Zvinka Zlatar

Title(s)Assistant Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
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La Jolla CA 92093
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    University of California, San DiegoPostdoctoral Fellowship in Aging2016Psychiatry
    University of FloridaPh.D. Clinical Psychology2012Public Health & Health Professions
    University of California, Los AngelesNeuropsychology Internship2012Medicine
    University of FloridaM.S. Psychology2009Public Health & Health Professions
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    University of Florida Department of Clinical & Health Psychology2020  - 20202020 Outstanding Alumni of the Year. College of Public Health and Health Professions
    Institute on Methods and Protocols for Advancement of Clinical Trials in ADRD2020  - 2020Fellow of the Inaugural IMPACT-AD Class
    Donors Cure2017  - 2017Alumni Charleston Conferences on Alzheimer’s Disease Scholar
    NIA2013  - 2013Alumni NIA Butler-Williams Scholar
    University of California, San Diego2012  - 2015Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health
    University of Florida2011  - 2012Predoctoral Training Program in Aging
    University of Florida2009  - 2011Predoctoral Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research
    University of Florida2009  - 2011Junior Scholar. Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas2004  - 2004Latino Achiever Award
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2004  - 2004Undergraduate Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network Fellowship (NIH)
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2004  - 2004Outstanding Research Award
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas2003  - 2005Southern Nevada Hispanic Employment Program Scholarship

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    Dr. Zlatar received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Florida, with a focus on adult neuropsychology/geropsychology. She completed her APA-accredited clinical psychology internship at the University of California, Los Angeles (Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior), focusing on the neuropsychological assessment of older adults and Spanish-speaking adults. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neurocognitive aging at the University of California, San Diego with an emphasis on imaging the neural substrates of physical activity in older adults. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD, where she develops behavioral interventions to promote healthy brain and cognitive aging.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Zlatar’s lab (Wellness Initiative for Senior Enrichment - WISE Lab) investigates the neural mechanisms by which modifiable risk factors such as physical activity, sedentary time, fitness, diet, and subjective perceptions of cognitive function affect brain plasticity and cognition in healthy aging, with a focus on prevention. Her research seeks to modify risk markers of cognitive decline by developing novel behavioral interventions (exercise, diet) to promote brain health using digital technologies with diverse samples. The WISE Lab also investigates how subjective cognitive decline (an individual's perception of their cognitive functioning) relates to objective performance on neuropsychological testing and risk of future decline in older Hispanics.

    Clinical Focus

    Clinically, Dr. Zlatar specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of adults and older adults. She is also bilingual and bicultural and provides neuropsychological assessment services to Spanish-speaking adults.

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    Subjective Cognitive Decline and Objective Cognitive Trajectories in Older Hispanics/Latinos
    NIH R01AG066657Feb 1, 2021 - Jan 31, 2026
    Role: Principal Investigator
    RCMAR CHIME: Subjective cognitive decline and neurocognition in Hispanic older adults
    NIH/NIA P30AG021684Aug 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Pilot PI
    Effects of a combined exercise plus diet intervention on brain health in aging
    UC San Diego Institute for Public Health (IPH) Pilot Grant Feb 18, 2017 - Feb 17, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    A Novel Mobile Health Exercise Intervention in Aging: Brain Perfusion and Cognition
    NIH K23AG049906May 1, 2016 - Apr 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Diagnostic accuracy and differential associations between ratings of functioning and neuropsychological performance in non-Hispanic Black and White older adults. Clin Neuropsychol. 2021 Sep 09; 1-24. Graves LV, Edmonds EC, Thomas KR, Weigand AJ, Cooper S, Stickel AM, Zlatar ZZ, Clark AL, Bondi MW. PMID: 34499580.
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    2. Learning From Older Adults to Promote Independent Physical Activity Using Mobile Health (mHealth). Front Public Health. 2021; 9:703910. Nebeker C, Zlatar ZZ. PMID: 34476229.
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    3. Subjective cognitive decline and objective cognition among diverse U.S. Hispanics/Latinos: Results from the Study of Latinos-Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging (SOL-INCA). Alzheimers Dement. 2021 May 31. Zlatar ZZ, Tarraf W, González KA, Vásquez PM, Marquine MJ, Lipton RB, Gallo LC, Khambaty T, Zeng D, Youngblood ME, Estrella ML, Isasi CR, Daviglus M, González HM. PMID: 34057776.
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    4. Change in GPS-assessed walking locations following a cluster-randomized controlled physical activity trial in older adults, results from the MIPARC trial. Health Place. 2021 May; 69:102573. Crist K, Jankowska MM, Schipperijn J, Rosenberg DE, Takemoto M, Zlatar ZZ, Natarajan L, Benmarhnia T. PMID: 33934062.
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    5. Informant-Reported Cognitive Decline is Associated with Objective Cognitive Performance in Parkinson's Disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2021 05; 27(5):439-449. Nakhla MZ, Holiday KA, Filoteo JV, Zlatar ZZ, Malcarne VL, Lessig S, Litvan I, Schiehser DM. PMID: 33292885.
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    6. The effect of time since stroke, gender, age, and lesion size on thalamus volume in chronic stroke: a pilot study. Sci Rep. 2020 11 24; 10(1):20488. Krishnamurthy LC, Champion GN, McGregor KM, Krishnamurthy V, Turabi A, Roberts SR, Nocera JR, Borich MR, Rodriguez AD, Belagaje SR, Harrington RM, Harris-Love ML, Harnish SM, Drucker JH, Benjamin M, Meadows ML, Seeds L, Zlatar ZZ, Sudhyadhom A, Butler AJ, Garcia A, Patten C, Trinastic J, Kautz SA, Gregory C, Crosson BA. PMID: 33235210.
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    7. Interaction of APOE, cerebral blood flow, and cortical thickness in the entorhinal cortex predicts memory decline. Brain Imaging Behav. 2020 Apr; 14(2):369-382. Hays CC, Zlatar ZZ, Meloy MJ, Bondi MW, Gilbert PE, Liu T, Helm JL, Wierenga CE. PMID: 32048144.
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    8. Anterior Cingulate Structure and Perfusion is Associated with Cerebrospinal Fluid Tau among Cognitively Normal Older Adult APOEɛ4 Carriers. J Alzheimers Dis. 2020; 73(1):87-101. Hays CC, Zlatar ZZ, Meloy MJ, Osuna J, Liu TT, Galasko DR, Wierenga CE. PMID: 31743999.
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    9. APOE modifies the interaction of entorhinal cerebral blood flow and cortical thickness on memory function in cognitively normal older adults. Neuroimage. 2019 11 15; 202:116162. Hays CC, Zlatar ZZ, Meloy MJ, Bondi MW, Gilbert PE, Liu TT, Helm JL, Wierenga CE. PMID: 31493534.
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    10. Dose-dependent association of accelerometer-measured physical activity and sedentary time with brain perfusion in aging. Exp Gerontol. 2019 10 01; 125:110679. Hanna RF, Ward TJ, Chow DS, Lagana SM, Moreira RK, Emond JC, Weintraub JL, Prince MR, Zlatar ZZ, Hays CC, Mestre Z, Campbell LM, Meloy MJ, Bangen KJ, Liu TT, Kerr J, Wierenga CE. PMID: 31382010; PMCID: PMC6719795.
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    11. Changes in Moderate Intensity Physical Activity Are Associated With Better Cognition in the Multilevel Intervention for Physical Activity in Retirement Communities (MIPARC) Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 10; 27(10):1110-1121. Zlatar ZZ, Godbole S, Takemoto M, Crist K, Sweet CMC, Kerr J, Rosenberg DE. PMID: 31138456.
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    12. Diet and Activity Assessments and Interventions Using Technology in Older Adults. Am J Prev Med. 2018 10; 55(4):e105-e115. Takemoto M, Manini TM, Rosenberg DE, Lazar A, Zlatar ZZ, Das SK, Kerr J. PMID: 30241621.
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    13. Subjective Cognitive Decline Correlates With Depression Symptoms and Not With Concurrent Objective Cognition in a Clinic-Based Sample of Older Adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2018 09 20; 73(7):1198-1202. Zlatar ZZ, Muniz M, Galasko D, Salmon DP. PMID: 28329816.
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    14. A Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of Physical Activity on Neurocognitive Functioning Among HIV-Infected Adults. AIDS Behav. 2018 05; 22(5):1562-1572. Dufour CA, Marquine MJ, Fazeli PL, Umlauf A, Henry BL, Zlatar Z, Montoya JL, Ellis RJ, Grant I, Moore DJ, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program Group . PMID: 27990580.
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    15. Effects of 90 Days of Resveratrol Supplementation on Cognitive Function in Elders: A Pilot Study. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Jul; 24(7):725-732. Anton SD, Ebner N, Dzierzewski JM, Zlatar ZZ, Gurka MJ, Dotson VM, Kirton J, Mankowski RT, Marsiske M, Manini TM. PMID: 29583015.
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    16. Subjective Cognitive Decline, Objective Cognition, and Depression in Older Hispanics Screened for Memory Impairment. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018; 63(3):949-956. Zlatar ZZ, Muniz MC, Espinoza SG, Gratianne R, Gollan TH, Galasko D, Salmon DP. PMID: 29689718.
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    17. Temporal gradient during famous face naming is associated with lower cerebral blood flow and gray matter volume in aging. Neuropsychologia. 2017 Dec; 107:76-83. Hays CC, Zlatar ZZ, Campbell L, Meloy MJ, Wierenga CE. PMID: 29133109.
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    18. Subjective Cognitive Decline Modifies the Relationship Between Cerebral Blood Flow and Memory Function in Cognitively Normal Older Adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2018 03; 24(3):213-223. Hays CC, Zlatar ZZ, Campbell L, Meloy MJ, Wierenga CE. PMID: 28974274.
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    19. Startle reflex modulation during threat of shock and "threat" of reward. Psychophysiology. 2018 02; 55(2). Bradley MM, Zlatar ZZ, Lang PJ. PMID: 28881032.
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    20. Cerebral Blood Flow and Amyloid-β Interact to Affect Memory Performance in Cognitively Normal Older Adults. Front Aging Neurosci. 2017; 9:181. Bangen KJ, Clark AL, Edmonds EC, Evangelista ND, Werhane ML, Thomas KR, Locano LE, Tran M, Zlatar ZZ, Nation DA, Bondi MW, Delano-Wood L. PMID: 28642699.
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    21. Higher Brain Perfusion May Not Support Memory Functions in Cognitively Normal Carriers of the ApoE ε4 Allele Compared to Non-Carriers. Front Aging Neurosci. 2016; 8:151. Zlatar ZZ, Bischoff-Grethe A, Hays CC, Liu TT, Meloy MJ, Rissman RA, Bondi MW, Wierenga CE. PMID: 27445794.
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    22. The Utility of Cerebral Blood Flow as a Biomarker of Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2016 Mar; 36(2):167-79. Hays CC, Zlatar ZZ, Wierenga CE. PMID: 26898552.
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    23. Self-reported physical activity and objective aerobic fitness: differential associations with gray matter density in healthy aging. Front Aging Neurosci. 2015; 7:5. Zlatar ZZ, McGregor KM, Towler S, Nocera JR, Dzierzewski JM, Crosson B. PMID: 25691866.
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    24. Differences in life satisfaction among older community-dwelling Hispanics and non-Hispanic Whites. Aging Ment Health. 2015; 19(11):978-88. Marquine MJ, Maldonado Y, Zlatar Z, Moore RC, Martin AS, Palmer BW, Jeste DV. PMID: 25402813.
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    25. Complex interplay between health and successful aging: role of perceived stress, resilience, and social support. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Jun; 23(6):622-32. Moore RC, Eyler LT, Mausbach BT, Zlatar ZZ, Thompson WK, Peavy G, Fazeli PL, Jeste DV. PMID: 25217186.
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    26. Interactive effects of vascular risk burden and advanced age on cerebral blood flow. Front Aging Neurosci. 2014; 6:159. Bangen KJ, Nation DA, Clark LR, Harmell AL, Wierenga CE, Dev SI, Delano-Wood L, Zlatar ZZ, Salmon DP, Liu TT, Bondi MW. PMID: 25071567.
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    27. Life satisfaction and its correlates among older cancer survivors: critical role of psychosocial factors. Psychooncology. 2015 Feb; 24(2):241-4. Zlatar ZZ, Meier EA, Montross Thomas LP, Palmer BW, Glorioso D, Marquine MJ, Moore RC, Daly R, Jeste DV. PMID: 24917214.
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    28. Cognitive complaints correlate with depression rather than concurrent objective cognitive impairment in the successful aging evaluation baseline sample. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2014 Sep; 27(3):181-7. Zlatar ZZ, Moore RC, Palmer BW, Thompson WK, Jeste DV. PMID: 24614203.
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    29. A Behavioral Manipulation Engages Right Frontal Cortex During Aphasia Therapy. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2014 Jul; 28(6):545-53. Benjamin ML, Towler S, Garcia A, Park H, Sudhyadhom A, Harnish S, McGregor KM, Zlatar Z, Reilly JJ, Rosenbek JC, Gonzalez Rothi LJ, Crosson B. PMID: 24407914.
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    30. Cerebral blood flow measured by arterial spin labeling MRI as a preclinical marker of Alzheimer's disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2014; 42 Suppl 4:S411-9. Wierenga CE, Hays CC, Zlatar ZZ. PMID: 25159672.
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    31. Increased hippocampal blood flow in sedentary older adults at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2014; 41(3):809-17. Zlatar ZZ, Wierenga CE, Bangen KJ, Liu TT, Jak AJ. PMID: 24685629.
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    32. Functional language networks in sedentary and physically active older adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2013 Jul; 19(6):625-34. Zlatar ZZ, Towler S, McGregor KM, Dzierzewski JM, Bauer A, Phan S, Cohen M, Marsiske M, Manini TM, Crosson B. PMID: 23458438.
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    33. Perceptual cues used by listeners to discriminate fluent from nonfluent narrative discourse. Aphasiology. 2011 Sep 01; 25(9):998-1015. Park H, Rogalski Y, Rodriguez AD, Zlatar Z, Benjamin M, Harnish S, Bennett J, Rosenbek JC, Crosson B, Reilly J. PMID: 22180696.
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    34. Physical activity and neural correlates of aging: a combined TMS/fMRI study. Behav Brain Res. 2011 Sep 12; 222(1):158-68. McGregor KM, Zlatar Z, Kleim E, Sudhyadhom A, Bauer A, Phan S, Seeds L, Ford A, Manini TM, White KD, Kleim J, Crosson B. PMID: 21440574.
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    35. Posttraumatic stress disorder caused by the misattribution of seizure-related experiential responses. Epilepsy Behav. 2010 Dec; 19(4):652-5. Cohen ML, Rozensky RH, Zlatar ZZ, Averbuch RN, Cibula JE. PMID: 21035405.
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