John Olichney

John Olichney Portrait

Position Title

Suite 250, Room 270
202 Cousteau Place, Davis CA 95618


  • M.D., University of California, Irvine, 1988
  • B.A., Neurobiology, UC Berkeley, 1983 (honors)


John Olichney is a board-certified behavioral neurologist who specializes in diagnosis, treatment and study of cognitive disorders and neurodegenerative diseases that typically are associated with aging. He is the clinical core director of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Research Focus

Dr. Olichney conducts research examining the mechanisms of language and memory using neuroimaging techniques. His laboratory is developing electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques sensitive to the memory and language impairments that are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.


Cognitive Electrophysiology and Neuroimaging Lab (Olichney)


Olichney, J. M., Pak, J., Salmon, D. P., Yang, J. C., Gahagan, T., Nowacki, R., . . . Iragui-Madoz, V. J. (2013). Abnormal P600 word repetition effect in elderly persons with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive Neuroscience 4(3–4), 143–51. doi:10.1080/17588928.2013.838945

Yang, J. C., Simon, C., Niu, Y. Q., Bogost, M, Schneider, A., Tassone, F., . . . Olichney, J. M. (2013). Phenotypes of hypofrontality in older female fragile X premutation carriers. Annals of Neurology 74(2), 275-83. doi:10.1002/ana.23933

Olichney, J. M. (2013). Test-retest reliability and stability of N400 effects: Implications for the study of neuropsychiatric and cognitive disorders. Clinical Neurophysiology 124(4), 634–35.

Bakken, T. E., Roddey, J. C., Djurovic, S., . . . & Olichney, J. (2012) Association of common genetic variants in GPCPD1 with scaling of visual cortical surface area in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109, 3985–90.

Kaur, B., Olichney, J., Harvey, D., DeCarli, C., & Sabbagh, M. (2013, July–September). Extrapyramidal signs by dementia severity in Alzheimer's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders 27(3), 226–32. doi: 10.1097/WAD.0b013e31826f040d


John Olichney teaches medical students, residents and fellows in behavioral neurology, dementia, and general neurology.


Institutional Review Board — Clinical Research Committee B, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2010–11

Bioethics Consultation Committee, UC Davis Medical Center, 2009–present

2 NARSAD Young Investigator Awards (1996, 2000)