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Carol Prescott

Professor of Psychology and Gerontology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2314
Office: SGM 934

Curriculum Vitae
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Biographical Sketch

Carol Prescott earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Experimental Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in clinical research and quantitative methods from the University of Virginia. Her clinical internship at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) focused on geropsychology. She then had post-doctoral training in psychiatric genetics and epidemiology at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she then joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry. In 2005 she moved to the Department of Psychology at USC, where she is affiliated with the Quantitative Methods area and the Clinical Science doctoral program. She also has a joint appointment in USC's Davis School of Gerontology.

Dr. Prescott’s research has been funded by grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (including the Institute on Aging, Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, Mental Health, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse), as well as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. Dr. Prescott has received several awards in recognition of her research, including the Fulker Award from the Behavior Genetics Association and the Theodore Reich Prize from the International Society for Psychiatric Genetics.



Ph.D. Psychology (Clinical Research), University of Virginia, 1991
M.A. Experimental Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, 1985
B.A. Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, 1984

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Professor, University of Southern California, 2005-  
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000-2005  
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1995-2000  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

The primary goal of my research is to understand the genetic and environmental sources of individual differences in cognition and cognitive aging. Approaches to this include using twin and family studies and molecular genetic methods, as well as studies of sex differences. Other research interests include the etiology of substance use disorders and psychopathology.

Research Specialties

Cognition, Behavior Genetics, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Substance Use Disorders, Psychopathology, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Research Methodology

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Assessing and Improving Measures of Cognition in the HRS (NIA), John J. McArdle, Carol Prescott (Co-Investigator), $5,732,533, 05/01/2011-04/30/2016  
A 55- Year Followup of Project TALENT Twins, Siblings and Classmates (National Institute on Aging, NIH), Carol Prescott, $875,000, 09/2013-06/2015  
Intergenerational Transmission of Alcohol Involvement (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), Susan Luczak, Carol Prescott (Co-Investigator), $2,499,999, 09/10/2010-06/30/2015  
Greatest Generation, A Study of World War II Veteran Twins (National Institute on Aging, NIH), Gatz, Margaret, $99,000, 03/2011-02/2013  
Interactions of Genes and Childhood Adversity in the Lifetime Dynamics of Cognitive Abilities (National Institute on Aging), Carol Prescott, John Joseph McArdle, $234,921, 06/01/2009-04/30/2012  

Honors and Awards

President, Behavior Genetics Association, 6/2013-6/2014  
Fulker Award, Behavior Genetics Association, 2007  
Theodore Reich Young Investigator Award, International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, 2004  
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