Joe Nocera, PhD


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Emory University
Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University
Research Health Scientist, Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation
Atlanta VA Health Care System
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Joe Nocera, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Nocera is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr. Nocera earned his Master of Science in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2004. He then earned his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia in 2007. Then, in 2010, he earned his postdoctoral in Neurology and Aging from the University of Florida.


Dr. Nocera’s research has predominantly focused on understanding the intersection of physical and cognitive functioning in older adults and patients with neurological diseases. For the last 10 years, Dr. Nocera has focused on examining longitudinal changes in mobility and executive functions brought on by aging, neurological disease and/or interventions, specifically aerobic exercise. He has recently begun collaborating with other doctors on cancer and cancer related treatments that impact both physical and cognitive functioning and how exercise can lessen decline.


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