Dr. Maria Norton is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Consumer and Human Development, with an adult development and aging emphasis. Her research focuses on dementia, bridging biological and psychosocial realms to investigate the role of risk factors such as lifestyle choices, stressful life events, depression, and the extent to which these factors might alter genetic influences. Dr. Norton has over 80 peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals deriving from her work on the Cache County Study on Memory in Aging, and along with fellow researchers of this study, is recipient of the 2012 award for “A Lifetime of Exceptional Achievement” from the Utah Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Norton is principal investigator of this study and the “Lifespan Stressors and Alzheimer’s Disease” study, and co-investigator on the Dementia Progression Study, totaling over $20million from NIH. Dr. Norton’s work has greatly enhanced understanding of the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, and how the caregiving environment may affect rate of dementia progression.