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Jonathan W. KING

Jon King
Title: Senior Scientific Advisor to the Division Director
Office(s): Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)
Phone Number: 301-402-4156
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Jonathan W. King received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. His postdoctoral work in cognitive neuroscience at the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego focused on language processing and working memory in both younger and older adults. Dr. King later served on the faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at the University of Missouri. In 2006, he joined the Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes Integrated Review Group at the Center for Scientific Review at NIH, and in 2007 he became a program director in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at NIA. Dr. King’s portfolio includes grants on cognitive epidemiology as well as molecular and behavior genetics. While at NIA, he has coordinated new initiatives in interventions to remediate age-related cognitive decline, and behavioral economic approaches to behavior change. In 2020, he became the Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director of the division. Dr. King is also currently the NIH Project Scientist for several cooperative agreements, including the Health and Retirement Study, and was formerly the Co-Coordinator for the NIH Science of Behavior Change Common Fund effort.

Research Interests/Portfolio

  • Cognitive epidemiology and cognitive interventions
  • Statistical methods for aging research
  • Behavior genetics
  • Interplay of genetics and social, psychological, and behavioral processes across the lifespan

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