Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Professor of Epidemiology, Epidemiology, School of Public Health.
Director, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, School of Public Health.
Co-Director, RWJ Health & Society Scholars Program, School of Public Health.
Ph.D., University of Texas
Dr. Mendes de Leon is a social epidemiologist with a primary interest in the major health problems and health disparities in late life. His 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 in late-life health, and the complex interplay between life-course social conditions and biological processes and their functional consequences in older age. His current studies focus on the role of neighborhood contexts and inflammatory processes in social disparities in late-life disability and cognitive impairment. In other research, he is investigating the cumulative and interactive effects of racial background and life-course socio-economic disadvantage in subclinical disease and disability in older adults.
Grady, Kathleen L., Carlos Mendes de Leon, Andrea T. Kozak, John F. Cursio, DeJuran Richardson, Elizabeth Avery, James E. Calvin, and Lynda H. Powell. 2014. "Does self-management counseling in patients with heart failure improve quality of life? Findings from the Heart Failure Adherence and Retention Trial (HART)." Quality of Life Research, 23(1): 31-38. PMCID: PMC3825836. DOI. Abstract.
Weuve, Jennifer, Carlos Mendes de Leon, David A. Bennett, Xinqi Dong, and Denis A. Evans. 2014. "The red cell distribution width and anemia in association with prevalent dementia." Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 28(2): 99-105. PMCID: PMC3844541. DOI. Abstract.
Sharpski, Kimberly A., George Fitchett, Denis A. Evans, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. 2013. "Race differences in the association of spiritual experiences and life satisfaction in older age." Aging & Mental Health, 17(7): 888-895. DOI. Abstract.
Karvonen-Gutierrez, Carrie A., Sioban D. Harlow, Peter Mancuso, Jon Jacobson, Carlos Mendes de Leon, and Bin Nan. 2013. "Association of Leptin Levels With Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis Among a Cohort of Midlife Women." Arthritis Care & Research, 65(6): 936-944. PMCID: PMC3620918. DOI. Abstract.
Rajan, Kumar B., Liesi E. Hebert, Paul A. Scherr, Carlos Mendes de Leon, and Denis A. Evans. 2013. "Disability in Basic and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living is Associated with Faster Rate of Decline in Cognitive Function of Older Adults." Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological and Medical Sciences, 68(5): 624-630. PMCID: PMC3693599. DOI. Abstract.
Fitchett, George, Maureen R. Benjamin, Kimberly A. Skaruspki, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. 2013. "Worship Attendance and the Disability Process in Community-Dwelling Older Adults." Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68(2): 235-245. PMCID: PMC3578261. DOI. Abstract.
Henderson, K., Carol A.M. Clark, T. Lewis, N. Aggarwal, T. Beck, H. Guo, S. Lunos, A. Brearley, Carlos Mendes de Leon, D. Evans, and S. Everson-Rose. 2013. "Psychosocial Distress and Stroke Risk in Older Adults." Stroke, 44(2): 367-372. PMCID: PMC3552144. DOI. Abstract.
Barnes, L., R. Wilson, S. Everson-Rose, M. Hayward, D. Evans, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. 2012. "Effects of early-life adversity on cognitive decline in older African Americans and whites." Neurology, 79(24): 2321-2327. PMCID: PMC3578376. DOI. Abstract.
Boardman, J., L. Barnes, R. Wilson, D. Evans, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. 2012. "Social disorder, APOE-E4 genotype, and change in cognitive function among older adults living in Chicago." Social Science & Medicine, 74(10): 1584-1590. PMCID: PMC3597347. DOI. Abstract.
Delgado, J., E. Jacobs, D. Lackland, D. Evans, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. 2012. "Differences in Blood Pressure Control in a Large Population-Based Sample of Older African Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites." Journals of Gerontology Series a-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 67(11): 1253-1258. PMCID: PMC3474465. DOI. Abstract.