Victoria FlemingPhD Student, Human Development & Family Studies


Tori’s research interest include seeking ways to improve the well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Specifically, she is interested in optimizing aging in this group. Currently, she is researching how lifestyle factors influence the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down Syndrome.

Education and Relevant Experience

BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin–River Falls

MS, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tori is currently working on her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies.

Tori is working in the Hartley lab, as a project assistant for the Alzheimer’s Biomarkers Consortium – Down Syndrome (ABC-DS) study. Her duties including administering neuropsychological exams, data entry, performing analyses, and writing papers.

Awards and Recognitions

Recipient of the Bridget and James Coffing Fund for Family Advocacy

Recipient of a University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School Fellowship

Recipient of SoHE STAR award

Selected Publications

Fleming, V., Piro-Gambetti, B., Bazydlo, A., Zammit, M., Alexander, A.L., Christian, B.T., Handen, B., Plante, D.T., & Hartley, S.L. (2021) Sleep and White Matter in Adults with Down Syndrome. Brain Sciences, 11(10), 1322.

Fleming, V., Piro-Gambetti, B., Patrick, A., Zammit, M., Alexander, A., Christian, B.T., Handen, B., Cohen., A., Klunk, W., Laymon, C., Okonkwo, O., Ances, B.M., Plante, D.T., & Hartley, S.L. (2021). Physical Activity and Cognitive and Imaging Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease in Down Syndrome. Neurobiology of Aging, 107, 118-127.

Fleming, V. & Litzelman, K. (2021). Resource utilization among caregivers of aging adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

Teaching Experience

Grader,  HDFS 253, Human Development & Family Studies Leadership Symposium

Teaching Assistant, HDFS 517, Couples Relationships

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Degree Program

  • Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Program


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