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Matt Sutterer
Office(s): Division of Neuroscience (DN)
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Dr. Matt Sutterer is a Program Director in the Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch, where he manages a portfolio of research on neural mechanisms underlying cognitive and emotional changes and/or stability with age. Dr. Sutterer also represents the institute on trans-NIH efforts including the NIH BRAIN Initiative Neuroethics Team. Dr. Sutterer earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa where he conducted research looking at plasticity in brain networks related to emotion and decision-making following focal brain injury or surgical intervention. After his Ph.D., Dr. Sutterer completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa examining aging-related changes in brain networks important for executive functions.

Prior to joining NIA in 2018, Dr. Sutterer was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). At NIJ, Dr. Sutterer provided his expertise in cognitive neuroscience to research questions facing the criminal justice research community.

Research Interests/Portfolio

  • Cognitive neuroscience of aging (attention, language, executive functions, and decision-making)
  • Neural mechanisms of emotion in aging

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