Cassandra Germian, Ph.D.
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Phone - 919-668-1227

Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
2200 West Main Street
Suite A-200
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27705

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Research Associate, Senior
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Medical Psychology

Research Description

My research interests focus on identifying health, demographic and modifiable lifestyle factors that are associated with cognitive decline and preclinical AD.
Specific topic areas of research interest:
•    Examining the interaction between cardiovascular health on cognitive impairment and alter progression to AD.
•    Examining the impact of neighborhood disadvantage and psychosocial stress on cardiovascular health and cognition.
•    Examining the impact of physical activity on maintaining brain health.
•    Examining disparities in cardiovascular and brain health.


PhD, Life Span Developmental Psychology, North Carolina State University, 2010

MS, Developmental Psychology, North Carolina State University, 2003

BA, Psychology, Hunter College, 1999

Representative Publications

Germain, C.M. (2012, November). Physical Activity and Cognitive Impairment Not Dementia (CIND) in Late Life. In C.M. Germain (Chair). Physical Activity:  A Pathway to Cognitive and Functional Health. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego.

Germain, C.M. (2012, April). Activity and Cognition: Is there a dose response relationship? Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta.

Hess, T.M., Germain, C.M., Swaim, E.L., & Osowski, N.L. (2009). Aging and selective engagement: the moderating impact of motivation on older adults’ resource utilization. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 10,1-10.
Germain, C.M. & Hess, T.M. (2007). Motivational Influences on Controlled Processing: Moderating Distractibility in Older Adults. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 14, 462 – 486.