Dr. Dotson earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Neuropsychology and a certificate in Gerontology, from the University of Florida in 2005. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Aging in the Laboratory of Personality and Cognition. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida.

Research Focus

Dr. Dotson’s research focuses on 1) applying neuroimaging and behavioral techniques to the study of the etiology and consequences of depressive disorders in the context of normal and pathological aging 2) examining the depressive spectrum hypothesis- whether depression is best conceptualized as a continuum, starting with subthreshold depressive symptoms and dysthymia and ending with major depression 3) understanding whether individual differences such as age, sex, and race contribute to variability in the relationships between depression, cognition, and brain structure and function.


Aging and the Brain

Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience

Representative publications

Dotson, V.M., Zonderman, A.B., Davatzikos, C., Kraut, M.A., & Resnick, S.M. (2009). Frontal Atrophy and Immediate Memory Deficits in Older Adults with a History of Elevated Depressive Symptoms. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 3, 358-369.

Dotson, V.M., Davatzikos, C., Kraut, M.A., & Resnick, S.M. (2009). Depressive Symptoms and Brain Volumes in Older Adults: A Longitudinal MRI Study. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 34(5), 367-375.

Dotson, V.M., Beason-Held, L., Kraut, M.A., & Resnick, S.M. (2009). Longitudinal Study of Chronic Depressive Symptoms and Regional Cerebral Blood Flow in Older Men and Women. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(8), 809-19.

Dotson, V.M., Resnick, S.M., & Zonderman, A.B. (2008). Differential Association of Baseline, Concurrent, and Chronic Depressive Symptoms with Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16, 318-330.

Curriculum Vitae

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