image Dr. Brenda Hanna-Pladdy
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine


Dr. Brenda Hanna-Pladdy is Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a clinical neuropsychologist and a member of the Division of Movement Disorders in the Neurology Department. She obtained her Ph.D. at Louisiana State University and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology under the direction of Kenneth Heilman, MD in the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute.

Earlier she held faculty appointments in the Department of Neurology at Emory University, Department of Psychiatry and Landon Center on Aging at University of Kansas School of Medicine, and in the Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Psychiatry Department of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a member of several editorial boards, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous journals and grant associations.

Research Interest

Mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease (PD)
Cognitive aspects of Parkinson's disease
Cognitive and skilled movement deficits in Parkinson's disease
Recent work explores how training-induced musical instrumental skilled practice may enhance multisensory networks to provide compensation in advanced age.

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