Rhoda Au, PhD

Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology & BU ADC Digital Technology Leader
Senior Fellow at the Institute for Health Systems Innovation and Policy at the Questrom School of Business

Dr. Rhoda Au completed her undergraduate degree at Pomona College in California . She earned her PhD from the University of California, Riverside, as well as an MBA from Boston University in 1995. She joined the Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology in 1986 as a Research Instructor, and she is currently a Professor in the Department of Neurology.

Research Interests

Dr. Au’s research interests are focused on aging and dementia, and include relating cardiovascular risk factors, brain MRI measures, and neuropathology to cognitive performance. She is also interested in merging research and technology as the path toward innovative science. She has been using technologies to develop digital cognitive biomarkers as surrogate indices of fluid and imaging biomarkers. Dr. Au is building multi-sector ecosystems to enable strategies for chronic disease prevention generally and optimizing brain health specifically and to move the primary focus of health technologies from precision AD medicine to a broader emphasis on precision brain health.

ADC Role

At present, Dr. Au is Director of Neuropsychology for the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) and serves to facilitate the collaboration between FHS and the BU ADC.


Dr. Au is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society.

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