Assistant Professor of Neurology
Phone: (412) 692-4820
Specialized Areas of Interest
Mild cognitive impairment in aging and early detection and prediction of Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Beth Snitz joined the faculty in October 2010. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota and completed her clinical internship at the Ann Arbor, MI Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She completed post-doctoral research experiences at the University of Bochum, Germany, and at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Dr. Cameron Carter’s clinical cognitive neuroscience lab. Dr. Snitz is a neuropsychologist with a clinical and research focus on mild cognitive impairment in aging and early detection and prediction of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Her research interests also include cognitive correlates of beta-amyloid deposition as measured by Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) – PET imaging. In academic year 2010-2011 she received a Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K-23) from the NIA entitled “Subjective cognitive complaints, longitudinal cognitive decline, and beta-amyloid deposition in non-demented older adults.” This research investigates subjective cognitive complaints as a potential facet of early beta-amyloid-associated, sub-clinical neuronal dysfunction, along with subtle cognitive deficits and gradual cognitive decline. It also investigates the role of personality, mood and reporting bias in the measurement of subjective complaints in aging and their relationship to beta-amyloid deposition.
Dr. Snitz is co-investigator of the Clinical Core of the NIA-funded program project grant “In Vivo PiB PET Amyloid Imaging: Normals, MCI & Dementia.” She is a clinical neuropsychologist at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and was co-investigator on the NCCAM-funded Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) Study. She collaborates closely with mentors and colleagues Drs. Judith Saxton, Oscar Lopez, William Klunk, Mary Ganguli and Steven DeKosky on epidemiologic and clinical studies of cognitive aging, MCI and PiB-PET imaging, including a population study of predictors and outcomes of MCI in small-town Southwestern Pennsylvania (Ganguli PI); a longitudinal study of normal aging and beta-amyloid deposition (Klunk PI); and a study of cognitive correlates of early striatal beta-amyloid deposition in early onset familial AD (Klunk PI).
Dr. Snitz's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
Professional Organization Membership
American Psychological Association, Division 40 Clinical Neuropsychology
International Neuropsychological Society
• Ad Hoc Reviewer:
Aging and Mental Health
Archives of Neurology
Journal of the American Geriatric Society
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society