Duke Han, PhD

Professor of Family Medicine and Gerontology
Pronouns: He/Him

Expertise: Alzheimer's and dementia, Cognition, Financial well-being


  • 1998 Bachelors of Science, Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 1998 Certificate in Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 2001 Masters, Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA
  • 2001-2002 Practicum in Neuropsychology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham Behavioral Neurology Group, Boston, MA
  • 2003-2004 Clinical Internship, Neuropsychology/Behavioral Medicine, UCSD Medical Center/VASDHS, San Diego, CA
  • 2004 Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA
  • 2011 Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology


  • Cognitive Aging
  • Decision Making
  • Elder Abuse


  • Faculty Affiliate, USC Neuroscience Graduate Program


Duke Han, PhD, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Director of the Neuropsychology Division in Family Medicine, and a tenured Professor of Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychology, and Gerontology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience from Duke University, and his PhD Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received training in clinical neuropsychology and experimental neuroimaging techniques through various programs of Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He continued his clinical neuropsychology and neuroimaging activities during his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship years at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the San Diego VA Healthcare System. He maintains an active research collaboration with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center (RADC) in Chicago where he was formerly a tenured faculty member.

Dr. Han is interested in the factors that affect cognition and decision making in aging. He also has special interests in leveraging novel empirical approaches to better understand these factors, and in the advocacy of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion considerations in aging and neuroscience research. He was the recipient of the prestigious Paul B. Beeson fellowship, which is considered the premiere career development award of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). He is the primary investigator or co-investigator on multiple research grants extramurally funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations. He is actively involved in the peer-review of aging and Alzheimer’s Disease research grants, and has previously served as the Chair of the NIA Clinical and Translational Research of Aging review committee (NIA-T) and the Neuroscience of Aging review committee (NIA-N). Dr. Han is a founding governance committee member of the Global Council on Brain Health, an international independent science collaborative convened by AARP that is tasked with offering the aging public the best advice about brain health. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) and the American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Task Force on Neuropsychological Test Norming in Diverse Populations. Dr. Han has served as an oral examiner for the clinical neuropsychology board certification process for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN), and he currently holds multiple service or mentorship

roles in the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), and the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) of the APA. His work has been featured in multiple media outlets, including Reuters, CBS, PBS, Forbes, Fox Business News, and U.S. News and World Report.


Email: Duke.Han@med.usc.edu

Office Phone: 626-457-6629

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