Brianne Bettcher, PhD, ABPP-CN - Clinical Researcher

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Fellowship, University of California - San Francisco Memory and Aging Center

PhD, Temple University

Professional Titles

Associate Professor, Neurology

Director of Neuropsychology Research, CU Alzheimer's and Cognition Center

Director of Colorado Aging Brain Laboratory




Dr. Bettcher is an Associate Professor and Neuropsychologist in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery. She obtained a PhD from Temple University in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience, and she completed her fellowship at the University of California San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center. She sees patients clinically at the Memory Disorders Clinic, and specializes in early age of onset and atypical presentations of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Bettcher’s research laboratory is focused on the neurobiology of aging, and seeks to understand the role of immune system dysfunction in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Bettcher uses neuroimaging, cognitive testing, blood markers, and molecular imaging in her research studies to better understand what puts people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and what protects aging adults from developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Recent Publications

Bettcher BM, Olson KE, Carlson NE, McConnell BV, Boyd T, Adame V, Solano DA, Anton P, Markham N, Thaker AA, Jensen AM, Dallmann EN, Potter H, & Coughlan C. (2021). Astrogliosis and episodic memory in late life: higher GFAP is related to worse memory and white matter microstructure in healthy aging and Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of aging, 103, 68-77.

Coughlan C, Bruce KD, Burgy O, Boyd TD, Michel CR, Garcia-Perez JE, Adame V, Anton P, Bettcher BM, Chial HJ, Koenigshoff M, Hsieh EWY, Graner M, Potter H. Exosome Isolation by Ultracentrifugation and Precipitation and Techniques for Downstream Analyses. Curr Protoc Cell Biol. 2020 Sep; 88(1):e110. PMID: 32633898.

Altendahl M, Cotter DL, Staffaroni AM, Wolf A, Mumford P, Cobigo Y, Casaletto K, Elahi F, Ruoff L, Javed S, Bettcher BM, Fox E, You M, Saloner R, Neylan TC, Kramer JH, Walsh CM. REM sleep is associated with white matter integrity in cognitively healthy, older adults. PLoS One. 2020; 15(7):e0235395. PMID: 32645032.

A list of Dr. Bettcher's publications can be found on Colorado PROFILES

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