Jeannette R. Mahoney, PhD
I am a neuroscientist with over 15 years of multisensory integration research experience and the founder of JET Worldwide Enterprises Inc. - a digital health startup company spun out of Albert Einstein College of Medicine based on research conducted in the department of Neurology that has developed a novel fall risk assessment tool- CatchU®.
I received my BA from Stony Brook University in 2002 and my Ph.D. from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 2008. Directly after graduation, I started my post-doctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and I never left;
I am currently Associate Professor of Neurology and the Associate Director of the Division of Cognitive & Motor Aging.
My primary research interests include: healthy aging, sensory functioning [multisensory integration], motor functioning [gait; balance, falls & motor control]; cognitive functioning [attention & executive functioning]; fall risk assessment; and age-related diseases [including but not limited to mild Parkinsonian symptoms; mild cognitive impairment (MCI);
Alzheimer’s disease (AD); & Diabetes].
My primary research objectives are to determine how to optimize the integration of multisensory inputs for older adults, in an effort to reduce falls, improve mobility, and help seniors maintain functional independence.
My main interest in pursuing the development of the CatchU® fall risk assessment tool stemmed from wanting to increase older adults’ awareness of fall risk and other mobility impairments that are linked to falls. By providing clinicians and researchers with proper screening tools, the goal is to educate seniors about their potential fall risk and provide them with tailored recommendations and interventions to alleviate or at least minimize their chances of experiencing an injurious and potentially fatal fall.
When I’m not working, I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially my husband Timmy and my children Kayleigh Rose and Peter Ryan.