Victoria FlemingGraduate Student

My research interests include seeking ways to improve the well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Specifically, I am interested in optimizing aging in this group. Currently, I am researching how lifestyle factors influence the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome.

I received my BS in psychology from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and my MS in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

I am currently working on my PhD in Human Development & Family Studies. I am working in the Hartley lab as a project assistant for the Alzheimer’s Biomarkers Consortium-Down Syndrome (ABC-DS) study. My duties including administering neuropsychological exams, data entry, performing analyses, and writing papers.

I have worked as a grader for HDFS 253 (Human Development & Family Studies Leadership Symposium) and as a teaching assistant for HDFS 517 (Couples Relationships).

Awards and Recognition

  • Bridget and James Coffing Fund for Family Advocacy
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School Fellowship
  • SoHE STAR award

Selected Publications and Presentations

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). Caregiver resource utilization: Intellectual and development disability and dementia. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 34(6), 1468-1476.

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  • Human Development & Family Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Human Development & Family Studies


  • MS, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin–River Falls


Phone: 651-528-3361