Aging Brain:
Medical, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives 

Jalayne J. AriasAssistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco in the Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology and an Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute.

Ms. Arias’ research examines the legal and ethical challenges in Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Ms. Arias integrates empirical legal, qualitative, and health services research methods to better understand the legal and ethical challenges that are inherent to dementia care.  Her current studies examine the legal, ethical, and social challenges associated with presymptomatic biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Arias works closely with leading experts in the field to integrate her research with those issues most relevant to clinical care and emerging topics in research. She is the principal investigator for three ongoing studies: Legal, Ethical, & Social Analysis of Preclinical Biomarker Tests in AD(Alzheimer’s Association); Financial, Legal, and Social Decision-Making Post Early Age-of-Onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis(Hellman Fellows Program); and Social, Legal, and Financial Consequences of Frontotemporal dementia (Alzheimer’s Association and Global Brain Health Institute Pilot Grant Program). Ms. Arias received her Juris Doctor degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (ASU) in 2008, an MA in Bioethics from Case Western University in 2012; and completed the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics at the Cleveland clinic in 2013. Ms. Arias joined UCSF in 2016.  

Charles L. Arnold, Partner / Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg, & Arnold, L.L.P.

Mr. Arnold specializes in mental health legal issues, serving the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, and the elderly. Mr. Arnold was formerly the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary having responsibility as guardian and conservator for approximately 600 adults within Maricopa County, Arizona. He is certified as a Specialist in Estate and Trust Law by the State Bar of Arizona, and also has served as a member of the Estate and Trust Advisory Council of the State Bar of Arizona. Mr. Arnold has served as a commissioner and judge pro tempore in the Maricopa County Superior Court Probate Division, currently serves on various Boards of Directors of organizations dealing with mental, physical and behavioral disorders, and is the former chairman of the State Bar of Arizona Section on Mental Health and Elder Law. As well, Mr. Arnold is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and is licensed as a Private Fiduciary by the Arizona Supreme Court. He is co-author of the Arizona Probate Code Manual, co-author of the Arizona Resource Guide for Families of Persons With Serious Mental Illness, is a frequent speaker and writer in his areas of interest, and has otherwise distinguished himself in areas dealing with mental health law, incapacity and disability. Read more

Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006), Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch, Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona

Born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City, Dr. Carmona experienced homelessness, hunger, and health disparities during his youth. The experiences greatly sensitized him to the relationships among culture, health, education and economic status and shaped his future.

After dropping out of high school, Dr. Carmona enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967. While serving, he earned his General Equivalency Diploma and went on to become a combat-decorated U.S. Army Special Forces Vietnam veteran.  After leaving active duty, he attended Bronx Community College of the City University of New York through an open enrollment program for veterans. He received an associate of arts degree. He then attended the University of California, San Francisco, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree (1977) and medical degree (1979). At the University of California Medical School, Dr. Carmona was awarded the prestigious gold-headed cane as the top graduate.

Trained in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Carmona also completed a National Institutes of Health-sponsored fellowship in trauma, burns, and critical care. Dr. Carmona was then recruited jointly by the Tucson (Arizona) Medical Center and the University of Arizona to start and direct Arizona’s first regional trauma care system.  He went on to become the chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System, a professor of surgery, public health and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department surgeon and deputy sheriff. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Read more

Dr. Richard Caselli, MD

Dr. Richard J. Caselli is Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.  He has received the Mayo Clinic Arizona Distinguished Clinician and Distinguished Investigator Awards, as well as the Lifetime Educator Award. He has served as Chair of the Department of Neurology in Arizona from 2000 to 2010, and was a member of the Arizona Executive Operating Team from 2002-2010.  He is currently Associate Director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Center, and Director of its Clinical Core. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Caselli’s research program focuses on cognitive aspects of aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia, particularly the way in which genetic risk factors for dementia influence how our mind changes with age before the onset of memory loss and dementia. 

Larry J. Cohen, The Cohen Law Firm

Larry J. Cohen is a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation who has focused in his more than thirty years of law practice on serious medical injury and emotional damages cases, including especially brain injury claims.  He received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1985, and has been admitted to practice in Arizona since 1985.  Mr. Cohen also has a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and has participated in a post-doctoral program in clinical neuropsychology. 

He was for many years a member of the adjunct faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he regularly taught courses in professional responsibility, pretrial practice and professional liability.  He taught and did research at the University Michigan School of Law and at the University of Illinois-Chicago, taught on the adjunct faculties of the Arizona Summit School of Law, the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, now Argosy University, and Midwestern University, and currently teaches as a member of the adjunct faculty at Norwich University.

David Coon, Associate Dean, Research Initiatives, Support, & Engagement and Professor College of Nursing & Health InnovationArizona State University

After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, he was the Associate Director of the Older Adult Center of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and the Stanford University School of Medicine and Research Scientist at UCSF/Mt. Zion Institute on Aging. Dr. Coon designs and evaluates interventions, such as CarePRO and EPIC, that focus on culturally diverse groups of midlife and older adults facing chronic illnesses (e.g., dementia, cancer, depression) and their family caregivers. Several of these empirically based treatments have been recognized by the American Psychological Association, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program, and other entities. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a PLuS Alliance Fellow, Dr. Coon has had his work funded through federal and foundation grants. In addition, he and his community partners received The Rosalynn Carter Institute’s 2013 National Leadership Award in Caregiving for CarePRO as well as the ASU President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness. 

Kent Dicks, Entrepreneur

 Kent E. Dicks is a serial entrepreneur with 30+ years of experience providing strategic leadership in new and emerging markets. Mr. Dicks has a broad range of experience across several business sectors, and is considered a thought leader in the Mobile and Digital Health space. As the founder of MedApps, Dicks led a dedicated team to improve legacy telehealth systems, and establish efficacy in using patient-centered mobile health solutions. Their new lighter and less costly solutions were disruptive to the large established players in the remote monitoring space, and proved effective in supplying near-real time biometric data to providers and EMRs, maximizing professional resources, keeping costs low and most importantly increasing patient engagement and adherence. Mr. Dicks now leads Life365, developing a new Digital Health Marketplace platform that utilizes a scalable range of services, solutions and user engagement methods to reach and address the chronic care market.

Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph. D., President, James S. McDonnell Foundation

Ms. Fitzpatrick is President of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri. The McDonnell Foundation is one of a limited number of international grant-makers supporting university-based research in biological, behavioral, and complex systems sciences through foundation-initiated programs. As President, Fitzpatrick serves as JSMF’s Chief Executive Officer.

Fitzpatrick served as the Associate Executive Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (1989-1992), a comprehensive basic science and applied science research center focused on restoring neurological function to persons with spinal cord injury. Her responsibilities included all public outreach and educational efforts and she served as the scientific liaison to the development, fundraising, and public relations staff. As Executive Director of the Brain Trauma Foundation (1992-1993), Fitzpatrick guided the Foundation through a re-organization. BTF is now a leader in advancing the acute care of patients with traumatic brain injury. Fitzpatrick joined the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 1993 as the Foundation’s first Program Officer. She was promoted to Program Director in 1997 and to Vice President in 2000. Fitzpatrick is an adjunct associate professor of Neuroscience and Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) and teaches neuroscience in both lectures and seminars. Fitzpatrick lectures and writes on issues concerning applications of neuroscience to clinical problems, the translation of cognitive science to educational settings, the role of private philanthropy in the support of scientific research, and on issues related to the public dissemination of and understanding of science. Read more

Henry T. Greely, Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences; Professor (by courtesy) of Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine; Chair, Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics; and Director, Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society

Mr. Greely specializes in the ethical, legal, and social implications of new biomedical technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience, genetics, or stem cell research. He frequently serves as an advisor on California, national, and international policy issues. He is chair of California’s Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, a member of the Advisory Council of the NIH’s National Institute for General Medical Sciences, a member of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law of the National Academies, a member of the Neuroscience Forum of the Institute of Medicine, and served from 2007-2010 as co-director of the Law and Neuroscience Project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Professor Greely chairs the steering committee for the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and directs both the law school’s Center for Law and the Biosciences and the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society. In 2007 Professor Greely was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Betsy Grey, Jack E. Brown Professor of Law, Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation, Fellow, ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, 2017-2018

Betsy Grey publishes and teaches on issues of tort law, products liability and mass tort litigation, as well as neuroscience and law, and has presented to judicial conferences and other professional groups on these issues. Her recent scholarly work has focused on the study of no-fault compensation systems in the United States, as well as the impact of advancements in neuroscience on tort law. Professor Grey also has taught products liability as part of a common law program to law students in France.

Before joining College faculty, Professor Grey was a commercial litigator at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shea & Gardner, and a trial attorney for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice through the Honors Program, where she represented federal agencies and officials in litigation involving constitutional, statutory and regulatory issues. A former articles editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, Professor Grey clerked for Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Grey is a member of the American Law Institute and Professional Editorial Board for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology.

Dr. Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Associate Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative

Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D., is a principal scientist at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API). Dr. Langbaum is director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry and its GeneMatch program. In addition, she is responsible for the scientific and operational oversight of the API clinical trials program which currently includes the API autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease (ADAD) trial in Colombia and the API Generation Program. Her research is focused on the science of recruitment and enrollment in Alzheimer’s prevention studies, including the design and conduct of recruitment registries, as well as the development of genetic and biomarker risk disclosure programs and studying the impact of disclosure in the era of Alzheimer’s prevention research. Dr. Langbaum serves on several national and international advisory boards. She received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and psychology with high honors from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Mitzi Krockover, Director, Health Futures Council at ASU

Mitzi Krockover, M.D. is Director, Health Futures Council at ASU (HFC).  The HFC is made up of health and business leaders who  convene solution-oriented discussions, and provide guidance and resources to ASU to promote innovation and systemic change to optimize health and to advance ASU health initiatives.  She is also a Senior Partner of SSB Solutions, a health care management consulting, development and investment firm with clients in 150 U.S. and international markets.

Previously, Dr. Krockover served as Vice President of e-Health and Women’s Health for Humana Inc., Louisville, KY. In her role, Dr. Krockover served as the company’s chief healthcare strategist and spokesperson for women’s health and health education. Prior to joining Humana, Dr. Krockover was the founding Medical Director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA.  During her tenure, the Center was named one of the top ten women’s health centers by Self Magazine and UCLA was named a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In 1999, Dr. Krockover was awarded the International Emerging Leader in Health Care Award, sponsored by Korn Ferry International and the Health Forum. She was named “Woman of the Year” by the Los Angeles County Commission on Women in 1997. 

Dr. Krockover graduated Washington University with a BA in Arts and Sciences, and received her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University.

Dr. Betsy Leonard, PhD

Dr. Leonard has more than 30 years experience evaluating children and adults with developmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. She earned a doctoral degree in Psychology at Tufts University and trained at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Leonard has received numerous research grants from agencies including the March of Dimes, National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education. She has served on numerous boards, evaluated peer reviewed research and lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Leonard was formerly on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and continues to be a Member of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Leonard belongs to professional associations including the American Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the International Neuropsychological Society. Read more

Dr. Patricia A. MayerMD, MS.  Palliative Care Physician and Clinical Ethicist, Banner Baywood Hospital, Mesa, AZ 

Dr. Mayer graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, completed internal medicine training and a rheumatology fellowship and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  She holds an MS in Bioethics from Union College/Mt Sinai School of Medicine.  She was in private practice in rheumatology for almost 20 years and served as medical director/sole physician for a non-profit hospice in Northern Colorado. 

She then completed the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, after which she founded the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service and served as Staff in Palliative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Florida. 

In 2016 she returned to Arizona.  In addition to her position as a palliative medicine physician and clinical ethicist, she  currently holds faculty appointments and actively teaches at Clarkson University (Health Care Policy) , Case Western Reserve University (Death, Dying and Euthanasia in the Netherlands and Public Health Ethics in the Netherlands), and Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Scottsdale (Foundations of Biomedical Ethics).  She also teaches at the University of Arizona School of Medicine Phoenix.

Dr. Mayer continues to collaborate with the Cleveland Clinic as a frequent guest lecturer and in an ongoing project addressing communication in ICUs.  Publications include articles on advance directives in the VA system, CPR in hospice, and family responses to brain death declaration.

Amy McLena, Nurse Practitioner

Amy is a nurse practitioner working in hospice and palliative care for persons with dementia for 11 years with roles including primary clinician at the first hospice inpatient unit in the U.S. specializing in the care of persons with dementia, educator, writer, program developer, and guest speaker at national/international conferences. She is also a current Doctor of Nursing Practice student at Arizona State University.

Katherine Pearson, Professor

Katherine C. Pearson is a Professor of Law and the Arthur L. and Sandra S. Piccone Faculty Scholar at Dickinson Law, Pennsylvania State University. Her scholarship focus is on laws and policies connected to aging and she frequently includes age-related issues in her teaching of courses on contract law, estate planning law and nonprofit organizations law.  She is the author of articles and chapters on long-term care, financing and filial obligations, and is the co-author of a treatise, The Law of Financial Abuse and Exploitation (Bisel 2011). As a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar (U.K. in 2010), her work includes international, comparative analysis of laws affecting families, including work as an international consultant to promote better systems for safeguarding and adult social care.  In July 2016, she was honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with the Elder Law Section’s top award for “Excellence in Elder Law.” She is currently working on a new book with the working title, “Confessions of an Elder Law Attorney.”  She is writer and co-editor for the Elder Law Prof Blog, at

Hon. Jay M. PolkSuperior Court of Arizona for Maricopa County

From November 21, 2011, to April 7, 2017, he was assigned to the Family Court Department and served as the Associate Presiding Judge of Family Court Department for the Northeast Regional Court Center for approximately two of those years. Since April 10, 2017, Judge Polk has been the Associate Presiding Judge of the Probate and Mental Health Department.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Polk was in private practice. For nearly 20 years, he limited his practice to contested and uncontested matters relating to guardianships, conservatorships, decedents’ estates, the abuse or exploitation of vulnerable adults, and estate planning for modest estates. In addition, he served as a mediator and arbitrator, as a guardian ad litem for minor children and incapacitated adults, and as judge pro tempore. Between 1999 and 2011, Judge Polk also was an Arizona Licensed Fiduciary and, as such, served as a personal representative or special administrator for several estates, as well as the special conservator for an attorney.

Judge Polk is a frequent speaker on probate and family law matter. He was a co-managing editor of the 2014 edition of the Arizona Probate Code Practice Manual and was an associate editor of the 2000 edition of that publication. He also has severed on many committees of the State Bar of Arizona and has been actively involved in drafting legislation to improve Arizona’s probate laws. In addition, Judge Polk served on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Probate Rules Committee, which drafted the first set of statewide probate rules of procedure, and the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Improving Judicial Oversight and Processing of Probate Court Matters, which proposed significant reforms to Arizona’s probate laws and rules. Between 2014 and 2015, Judge Polk assisted in created the Superior Court of Arizona for Maricopa County’s first-ever intelligent probate forms. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Fiduciary Board, which regulates Arizona professional fiduciaries. Judge Polk also has been a member of the Executive Board of the Arizona Judges Association since June 2014, having served as Secretary from June 2016 to June 2017 and currently serving as Vice President. In addition, he has been serving as a member of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (“PSPRS”) Advisory Committee since November 2016.

Jason Robert, Center Director (ACD) & Asc. Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Professor Robert holds the Lincoln Chair in Ethics and is Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University. He is also Dean’s Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences. He is extensively published in bioethics and the philosophy of biology, and his research currently focuses on how scientists try to justify controversial research. In 2008, ASU President Crow selected Robert as one of a handful of Promotion and Tenure “Exemplars” who exhibit the characteristics of excellent scholarship, teaching, and service that represent the New American University.

Michael Saks, Regents’ Professor, College of Law and Department of Psychology, Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation

Michael J. Saks’ research interests focus on empirical studies of law and the legal system, especially decision-making in the legal process, evidence law, the law’s use of science, the behavior of the litigation system, and legal policy affecting medical patient safety.

He has served as editor of the journals Law & Human Behavior and Jurimetrics, as president of the American Psychology-Law Society and chair of the Section on Law and Social Science of the AALS. Among his approximately 250 publications (including 11 books): He has been co-editor/co-author of Modern Scientific Evidence (five volumes) and the Annotated Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence. Co-author of The Psychological Foundations of Evidence Law (2016). His article on The Behavior of the Tort Litigation System, 140 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1147 (1992), has been the most-cited tort law article in the past 25 years. His work has earned numerous awards and been cited in a number of judicial opinions, including by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before coming to ASU in 2000, Saks was the Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at the University of Iowa, after starting his academic career at Boston College, and serving on the staff of the National Center for State Courts. Courses he has taught include criminal law, evidence, law and science, and torts. He has also taught courses in scientific evidence to appellate judges in the University of Virginia Law School’s LL.M. program for appellate judges and in Duke Law School’s “Judging Science” program, as well as to law faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center and the Ohio State University.

Honorable Roslyn O. Silver, Senior United States District Judge, District of Arizona (Phoenix)

Senior United States District Judge Roslyn Silver has served as judge for the District of Arizona since her appointment in 1994.  She was the first woman appointed in the Phoenix Division and the second woman appointed in the District of Arizona.  In 2011 she became the first woman Chief Judge for the District of Arizona. 

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Silver was Criminal Division Chief and acting First Assistant for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix.  She taught as a professor for the American Institute of Paralegal Studies and at the Arizona State University Center for Executive Development. She now teaches at the Arizona State University Law School, a Law Science Cluster Group and Master of Legal Studies Constitutional Law. Judge Silver also teaches Criminal Law at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

Judge Silver is a lecturer for the American Conference Institute; is published in journals, including Arizona Attorney magazine, the ABA Journal, and the Maricopa Lawyer; and has been a contributing editor to Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, Rutter Group Practice Guide.  She was chair of the Ninth Circuit Article III Judges Education Committee and the District of Arizona Local Rules Committee. 

Dr. Cynthia M. Stonnington, MD

Dr. Stonnington, has three main research interests:

  • Applying neuroimaging methods to predict cognitive decline, with a long-term goal of combining neuroimaging, genetic, neuropsychological and behavioral measures to focus interventions at a time where individuals are likely to benefit.
  • Exploring the neuropsychiatric underpinnings of psychosomatic illness
  • Identifying and testing interventions that can help patients to increase their resiliency in the face of illness or risk for illness

Dr. Stonnington’s current research efforts involve applying machine learning to imaging and cognitive scores for the purpose of predicting cognitive decline; testing exercise and other socially engaging interventions to potentially curb cognitive decline in at-risk individuals; and exploring cognitive and emotional mechanisms associated with functional neurological symptoms and their treatment.