Alexandra Fiocco

Dr. Alexandra Fiocco

Research Focus

My research interests center around predictors and prevention of cognitive impairment in late life.


Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Plasma F(2)-isoprostane level and cognitive function over eight years in non-demented older adults: Findings from the Health ABC Study. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids Fiocco AJ, Kanaya AM, Lindquist KM, Harris TB, Satterfield S, Simonsick EM, Kuller L, Rosano C, Yaffe K 1293858000 Journal Article
Chronic stress, cognitive functioning and mental health. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Marin MF, Lord C, Andrews J, Juster RP, Sindi S, Arsenault-Lapierre G, Fiocco AJ, Lupien SJ 1293858000 Journal Article
Exercising the brain to avoid cognitive decline: Examining the evidence. Future Medicine: Aging Health Reichman WE, Fiocco AJ, Rose NS 1288324800 Journal Article
Defining successful aging: The importance of including cognitive function over time. Archives of Neurology Fiocco AJ, Yaffe K 1277956800 Journal Article
COMT genotype and cognitive function: An eight-year longitudinal study in white and black elders Neurology Fiocco AJ, Lindquist K, Ferrell R, Rongling L, Simonsick EM, Nalls M, Harris TB, Yaffe K 1271736000 Journal Article
Predictors of maintaining cognitive function in older adults: the Health ABC study. Neurology Yaffe K, Fiocco AJ, Lindquist K, Vittinghoff E, Simonsick EM, Newman AB, Satterfield S, Rosano C, Rubin SM, Ayonayon HN, Harris TB, 1244520000 Journal Article
Acute and long-term associations between ApoE genetic polymorphism, cortisol levels, and declarative memory performance in older adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology Fiocco AJ, Poirier J, Joober R, Nair NP, Lupien SJ 1199163600 Journal Article
Influence of genetic polymorphisms in the apolipoprotein (APOE) and the butyrylcholinesterase (BCHE) gene on stress markers in older adults: a 3-year study. Neurobiology of Aging Fiocco AJ, Nair NP, Schwartz G, Kin FN, Joober R, Poirier J, Lupien SJ 1199163600 Journal Article
Polymorphism of the 5-HT(2A) receptor gene: association with stress-related indices in healthy middle-aged adults. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience Fiocco AJ, Joober R, Poirier J, Lupien S 1167627600 Journal Article
Diurnal cycle of salivary cortisol in older adult men and women with subjective complaints of memory deficits and/or depressive symptoms: relation to cognitive functioning. Stress Fiocco AJ, Wan N, Weekes N, Pim H, Lupien SJ 1157342400 Journal Article
The role of cognitive deficits in the development of eating disorders. Neuropsychology review Lena SM, Fiocco AJ, Leyenaar JK 1072933200 Journal Article
Is dopamine implicated in the antidepressant-like effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the mouse forced swimming test? Psychopharmacology Renard CE, Fiocco AJ, Clenet F, Hascoet M, Bourin M 1007182800 Journal Article
How valuable are animal models in de_ning antidepressant activity? Human Psychopharmacology Bourin M, Fiocco AJ, Clenet F 978325200 Journal Article
How valuable are animal models in defining antidepressant activity? Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental Bourin M, Fiocco AJ, Clenet F 978325200 Journal Article
Education modulates cortisol reactivity to the Trier Social Stress Test in middle-aged adults Psychoneuroendocrinology Fiocco AJ, Joober R, Lupien SJ 967780800 Journal Article
Anxiolytic-like effects of antidepressants after acute administration in a four-plate test in mice. Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior Hascoet M, Bourin M, Colombel MC, Fiocco AJ, Baker GB 949381200 Journal Article


  • 2009: Certificate, Advanced Training in Clinical Research Methods (ATCR), University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 2008: Ph.D., Neuroscience, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada (Dissertation: : An examination of three candidate genes in association with cognitive performance, personality traits, and glucocorticoid secretion in healthy older adults. )
  • 2002: M.Sc., Psychology (specialization in Neuroscience), Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada (Thesis: Differential Stress response between abused and non-abused women to a stress challenge and the influence of moderating factors. )
  • 1998: B.A., Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 2009: Postdoctoral Training, Epidemiological Research Methods in Aging Research , University of California, San Francisco San Francisco , CA,, USA



  • 2010: KLARU Internal Grant Review

Editorial Board

  • 2009–Present: POSTDOCket
  • 2008–Present: Open Neuroendocrine Journal


  • 2010–Present: Psychoneuroendrinology

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2010: Poster Presentation Award , Canadian Association of gerontology, 500
  • 2010: Travel Award, CIHR
  • 2010: Postdoctoral Fellow Award, CIHR
  • 2010: Ontario Research Coalition Early Researcher Award , Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Ontario Research Coalition of Research Institutes / Centres on Health & Aging (ORC)
  • 2009: Honourable Mention Travel Scholarship Award, The Alzheimer’s Association
  • 2009: Fellowship Travel Award , International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow Award, CIHR
  • 2008: Honourable Mention Kathryn Grupe Award, The Alzheimer’s Association
  • 2008: Age Plus Award, CIHR
  • 2007: Young Investigator Award, International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • 2007: Alma Mater Travel Grant Award, McGill University
  • 2006: Lehmann Travel Bursary, Douglas Hospital Research Centre
  • 2006: Alma Mater Travel Grant Award, McGill University
  • 2003: 12th Annual Student Research Day Poster Presentation Award, McGill University
  • 2003: Doctoral Award , CIHR
  • 2000: Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ministry Of Training, Colleges and Universities

Research Projects


  • 2010–2011:
    Supervisor: Drs. Nicole Anderson & Carol Greenwood

    Sponsors: CIHR Fellowship


Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit
3560 Bathurst Street, 722
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6A 2E1 Phone: 416-785-2500 x2495 Email: Fax: 416-785-2862