Zvinka Zlatar, PhD
Zvinka Z. Zlatar, PhD, is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Zlatar earned her doctorate in philosophy in clinical psychology from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 2012, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UCSD in 2015. She is a bilingual (English/Spanish) clinical psychologist in California specializing in neuropsychological testing of older adults to aid in the diagnosis of different dementia types and providing neuropsychological assessment services to English- and Spanish-speaking adults. Dr. Zlatar’s research interests focus on understanding age-related brain changes that affect cognitive function in older adults and developing behavioral interventions (i.e., exercise) to improve cognition and quality of life in aging. Some of her research has focused on investigating risk factors for cognitive decline, including subjective cognitive decline (SCD), changes in cerebral blood flow, sedentary behavior, and the influence of the apolipoprotein E genotype in affecting brain and cognitive health. She uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure brain structure, perfusion (arterial spin labeling MRI), and function, and standard neuropsychological tests to assess cognitive function.