Dr. Linda McEvoy, Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology, University of California at San Diego (UCSD), is a cognitive neuroscientist with extensive experience in the application of EEG, MEG, and MRI methods to the study of human cognitive function. She is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. McEvoy obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa, (Canada), and performed post-doctoral training at the Low Temperature Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology (Finland). After her fellowship, Dr. McEvoy joined SAM Technology and the San Francisco Brain Research Institute (USA), organizations devoted to basic and applied research on human cognitive neuroscience and neurotechnology engineering and development. Her basic research at the company used high density EEG methods to further understanding of human attention and working memory. Results of this research were translated into a practical test of neurocognitive function that has been used to assess cognitive consequences of various medical conditions, as well as chronic and transient stressors, such as acute or chronic medication use, alcohol use, and sleep deprivation.
Dr. McEvoy joined UCSD in 2006 and has developed an active research program focused on elucidating changes in brain structure and function as a consequence of normal and pathological aging, developing biomarkers for early detection of neurodegenerative disease, and determining factors that support successful cognitive aging. She is currently supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study alcohol intake in older adults, with an emphasis on the relation of alcohol and diet to cognitive function and brain health.