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Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431



Research Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Science


Magdalena Tolea, Ph.D., M.S., M.A. is a Research Assistant Professor.


  • 1998: BA in Law. Spiru Haret University. School of Law, Romania
  • 2002: MA in Applied Sociology. University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2007: MS in Epidemiology. University of Maryland at Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2007: PhD in Gerontology, Epidemiology track. University of Maryland at Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2011-2012: Postdoctoral training. University of Missouri St. Louis, Gerontology Program, School of Social Work, St. Louis, Missouri




  • 2015- Present: Research Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Science, Florida Atlantic University, College of Medicine, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33428
  • 2012-2015: Research Scientist, New York University Langone Medical Center, Center for Cognitive Neurology, New York, New York
  • 2011-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri – St Louis, Gerontology Program, St Louis, MO 
  • 2007-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Aging, Clinical Research Branch, Longitudinal Studies Section, Baltimore, MD  



  • Tolea MI, Morris JC, and Galvin, JE 2015). Longitudinal associations between physical and cognitive performance among community-dwelling older adults. PLoS One. Apr 13; 10(4):e0122878
  • Tolea MI, Morris JC, and Galvin JE (2015). Trajectory of physical functional decline by type of dementia. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders. Apr 4. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Tolea MI, and Galvin JE (2015). Sarcopenia and impairment in cognitive and physical performance. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 10:663-671.
  • Galvin JE, Tolea MI, George N, Wingbermuehle C. Public-private partnerships improve health outcomes in individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease. Clinical Investigations in Aging 2014, 9: 621-630. Doi:10.2147/CIA.S60838.
  • Razavi, M, Tolea MI, Margrett J, Martin P, Oakland MA, Tscholl DW, Ghods S, Mina M, Galvin JE. Comparison of 2 informant questionnaire screening tools for dementia and mild cognitive impairment: AD8 and IQCODE. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders 2014, 28(2):156-161. Doi:10.1097/WAD.0--8.
  • Tolea MI, Galvin JE. Current guidelines for Dementia Screening: Shortcomings and recommended changes. Neurodegenerative Disease Management 2013, 3(6): 565-573. doi:10.2217/nmt.13.58.
  • Mitchell BD, Lee WJ, Tolea MI, Shields K, Ashktorab Z, Magder L, Ryan KA, McArdle PF, Shuldiner AR, Schaffer AA. Living the Good Life? Mortality and Hospital Utilization Patterns in the Old Order Amish, PLOS ONE 2012, 7(12): e51560. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051560.
  • Tolea MI, Costa PT, Terracciano A, Ferrucci L, Faulkner K, Coday M, Ayonayon HN, Simonsick EM for the Health, Aging and Body Composition study. Associations of Openness and Conscientiousness with walking speed decline: findings from the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 2012, 67(6):705-11. Doi: 10.1093/gronb/gbs030.
  • Tolea MI, Ferrucci L, Costa PT, Faulkner K, Rosano C, Satterfield S, Ayonayon HN, Simonsick EM. Personality and reduced incidence of walking limitation in late life: Findings from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 2012, 67(6): 712-719. Doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs001.
  • Tolea MI, Terracciano A, Simonsick EM, Metter EJ, Costa PT, Ferrucci L. Associations between personality, physical activity level and muscle strength, Journal of Research in Personality 2012, 46:264-270.  

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Grant Support

  • Co-Investigator. Multicultural Community Dementia Screening (James Galvin, PI). Source: NIH/NIA. Current year direct costs: $347,000. 2011-2016
  • Co-Investigator. Biomarker Studies of Risk Factors for Cognitive Disorders in Older Adults (James Galvin, PI). Source: Morris and Alma Schapiro Foundation. Current year direct costs: $225,000. 2011-2013
  • Co-Investigator. Piloting an early intervention fall prevention program for community-dwelling elderly with dementia (Jane Bear-Lehman, PI). Current year direct costs: $50,000. 2012-2013
  • Co-Investigator (Statistician). Validation of a Clinical Tool in an Enriched Sample (Meuser, TM, PI). University of Missouri Research Board. $30K. 2012-2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri St Louis, State Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2011-2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Intramural Postdoctoral Research Training Award. 2007-2011
  • Graduate Research Assistant , U01 HL072515 Genome-wide Search for CVD Gene-Environment Interactions (Shuldiner A, PI). 2003-2007
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland Baltimore, Graduate School, State Graduate Research Assistantship (2002-2003)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Graduate School, State Graduate Teaching Assistantship (2000-2002) 


Reviewer for the following peer-reviewed Journals:

  • Accident Analysis & Prevention
  • Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
  • American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Osteoporosis International
  • BMC Neurology
  • BMC Psychiatry
  • Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
  • Journal of Behavioral Medicine
  • Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences
  • Journal of Physical Education and Sport Management
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Bio-behavioral Medicine
  • Rejuvenation Research
  • Research on Aging
  • Reviewer of abstract submissions to GSA Annual Scientific Meetings: 2012, 2014, 2015


  •  Gerontological Society of America (2007-present)
  •  Sigma Phi Omega, National Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology (2003-2007)


  •  Volunteer. Home Improvement Program for the Elderly in St. Louis. FOCUS North America, St. Louis Chapter (2011-2012)
  •  Member representative. Harbor Hospital Library Committee. Baltimore, MD (2009-2011)
  •  Student representative.University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB).Epidemiology of Aging Concentration Steering Committee (2005-2007)
  •  Student representative. UMB. Gerontology Doctoral Program Steering Committee (2005)
  •  Student member. Health Disparities Task Force (Measuring Health Disparities Committee). Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Office of Minority Health and Health Disparity (2005)
  •  Secretary. Sigma Phi Omega. Delta Lambda Maryland Chapter (2004-2005)

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