Ezra Holston

Ezra Holston

Associate Professor
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Ezra C. Holston began his research in aging by examining physical and psychological responses of Black female caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In the Brain Research Laboratories, he studied electrophysiology and quantitative electroencephalography in order to (1) examine how abnormal electrophysiological changes related to symptoms of AD, and (2) investigate the electrophysiology of retrogenesis. Through post-doctoral work, he confirmed an abnormal electrophysiological pattern in persons with clinical AD and described the relationship between selected alleles and symptoms of AD. Using his theory of the electrophysiological phenomenon of AD, his aging research focuses on how electrophysiological changes relate to biological and psychosocial mechanisms for improved assessment and diagnosing of AD in ethnic minorities.


  • Ph.D., Theory Development in Nursing Science concentrating in Electrophysiology, New York University.
  • MSN, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Case Western Reserve University.
  • BA, French & English Literature, Cornell University.

Selected publications

  • Holston, E. C. (2015). The electrophysiological phenomenon of Alzheimer’s disease. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36(8), 603-613.
  • Holston, E. C. (2014). Describing brain activity of persons with AD and depressive symptoms. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28(6), 413-419.
  • Holston, E. C. (2008). Describing the deficits in IADLs as functional impairment of Alzheimer’s disease. The Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 19(2), 1-11.