Brenda Lee Plassman, PhD

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Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Geriatric Behavioral Health
Address:
2200 W. Main Street
Suite A200
Durham, NC 27705
Office Telephone:
919-668-1586
Training:
  • PhD, University of Arizona, 1986
Research Interests:
My research interests include the following areas:
1) Epidemiological studies to examine the prevalence and incidence of dementia and cognitive impairment, not dementia (CIND)
2) Studies examining risk and protective factors for dementia and CIND
3) Behavioral genetics of aging and dementia with an emphasis on twin studies
4) Long term outcomes of traumatic brain injury
5) Oral health and cognition in later life
Representative Publications:
  • Plassman, BL; Langa, KM; McCammon, RJ; Fisher, GG; Potter, GG; Burke, JR; Steffens, DC; Foster, NL; Giordani, B; Unverzagt, FW; Welsh-Bohmer, KA; Heeringa, SG; Weir, DR; Wallace, RB. Incidence of dementia and cognitive impairment, not dementia in the United States. Annals of Neurology. 2011;70:418-426.  Abstract
  • Plassman, BL; Williams, JW; Burke, JR; Holsinger, T; Benjamin, S. Systematic review: factors associated with risk for and possible prevention of cognitive decline in later life. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2010;153:182-193.  Abstract
  • Plassman, BL; Langa, KM; Fisher, GG; Heeringa, SG; Weir, DR; Ofstedal, MB; Burke, JR; Hurd, MD; Potter, GG; Rodgers, WL; Steffens, DC; McArdle, JJ; Willis, RJ; Wallace, RB. Prevalence of cognitive impairment without dementia in the United States. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2008;148:427-434.  Abstract
  • Plassman, BL; Langa, KM; Fisher, GG; Heeringa, SG; Weir, DR; Ofstedal, MB; Burke, JR; Hurd, MD; Potter, GG; Rodgers, WL; Steffens, DC; Willis, RJ; Wallace, RB. Prevalence of dementia in the United States: the aging, demographics, and memory study. Neuroepidemiology. 2007;29:125-132.  Abstract
  • Plassman, BL; Havlik, RJ; Steffens, DC; Helms, MJ; Newman, TN; Drosdick, D; Phillips, C; Gau, BA; Welsh-Bohmer, KA; Burke, JR; Guralnik, JM; Breitner, JC. Documented head injury in early adulthood and risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Neurology. 2000;55:1158-1166.  Abstract