Robyn Honea, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Robyn Honea, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is also a member of the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center and collaborates with the Hoglund Biomedical Imaging Center at KU Medical Center. A native Texan, Dr. Honea graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in psychology/neuroscience and then worked under a predoctoral training award in the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in Washington D.C., focusing in brain imaging. She received her doctor of philosophy in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford in England, where she worked with imaging genetics of mental illness. She also continued research at the NIMH as part of the Graduate Partnerships Program Award.
Dr. Honea is involved in a variety of research involving neuroimaging and genetics to categorize risk markers in aging and Alzheimer's disease. Her primary research focus is on investigating mitochondrial genetics and brain imaging to characterize the role of maternal family history in Alzheimer's disease. She also uses structural brain imaging to study brain development in children, the impacts of nutrition and obesity on the brain, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
In addition to authoring or co-authoring more than 40 manuscript publications, Dr. Honea is credited with nearly 50 abstracts and poster presentations. She also has given numerous lectures, invited presentations and community talks in her areas of expertise and interest.