Research

You can also find my research via my ORCID, Google Scholar, and ResearchGate profile; some of my code can be found on Github.

You can learn more about the University of Pittsburgh's Epidemiology of Brain Resilience to Aging (eBrain) research group here and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition here.

Some of the topics and research questions I am currently working on include:

  • Delineating the underlying neurobiology of positive states (such as purpose in life, general life satisfaction, and vitality) in cognitively normal older adults

  • Exploring the neural networks behind vitality in those with Alzheimer's Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment

  • Evaluating perceived energy in the context of successful aging and how energy relates to other constructs in the realm of positive epidemiology

  • Determining how wellbeing and declining wellbeing relate to age-related mobility loss and cognitive impairment

  • Assessing energy loss as a potential cause of parkinsonian signs in healthy older adults and as a potential prodromal signal for Parkinson's Disease

Aging and vitality


Fatigue and perceived energy in a sample of older adults over 10 years: a resting state functional connectivity study of neural correlates (2022, submitted to Neuroimage: Clinical). James B. Hengenius, Rebecca Ehrenkranz, Xiaonan Zhu, Nancy W. Glynn, Theodore J. Huppert, Caterina Rosano

Declining energy predicts incident mobility disability and mortality risk in healthy older adults (2021). Briana N. Sprague, Xiaonan Zhu, Rebecca Ehenkranz, Qu Tian, Theresa A. Gmelin, Nancy W. Glynn, Andrea L. Rosso, Caterina Rosano. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.17372

Functional Correlates of Self-Reported Energy Levels in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study (2021). Rebecca Ehrenkranz, Andrea L. Rosso, Briana N. Sprague, Qu Tian, Theresa Gmelin, Nicolaas Bohnen, Eleanor M. Simonsick, Nancy W. Glynn, Caterina Rosano. Journal of Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40520-021-01788-0


Perception of Energy and Objective Measures of Physical Activity in Older Adults (2020). Qu Tian, Nancy W. Glynn, Rebecca Ehrenkranz, Briana N. Sprague, Andrea L. Rosso, Caterina Rosano. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 68 (8): 1876 - 1878. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16577

Gait and Parkinson's Disease/Mild Parkinsonian Signs


Mild parkinsonian signs, energy decline, and striatal volume in community-dwelling older adults (2021). Rebecca Ehrenkranz, Qu Tian, Andrea L. Rosso, Nancy W. Glynn, Lana M. Chahine, James Hengenius, Xiaonan Zhu, Caterina Rosano. Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Medical Sciences. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glab150

Changes in Self-Reported Energy Levels in Prodromal Parkinson’s Disease (2021). Lana M. Chahine, Xiaonan Zhu, Rebecca Ehrenkranz, Honglei Chen, Nancy W. Glynn, Caterina Rosano. Movement Disorders. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/mds.28535


Gait Characteristics of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Patients (2017). Varshini Varadaraj, Aleksandra Mihailovitch, Rebecca Ehrenkranz, Stephen Lesche, Pradeep Ramulu, Bonnielin Swenor. Translational Vision Science & Technology. 6(4), 14. DOI: 10.1167/tvst.6.4.14


Cancer Epidemiology


Geographic Disparities in Cancer Screening and Fatalism Among a Nationally-Representative Sample of U.S Adults (2019). Jennifer Moss, Rebecca Ehrenkranz, Lilian Constanza, Brionna Hair, Anne Julian. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 73: 1128 - 1135. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2019-212425


Quality Assessment of Tumor Size Data Collection for Breast & Pancreatic Cancer (2018). Rebecca Ehrenkranz, Clara Lam, David Dilts, Steven Cheng, Amy Solis, Valentina Petkov, Serban Negoita. Journal of Registry Management, 45 (4), 161 - 166. PMID: 31490911


Global Burden of Disease


Global, Regional, & National Burden of Cardiovascular Disease for 10 Causes 1990 to 2015 (2017). Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 70 (1): 1- 25. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2017.04.052


GBD 2015 Tuberculosis Collaborators (2018). The global burden of tuberculosis: results from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2018; 18(3):261-284. DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(17)30703-X


GBD 2015 Healthcare Access & Quality Collaborators (2017). Healthcare Access & Quality Index based on mortality from causes amenable to personal healthcare in 195 countries & territories, 1990 – 2015: a novel analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet, 390 (10091), 231-266. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30818-8


GBD 2015 Eastern Mediterranean Region Mental Health Collaborators (2017). The burden of mental disorders in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990–2015: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study. International Journal of Public Health, 63 (Suppl. 1): 25 – 37. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-017-1006-1


GBD 2015 Eastern Mediterranean Region Maternal Mortality Collaborators (2017). Maternal mortality & morbidity burden in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study. International Journal of Public Health, 63 (Suppl. 1): 47- 61 DOI: 10.1007/s00038-017-1004-3


GBD 2015 Eastern Mediterranean Region Neonatal, Infant, and Under – 5 Collaborators (2017). Neonatal, infant, & under-5 mortality & morbidity burden in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study. International Journal of Public Health, 63 (Suppl. 1): 63 - 77. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-017-0998-x


GBD 2015 Eastern Mediterranean Region Lower Respiratory Infections Collaborators (2017). Burden of lower respiratory infections in the Eastern Mediterranean Region between 1990 and 2015: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study. International Journal of Public Health, 63 (Suppl. 1): 97 - 108. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-017-1007-0


GBD 2015 Eastern Mediterranean Region Transportation Injury Collaborators (2017). Transport injuries & deaths in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study. International Journal of Public Health, 63 (Suppl. 1): 187 - 198 DOI: 10.1007/s00038-017-0987-0