Faculty Profile

Dr. Mindy Joy Katz, M.P.H.

Mindy Joy Katz, M.P.H.

Senior Associate, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Professional Interests

Mindy J. Katz, M.P.H. is a Senior Associate in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has an M.P.H. in biostatistics from Columbia University School of Public Health. Her interests include population recruitment methods for epidemiological studies, the effect of risk factors on cognitive aging, and early identification of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. Ms. Katz has been an investigator in the Einstein Aging Study (EAS) since 1993 and has contributed to many publications with the EAS research team. Her most recent publication focuses on stress and cognitive decline. Heightened levels of stress are associated with a number of biological consequences that may mediate the effect of stress on cognition.   Other work foceses on age and sex specific prevalence and incidence of dementia and mild cognitive impairment for blacks and whites in a community-dwelling population.  She is also an investigator on two additional NIH/NIA Einstein-based studies:  ESCAPE, a lifespan study which focuses on how stress can influence health, well-being and the aging process.  She has also been instrumental in fostering external collaborations with other institutions and working with investigators to integrate EAS data with other large longitudinal aging studies


Selected Publications

            Sanders AE, Wang C, Katz M, Derby CA, Barzilai N, Ozelius L, Lipton RB. Association

            of a functional polymorphism in the cholesteryl ester transferprotein (CETP) gene with

            memory decline and incidence of dementia. JAMA. 2010; 303(2): 150-158.


            Lipton RB, Hirsch J, Katz MJ, Wang C, Verghese J, Barzilai N, Derby CA. Exceptional parental longevity protects against memory decline and Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2010;58:1043-1049.


Ray L, Lipton RB, Zimmerman ME, Katz MJ, Derby CA. Metabolic syndrome and the association between obesity and chronic pain in the elderly. PAIN 152:53-59, 2011.


            Zimmerman ME, Lipton, RB, Santoro N, McConnell DS, Derby CA, Katz MJ, Baigi K, Saunders-Pullman R. Endogenous Estradiol is Associated with Verbal Memory in Nondemented Older Men. Brain Cogn. 2011 Jun; 76(1):158-65 Epub 2011 Feb 26.


            Zimmerman, M.E., Bigal, M.E., Katz, M.J., Brickman, A.M., Lipton, R.B. Sleep onset/maintenance difficulties and cognitive function in nondemented older adults: the role of cognitive reserve.  JINS, 2012 May; 1(3):461-70. Epub 2012 Feb 9.


            Katz, M.J., Lipton, R.B., Hall, C.B., et al.  Age-specific and sex-specific prevalence and incidence of mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer dementia in blacks and whites: a report from the Einstein Aging Study.  Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord, 2011 Dec 7. (Epub ahead of print)  (PMID 22156756 , NIHMS339730)


            Rabin, L.A., Wang, C., Katz, M.J., Derby, C.A., Buschke, H., Lipton, R.B.  Predicting Alzheimer’s disease: neuropsychological tests, self-reports, and informant reports of cognitive difficulties.  JAGS, In press, 2012.


            Sanders, A.E., Hall, C.B., Katz, M.J., Lipton, R.B.  Non-native language use and risk of incident dementia in the elderly.  J Alzheimers Dis, 2012 Jan 1; 29(1): 99-108

            Katz, M..J., Derby, C.A., Wang, C., Sliwinski, M.J., Ezzati, A., Zimmerman, M.E., Zwerling, J., Lipton, R.B.

            The influence of perceived stress on incident amnestic mild cognitive impairment: Results from the Einstein Aging Study. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2015 Dec 10; epub ahead of print.


            Scott SB, Graham-Engeland JE, Engeland CG, Smyth JM, Almeida DM, Katz MJ, Lipton RB, Mogel JA, Ram N, Sliwinski MJ. The effects of stress on Cognitive Aging, Physiology and Emotion (ESCAPE) Project. BMC Psychiatry. 2015 Jul 3; 15: 146.



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In the News

CBS News interviews Dr. Richard Lipton about his new research that finds stress doubles the chance of seniors developing a pre-Alzheimer’s condition.

Bloomberg features research by Dr. Richard Lipton and Mindy Katz finding early memory loss doubles the risk of dying.

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