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Ashley Shaw, PhD, MPH

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Research Assistant Professor, Neurology

Professional Background

Ashley Shaw, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor at the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center. She joined the faculty in 2021 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the KU ADRC.

Dr. Shaw received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Master of Public Health, and doctorate in Nursing at the University of Missouri.

She is a member of several professional organizations including the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment, Alzheimer's Disease Disparities Engagement Network and the Minority Women in Research Network.

Education and Training
  • BS, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri
  • MPH, Public Health, University of Missouri
  • PhD, Nursing, University of Missouri
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Neurology, University of Kansas Medical Center
Professional Affiliations
  • Black In Neuro, Member, 2022 - Present
  • Gerontological Society of America, Member, 2021 - Present
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Disparities Engagement Network, Member, 2019 - Present
  • Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment, Member, 2019 - Present
  • Minority Women in Research Network, Member, 2019 - Present
  • American Public Health Association, , Member, 2016 - Present



An emerging scholar and presenter with extensive experience as a research assistant throughout her postgraduate career, Dr. Shaw is credited with nearly a dozen publications and has served as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on multiple research grants.

Her main areas of interest include racial/ethnic health disparities in Alzheimer's disease, recruitment and retention of older minority adults, and dementia prevention through culturally tailored lifestyle interventions. She leads the Clinical Cohort and African American community education program called Aging With Grace, which is designed to empower the community with evidence-based health education, resources and opportunities to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Current Research and Grants
  • Brain Healthy Soul Food Diet Intervention Among Older African Americans, National Institute on Aging
  • Perales-Puchalt, J, Shaw, A, McGee, J., L, Moore, W., T, Hinton, L, Resendez, J, Monroe, S, Dwyer, J, Vidoni, E., D. 2019. Preliminary Efficacy of a Recruitment Educational Strategy on Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge, Research Participation Attitudes, and Enrollment Among Hispanics.. Hispanic health care international : the official journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, 18 (3), 144-149.
  • Shaw, Ashley., R., Enriquez, Maithe, Bloom, Tina, Berkley-Patton, Jannette, Vidoni, Eric., D.. 2020. We Are Our Sister's Keeper: The Experience of Black Female Clergy Responding to Intimate Partner Violence. JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE.
  • Shaw, Ashley., R., Perales-Puchalt, Jaime, Valdivieso-Mora, Esmeralda, McGee, Jerrihlyn., L., Vaduvathiriyan, Prasanna, Vidoni, Eric., D.. 2020. Effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions on cognitive function among non-demented African American and Latino older adults in the USA: a scoping review. ETHNICITY & HEALTH, 27 (4), 929-945.
  • Vidoni, Eric., D., Morris, Jill., K., Watts, Amber, Perry, Mark, Clutton, Jon, Van Sciver, Angela, Kamat, Ashwini., S., Mahnken, Jonathan, Hunt, Suzanne., L., Townley, Ryan, Honea, Robyn, Shaw, Ashley., R., Johnson, David., K., Vacek, James, Burns, Jeffrey., M.. 2021. Effect of aerobic exercise on amyloid accumulation in preclinical Alzheimer's: A 1-year randomized controlled trial. PLOS ONE, 16 (1)