Deborah  Blacker, MD, ScD

Title: Director, Gerontology Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Co-Director, Clinical Core and Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core, Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Professor in Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Telephone: (617) 726-5571

Dr. Blacker is a geriatric psychiatrist and epidemiologist who works on risk factors, genetics and early recognition strategies for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.


Genetics, epidemiology, assessment methods, study design, evidence-based medicine


Dickerson BC, Sperling RA, Hyman BT, Albert MS, Blacker D. Clinical Prediction of Alzheimer Disease Dementia Across the Spectrum of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2007; 64:  1443-1450. [PMCID:  2581771].


Smith EE, Salat DH, Jeng J, McCreary CR, Fischl B, Schmahmann JD, Dickerson BC, Viswanathan A, Albert MS, Blacker D, Greenberg SM. Correlations between MRI White Matter Lesion Location and Executive Function and Dpisodic Memory. Neurology 2011; 76:1492-1499. [PMCID: 3087468].


Fung WL, Naylor MG, Bennett DA, Lange C, Blacker D. Principal Components Methods for Narrow-Sense Heritability in the Analysis of Multidimensional Longitudinal Cognitive Phenotypes. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet 2013; 162:770-778. [PMCID: 3758806].


Macklin EA, Blacker D, Hyman BT, Betensky RA. Improved Design of Prodromal Alzheimer's Disease Trials Through Cohort Enrichment and Surrogate Endpoints. J Alzheimers Dis 2013; 36:475-486. [PMCID: 3779898].


Jackson JW, Schneeweiss S, VanderWeele TJ, Blacker D. Quantifying the Role of Adverse Events in the Mortality Difference Between First and Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Older Adults:  Systematic Review and Meta-Aynthesis. PLoS One 2014 ; 9:e105376. [PMCID: 4139353].


O'Brien J, Jackson JW, Grodstein F, Blacker D, Weuve J. Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy is not Associated with Risk of All-Cause Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Epidemiol Rev 2014; 36: 83-103. [PMCID: 3873843].


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