Lee Ryan


Psychology, University of Arizona

Associate Professor of Psychology


Dr. Lee Ryan completed her undergraduate work at University of Toronto, received a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia in 1992, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Diego. She is the Director of the Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratories at the University of Arizona,making magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology available to cognitive researchers on campus.

Her research focuses on the neural basis of memory, age-related changes in memory, and how these changes relate to brain functioning. She has a special interest in memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, and is currently conducting research using magnetic resonance imaging as a tool for detecting subtle markers of change in brains of individuals with risk for Alzheimer’s disease prior to the onset of memory impairments. Her research is currently funded by the National Institute on Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, the Arizona Disease Control Research Commission, and the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

As an associate professor in the Cognition and Neural Systems program and the Clinical Neuropsychology program at the University of Arizona’s Department of Psychology, Dr. Ryan teaches undergraduate classes in human memory and graduate level courses such as Human Brain Behavior Relationships, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Principles of Neuroanatomy. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Ryan works with individuals and families who are coping with chronic and progressive diseases that effect cognitive functioning, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Phone: (520) 621-7443
E-mail: ryant@u.arizona.edu