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Carlos Mendes de Leon

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health.

Ph.D., University of Texas

Dr. Mendes de Leon's work focuses on a broad array of social and psychological determinants that affect the development and progression of disability, cognitive decline, and other common age-associated health conditions. Specific areas of interest include the role of neighborhood-level social processes and environments, and the complex interplay between life-course social conditions and biological processes. In other research, he investigates the cumulative and interactive effects of racial background and life-course socio-economic disadvantage in disease and disability.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Mendes de Leon, Carlos, and Vicki Freedman. 2015. "Measuring disability, physical functions and cognitive abilities of adults: Survey enhancements and options for a new panel study." Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 40(1-4): 397-425. DOI. Abstract.

Rajan, Kumar B., Liesi E. Herbert, Paul A. Scherr, Carlos Mendes de Leon, and Denis A. Evans. 2015. "Rate of Cognitive Decline Before and After the Onset of Functional Limitations in Older Persons." Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological and Medical Sciences, 70(10): 1221-1225. DOI. Abstract.

Clarke, Philippa J., Jennifer Weuve, Lisa Barnes, Denis A. Evans, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. 2015. "Cognitive Decline and the Neighborhood Environment." Annals of Epidemiology, 25(11): 849-854. PMCID: PMC4609590. DOI. Abstract.

Guerrero, Natalie, Carlos Mendes de Leon, Denis A. Evans, and Elizabeth A. Jacobs. 2015. "Determinants of Trust in Health Care in an Older Population." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(3): 553-557. PMCID: PMC4373974. DOI. Abstract.

Duchin, Ofra, Constanza Marin, Mercedes Mora-Plazas, Carlos Mendes de Leon, Joyce M. Lee, and Eduardo Villamor. 2015. "A prospective study of body image dissatisfaction and BMI change in school-age children." Public Health Nutrition, 18(2): 322-328. DOI. Abstract.

Tomey, K., G. Greendale, H. Kravitz, J. Bromberger, J. Burns, S. Dugan, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. 2015. "Associations between aspects of pain and cognitive performance and the contribution of depressive symptoms in mid-life women: A cross-sectional analysis." Maturitas, 80(1): 106-112. PMCID: PMC4272662. DOI. Abstract.

Kalousova, Lucie, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. 2015. "Increase in frailty of older workers and retirees predicted by negative psychosocial working conditions on the job." Social Science and Medicine, 124: 275-283. DOI. Abstract.

Wilson, R., K. Rajan, L. Barnes, L. Hebert, Carlos Mendes de Leon, and D. Evans. 2014. "Cognitive Aging and Rate of Hospitalization in an Urban Population of Older People." Journals of Gerontology A: Biological and Medical Sciences, 69(4): 447-454. PMCID: PMC3968825. DOI. Abstract.

Rajan, K., R. Wilson, K. Skarupski, Carlos Mendes de Leon, and D. Evans. 2014. "Gene-Behavior Interaction of Depressive Symptoms and the Apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 Allele on Cognitive Decline." Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(2): 101-108. DOI. Abstract.

Aggarwal, N., R. Wilson, T. Beck, K. Rajan, Carlos Mendes de Leon, D. Evans, and S. Everson-Rose. 2014. "Perceived Stress and Change in Cognitive Function Among Adults 65 Years and Older." Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(1): 80-85. PMCID: PMC4185366. DOI. Abstract.

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