Erika Jonsson Laukka


Senior researcher, Psychology
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erika.jonsson.laukka@ki.se
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Erika LaukkaErika Jonsson Laukka is an Assistant Professor at Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet. She received her Ph.D. from Karolinska Institutet in December 2006. The title of her thesis was ”Cognitive functioning during the transition between normal aging to dementia”. Erika has a M.Sc. in psychology from Uppsala University. She is also a licensed psychologist with training in cognitive behavioral therapy.

Erika’s research covers a range of topics related to cognitive aging. Her research interests include (a) the effect of vascular factors on cognition in normal aging and dementia, (b) cognitive functioning in preclinical dementia, (c) cognitive decline in close proximity to death, and (d) cognitive functioning in old-age depression. Erika currently has funding from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS) to explore and compare the cognitive trajectories in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

In parallel with her research activities, Erika organizes and supervises the collection of cognitive data in the Swedish National study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K), a longitudinal population based study. She regularly teaches classes on the psychology of aging and statistics at Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University.

Selected publications

Lövdén, M., Laukka, E. J., Rieckmann, A., Kalpouzos, G., Li, T.-Q., Jonsson, T., Wahlund, L.-O., Fratiglioni, L., & Bäckman, L. The dimensionality of between-person differences in white matter microstructure in old age. Human Brain Mapping, in press.

Laukka, E. J., MacDonald, S. W. S., Fratiglioni, L., & Bäckman, L. (2012). Preclinical cognitive trajectories differ for Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society,18, 191-191.

Cooray, G., Nilsson, E., Wahlin, Å., Laukka, E. J., Brismar, K., & Brismar, T. (2011). Effect of intensified metabolic control on CNS function in type 2 diabetes. Psychoneuroendocrinology,36, 77-86.

Laukka, E.J., Fratiglioni, L., & Bäckman, L. (2010). The influence of vascular disease on cognitive performance in the preclinical and early phases of Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia and Geriatric cognitive disorders, 29, 498-503.

Laukka, E. J., MacDonald, S. W. S., & Bäckman, L. (2008). Terminal-decline effects for select cognitive tasks after controlling for preclinical dementia. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16, 355-365.

Laukka, E. J., MacDonald, S. W. S., & Bäckman, L. (2006). Contrasting cognitive trajectories of impending death and preclinical dementia in the very old. Neurology, 66, 833-838.

Jones, S., Laukka, E. J., & Bäckman, L. (2006). Differential verbal fluency deficits in the preclinical stages of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Cortex, 42, 347-355.

Bäckman, L., Jones, S., Berger, A.-K., Laukka, E. J., & Small, B. J. (2005). Cognitive impairment in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease: A meta-analysis. Neuropsychology, 19, 520-531.

Laukka, E. J., Jones, S., Small, B. J., Fratiglioni, L., & Bäckman, L. (2004). Similar patterns of cognitive deficits in the preclinical phases of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 382-391.

Laukka, E. J., Jones, S., Fratiglioni, L., & Bäckman, L. (2004). Preclinical cognitive deficits in vascular dementia: A six-year follow-up. Stroke, 35, 1805-1809.

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