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About this Program: Directors and Core Leaders

Rachel Whitmer, PhD

Rachel Whitmer, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. For the Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH), Dr. Whitmer has led development of the health aging registry for the program and is the Investigator Liaison.

Dr. Whitmer"s research training is in aging epidemiology, specifically on predictors of cognitive decline and dementia. She leads a dementia epidemiology research program investigating population-level risk and protective factors for Alzheimer"s disease, dementia, cognitive impairment and healthy aging. Dr. Whitmer"s current focus is on metabolic and lifestyle predictors of cognitive aging, pharmacoepidemiological studies of Alzheimer"s disease, neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia, epidemiology of the oldest-old, and early life correlates of brain aging.