Healthy Brain Research Network




HBRN Sharepoint SiteThe Healthy Brain Research Network (HBRN) was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 to address a pair of growing public health challenges: promoting cognitive health and addressing the needs of increasing numbers of older Americans living with cognitive impairment. See the HBRN Research Agenda here.
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The UW Health Promotion Research Center is the Coordinating Center of the HBRN.

The network consists of six CDC Prevention Research Centers and two affiliate centers:


The research network extends the goals of the CDC AD+HAP Healthy Brain Initiative. Its work is guided by the Healthy Brain Initiative Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships.

Among the network’s goals:

  1. Establish and advance a public health research, translation, and dissemination agenda that promotes cognitive health and healthy aging, addresses cognitive impairment, and helps meet the needs of care partners.
  2. Build a strong evidence base for policy, communication, and programmatic interventions.
  3. Collaborate with public health agencies and their partners to accelerate effective practices in states and communities.
  4. Build the capacity of public health professionals through training opportunities.

The combined academic expertise and community partnerships engaged across the HBRN centers is critical to advancing all network goals.

The University of Washington HBRN Coordinating Center team:

Principal Investigator
Basia Belza, Healthy Brain Research NetworkBasia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN
Aljoya Endowed Professor in Aging, School of Nursing
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health



Souza HBRNAnita Souza, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor / Advanced Clinical Placement Coordinator
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Psychosocial & Community Health
School of Nursing


Snowden Healthy Brain Research NetworkMark Snowden, MD, MPH
Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine
Geropsychiatry Clinic, Harborview Medical Center / UW Medicine



Renn HBRNBrenna Renn, PhD
Clinical Psychiatrist and Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences




Research Staff
Lesley Steinman - Healthy Brain Research NetworkLesley Steinman, MPH, MSW
Research Scientist




Gwen Moni, Healthy Brain Research NetworkGwen Moni
Research Coordinator
Program Manager for Network Operations



We conduct our work with a cadre of dedicated HBRN scholars and trainees from the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging and from other schools of study in the University of Washington.

HBRN Scholars

The Healthy Brain Research Network has developed an innovative, multi-site HBRN Scholars Program. National HBRN Webinars are conducted annually as part of that Program. Webinars focus on state of the science and skill building topics and feature expert speakers from across the country. Recordings are available below.


April 23, 2019 — Edline Francois, HBRN Scholar with Oregon Health & Science University, moderates “Professional Development”, with panelists Jeff Harris, University of Washington; Heather Brandt, University of South Carolina; and Jane Mohler, University of Arizona.
Professional Development webinar slide deck (PDF)
Time Management handout (PDF)
Academic Scholar Career Development Plan (Word doc)

March 13, 2019 — Innovative and Interdisciplinary Careers in Aging: Andre Pruitt, HBRN Scholar with Oregon Health & Science University, moderates, with Cameron Camp, Center for Applied Research in Dementia; Teresa Arnold, AARP; and Lisbeth Nielsen, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. Innovative and Interdisciplinary Careers in Aging slide deck here (PDF)

April 23, 2018 — Valerie Edwards, CDC Research Psychologist, moderates Currently Used Measures of Cognitive Impairment, with Laura Vitkus and Hossein Ehsani of the University of Arizona Center on Aging. Currently Used Measures webinar slide deck 4.23.2018 (PDF)

May 16, 2017 — Lisa McGuire, of the CDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, moderates How to Get Your Research Published, with Joseph E. Gaugler, Editor, Journal of Applied Gerontology; Rebecca S. Allen, Editor, Aging and Mental Health; and Rachel Pruchno, Editor-in-Chief, The Gerontologist.

June 7, 2016 – Webinar for Healthy Brain Research Network scholars: Interactive Learning Session on Cognitive Aging. Features Jason Karlawish, University of Pennsylvania, Daniela Friedman, University of South Carolina, and Andre Pruitt, Raina Croff, and Linda Boise of Oregon Health and Science University.


HBRN Operational Resources