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Dr. Cindy Barha , PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Physical Therapy

University of British Columbia

Dr. Cindy Barha, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC, an affiliate member of the Women’s Health Research Institute, and an adjunct professor at SFU. Dr. Barha is a translational neuroscientist with training in behavioural neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary biology, epidemiology, and neuroendocrinology. Her research examines how genetics and hormone-related life events interact to alter cognitive and brain trajectories across the lifespan and to determine how these factors affect pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment efficacy in older age. Currently, Dr. Barha is examining sex differences in the effect of exercise on brain health in older adults. She is currently funded by the Alzheimer’s Association (USA) and Brain Canada.


Area of Research Expertise
Sex differences; hormones; exercise; parity; cognition