Institutional Address:

Scott D. Moffat

School of Psychology                                             

Georgia Institute of Technology

J.S. Coon Bldg., 654 Cherry St.

Atlanta, GA, USA


Phone:          (404) 894-6772

FAX:             (404) 894-8905


Place of Birth:  Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Citizenship:      U.S.

Employment and Positions:

2012-Current: Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Psychology

2008-2012:     Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Institute of Gerontology and Department of Psychology, Detroit MI.

2002-2008:     Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, Institute of Gerontology and Department of Psychology, Detroit MI.

1998-2002:   Post Doctoral Fellow, National Institute on Aging. National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, MD.

1997-1998:   Research Scientist, Neurology Department, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON

1995:             Neuropsychology Intern, Psychology Department, University Hospital London, ON

1995:             Neuropsychology Intern, Department of Pediatrics, Victoria Hospital, London, ON

1994:             Neuropsychology Intern, Psychology Department, Parkwood Hospital London, ON

1993-1996:   Neuropsychology Intern, University of Western Ontario Neuropsychology Clinic, London, ON

1993-1994:   Neuropsychology Intern, Neurology Department, St. Joseph’s Hospital London, ON

1993:             Neuropsychology Intern, Psychology Department, Victoria Hospital London, ON


 Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1998-2002). National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health.

Ph.D. (1993-1998). University of Western Ontario. Psychobiology & Clinical Neuropsychology, Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Hampson. Thesis Title:  Relations Between Testosterone, Neuroanatomical Structure and Functional Cerebral Asymmetry in Humans.

M.A. (1991-1993).  University of Western Ontario. Psychobiology & Neuropsychology. Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Hampson. Thesis Title:  Salivary Testosterone Levels in Left- and Right-Handed Adults:  Relation to Cerebral Functional Asymmetry and Cognitive Abilities.

B.Sc. (1987-1991). University of Toronto. Psychology/Zoology. Supervisor: Dr. Alison Fleming. Thesis Title:  Effects of the Noradrenergic Antagonist Propranolol on Experientially-Based Maternal Responding in Post-Partum Rats.


2017              Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology

2006-2007     Institute of Gerontology Eric Baron Award. Wayne State University

1998-2002     Visiting Scientist Fellowship, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

1996-1997    Jack Catherall Scholarship, University of Western Ontario

1996-1997    Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Western Ontario

1996-1997     Special University Scholarship, University of Western Ontario

1995-1996     Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Western Ontario

1993-1995     Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Post Graduate Scholarship, University of Western Ontario

1993-1995     Faculty of Graduate Studies Admission Scholarship, University of Western Ontario

1992-1993     Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Western Ontario

1991-1992     Special University Scholarship, University of Western Ontario

1991              Graduate with Distinction, University of Toronto

1989              John Pounder Prize in Astronomy, University of Toronto


Co-Investigator: NIH R21 AG063131 – 01. Neurobiological Mechanisms of Aging and Stress on Prospective Navigation. 04/15/2019-03/31/2021.  Amount: $426,012.Co-Principal Investigator.  R21 AG049968. The entorhinal cortex and aerobic exercise in aging. National Institute on Aging,. 04/01/2016 – 03/31/2018, total costs $483,734

Co Investigator: NIH R01 AG068093-01. Personality and Dementia: Mechanisms and Trajectories. 09/10/2020-09/10/2024.


  1. Principal Investigator. Cognitive and Neural Consequences of Cortisol Exposure in Human Aging. National Institute on Aging Grant Number R01 AG028466-01l Amount: $1,793,349. 2008-2014.
  2. Co-Principal Investigator. Emory University Seed Grant. Characterization of acute and long-term structural and functional brain dysfunction and cognitive impairment in adult patients with first and recurrent episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis. Total Costs: $30,000.
  3. Mentor. Androgen Pathways, Cognition, and Brain Aging: A Genetic Investigation. Grant Number K08 AG047903. Amount: $140,235. 2014-2017
  4. Mentor. Cross-training in human functional imaging for cognitive aging. Grant Number: K18AG1007996010. Amount: $139,787. 2014-2016.
  5. Co-Investigator: Stress Biomarkers as the Missing Link between Negative Age Stereotypes and Health. National Institute on Aging. Grant Number: R01 AG032284. Amount: $211,000. 2014-2016
  6. Consultant: Testosterone Trial. National Institutes of Health: 1R01 AG030344-01. Amount $21,402,900 5/09-4/15.
  7. Principal Investigator. Effects of Testosterone on Brain Function in Elderly Men.  National Institute on Aging Grant Number R03 AG023898-01.  Amount: $151,000. 9/31/2004-6/30/2007.
  8. Consultant: Planning Project for Testosterone Trials in Aging Men. National Institutes of Health: U01 AG027005-01, $700,000, 7/01/05-6/30/06.
  9. Consultant: The effects of 900 MHz GSM Wireless communication signals on subjective symptoms, physiological reactions, alertness, performance and sleep. Mobile Manufactures Forum (MMF), Brussels, Belgium. Amount € 830,000.


Summary from Google Scholar, June 18, 2020

Link to Google Scholar Page:

Total Number Citations:                5,534

H Index:                                         32

!10 Index                                        45


 Ennis, G.E. Saelzler, U.G., Umpierrez, G. & Moffat, S.D. Prediabetes and working memory in older adults. Brain and Neuroscience Advances. In press.

Moffat, SD, An, Y, Resnick, SM, Diamond, MP, Ferrucci, L  Longitudinal Change in Cortisol Levels Across the Adult Life Span, The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 2020, 75: 394–400.

Reynolds NC, Zhong JY, Clendinen CA, Moffat SD, Magnusson KR. Age-related differences in brain activations during spatial memory formation in a well-learned virtual Morris water maze (vMWM) task. Neuroimage. 2019 Nov 15;202: 1-12.

Ennis GE, Quintin EM, Saelzler U, Kennedy KM, Hertzog C, Moffat SD. Cortisol relates to regional limbic system structure in older but not younger adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 Mar;101:111-120.

Ariel, R. Lembeck, NA, Moffat, SD, Hertzog, C. Are there sex differences in confidence and metacognitive monitoring accuracy for everyday, academic, and psychometrically measured spatial ability? Intelligence 2018 70, 42-51

Laczó J, Parizkova M, Moffat SD. Spatial navigation, aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Aging 2018 Nov 4;10(11):3050-3051.

Zhong JY, Moffat SD. Extrahippocampal Contributions to Age-Related Changes in Spatial Navigation Ability. Front Hum Neurosci. 2018 Jul 10;12:272.

Parizkova M, Lerch O, Moffat SD, Andel R, Mazancova AF, Nedelska Z, Vyhnalek M, Hort J, Laczó J. The effect of Alzheimer’s disease on spatial navigation strategies. Neurobiol Aging. 2018 Apr;64:107-115.

Marusic U, Giordani B, Moffat SD, Petrič M, Dolenc P, Pišot R, Kavcic V.  Computerized cognitive training during physical inactivity improves executive functioning in older adults. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2018 Jan;25(1):49-69.

Zhong JY, Magnusson KR, Swarts ME, Clendinen CA, Reynolds NC, Moffat SD. The application of a rodent-based Morris water maze (MWM) protocol to an investigation of age-related differences in human spatial learning. Behav Neurosci. 2017 Dec;131(6):470-482.

Lester AW, Moffat SD, Wiener JM, Barnes CA, Wolbers T. The Aging Navigational System. Neuron. 2017 Aug 30;95(5):1019-1035.

Xie Y, Bigelow RT, Frankenthaler SF, Studenski SA, Moffat SD, Agrawal Y. Vestibular Loss in Older Adults Is Associated with Impaired Spatial Navigation: Data from the Triangle Completion Task. Front Neurol. 2017 Apr 27;8:173.

Ariel R, Moffat SD. Age-related similarities and differences in monitoring spatial cognition. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2017 Mar 31:1-27.

Moffat, S. (2017). Spatial Ability and Wayfinding.  In N. A Pachana (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Springer Publishing, Singapore.

Ennis GE, An Y, Resnick SM, Ferrucci L, O’Brien RJ, Moffat SD. (2017).  Long-term cortisol measures predict Alzheimer disease risk. Neurology. 2017 Jan 24;88(4):371-378.

Moffat, S. (2017). Spatial Ability and Wayfinding.  In N. A Pachana (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Springer Publishing, Singapore.

Zhong JY, Moffat SD. Age-Related Differences in Associative Learning of Landmarks and Heading Directions in a Virtual Navigation Task. Front Aging Neurosci. 2016 May 27;8:122.

Ennis GE, Moffat SD, Hertzog C. The cortisol awakening response and cognition across the adult lifespan. Brain Cogn. 2016 Jun;105:66-77.

Korthauer LE, Nowak NT, Moffat SD, An Y, Rowland LM, Barker PB, Resnick SM, Driscoll I. Correlates of virtual navigation performance in older adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2016 Mar;39:118-27.

Levy, B., Moffat, S.D., Resnick, S.M.,  Martin, D. & Ferrucci, L. Buffer against Cumulative Stress. Positive Age Self-Stereotypes Predict Lower Cortisol across 30 Years.  GeroPsych (2016), 29, pp. 141-146.

Laczó J, Andel R, Vyhnalek M, Matoska V, Kaplan V, Nedelska Z, Lerch O, Gazova I, Moffat SD, Hort J (2015). The effect of TOMM40 on spatial navigation in amnestic mild cognitive impairment.   Neurobiology of Aging.36(6):2024-33.

Kirthauer, L.E., Nowak, N.T., Moffat, S.D. An,Y., Rowland, L.M. Barker, P.B., Resnick, S.M. Driscoll, I (2016, in press). Correlates of virtual navigation performance in older adults. Neurobiology of Aging. 39, 2016,118–127.

Moffat, S. (2016, in press). Spatial Ability and Wayfinding. Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Springer Publishing.

Nowak, N.T., Diamond, M.D., Land & Moffat, S.D. (2014). Contributions of sex, testosterone, and androgen receptor CAG repeat number to virtual Morris water maze performance. In press Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Rodgers M.K., Sindone J.A. 3rd, Moffat S.D. (2012). Effect of age on navigation strategy. Neurobiology of Aging 33: 15-22.

Adamo, D.E., Briceno, E.M., Sindone, J.A., Alexander, N.B. & Moffat, S.D. (2012).  Age differences in virtual environment and real world path integration.  Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 4:  26.

Nowak N.T., Moffat S.D. (2011).  The relationship between second to fourth digit ratio, spatial cognition, and virtual navigation.  Archives of Sexual Behavior 40(3): 575-585.

Berenbaum S.A., Bryk K.K., Nowak N., Quigley C.A., Moffat S.D. (2009). Fingers as a marker for prenatal androgen exposure.  Endocrinology 150: 5119-5124

Moffat, S.D. (2009).  Aging and spatial navigation: What do we know and where do we go? Neuropsychology Reviews 19: 478-489.

Mahmood, O., Adamo, D. Briceno, E. & Moffat, S.D. (2009). Age Differences in Visual Path Integration. Behavioral Brain Research 205:  88-95.

Moffat, S.D. (2009).  Endogenous Testosterone  Levels and Cognitive Aging in Men.  In E. Hogervorst & V. Henderson, Gibbs, R.B. & Brinton, R.D. (Eds.), Hormones, Cognitive and Dementia . Cambridge University Press.

Wiholm,C., Lowden, A., Kuster, N., Hillert, L,  Arnetz, B.B., Åkerstedt,T.& Moffat, S.D. (2009). Mobile phone exposure and spatial memory. Bioelectromagnetics 30: 59-65.

Arnetz, B.B., Wiholm, C., Kuster, N., Hillert, L., Moffat, S.D. (2009). Exploring exposure to mobile-phone electromagnetic fields and psychophysiological and self-rated symptoms. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71: 115.

Hillert, L., Åkerstedt, T., Lowden, A., Wiholm, C., Kuster, N., Ebert, D.,  Moffat, S.D. Berg, M. & Arnetz, B.B.. (2008).  The effects of 884 MHz GSM wireless communication signals on headache and other symptoms; an experimental provocation study. Bioelectromagnetics 29(3):  185-196.

Woodard, T.L., Collins, K., Balon,R.  Tancer, M.E. Kruger, M., Moffat, S.D. & Diamond, M.P. (2008). What kind of erotic film clips should we use in female sex research? An exploratory study.  Journal of Sexual Medicine  5(1): 146-154.

Moffat, S.D.,  Kennedy, K., Rodrigue, K. & Raz, N. (2007). Extra-hippocampal contributions to age differences in human spatial navigation. Cerebral Cortex 17(6):  1274-1282.

Moffat, S.D. & Resnick, S.M. (2007). Long-term free testosterone levels predict regional cerebral blood flow patterns in elderly men. Neurobiology of Aging 28:  914-920.

Moffat, S.D. (2006).  Does testosterone mediate cognitive decline in elderly men? Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences: 61(5): 521.

Moffat, S.D., Elkins, W. & Resnick, S.M. (2006). Age differences in the neural systems supporting human allocentric navigation. Neurobiology of Aging.27(7): 965-972.

Hogervorst, E., Bandelow, S. & Moffat, S.D. (2005). Increasing testosterone levels and effects on cognitive functions in men and women: A review. Current Drug Targets: CNS and Neurological Disorders 4: 531-540.

Moffat, S.D. (2005). Effects of testosterone on cognitive and brain aging in elderly men. New York Academy of Sciences 1055: 80-92.

Moffat, S.D., Zonderman, A.B., Metter, E.J., Kawas, C., Blackman, M.R., Harman, S.M & Resnick, S.M. (2004). Free testosterone and risk for Alzheimer’s disease in older men. Neurology 62: 188-193.

Hampson, E. & Moffat, S.D. (2004). The psychobiology of gender:  Cognitive effects of reproductive hormones in the adult nervous system. In Eagly, A, Beal, A. & Sternberg, R. (eds), The Psychology of Gender, 2nd Edition. Psychiatric Press

Berenbaum, S.A., Moffat, S.D., Wisniewski, A. & Resnick, S.M. (2003).  Neuroendocrinology: Cognitive Effects of Sex Hormones. In de Haan, M. & Johnson, M. H. (eds.), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Development. Psychology Press.

Moffat, S.D., Metter, E.J., Blackman, M.R., Harman, S.M., & Resnick, S.M. (2002). Longitudinal assessment of endogenous bioavailable testosterone predicts memory performance and cognitive status in elderly men. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 87(11):  5001-5007.

Moffat, S.D. & Resnick, S.M. (2002).  Effects of age on virtual environment place navigation and allocentric cognitive mapping.  Behavioral Neuroscience 116(5): 851-859.

Shen, D. Moffat, S.D., Resnick, S.M. & Davatzikos, C. (2002).  Measuring Size and Shape of the Hippocampus in MR Images Using a Deformable Shape Model. Neuroimage 15(2):  422-34

Moffat, S.D. & Resnick, S.M. (2002).  Gonadal Steroid Influences on Adult Neuropsychological Function. In F. Lewis-Hall & J. Herrera (Eds),  Psychiatric Illness in Women:  Emerging Treatments and Research. American Psychiatric Press.

Moffat, S.D., Zonderman, A.B. & Resnick, S.M. (2001). Effects of age on spatial learning in a virtual reality navigation task. Neurobiology of Aging 22:  787-796.

Moffat, S.D., Szekely, C.A., Zonderman, A.B., Kabani, N., & Resnick, S.M. (2000). Longitudinal change in hippocampal volume as a function of apolipoprotein E genotype. Neurology 55:  134-136.

Moffat, S.D., Zonderman, A.B., Harman, S.M. Blackman, M.R., Kawas, C, & Resnick, S.M. (2000). The relationship between longitudinal decline in dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate concentrations and cognitive performance in older men. Archives of Internal Medicine 160:  2193-2198.

Black, S.E., Moffat, S.D., Yu, D., Parker, J., Stanchev, P. & Bronskill, M. (2000).  Callosal Atrophy Correlates with Temporal Lobe Volume and Mental Status in Alzheimer’s Disease.  Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences 27:  204-209.

Moffat, S.D. & Hampson, E. (2000). Salivary testosterone concentrations in left-handers: An association with cerebral language lateralization? Neuropsychology 14:  71-81.

Moffat, S.D., Hampson, E. & Lee, D.H. (1998). Morphology of the planum temporale and corpus callosum in left-handers with evidence of left and right hemisphere speech representation. Brain 121: 2369-2379.

Moffat, S.D., Hampson, E. & Hatzipentalis, M (1998).  Navigation in a virtual maze:  Sex differences and correlation with psychometric measures of spatial ability in humans.  Evolution and Human Behavior 19: 73-87.

Moffat, S.D., Hampson, E., Wickett, J.C. Vernon, P.A. & Lee, D.H. (1997). Testosterone is correlated with regional morphology of the human corpus callosum. Brain Research 767:  297-304.

Moffat, S.D. & Hampson, E. (1996).  Salivary testosterone levels in left- and right-handed adults.  Neuropsychologia  34(3):  225-233.

Moffat, S.D. & Hampson, E. (1996).  A curvilinear relationship between testosterone and spatial cognition in humans:  Possible influence of hand preference.  Psychoneuroendocrinology 21(3):  323-337.

Hampson, E. & Moffat, S.D. (1994).  Is testosterone related to spatial cognition and hand preference in humans?  Brain and Cognition 26:  172-183.

Moffat, S.D., Suh, E.J. & Fleming, A.S. (1993).  Noradrenergic involvement in the consolidation of maternal experience in post-partum rats.  Physiology and  Behavior 53:  805-811.


01/16 –  05/18          Instructor, Neuroethics (Undergraduate), Georgia Institute of Technology

01/13 – 05/18           Instructor, Biopsychology, Georgia Institute of Technology

09/15 – 12/15          Instructor, Sensation and Perception, Georgia Institute Technology

09/14 –  12/14          Instructor, Neuroethics (Graduate),  Georgia Institute of Technology

09/13—12/13           Instructor, Seminar in Cognitive Aging, Georgia Inst. of Technology

09/03 – 12/11           Instructor, Cognitive Neuroscience Wayne State University

01/09 – 05/11           Instructor, Sensation and Perception, Wayne State University

01/03 – 09/08          Instructor, Cognitive Psychology, Wayne State University

09/92 – 05/97          Instructor, Research Methods in Psychology, University of Western Ontario

09/91– 05/92           Teaching Assistant, Introductory Psychology University of Western Ontario

Service to the Department, University and Scientific Community


Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition; Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia; Archives of General Psychiatry; Asian Journal of Andrology; Attention and Perception; Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine; Behavioral Brain Research; Behavioral Neuroscience; Biological Psychiatry; British Medical Journal Diabetes Research and Care; Brain and Cognition; Brain Research; Cerebral Cortex; Child Development; Cognitive Behavioral Neurology; Cognitive Psychology; Cortex; Current Biology; Current Psychology of Cognition; Developmental Psychology; Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology; Evolution and Human Behavior; Experimental Psychology; Frontiers in Aging; Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience; Hippocampus; Hormones and Behavior; Intelligence; Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease; Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; Journal of Clinical Oncology; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition; Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences; Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences; Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society; Journal of Neuroscience; Journal of Nuclear Medicine; The Lancet; Laterality; Memory and Cognition; Neuroimage; Neurology; Neuropsychologia; Neurobiology of Aging;  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Neuroendocrinology; Neuroscience; Neuropsychopharmacology; New England Journal of Medicine; Perceptual and Motor Skills; Personality and Individual Differences; PLoS One; Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging; Psychological Reports; Psychology and Aging; Psychoneuroendocrinology; Psychonomic Bulletin and Review; Psychophysiology; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; Scientific Reports; Vision Research.



2020: Velux Stiftung Foundation. Switzerland

2019: National Institutes of Health (Cognition and Perception)

2017: Veteran’s Affairs Administration (Million Veterans Program)

2017: Veteran’s Affairs Administration (Genomics Program)

2016: National Institutes of Health. (Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging)

2015: CABI Seend Grants Georgia Tech

2013: Leventis Foundation Research Committee, University ofCyprus

2013: Veteran’s Affairs Administration: Neurobiology B Review Panel

2012: American Federation for Aging Research

2011: National Science Foundation

2011:  American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)

2010:  Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom

2010:  Biotechnology And Biological Sciences Research Council, United Kingdom

2010:  Populations and Public Health Grants for The Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom

2010:  Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

2010:  Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

2009:  Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

2008:  Nathan Shock Grant: Barshop Institute of Longevity and Aging Studies

2008:  National Science Foundation

2007:  National Science Foundation

2006:  National Institutes of Health. CCNR: Conte Centers for Neuroscience Research

2005:  Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center

  1. National Institutes of Health. APDA: Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging.
  2. National Institutes of Health. APDA: Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging.
  3. National Institutes of Health. BBBP: Behavioral and Biobehavioral Processes.