Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.
Director, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, School of Public Health.
Co-Director, RWJ Health & Society Scholars Program, School of Public Health.
Professor of Epidemiology, 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.
Rajan, Kumar B., Liesi E. Herbert, Paul A. Scherr, Carlos Mendes de Leon, and Denis A. Evans. Online Access 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, . DOI. Abstract.
Clarke, Philippa J., Jennifer Weuve, Lisa Barnes, Denis A. Evans, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. Online Access 2015. "Cognitive Decline and the Neighborhood Environment." Annals of Epidemiology, . 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 & 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 Series a-Biological Sciences 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.
Aggarwal, N., T. Beck, Carlos Mendes de Leon, C. DeCarli, D. Evans, S. Rose, and Cari J. Clark. 2014. "Perceived Stress Is Associated with Subclinical Cerebrovascular Disease in Older Adults." American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(1): 53-62. PMCID: PMC3707931. DOI. Abstract.