Ph.D. Student Profile

Chelsea G. Cox, M.P.H., M.S.W.

Chelsea G. Cox, M.P.H., M.S.W.

  • Doctoral Candidate


  • MPH, Health Promotion & Health Education, University of Southern California
  • MSW, Clinical Social Work, University of Southern California
  • BA, Psychology & Communication Studies, University of Michigan

Research Interests & Projects

  • Aging and cognitive health
  • Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • Barriers to early detection in primary care
  • Patient – provider communication related to cognitive health
  • Public views about screening and early detection

Selected Publications

  • Cox, C.G., Salazar, C.R., Birnbaum, A.I., Witbracht, M., Tam, S.P., Thai, G.T., Sajjadi, S.A., Gillen, D.L., Grill, J.D. (in press). Alzheimer’s disease biomarker decision-making among patients with mild cognitive impairment and their care partners. Journal of the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Stokes, J.E., Kindratt, T.B., Antonucci, T.C., Cox, C.G., Choi, H. (2023). Employment dynamics among adult children at the onset of parental dementia: Variation by sociodemographic characteristics. Journal of Aging and Health. PMID: 37707366
  • Cox, C.G., Davis, M.A., Grill, J.D., Roberts, J.S. (2022). US adults’ likelihood to participate in dementia prevention drug trials: Results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging. Journal of the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. PMID: 36641608
  • Ryan, M.M., Cox, C.G., Witbracht, M., Hoang, D., Gillen, D.L., Grill, J.D. (2020). Using direct-to-consumer genetic testing results to accelerate Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial recruitment. Alzheimer’s Disease & Associated Disorders. PMID: 33060367
  • Witbracht, M.G., Bernstein, O.M., Lin, V., Salazar, C.R., Sajjadi, S.A., Hoang, D., Cox, C.G., Gillen, D.L., Grill, J.D. (2020). Education and message framing increase willingness to undergo research lumbar puncture: A randomized controlled trial. Frontiers in Medicine, section Geriatric Medicine. PMID: 33043024
  • Cox, C.G., Ryan, M.R., Gillen, D.L., Grill, J.D. (2020). Is reluctance to share Alzheimer’s disease biomarker status with a study partner a barrier to preclinical trial recruitment? The Journal of the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. PMID: 33336225
  • Gombosev, A., Salazar, C., Hoang, D., Cox, C.G., Gillen, D., Grill, J.D. (2019). Direct mail recruitment to a potential participant registry. Alzheimer’s Disease & Associated Disorders. PMID: 31821186
  • Cox, C.G., Ryan, M.R., Gillen, D.L., Grill, J.D. (2018). A preliminary study of clinical trial enrollment decisions among people with Mild Cognitive Impairment and their study partners. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. PMID: 30522811
  • Grill, J.D., Cox, C.G., Harkins, K., Karlawish, J. (2018) Reactions to learning a “not elevated” amyloid PET result in a preclinical Alzheimer’s disease trial. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy. PMID: 30579361
  • Grill, J.D., Hoang, D., Gillen, D.L., Cox, C.G., Gombosev, A., Klein, K., O’Leary, S., Witbracht, M., Pierce, A. (2018). Constructing a local potential participant registry to improve Alzheimer’s disease clinical research recruitment. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. PMID: 29710723
  • Pierce, A., Cox, C.G., Nguyen, H., Hoang, D., Witbracht, M., Gillen, D.L., Grill, J.D. (2018). Participant satisfaction with learning Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial results. Alzheimer’s Disease & Associated Disorders. PMID: 29683808
  • Grill, J.D., Apostolova, L.G., Bullain, S., Burns, J.M., Cox, C.G., Dick, M., Hartley, D., Kawas, C., Kremen, S., Lingler, J., Lopez, O.L., Mapstone, M., Pierce, A., Rabinovici, G., Roberts, J.S., Sajjadi, S.A., Teng, E., and Karlawish, J. (2017). Communicating Mild Cognitive Impairment diagnoses with and without amyloid imaging. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy. PMID: 28472970
  • Grill, J.D., Cox, C.G., Kremen, S., Mendez, M.F., Teng, E., Shapira, J., Ringman, J.M., & Apostolova, L.G. (2017). Patient and caregiver reactions to clinical amyloid imaging. Alzheimer’s & Dementia. PMID: 28174068