Michelle Chan, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Michelle Chan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Locations and Contact

UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

Midtown Neurology Clinic
3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Phone: 916-734-3588

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Chan is a neuropsychologist who offers comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations through the Neuroscience Clinic at UC Davis. This clinic evaluates patients with a wide variety of neurological illnesses and injury, the most common of which include: brain tumor, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and various forms of dementia. 

Dr. Chan also works closely with the UC Davis Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and the UC Davis Deep Brain Stimulation Program, and participates in the pre- and post-surgical neuropsychological evaluations of patients undergoing surgery for epilepsy and various movement disorders.

Dr. Chan also regularly conducts Wadas and intra-operative/extra-operative language mapping.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Chan's primary research interests are in multidimensional behavioral interventions that promote effective everyday functioning in older adults, as well as identification of sensitive and culturally appropriate tools for early detection of cognitive decline among minority groups. 



Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Neuroscience

Undergraduate School

B.S., UC Davis, Davis CA 2009

Other School

M.S., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto CA 2013

Other School

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto CA 2016


Neurology/Neuropsychology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2016-2018

Chan ML, Meyer OL, Farias ST, Whitmer RA, Rajan K, Olichney J, Johnson D, Mungas D. APOE Effects on Late Life Cognitive Trajectories in Diverse Racial/Ethnic Groups. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2022 Mar 4:1-10. doi:10.1017/S1355617722000030. Epub ahead of print. PMID:35243969.

Chan ML, Eng CW, Gilsanz P, Whitmer RA, Mungas D, Meyer O, Farias ST. Prevalence of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Difficulties and Associated Cognitive Predictors Across Racial/Ethnic Groups: Findings From the KHANDLE Study. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2022 May 5;77(5):885-894. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbab163. PMID:34486659.

Denny KG, Chan ML, Gravano J, Harvey D, Meyer OL, Huss O, Farias ST. A randomized control trial of a behavioral intervention for older adults with subjective cognitive complaints that combines cognitive rehabilitation strategies and lifestyle modifications. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2021 Aug 19:1-16. doi:10.1080/13825585.2021.1965530. Epub ahead of print. PMID:34412558.

Zhang Y, Sperry L, Chan M, Shankar S, Malhado-Chang N, O'Connor K, Girgis F,  Farias S, Wheelock V, Shahlaie K, Zhang L. Deep Brain Stimulation for Generalized Dystonia from Secondary Carnitine Deficiency: A Case Report and Literature Review. 2021.

Denny KG, Harvey D, Meyer OL, Chan ML, Barba C, Farias ST. A Combined Treatment Approach to Support Everyday Function and Promote Brain Health in Older Adults: A Pilot Study. Clin Gerontol. 2020 Mar-Apr;43(2):209-220. doi:10.1080/07317115.2019.1633574. Epub 2019 Jul 9. PMID:31284845.

Filshtein T, Chan M, Mungas D, Whitmer R, Fletcher E, DeCarli C, Farias S. Differential Item Functioning of the Everyday Cognition (ECog) Scales in Relation to Racial/Ethnic Groups. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2020 May;26(5):515-526. doi:10.1017/S1355617719001437. Epub 2020 Jan 24. PMID:31973776.

Meyer OL, Eng CW, Ko MJ, Chan ML, Ngo U, Gilsanz P, Glymour MM, Mayeda ER, Mungas DM, Whitmer RA. Generation and age of immigration on later life cognitive performance in KHANDLE. Int Psychogeriatr. 2020 Dec 23:1-12. doi:10.1017/S1041610220003774. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33353575.

Tomaszewski Farias S, Gravano J, Weakley A, Schmitter-Edgecombe M, Harvey D, Mungas D, Chan M, Giovannetti T. The Everyday Compensation (EComp) Questionnaire: Construct Validity and Associations with Diagnosis and Longitudinal Change in Cognition and Everyday Function in Older Adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2020 Mar;26(3):303-313. doi:10.1017/S135561771900119X. Epub 2019 Oct 31. PMID:31668159.