About NIA


Program Director, Alzheimer's Disease Centers program
Division of Neuroscience (DN)


Dr. Nina Silverberg serves as the National Institute on Aging’s Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Core Centers Program. She helps manage and support the efforts of 29 NIA-funded Centers at major medical institutions across the country; the Centers translate research advances into improved diagnosis, care and treatments for people with Alzheimer’s, as well as enhanced support for their caregivers.

In addition, Dr. Silverberg is a program officer overseeing dementia research portfolios covering: research ethics; cognitive, functional and behavioral assessment; clinical care; and technology. She supports efforts to reduce health disparities, with the goal of ensuring that underrepresented populations receive access to research opportunities as well as research training. She is also a leader in NIA’s efforts to educate the public and health care providers about the importance of research participation.

Dr. Silverberg received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Before joining NIA in 2005, she was a clinical research scientist at the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, Az. There, she coordinated the American Indian outreach program and was the principal investigator on a study assessing the usefulness of various neuropsychological assessment tools in an American Indian population.


  • Research ethics
  • Cognitive, functional and behavioral assessment
  • Clinical care
  • Technology