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Dr. Maria Natasha Rajah


Department of Psychology

McGill University

Discovery (Biological & Genetic Mechanisms)

Dr. Maria Natasha Rajah is a tenured Full Professor at McGill University with appointments in both the Departments of Psychiatry and of Psychology and is a CIHR Sex and Gender Chair in Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction. Dr. Rajah serves as Editor-in-Chief for the journal Aging, Neuropsychology & Cognition; Senior Editor for the Cognition and Computation sections for the journal Brain Research; and recently joined as an Associate Editor for Psychological Science. Her research program uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to understand the neurobiology of memory, aging and dementia. She is currently studying sex differences in brain aging and cognition, with an emphasis on understanding the effect of menopause on brain function at midlife. She received a prestigious Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Salary Award from the Institute of Aging for 2007-2012, and a Junior 2 Fonds de Research Quebec – Sante Research Scientist Award (2013-2015). In 2012 she was selected as one of Quebec Science’s Top 50 Scientists under the age of 50 yrs and more recently in 2019 she received Women in Cognitive Science Canada Mentorship Award, and the Haile T. Debas Prize at McGill University for her work toward supporting equity and diversity at the Faculty of Medicine.  

Area of Research Expertise
Neuroimaging; Memory; Aging; Dementia; Sex differences; Menopause; Cognition