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Carlos Mendes de Leon

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.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

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.

Rajan, K., L. Barnes, R. Wilson, D. Evans, and Carlos Mendes de Leon. 2014. "Racial Differences on Association of Depressive Symptoms With Combined Basic and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living." Journals of Gerontology Series a-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 69(2): 215-222. PMCID: PMC4048984. DOI. Abstract.

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.