between underlying brain structure, sensory integrity, plasticity, cognitive function and risk for disease, and the behaviors that promote cognitive vitality across the lifespan. She is also interested in developing novel methodologies for testing cognitive and sensory function in populations ranging from infancy through older adulthood. Her specific interests focus on cognition, brain, cognitive training, psychophysics, neuroimaging, electrophysiology, and applied optics.

  • Selected Publications
  • Presentations

    Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015:
    Lecture 12 – Dr. Lisa Renzi, Evaluating the role of xanthophylls in cognition across multiple levels

  • Media Mentions
    • Lutein shows brain health promise beyond “Alzheimer’s of the Eye” – Nutra Ingredients
    • Plant compounds may boost brain function in older adults, study says – UGA Today
    • Plant compounds found to boost neural efficiency in elderly: study – Nutra Ingredients
    • Lutein, found in leafy greens, may counter cognitive aging – ProHealth